What we're about

However, we very much recommend you read 'Nonviolent Communication: a Language of Life'

by Marshall B. Rosenberg, to help you understand NVC and to enable you to 'put in' as well as to 'get the most' from your practice session(s)

Most of us have been educated from birth to compete, judge, demand, diagnose and to communicate in ways that often create distrust and alienation rather than connection. These habitual ways we think and speak often hinder communication, creating misunderstanding and frustration; still worse, they can bring about anger and pain which may lead to violence, either physical or emotional.

Nonviolent Communication (also known as "Compassionate or Collaborative or Mindful Communication") helps us avoid unnecessary suffering by contributing to peace in our world, helping people connect across differences in gender, age, sexual orientation, ethnic background, religious and political beliefs. Join us to discover and practice these life-changing skills!

Even if you don't know much about NVC, our engagement with the spirit of community which NVC engenders is as important as the practice itself. You may want to mainly observe a session(s) to experience how you feel about it.

Other places that might be valuable to contact around NVC in London and UK

http://nvc-uk.com/ (http://nvc-uk.com/resources/) - This is the main website for all UK NVC activities, training, practice groups, camps and residentials, blogs, resources and much more. They send a regular newsletter with upcoming events and all things new around NVC in UK

NVC London Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/502984243229456/)For us Londoners to join and find out what is going on! Anybody can post here.

Online Resources

Or read online: http://www.slideshare.net/hajnali3/nonviole... or/and watch the whole of the video below (runs for 185 minutes) :-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwXH4hNfgPg

Note: We limit attendance to around 12 people & Practice sessions are usually posted on Wednesday's. We recommend you RSVP early at this point to increase your chances of being one of the 12 people.

Do visit our 'Discussions' ( button is to the right of 'Home' button ) for latest news/updates, or to post an idea/ suggestion of getting together with other Baby Giraffe's or to ask a question to the group.
Your organisers are happy to answer any queries you may have, however small - Tom: 07976 371 983 or message us on Meetup:)

Weekend NVC foundation training by a certified Trainer would certainly provide a solid basis for continuing practice in our weekly group and we very much recommend it - Details :-

http://nvc-resolutions.co.uk/nonviolent-communication-training-course-workshops-london/ (http://www.nvc-resolutions.co.uk/nonviolent-communication-information-a-resources/nvc-public-workshops.html)

Here's a group that meets in South London & on-line

http://www.meetup.com/NVC-Group-Practice/events/220874703/

What is NVC? : http://www.groktheworld.com/what-nonviolent...

We call the language that we practice “Giraffe language,” though its official name is “Nonviolent Communication.” We use the image of a Giraffe because it's a language of the heart, and a giraffe has the largest heart of any land animal.

We meet in a lovely, historical Quaker building near Old Street tube station and when attending an event, we request a £5 cover charge re rent, with no charge for the practice. We support each other with empathy, encouragement and NVC skills, using a combination of discussion, exercises and feedback. We usually do whole group work then break into small groups of (2,3 or 4).

Upcoming events (5+)

Closed & on-going facilitated deepening and practice group

What's an on-going group? People who've done at least a foundation training in NVC join for a block of 5 sessions (meeting monthly) with the opportunity to continue after that. This format allows you to meet with the same people over time, which helps to build trust, safety and community. Each group has between 8 and 10 members, some whom are new and others who've been there for a couple of years or more. There is 1 space in this group for the September 2018 intake. What are the sessions like? Each session usually has a theme, some input and a specific exercise to practice, like a mini workshop. There is also flexibility as a group to decide what and how we want to learn. The group also provides a space where you can receive empathic support for your personal struggles, as well as a sense of community and inspiration. Occasionally we work with 'live' issues, applying NVC when judgments, feelings, needs are stimulated in relation to each other. We want to support each other to embody and live NVC. Who's hosting? Cath is a certified NVC trainer with CNVC, the global organisation founded by Marshall Rosenberg to support the learning and sharing of NVC for personal healing, peaceful and effective dialogue, and collaboration in organisations. Dates: 5 Saturdays 12.15pm to 3.30pm Sept 29, Oct 13, Nov 3, Dec 8, Jan 19 Where? Willesden Green / Tufnell Park Financial contribution I, Cath, operate a sliding scale: £200 - £125 for 5 sessions. I ask you to consider your and my needs for sustainability when choosing what to give me. I propose this in the spirit of trust that we’re all willing to hold and consider equally care for ourselves and each other. As a guide I suggest the low end if you’re a full-time student, on benefits or in serious financial difficulty; mid range if you're on a modest income and need to budget carefully and the top end of the scale if you can afford to eat out regularly and holiday abroad annually. It's up to you. Testimonial “I really enjoy belonging to the ongoing group lead by Cath and find it really supportive to my practice. The regularity of the sessions keeps my practice alive, and sustains momentum. I also find Cath to be very warm and welcoming to what is alive, as well as a skilled facilitator and practitioner – she provides content which I find new, fresh, practical and useful. It is like a mini workshop, but with continuity of people, opportunity to practice together in safe space, and also the content of which we can collectively choose. I find practicing with this group, ably lead by Cath and with some committed regulars for a few hours a month really supports my learning, and keeps NVC alive for me, in an efficient way.” Sue Interested? Message or email me with when and with whom you did an NVC Foundation training plus any other NVC experience, and any queries you may have: [masked]

Saying "No" with courage and care: responding to requests and demands

Would you like to find a way of saying an empowered "No" whilst maintaining your relationships with others? Would you love to have access to more choice in your life when requests or demands come your way? Most of us have been educated to stifle our “No", believing we will hurt others or be abandoned, so we end up going along with things when we don’t really want to. Or instead bark out a "No!" like a sergeant major, even if we want to say "Yes" had we been asked differently. Both these reactions come at a cost to our relationships. Nonviolent Communication helps us reach beneath the surface of our "No" to discover a creative and dynamic way of responding with courage and care in any moment. On this day you’ll be supported to take away skills to: say “No” with courage and care transcend reactivity and develop a sense of inner space and choice listen to your body when experiencing resistance to what someone wants you to do There’ll be an invitation to explore this theme somatically in a light-hearted way through up to 90 minutes of movement and dance. We’ll also play with asking for what you want and being ok receiving a “No”. If you've never tried 'conscious dance' before you are especially welcome. No experience is necessary - you cannot do it wrong! And all ages, body shapes and fitness levels are welcome. Any doubts or queries call me for a chat. For more info about conscious dance: http://www.empathymatters.net/workshops-5/workshops-6.html Facilitator: read more about Cath here: http://www.empathymatters.net/about-cath.html Investment Individual rate: £80 (If you are a regular employee and you will be paying for the training from your own pocket). Small Charity rate: £100 (If you work for a charity with fewer than 15 employees and they will pay for the training). Public sector / Large Charity rate: £120 (If you work for a public sector organisation, such as a local council or the NHS, or a charity with more than 15 employees, and they will pay for the training). Private sector rate: £150. (If you work for a profit making company and they will pay for the training). If any of the above prices would make it difficult for you to attend, please contact me – concessions are available. Enquiries and booking Contact Cath at [masked] /[masked] This training is part of the NVC London Intermediate Training Programme: - 10 days of training across the course of a year, approx one day per month. - Each training stands alone, so you can attend as few or as many of the days as you wish. - Facilitated by five London-based certified NVC trainers: Carolyn Davies, Cath Burke, Ceri Buckmaster, Daren De Witt and Tracy Seed. Each trainer is facilitating two training days from the programme. Intention: To deepen your understanding and experience of NVC in theory and practice. Sustained input over the course of a year will support you to integrate and embody NVC more fully in your life. NVC London Intermediate training dates, themes and facilitators for 2019: 9 Feb: Exploring empathy and empathy collision with NVC. Facilitator - Daren De Witt 9 Mar: NVC and power: beyond blame and shame. Facilitator- Ceri Buckmaster 6 Apr: Saying no with courage and care: responding to requests and demands. Facilitator - Cath Burke 11 May: Cultivating self empathy and self compassion with NVC. Facilitator - Tracy Seed 15 Jun: The living energy of needs: transforming the pain of unmet needs. Facilitator - Carolyn Davies 3 Aug: Transforming anger and shame with NVC. Facilitator - Daren De Witt 7 Sept: The living energy of needs: moving from protection to connection. Facilitator - Carolyn Davies 5 Oct: Me, myself and I: self empathy and our inner critic. Facilitator - Cath Burke 2 Nov: NVC approaches to formal and informal mediation. Facilitator - Ceri Buckmaster 7 Dec: Practical tools for developing NVC fluency. Facilitator - Tracy Seed For more information about each of these trainings visit https://nvc-uk.com/events/

Closed & on-going facilitated NVC practice & deepening group

What's an on-going group? People who've done at least a foundation training in NVC join for a block of 5 sessions (meeting monthly) with the opportunity to continue after that. This format allows you to meet with the same people over time, which helps to build trust, safety and community. Each group has between 8 and 10 members, some whom are new and others who've been there for a couple of years or more. There are 2 spaces in this group for the September 2018 intake. What are the sessions like? Each session usually has a theme, some input and a specific exercise to practice, like a mini workshop. There is also flexibility as a group to decide what and how we want to learn. The group also provides a space where you can receive empathic support for your personal struggles, as well as a sense of community and inspiration. Occasionally we work with 'live' issues, applying NVC when judgments, feelings, needs are stimulated in relation to each other. We want to support each other to embody and live NVC. Who's hosting? Cath is a certified NVC trainer with CNVC, the global organisation founded by Marshall Rosenberg to support the learning and sharing of NVC for personal healing, peaceful and effective dialogue, and collaboration in organisations. Dates: 5 Sundays 5.15pm to 8.30pm Sept 9 & 30, Nov 18, Dec 9, Jan 20. Where? Queens Park Financial contribution I, Cath, operate a sliding scale: £200 - £125 for 5 sessions. I ask you to consider your and my needs for sustainability when choosing what to give me. I propose this in the spirit of trust that we’re all willing to hold and consider equally care for ourselves and each other. As a guide I suggest the low end if you’re a full-time student, on benefits or in serious financial difficulty; mid range if you're on a modest income and need to budget carefully and the top end of the scale if you can afford to eat out regularly and holiday abroad annually. It's up to you. Testimonial “I really enjoy belonging to the ongoing group lead by Cath and find it really supportive to my practice. The regularity of the sessions keeps my practice alive, and sustains momentum. I also find Cath to be very warm and welcoming to what is alive, as well as a skilled facilitator and practitioner – she provides content which I find new, fresh, practical and useful. It is like a mini workshop, but with continuity of people, opportunity to practice together in safe space, and also the content of which we can collectively choose. I find practicing with this group, ably lead by Cath and with some committed regulars for a few hours a month really supports my learning, and keeps NVC alive for me, in an efficient way.” Sue Interested? Message or email me with when and with whom you did an NVC Foundation training plus any other NVC experience, and any queries you may have: [masked]

Closed & on-going facilitated deepening and practice group

What's an on-going group? People who've done at least a foundation training in NVC join for a block of 5 sessions (meeting monthly) with the opportunity to continue after that. This format allows you to meet with the same people over time, which helps to build trust, safety and community. Each group has between 8 and 10 members, some whom are new and others who've been there for a couple of years or more. There is 1 space in this group for the September 2018 intake. What are the sessions like? Each session usually has a theme, some input and a specific exercise to practice, like a mini workshop. There is also flexibility as a group to decide what and how we want to learn. The group also provides a space where you can receive empathic support for your personal struggles, as well as a sense of community and inspiration. Occasionally we work with 'live' issues, applying NVC when judgments, feelings, needs are stimulated in relation to each other. We want to support each other to embody and live NVC. Who's hosting? Cath is a certified NVC trainer with CNVC, the global organisation founded by Marshall Rosenberg to support the learning and sharing of NVC for personal healing, peaceful and effective dialogue, and collaboration in organisations. Dates: 5 Saturdays 12.15pm to 3.30pm Sept 29, Oct 13, Nov 3, Dec 8, Jan 19 Where? Willesden Green / Tufnell Park Financial contribution I, Cath, operate a sliding scale: £200 - £125 for 5 sessions. I ask you to consider your and my needs for sustainability when choosing what to give me. I propose this in the spirit of trust that we’re all willing to hold and consider equally care for ourselves and each other. As a guide I suggest the low end if you’re a full-time student, on benefits or in serious financial difficulty; mid range if you're on a modest income and need to budget carefully and the top end of the scale if you can afford to eat out regularly and holiday abroad annually. It's up to you. Testimonial “I really enjoy belonging to the ongoing group lead by Cath and find it really supportive to my practice. The regularity of the sessions keeps my practice alive, and sustains momentum. I also find Cath to be very warm and welcoming to what is alive, as well as a skilled facilitator and practitioner – she provides content which I find new, fresh, practical and useful. It is like a mini workshop, but with continuity of people, opportunity to practice together in safe space, and also the content of which we can collectively choose. I find practicing with this group, ably lead by Cath and with some committed regulars for a few hours a month really supports my learning, and keeps NVC alive for me, in an efficient way.” Sue Interested? Message or email me with when and with whom you did an NVC Foundation training plus any other NVC experience, and any queries you may have: [masked]

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