Compassionate Communications Workshop Schedule for 2017

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January 28th 2017


February 4th 2017





Creating a New Story to embody Compassion in Politics - Burlington


Creating a New Story to embody Compassion in Politics - Charlotte

This election marks a time of great uncertainty that presents tremendous dangers and opportunities!

Let's create new a NEW STORY titled 'We Are All in This Together."

Join us in Burlington or Charlotte

In this workshop, we will build the skills of connecting with others to animate compassion, and inter-being.

Here is what you will gain from this workshop:

  • How to stay optimistic and get your needs met, in a world that often looks bleak
  • How to bridge any family political differences
  • How to stand in your own center when political debates happen around you
  • Actual personal self-empathy work to get clear on your needs in this time
  • Actual practice relating to others with empathy and connection
  • Learn how to build a new coalition that changes our politics to become more life-serving

Reading the news and considering the 2016 election long held values seem to no longer matter. That presents a tremendous danger and a tremendous opportunity. The social and environmental horrors likely to be committed after this election are likely to incite massive civil disobedience and possibly disorder. Courts are cutting their hours, and political service has become a fundraising business. Journalism has become entertainment. How many of us realize the extent of change over the last 16 years.

Between major societal changes is chaos.Actually, a whole range of ideas become possible with the collapse of dominant institutions.

Most disturbing is the extreme divide, both political and economic.

Therefore, it is important to introduce a force to affect the structures that might appear so that they embody love, compassion, and inter-being. It will take empathy, the result of the compassionate inquiry: "What is it like to be you?"

We are all suffering the same wound of separation. We are longing for deep community, intimate connection with nature, and unconditional love. Can you feel the hurt?

We are all in this together. One earth, one tribe, one people. Let's create an eye of compassion inside the political hate vortex.

Let's Stand Together and stare hate in the face by practicing creative engagement with compassion and empathy.

NVC background helpful, but not required.

There will be two parts of this workshop. First, we will practice getting solidly clear on the beauty of our needs so that we can more calmly dialogue with people who see the world differently. In the second part, we will practice empathy for those caught in anger and fear, so we can avoid fighting about what we don't want and work together for our common needs.

February 5th 2017 White River Junction Advanced Work on Compassionate Communication

This workshop will be offered to people who have attended three or more NVC workshops / trainings or have been practicing NVC for two or more years. Participants will set the agenda and explore using these skills in their lives.

This workshop will be offered to people who have attended three or more NVC workshops / trainings or have worked on NVC for two or more years or who have been part of a Practice Group.  Participants will set agenda; with opportunity to role-play difficult situations and explore ways to use these skills on a more consistent basis. Please be willing to take full responsibility for your experience. Please be willing to request repeatably for what you want.

Especially useful for people who are part of a Practice Group.

What to bring:

  • Your authentic self.
  • Exercises or meditations that you have found useful in your practice.
  • Unresolved situations.

If time permits, Pan will share the events of the New Future Process sponsored by the Center for Nonviolent Communication to chart the international course of Nonviolent Communication.

In the planning stage

  • Trainings in Randolph and Rutland. (If you know of venues please call Pan at 802-659-0144.)