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2 day introduction or refresher on Compassionate Communication


  • Pacific Garden Cohousing 347 Seventh Street Nanaimo, BC, V9R 1E3 Canada (map)

2 days to improve all your relationships

Recent studies have proven it: the quality of our relationships have the greatest impact on our overall happiness. Knowing that, it might be worth it to invest time and energy to work on our relationships!

This workshop is for you if you would like to

- be able to deal with conflict and difficult relationship with more fluidity, confidence and trust

- develop a better relation to yourself that helps you in moments of intense emotions

- increase your capacity to listen to people that are dear to you and improve the quality of your relationships

Hearing and accepting ourselves

We all have a little voice inside of ourselves that often criticizes us, telling us that we are not good enough, we could be more efficient, more creative, have a better body, be more organized... What if this voice was preventing us to live what we really yearn for? 

In this workshop, Myriam invites us to transform the way we talk to ourselves. Participants will develop a capacity to hear themselves with warmth and understanding. We'll be listening deeply to what is happening inside of us, behind the judgment. This is a powerful way to find peace inside of us in challenging moments of life and the energy to live the life we dream of.

A path to developing meaningful & quality relationships

Transforming the relationship we have with ourselves can help us deepen our connections to our life partners, children, colleagues, neighbors, and even people that are sometimes "difficult to talk to".

In our daily lives, when someone doesn't talk or act in a way that we find acceptable or desirable, we start building judgment about this person. This may confine him or her in our misunderstanding of who they truly are. This is preventing us from really connecting and understanding each other. Going past this judgment is not easy. We haven't learned to hear what is behind what someone says or does and reach his or her humanity.

Through interactive exercices, you will learn to
- connect to what you really want and make sure you will stand up for your needs
- develop the capacity to talk to people you find hard to talk to
- ignite collaboration
- go faster to a win-win solution that works for everyone!

What is the approach?
This workshop is founded on NonViolent Communication, an approach developed by Marshall Rosenberg. 
The Center for Nonviolent Communication, which he founded in 1984, now has hundreds of certified NVC trainers and supporters teaching NVC in more than 35 countries around the world. 
NonViolent communication is an integration of communications skills, a reflexion on language and a form of consciousness that support living a life of compassion, collaboration, courage, and authenticity. It is used world-wide in all kinds of contexts such as parenting, organizational conflicts, schools, armed conflicts etc.

"We can't win at somebody else's expense. We can only fully be satisfied when the other person's needs are fulfilled as well as our own." 


Marshall B. Rosenberg 

Outline of the workshop:

Saturday morning: Connecting to ourselves and finding inner peace, a path to a more fulfilling life

Saturday afternoon: Learning to listen truly to each others and offer empathy

Sunday morning: Seeing behind the judgment

Sunday afternoon: Practicing difficult conversations

The workshop isn't theoretical: after each concept is presented, interactive exercices will help the participant to integrate and apply it to their daily lives. We will have coffee breaks regularly to keep the energy flowing.

Location: The workshop will take place in the common space of Pacific Garden Cohousing, 347 Seventh Street, Nanaimo

Food:

Coffee and tea will be served as well as light snacks.

Please bring your own cold lunch, we will be eating together in the Pacific Gardens dining room from 12 to 2pm.

Price and registration

100$ - 250$ sliding scale for 16 hours of training

To confirm registration:

https://goo.gl/forms/lejL8QoOa50ZSv8Q2

Please pay by Etransfer to myriam.verzat@gmail.com before October 3rd. 

How to decide how much to pay? 

Here are some considerations to decide how much you wish to contribute (source: https://www.ridefreefearlessmoney.com/blog/2016/05/sliding-scale-1/)

Consider paying less on the scale if you:

  • are supporting children or have other dependents

  • have significant debt

  • have medical expenses not covered by insurance

  • receive public assistance

  • have immigration-related expenses

  • are an elder with limited financial support

  • are an unpaid community organizer

  • are a returning citizen who has been denied work due to incarceration history

Consider paying more on the scale if you:

  • own the home or apartment you live in

  • have investments, retirement accounts, or inherited money

  • travel recreationally

  • have access to family money and resources in times of need

  • work part time by choice

  • have a relatively high degree of earning power due to level of education (or gender and racial privilege, class background, etc.) Even if you are not currently exercising your earning power, I ask you to recognize this as a choice.

If 100$ is still a barrier, please communicate with me.

About me

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) has been a very important in my life since I was a child. It is a process and a way of relating to each other that my parents have invited in our family since I was very little. I can see how much it has helped and still helps to nurture our relationships in my nuclear family of six people and with my husband, son and neighbors.

After reading and experiencing by my-self for many years, I joined a community and studied Nonviolent Communication in Montreal. Meanwhile, I offered workshops with Erik Pena Salazar from Communication Synergie. I am now a candidate for certification and collaborate with The Farthest Shore, a training center for NVC on Gabriola Island (http://www.farthestshore.org/).

I feel so grateful about having NVC in my life that I want to share it with others. I have the deep conviction that the way we relate to ourselves and to each other is at the core of the type of violence we observe and perpetuate in the world. I also think that we need to make a deep change in the way we relate to ourselves, to each other and to the planet if we want to survive as a species on this planet. And I definitely want to be part of this change! I am combining my NVC work to nature connection and improvisation approaches. To know more about me, please visit: http://www.myriamverzat.com.

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