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Transforming Depression, Anger, Guilt & Shame

  • Trinity Union Church

    100 Riddiford Street, Newtown, Wellington (map)

    -41.311600 174.778992

  • Car & pedestrian access via Hall Ave (off Hall St) one block up from Wellington Hospital and up the road from Pita Pit on the corner (opposite Newtown School). The church is located on a back section of Hall Ave. Plenty of free car parks.
  • Do You Play the Blame Game of 'who's right and who's wrong? 

    Depression, Anger, Guilt, Shame  (DAGS) are caused by judgements or what we call Life-alienated thinking in Compassionate Nonviolent Communication (NVC).

    We direct our Anger outward by blaming others, and direct it inward by blaming ourselves, which result in the arrival of its cousins, Guilt, Shame and Depression. 

    Anger tells us we think the 'bad person' is somebody else.
    Guilt, Shame and Depression tell us we think we are the 'bad person'. 

    These are the feelings that result from Life-alienated thinking and the 'domination' and 'power over' systems we live in every day of our lives, in our homes, schools and workplaces. They can lead to a culture of violence and bullying affecting others, or self-harm towards ourselves. 

    In NVC we call Depression, Anger, Guilt, Shame important alarms which let us know we are disconnected to our needs, values and what matters deeply to us. 

    What Will You Learn in this 4 hour Workshop? 
    1) Life-serving vs Life-alienating communication 
    2) Unpacking Depression, Anger, Guilt, Shame (DAGS) 
    3) Acknowledge without resistance the painful feelings of unmet needs and the 'Jackal Show'
    4) Recognize that DAGS do not arise because of another’s words or behaviour
    5) Find the 'gift' beneath the Anger and transform it into Life-serving energy and to 'make life more wonderful' 
    6) Shift your thinking patterns that lead to Guilt, Shame and Depression
    7) Learn to Mourn the ‘sweet pain’ of unmet needs and painful relationships and Requests of Yourself and Others   
    8) Experiential DAG Dancing on the ‘Flower of Life’ 
    9) Role Playing yourself and those with whom you have an 'Enemy Image'
    10) Build your EQ with Empathy, Self-Compassion, Gratitude and Appreciation   

    NVC supports connection with oneself and others so everyone's needs are equally valued. This allows people to create strategies and meaningful solutions that resolve issues and create thriving relationships in all aspects of life. Using NVC Empathy tools, participants will learn how to transform everyday blame, shame, and critical expression into interactions that focus on mutual human needs. People who practice NVC have found greater authenticity in their communication, increased understanding, deeper connection and satisfying conflict resolution.

    Book & Pay: 
    $40 (unwaged) 
    $50 (waged) 
    Towards venue costs, refreshments and photocopy handouts.

    Please deposit into the following account with 'NVC' and your name as reference: 
    Trading Bank: Kiwibank 
    Name of Account: Spirit of Peace 
    Account Number:[masked]

    Please RSVP on this Meetup or Enquiries email: [masked]
    OR Phone/Text Sophia on[masked]

    Your Facilitator: 
    Sophia initiated and founded the NVC grassroots movement in the Wellington Region nearly 12 years ago, and organised many workshops attended by keen participants throughout NZ.  She trained with the founder of NVC, Dr Marshall Rosenberg, Robert Gonzales, Miki Kashtan, Sura Hart, Jean Morrison, Gina Lawrie and many other overseas trainers.  She has facilitated a wide range of NVC workshops for community activists, spiritual and social change groups, including Death Cafes, Grief & Loss with Compassion & Empathy, Intentional Living, Steiner and Buddhist communities, The Occupy NZ & Wellington movements, Inter/national Peace and Disarmament groups, alternative Adult Education, teachers, parents and children in school communities and the general public.  She resonates deeply with the Spirituality of NVC and an abiding empathy for First Nations, the plight and healing of the world’s indigenous people, through NVC and cultural-spiritual awareness.

    Recent Testimonials from Participants: 

    "Highly recommended!  Sophia has done a wonderful job in presenting this amazing concept of compassionate communication in a very warm and heartfelt, as well as wonderfully visual, active and fun way.  Very inspiring, thank you!"

    "Excellent - well worth taking the time to learn and practice some new communication skills.  Sophia is very passionate about the topic which made it easy and fun to participate."

    Trinity Union Church 
    11 Hall Avenue (off Hall Street) 
    Newtown, Wellington, New Zealand

    Instructions for the Trinity Union Church venue: 
    Pedestrian and car access through Hall Avenue (off Hall Street), just up the road from Pita Pit opposite Newtown School, next block down from Wellington Hospital going south. Look up Hall Street and you'll see “Hall Avenue” clearly marked with a white signpost.  Plenty of free car parks at the church.  If you’re catching a bus from the city, get off at the Wellington Hospital bus stop and walk to Hall Street – Hall Avenue is off that.  Here is a google map,+Newtown,+Wellington,+nz

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  • Sophia
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    I've been practising and sharing Compassionate or Nonviolent Communication (NVC) for many years.... more

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