Connecting Compassionately is based on the Nonviolent Communication model created by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, founder of the Center for Nonviolent Communication and international peacemaker. The process of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) helps connect us with what is alive in ourselves and in others, moment-to-moment, with what we or others could do to make life more wonderful and with an awareness of what gets in the way of natural giving and receiving.
• NVC strengthens our ability to inspire compassion from others and respond compassionately to others and ourselves.
• NVC guides us to reframe how we express ourselves, how we hear others, and resolve conflicts by focusing our consciousness on what we are observing, feeling, needing and requesting.
• NVC is a dynamic way of connecting with others that offers a powerful, effective alternative to the violence and abuse that all to often takes place within our families, workplaces and communities. This methods is also being used as a peacemaking process in international conflicts.
• NVC teaches people to speak in a way that does not trigger defensiveness and hostility. Instead it uses language from the heart that addresses feelings and needs, rather than a language from the head with destroys connection through hurtful analysis, diagnosis and criticism.
Using NVC, you can learn to transform potential conflicts into peaceful dialogues.
You will learn to:
• Hear the heart message underlying judgment statements
• Peacefully resolve conflict without compromising your values
• Use the four components of Compassionate Communication:
clearly express observations, feelings, needs and make do-able requests
• Transform anger and master techniques that enhance understanding
• Be present with others without trying to fix his or her situation
• Increase your experience of choice rather than “should” or “have to”
Who can benefit?
• Individuals seeking greater self awareness.
• Families needing healing and harmony.
• Schools looking for conflict resolution.
• Professionals wanting to manage power differences with greater
ease in a positive way.
• Organizations aiming for productive meetings and teamwork.
• Groups wanting skills in creating peace.
What training is available?
• Training customized to meet your needs.
• Follow-up sessions available.
• Individual training and empathy sessions. (In person or on the telephone.)
• Couples and families office or on site.
• Groups — partial or full day workshops.
• Mediation, meeting facilitation.
• On-going practice sessions.
Find out more about Dr. Rosenberg’s peace work,
teaching materials or the Center for Nonviolent Communication:
www.nonviolentcommunication.com • 1.800.255.7696