What we're about

The purpose of the group is to learn and practice communicating compassionately through Nonviolent Communication (NVC). People with an interest in improving their communication skills in all contexts would benefit from this group (relationships, parenting, leadership, coaching, organizations, etc).

NVC is a non-judgmental paradigm of relating that includes introspection, deep listening with empathy, and honest expression. NVC was started by Marshall Rosenberg (http://youtu.be/M-129JLTjkQ), PhD in the 1960s, and has been used throughout the world as a tool for conflict resolution, community building and peace. For more information on NVC, please go to the Center for Nonviolent Communication at www.cnvc.org.

When joining this group, please include a picture that clearly shows your face. Business, business casual, or casual clothing required at all times.

About the "Giraffes" - the giraffe is used within the NVC community as a living metaphor for NVC consciousness because of its long neck for great visibility and hearing, for its ability to eat thorns for nutrition, and for its very large heart.

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Laughing Giraffe Monday Evening Zoom Practice Group

Online event

DETAILS
A warm and welcoming community of care, dedicated to presence, listening, and learning, while practicing NVC developed by founder Marshall Rosenberg in his book "Non-Violent Communication"

We start gathering at 7:00. For group security, there will be a waiting room and you will be required to establish a visual video presence before being allowed to unmute your microphone or chat.

*At 7:05 we begin with a 10 minute meditation, followed by a short inspirational reading and a brief check-in. After check-in depending on the size of the group we might break break into smaller group break-out rooms; for group/dyad/triad NVC exercises, creative activities like roll-play, as well as small group empathy circles.

*If you arrive late, expect to be in the Zoom wait room, host will let you into the main room before the reading.

COME JOIN US!

It would be helpful to your practice to have a copy of feelings and needs, find lists here: cnvc.org/training/resource/feelings-inventory
cnvc.org/training/resource/needs-inventory

In order to create a safe space for our members, all participants must register on MeetUp and will be let into the meeting from the wait-room. Please plan to show yourself on video for both maximum group participation and group security. If you attend after 7:05, you will be in the waiting room until we are finished with the meditation.

Monetary contributions to the facilitator are at this time, not being accepted. Through the generosity of former contributions, our Zoom room is paid up through December 2021.

Wed Night Practice Group

Vivs house

Learning the sweetness of connecting with yourself and others is what Marshall Rosenberg's communication system is all about. We use some tools like feelings and needs lists to learn how to do this and have some moderated structure to keep the ease of learning going, but in general, we try and relax and connect and maybe have some fun too. Most practice groups I've led or participated in leave you feeling pretty good inside when done. Come see what that delicious warmth, as well as powerful authenticity is about. It's not just about learning how to speak and listen differently, it's also about living life differently and looking at the world through a different lens, one that is more alive and serves life.

I am resuming the in person practice. I am fully vaccinated and request that you be as well when you are rsvping.

Cultivating Wholeness for the Connected Self You Always Wanted (FREE, Online)

Would you like your interactions to be energizing?
Do you have a sense that you can be more fully alive?
Would you like to be more grounded and less reactive to others?

Come join our free workshop and accompanying series, where your artist (W) will paint a picture of compassionate self (N), where your magician (W) will play tricks with your loyal soldier (N).

In this workshop, we’ll explore the four facets of the self mapped to the cardinal directions — come explore more deeply who we are so we can live and communicate more fully.

Bring paper and drawing materials.

Note: This is a FREE workshop. The main Zoom room recorded for marketing and educational purposes.

Find the connected self you always wanted...

*** Click here to Register for this FREE Workshop https://mailchi.mp/453a05a2b164/wild-heart

"Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a way of focusing our attention on what's alive in order to facilitate compassionate giving and receiving." -- Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D.

"Our human psyches possess astonishing resources that wait within us, but we might not even know they exist until we discover how to access them and cultivate their powers, their untapped potentials and depths. Wild Mind identifies these resources — which Bill Plotkin calls the four facets of the Self, or the four dimensions of our innate human wholeness — and also the four sets of fragmented or wounded subpersonalities that form during childhood. Rather than proposing ways to eliminate our subpersonalities (which is not possible) or to beat them into submission, Plotkin describes how to cultivate the four facets of the Self and discover the gifts of our subpersonalities." - excerpt from the book Wild Mind

Workshop Desired Outcomes

* clearly differentiate between strategies and needs
* learn about the four facets of the self, and the needs alive
* learn about subpersonalities, how they keep us from living fully while also trying to meet needs
* you will be invited to an 8-week series that will guide you to find the connected self you always wanted -- click here for series registration information.

Workshop Agenda

* Key Differentiation: Strategies vs. Needs

Four Facets of Wholeness
* North: Nurturing Generative Adult — heart-centered thinking
* South: Wild Indigenous One — full embodied feeling
* East: Innocent/Sage/Trickster — presence, knowing, understanding, play
* West: Dark Beloved Muse — creativity, imagination

Find the connected self you always wanted...

*** Click here to Register for this FREE Workshop https://mailchi.mp/453a05a2b164/wild-heart

Note: The purpose of this training is to provide information and practices for Nonviolent Communication combined with Wild Mind. Participants are responsible for their own personal safety.

About the facilitator

James is a nature enthusiast, author and Certified NVC Trainer. He’s been involved in personal growth programs since the mid-1980’s, participated in many workshops, retreats and 12-step recovery. He began his journey into nature based spirituality in the late 1990’s. After publishing his book “The Joy of Compassionate Connecting - The Way of Christ Through Nonviolent Communication” in 2010, he participated in a Franciscan-inspired men’s rites of passage in 2011. He continued his growth journey through Mankind Project New-Warrior training and integration groups. He participated in Animas Valley Institute’s “Wild Mind Intensive” in Feb 2018, and had his first 12-day Vision Quest in the Anza Borrego desert in Feb 2020 (just before the COVID lockdown). He’s currently an Animas Valley apprentice in the Wild Mind Training Program (WMTP). He’s passionate about the intersection of Animas Valley inspired work with Nonviolent Communication as a way to contribute to “The Great Turning” ► a thriving compassionate world.

Laughing Giraffe Monday Evening Zoom Practice Group

Online event

DETAILS
A warm and welcoming community of care, dedicated to presence, listening, and learning, while practicing NVC developed by founder Marshall Rosenberg in his book "Non-Violent Communication"

We start gathering at 7:00. For group security, there will be a waiting room and you will be required to establish a visual video presence before being allowed to unmute your microphone or chat.

*At 7:05 we begin with a 10 minute meditation, followed by a short inspirational reading and a brief check-in. After check-in depending on the size of the group we might break break into smaller group break-out rooms; for group/dyad/triad NVC exercises, creative activities like roll-play, as well as small group empathy circles.

*If you arrive late, expect to be in the Zoom wait room, host will let you into the main room before the reading.

COME JOIN US!

It would be helpful to your practice to have a copy of feelings and needs, find lists here: cnvc.org/training/resource/feelings-inventory
cnvc.org/training/resource/needs-inventory

In order to create a safe space for our members, all participants must register on MeetUp and will be let into the meeting from the wait-room. Please plan to show yourself on video for both maximum group participation and group security. If you attend after 7:05, you will be in the waiting room until we are finished with the meditation.

Monetary contributions to the facilitator are at this time, not being accepted. Through the generosity of former contributions, our Zoom room is paid up through December 2021.

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