Want to learn how to resolve conflicts more skillfully? How to be sensitive to others while still meeting your own needs? How to have easier and deeper relationships? You can learn how to do this by participating in a two-day interactive workshop on Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, called “Beginning the Journey of Nonviolent Communication and Empathy.”
The annual weekend-long training will be held at Moore Community Center in Ellsworth and is a fundraiser for WERU. The workshop is led by Peggy Smith, the Director of Open Communication in Northport and a Center for Nonviolent Communication certified instructor.
The value of the workshop is a $140, but whatever donation participants can afford will be accepted. Preregistration is required as space is limited. Contact Peggy Smith at peggy
As Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior said “Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.”
The goal of this training is to explore a way of thinking, acting and speaking that builds connection even during times of stress and conflict. The practical approach of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) assists us in thinking toward sustainable authentic community where everyone matters. Participants will learn & explore new skills for using conflict as an opportunity to strengthen connection to others.
This interactive workshop will provide direct experience of empathic listening and empathic problem-solving. We have direct experiences of caring deeply for our authentic self at the same time as caring for the authentic other. These skills have the potential to increase harmony and cooperation within our our families, workplace, and the larger community.
You will leave this workshop with practical concepts and skills you can put to immediate use.
Whether you want to improve your relationship with yourself, your family, coworkers or community, your participation in this workshop will open new doors and expand your options.
You will gain concrete skills for using daily conflicts to relate more authentically and compassionately building trust in a multi sensory learning environment that fosters safety, depth and fun.
Participants will be empowered by embracing empathetic presence to transform our usual ways of thinking opening opportunities for radiant connections.
Participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice the components of life-serving thinking and communicating as developed through NVC:
- Making an OBSERVATION – identifying what happened without judgment or interpretation
- Connecting to the FEELINGS that arise
- Discovering what human NEEDS are generating those feelings
- Making a REQUEST, asking for what may make life more wonderful in a way that we experience choice and connection
This dynamic interactive workshop teaches ways to bring our innate empathic capacities to the experiences of daily life with fun and connection.