The following 2.5 hour workshop takes place as part of the 2013 UU Buddhist Fellowship Convocation held April 5-7at the Pearlstone Conference & Retreat Center just outside Baltimore:
Nonviolent Communication and Prison Dharma
Led by Barbra Esher and Karen Holcomb
The inspiration for this month's Baltimore NVC offering is twofold --
From Needs to Requests Using Dance Floors (continued) (Baltimore)
The fourth piece of the NVC model is Requests. Asking for what you want can be the beginning of a rich connection; it can be a gift that surprises and even delights the person you ask. But sometimes it’s the start of a fight. These offerings focus on ideas and practices that support the happier outcome.
This offering is a continuation of work on Requests, started in February when the focus was “Preparing for the Conversation”.
Where: Park Heights Rd and Clarks Lane, Baltimore
The fourth piece of the NVC model is Requests. Asking for what you want can be the beginning of a rich connection; it can be a gift that surprises and even delights the person you ask. But sometimes it’s the start of a fight. The next few Baltimore offerings focus on ideas and practices that support the happier outcome.
The second "Living Compassion" Retreat will be offered on Sunday, January 6, 2013.
The focus of each Living Compassion retreat I offer arises from my work with Robert Gonzales, director of the Center for Living Compassion in Portland, Oregon, as well as my own recent insights and experiences. In addition to presentations and new practices, Lliving Compassion retreats include circle time, a potluck lunch, and an extended processing period, with coaching available for those who want it.
This month we will look at the NVC model for empathic listening. Are the model and the lists supporting connection? What about reflection and silent empathy? We would love to have examples of times when you have not been satisfied with your response to someone who is angry, sad, troubled, .. in despair.
Ever since I went to my first NVC workshop, I've thought I wanted to live in accordance with NVC assumptions and intentions. And after just a few 2-hour workshops, I found that NVC helped make my world more wonderful: I found more harmony, more support, more fun, more meaning.... And yet, really frequently, my old thought patterns and habits kept me reacting in disconnecting ways in times of stress.
Staying Connected to Ourselves and Others When Our Opinions or Strategies Collide
The elections are now over and the holidays are nearing…in the coming weeks many of us will find ourselves sitting across the dinner table from friends or family members who may have very different beliefs or strategies than we do for creating a wonderful world. In the past, some of those post-election and/or holiday conversations may have ended in greater rancor than mutual understanding, but this year can be different.