A NINE MONTH IMMERSION
IN EMPATHY PRACTICE & EMPATHIC COMMUNITY
September 2017 - June 2018
Lead Trainer: Angela Walkley, NVC Certified Trainer
Cost: $ 1370 CDN (Scholarships Available)
Application Deadline: August 31, 2017
A 9 month experience with people who share a commitment to exploration, integration and transformation through nonviolence, compassion and empathy. It will be based on the philosophy, processes, and practices of Nonviolent Communication.
For those of you who have been participating in NVC workshops, practice groups and/or study groups over the last one or two years.
Inspired by Gandhi’s spinning wheel and has a dual focus on our individual learning and growth, and on service to the kind of world we want to live in. While you strengthen, deepen and integrate your NVC skills/understanding you will also explore opportunities to offer empathy in places where empathy is needed.
Four Three-Day Retreats
Our retreats will be located on Gabriola Island in a private waterfront home 5 minutes drive from the ferry. We will start at 9:00am, accommodating commuters from Nanaimo on the 8:10 ferry. We will take a long lunch break for down time and walks on the trails. And we will wrap up before 5pm for our commuters to make it home on the 5:30 ferry.
Retreat 1: Sept 29-Oct 1, 2017
Retreat 2: October 27-29, 2017
Retreat 3: February 9-11, 2018
Retreat 4: June 8-10, 2018
We will have a regular 90 minute bi-weekly call. We’ll have a different topic, focus or practice for each session. These calls can be either via telephone or computer.
You will pair up with individuals in the group and coordinate times to practice your empathy skills.
Personal Empathy Project
You will identify one or several people within your life to try your empathy skills with. You can dedicate as much or as little time to this in your life. Your experience with this will feed into our discussions in the program and may be something you process with your empathy pair.
Group Project: Offering Empathy
We will identify an organization or event where we can provide empathy to those in need: For example: staff who are worn down from their ‘giving’ work, vulnerable program participants (in places like women shelters, youth centres) or events such as Wellness Week offerings.
We will look for opportunities to connect through shared meals during the program. We may alternate locations for these. We will schedule these based on the group’s interest.
WHEEL is inspired by...
- Gandhi’s spinning wheel. Through spinning, Gandhi encouraged a country of individuals to reclaim power from the British by making their own clothes. "We cannot visualise non-violence in the abstract. So we choose an object which can symbolise for us, the formless.”
In addition to nonviolence, the spinning wheel was a symbol for self responsibility, inward orientation, freedom, choice and service. Gandhi also believed that the spinning-wheel bound together the hearts of everyone in society with a common thread of social oneness.
WHEEL offers the opportunity to be a part of a common thread, to step into self responsibility for our experience in life and to be of service to others with the gift of empathy.
Mahatma Gandhi saw God in every thread that he drew on the spinning wheel; its music was like a balm to his soul.
- The potting wheel, where we first begin to shape unformed clay. The artistry of creating our life. This links to our other year-long community, KILN, where we “fire” our pots and vessels to serve the world.
- Circles, cycles, returning. Unity. Inclusion. Belonging. Shared power and holding of the community circle. The cyclical nature of life, community, systems and our natural world.
- Simple technology. A return to the most basic forms of connection, to simplicity.
- Intertwining Threads. During this program, we will be looking at the intertwining threads of buddhism, yogic philosophy, western knowledge/practices of neurobiology and how NVC is a tapestry that interweaves them all.
WHEEL Revolves Around the Themes of...
Integrating the practice of self-empathy
Accessing courage to speak and act our truth
Exploring our beliefs around purpose
Being of Service:
Being a source of empathy for those in your life
Being a source of empathy in your places of involvement (work/volunteer/etc..)
Offering empathy to individuals in need: ie via hospice, women’s shelters, John Hopkins, youth organizations, TBD...
Learning from Community:
Creating a community within the WHEEL experience
Using your interactions within the WHEEL community to form the basis for my learning
Creating practices and rituals with others in your community to support connection and learning
Making Conscious Life Choices:
How to align life choices around your deep sense of self and purpose
Where to put your focus and energy
How to best live the stage of life you’re in, and prepare for the next
How to seek and nurture the kinds of close relationships you want
How to work with those you have, let go of ones that don’t serve life, and find new ones
The program is intended to include all individuals, reflective of their individual circumstances and needs.
Program cost: $1370 (full cost) or $160 a month
Full scholarship available for one or two people
Partial scholarships available
Volunteer contributions welcomed in trade where possible
Please submit your requests to me about this when you contact me to register.
These are specifically intended for those that could otherwise not attend due to financial resources.
Set-up/Clean up: set up and clean-up of venue/accommodations before and after retreats.
Communication: confirming participation for retreats, calls, travel, directions, arrivals, departures or other logistical communication details that come up. Be the first on the call for each bi-weekly conference call.
Snacks/Coffee/Tea/Lunch time support during retreats
ensure that kitchen is kept clean,
put out snacks, coffee, tea
help people to find what they need in the kitchen
possibly even help with picking up/preparing snacks in advance
Budget/payment support: tracking and sending out reminders
Our retreats will be held at a private residence: 143 McConvey Road. It has an ocean view and an ideal set up for our retreats. Room costs range from $25-$60 per night.
(MA in Leadership, CNVC Certified Trainer)
Angela sees NVC as a path towards consciousness. It is an approach that leads to greater inner freedom, connection with others and positive contribution in the world. She also sees it as a powerful tool for meditation, facilitation, leadership and collaboration. She believes that embracing the consciousness sharpens the tool allowing it to transform both the hearts and minds of people.
Angela has facilitated key decisions, conflict situations, collaboration and dialog among First Nations, non profit, government communities and social change makers for over 20 years. She has led training in leadership, participatory/integrative land management, and of course Nonviolent Communication. She is passionate about creating positive change in this world through our own self awareness and shifts in the ways we relate to one another (and ourselves). She is particularly enchanted with sharing how increasing our consciousness of our breath and body responses can transform our experience of life.