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All practice groups sessions and upcoming workshops are now on MeetUp . It’s helpful for us if you RSVP there ahead of a session, so we can plan for the size of the group. www.meetup.com/NVCSouthAfrica/
Nonviolent Communication (NVC) practice group sessions are safe spaces where we practice skills such as deep listening, self connection, expression of feelings and needs, authentic connection and explore more complex feelings such as guilt, anger and shame. The aim is to become more fluent in expressing and listening to ourselves and others with compassion. All welcome!
Cost: Donations – suggestion R50
A typical evening looks like this:
5:45pm – Group Intro and Check-In’s
6:00 pm – A sharing/explanation of an NVC concept, reading, poem
6:15 pm – Play NVC Games / practice!
7:30 pm – Closing and Check-Out’s
7.45 pm – End
*Note – Friday 25th September will be an evening session – introduction to NVC by certified trainer Roberta Wall from the US (details below). Saturday & Sunday will be a 1.5 day workshop session with Roberta Wall for people who have experience practicing NVC.
|Wed, 19th August||Practice||5.40pm-7.40pm||Green Building, Westlake|
|Wed, 26th August||Practice||5.40pm – 7.40pm||Green Building, Westlake|
|Wed, 2nd September||Practice||6pm – 7.30pm||Quaker House, Mowbray|
|Wed, 9th September||Practice||5.40pm – 7.40pm||Green Building, Westlake|
|Tue, 15th September||Practice||6pm – 7.30pm||Quaker House, Mowbray|
|Wed, 16th September||Practice||5.40pm – 7.40pm||Green Building, Westlake|
|Wed, 23rd September||Practice||5.40pm – 7.40pm||Green Building, Westlake|
|Fri, 25th September||Workshop||tbc||tbc|
|Sat/Sun 26th&27th September||Workshop||tbc||tbc|
|Wednesday 30th September||Practice||6pm – 7.30pm||Quaker House, Mowbray|
Westlake – Upstairs in the Green Building, 9b Bell Crescent, Westlake Business Park, Westlake. Contact Sarah Dekker, (sarahvinikkan at gmail.com) or 073 960 3406
Mowbray – The Quaker House, 2 Rye Road, Mowbray – Contact Farzaneh Behroozie (farzaneh.behroozi at
NB – Mowbray practice sessions are from 6-7.30pm and are followed by an optional bring & share supper.
Roberta Wall, from the US, is certified as a trainer in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) by the Center for Nonviolent Communication and is an ordained member of the Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing. Roberta integrates the Plum Village Practice and Nonviolent Communication in her teaching and in her spiritual, activist and daily life. In communities, schools, businesses and organizations, Roberta facilitates Communication and Leadership Trainings, Public Conversations, Dialogues, Mediations and visioning and strategizing sessions. With private groups, families and individuals, she offers coaching, mediation, classes and trainings that integrate NVC and Mindfulness into all aspects of personal, family, communal and organizational life. In the Mideast, North America, Europe and Central America, with hundreds of Israelis, Palestinians, Europeans, North and South Americans and others, Roberta offers her work in service of peaceful transformation of our world. Her website and blogs are available at www.steps2peace.com .
With Compassionate or Non-Violent Communication (NVC), we learn to hear our own deeper needs and those of others, and to identify and clearly articulate what “is alive in us”. When we focus on clarifying what is being observed, felt, needed, and wanted, rather than on diagnosing and judging, we discover the depth of our own compassion.
Through its emphasis on deep listening—to ourselves as well as others—NVC fosters respect, attentiveness and empathy, and engenders a mutual desire to give from the heart. The form is simple, yet powerfully trans formative. Founded on consciousness, language, communication skills, and use of power that enable us to remain human, even under trying conditions, Nonviolent Communication contains nothing new: all that has been integrated into NVC has been known for centuries.