Gradient
10 Months
Global Online Program

Schedule

Preliminary schedule - Exact dates and tims coming soon
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This general plan is shared by both group A and B
Immersion week (first 9 days) 
During the immersion week, there is one session per day - after this week sessions will be held 3 times per month
Session # 1+2: Intro - reviewing the basics of nvc (3 hours per session a total of 6 hours) 

We will learn together the OFNR foundational steps of NVC (observations, feelings, needs, requests). These sessions will take place in smaller circles allowing us to get to know each other. 

The content is great for those who are new to NVC. It is important to attend so that the rest of the program will make more sense for you. We also warmly welcome those who are more experienced to attend the sessions both to support the group in learning and if you are thinking of teaching or are already teaching it can be enriching to see how others teach this content.
 

 
Session #3: Getting to know the community 

This is an exciting session creating a rich “ rainbow” of hearing all voices in the circle for the first time.

Every person in the circle has a unique perspective and quality to gift the circle. 

In these first “Getting to know the community” we will hear a little bit about you and your intention for this year long Learning Community.

It is important for us that everyone will be present to start to get a taste of the full rainbow of colours-the special human beings who will be creating this process together learning, growing and supporting each other this year. 

This will take place over 4 consecutive sessions, each one hour long in the first immersion week of the program.

 

Session #4: What is this community?

How does this program function? 

Who are the different people carrying roles behind the scenes and front stage? 

What are the special features of this community? How does it all work?

Also How do we all hold each other and approach every single issue that comes up as a gateway to deepening and grounding our practice of Nonviolent communication?

 

Session #5: Getting to know the community

This is an exciting session creating a rich “ rainbow” of hearing all voices in the circle for the first time.

Every person in the circle has a unique perspective and quality to gift the circle. 

In these first “Getting to know the community” we will hear a little bit about you and your intention for this year-long Learning Community.

It is important for us that everyone will be present to start to get a taste of the full rainbow of colours-the special human beings who will be creating this process together learning, growing and supporting each other this year. 

This will take place over 4 consecutive sessions, each one hour long in the first immersion week of the program.

 

Session #6: Giraffe journals-self empathy practice 

Writing and journaling can be a meaningful way to reach connection and self-empathy.

To remember who we are, who we were, who we want to be, To name what we go through, what we strive for and what we wish to change. 

We want to practice “compost writing” - transforming our thoughts, interpretations and stories into feelings, needs and requests :) 

This type of “Giraffe journaling” is also a requirement for the CNVC certification path. Here we will open a window to how we can ground our NVC practice with a personal Journal and support each other in committing to this practice and its benefits year long.


 

Session #7: Getting to know the community

This is an exciting session creating a rich “ rainbow” of hearing all voices in the circle for the first time.

Every person in the circle has a unique perspective and quality to gift the circle. 

In these first “Getting to know the community” we will hear a little bit about you and your intention for this year-long Learning Community.

It is important for us that everyone will be present to start to get a taste of the full rainbow of colours-the special human beings who will be creating this process together learning, growing and supporting each other this year. 

This will take place over 4 consecutive sessions, each one hour long in the first immersion week of the program.


 

Session #8: Intro to empathy and empathy buddies

“Your presence is the biggest gift you can give another person” ( Marshall Rosenberg)

 Empathy is creating space for each other in whatever is alive in us.

In this sessions, we will explore how we live Empathy through NVC consciousness,

What empathy can create and bring to our lives? 

We will practice empathic listening in various ways and will experience how empathy feels in our buddies. 


 

Session #9: Getting to know the community + Creating inclusivity in a global community 

This is an exciting session creating a rich “ rainbow” of hearing all voices in the circle for the first time.

Every person in the circle has a unique perspective and quality to gift the circle. 

In these first “Getting to know the community” we will hear a little bit about you and your intention for this year-long Learning Community.

It is important for us that everyone will be present to start to get a taste of the full rainbow of colours-the special human beings who will be creating this process together learning, growing and supporting each other this year. 

This will take place over 4 consecutive sessions, each one hour long in the first immersion week of the program.

 

Creating inclusivity in a global community 

The unique situation of coming together from across the globe, and from across very different life circumstances and privileges, as well as different cultures, requires extra care, awareness and a willingness to learn from each other about what it takes to truly meet across these barriers. 

Issues of intersectionality and power differences within the system we all live with,  require ongoing work and a willingness to make mistakes, be accountable,

and together as a learning community continue to support each other in our growth towards the world we truly wish to live in. 

How can we differentiate between intentional harm, blame and impact, and accountability?

How do we as a community hold with care and integrity Isms within the context of NVC?

We will be introduced and talk about terms like microaggressions, white privilege, pronouns and isms, Systemic Triggers and how these currently live within our prospective cultures.

Workshop teasers:
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Exploring Fear on the Self Empathy Dance Floor
Bridget Belgrave

Group B

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Walking the Path of Exploring Precious Gift Behind Anger
Shigeko Suzuki and Ken Anno

Group B

Marshall spoke of us, humans, as “doing their best they can at that moment to meet their need.“ The same could be said about our own anger. After practicing NVC for more than a decade, we’ve come to understand how important it is to really embrace our own anger and connect with the energy of what is truly important for us behind the anger. We’ve also come to understand how important it is to be with our body when we connect with what’s precious behind the anger. We’re naming our session “Walking the Path” because the process of connecting with anger is not a simple step but a deep journey of getting to know ourselves. It’s a journey to explore our deep values and get to know ourselves that may take time and could potentially change our lives. In this session, we will explore journey of getting to know ourselves through connecting with the preciousness behind anger and start the journey of seeing ourselves as doing the best we can do at that moment to meet our need even during the intense moment of ange
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“Enough empathy already” Moving from Empathy into full connection
Finding honesty and meeting in the field of connection as well as needed action.
Liv Larsson

Group A

Sometimes in NVC it seems as though Empathy is the end goal and bottom line.
In this workshop we will balance the magic of Empathy with a reminder that In order to fully heal and find depth of a relationship we need to invite the full circle of connection.
This full circle of connection truly supports a flow of life force and power that happens in the depth of meeting each other within the mutuality of hearing and being heard, integrating complexity with compassion, even when there is an uncomfortable message or observation to share and address.And finally truly caring for needs and life beyond lending our ears and hearts in Empathic listening is a powerful part of the movement towards healing and serving life.
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NVC and Prayer - connections, triggers and discoveries!
Bridget Belgrave

Group A

This session is for those who pray and for those who don’t. And for people of any religion or none. We’ll reflect on some Big Questions such as: Do we need to believe in a Divine Presence in order to pray? What about the NVC idea of ‘connecting to the flow of life’ - is that the same thing? We'll care for painful experiences around prayer, and – for those who want it - increase the possibility of prayer being a deep resource - fresh, alive and authentic to who you are. We will use the open-hearted, non-judgmental wisdom of NVC to address this topic, attending to our triggers, and developing our capacity to be empathically present to others as they speak about prayer, even when their views are very different to ours. Bridget will introduce a map that relates to both NVC and prayer, giving signposts to how they interconnect. And we’ll ask whether prayer might strengthen our NVC practice, and how coming from the authenticity of NVC might make possible a kind of prayer practice - for those who want one - that honours our path and supports us everywhere we go.
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The Art and Practice of Key Differentiations of Nonviolent Communication
Kathleen Macferran

Group A

“Diving Deeply into the Essence and Form of Nonviolent Communication.” Marshall Rosenberg left us with an amazing process that is simple in its form, multi-layered in understanding, and often complex in its application. In depth study into the nuances and interweaving of form and essence can build a foundation that moves the practice of NVC into your bones and part of your natural way of interacting with the world. This session will look at the connection between the form and essence, how they inform one another, and how to use both the NVC map and your own authentic experience to connect in any specific context.
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Requests: A Dance of Communication
Manasi Saxena

Group B

The fourth step of the NVC process, Requests, can serve as a window to connection. Through requests, we can flow with consent and choice, through different layers of dialogue, to grow connection and trust in each conversation. This session is for building fluency in our Nonviolent Communication practice, so we can move towards creating the life that we want, based on our needs and values. Together, we will explore how to make different kinds of requests so that we can go to where the energy is taking us in this moment, whether it is to deeper self-connection, to empathy for the other, or to expressing our own needs.
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Expressing NO: Stand for my Needs and care for the relationship
Yoram Mosenzon

Group B

Even the people I consider most honest, when it comes to
expressing ‘NO’ in certain situations their honesty become wobbly…
There is something around NO that is humanly extremely challenging.
This session will be dedicated to the delicate dynamics around NO,
and to the practice of navigating a dialogue to go beyond NO
in a way that none of us needs to betray ourselves.
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Living Honesty in our relationships
Yoram Mosenzon

Group B

"So often, in a situation with people, I find myself thinking: “Should I say it or should I not?”.

Should I be honest or not?

This dilemma represents a core challenge:

How can I be fully me with people? It seems that if I share fully who I am and what is in me, I will have tons of conflicts and pains.

And if I hide parts of myself, I will not be there.

So shall I endanger the connection or shall I disappear from the connection? Neither!

How can we be fully and radically honest, while caring for the relationships we have?
This is the core attraction that brought me into 'Nonviolent Communication (NVC)’.

NVC showed me clear and practical ways to navigate this core dilemma in millions of day to day situations."
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Why we won’t stop Judging (soon) - and what is the beauty awaiting underneath :
Integrating the transformative power of Compassion
to transcend the painful heritage of self and other judgment
Arnina Kashtan

Group B

One of the most painful tools that we, humans, have learned to use against ourselves and each other, is Judgements.
In this workshop we will explore the biological, collective & familial origins of this phenomenon, and experience the art of re-connecting with the hidden truth underneath this manifestation of the internalized “right-wrong” thinking.
Why do we judge and why it won’t stop soon
How can we move from this blaming-separating habit into a new sense of presence
What can we practice in order to introduce consciously connecting actions and words
Participants will learn how to embody compassion in their relationships and thus enhance transformation.

Practical learning:
The 3 Powers that maintain us in the judging field;
The 5 Awakening Questions for every-day practice of Non-Violence;
The inner practice of transforming Judgements into Needs;
The embodiment practice that breaks the heart open
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Beyond Forginess, Guilt& Anger - The Compass to Reliving Our True Self
Arnina Kashtan

Group A

Forgivness Guilt& Anger - The Compass to Reliving Our True Self

When we find ourselves hurting or being hurt by another human being - especially within the family (our children or parents) - three of our familiar social habits are anger, guilt, and then asking for forgiveness (or “having” to extend it).
In this workshop we will explore the roots of these emotions, as well as those of the strategy of forgiveness (hint: they come from the same origin…), and experience the art of moving beyond their grip into the field of presence, vulnerability and true care.

• Why are these emotions necessary, and how do they hold us prisoners in ways that act against our deepest needs, especially within our families
• What is the hidden desire underneath forgiveness
• What is the immense liberating power awaiting beyond repeating these habits

Participants will learn how to re-introduce presence and compassion in their relationships and thus enhance transformation.

Practical learning (from The Compass tools):
- The Cement (Beliefs, patterns, vows) that separates us from our essence
- The Glue that holds us frozen in repeating situations
- The Four Keys of LOVE that help us move towards liberation
- The Inner Observer mantra to re-connect us with inner choice

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Diving into existential questions of life
Robert Maoz Kržišnik

Group B

It seems to be hard to enjoy our human lives in fulness unless we have a clear, embodies sense of who and what we are, unless we are in deep peace with the unknown and unpredictable aspects of life, unless we welcome ourselves fully and freely into this miraculous existence… And it seems that no rationalising, no intellectual efforts can ever take care of the above.

Late Robert Gonzales and myself created, in 2014, a one-week dyad-based retreat called Awakening to Life Intensive, that is aimed at supporting fully embodied waking up to the flow of Life. In this session we will have a chance to experience a taste of this journey: journey to the fullness of being, a journey of waking up and liberating ourselves, a journey into the sheer presence to life as it emerges through us.
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From intellectual self-empathy to a fully embodied one
Robert Maoz Kržišnik

Group B

Self-empathy or self-connection plays a vital part in Nonviolent Communication, as it is almost impossible to express ourselves clearly or to receive others empathically when we are not self-connected. Yet the act of self-connection is often kidnapped by our minds and so we end up attempting to self-connect primarily on an intellectual level: compartmentalising our inner experience into categories like feelings and needs, rationalising about it all, explaining things to ourselves…, and not really self-connecting.

In this session we will be practically exploring a fully embodied self-connection, in which we give our minds some rest, while we fully dive into our experience and wholistically embrace all that moves through us.
Various special sessions through-out the year:
Themed sharing circles + celebration and mourning

We will practice the tool of Empathic listening circle around specific chosen topics that are alive for us. In smaller groups formed around these topics we will share in turn, be received in Empathy and perhaps heartfelt reactions, hear the tenderness and wisdom that comes through a deep listening circle. Possible topics can be Parenting and NVC, healing from loss, challenges of dating, intimate relationships, holding NVC consciousness in the workspace and more.

Our third hour will be dedicated to mournings and celebrations in the big circle and in Dyads.

Gift Circle and Dyads on Abundance, Giving and Receiving

In this session we will practice the flow of giving and receiving, see what it awakens in us, and get to know another aspect of one another. It might be nice to start reflecting on what you would love to give and receive.

We will create a living and fun resource of the many surprising and inspiring gifts we can exchange within the community. Things to give can be as simple as a poem I love. This will create a yearlong resource for the community as a living web of giving and receiving. 

Practice teaching 

Jump into the water of sharing NVC and leading practice groups in a supportive environment.

Sharing circles, celebrations and mourning 

In this community meeting we will create space for all voices to be heard.

We will start with a one hour sharing circle of a topic that the community itself will bring to surface. 

Our third hour will be dedicated to mournings and celebrations in the big circle and in small groups.

Co creating Social Change

As a community we will open a space for NVC Projects Development and create a support circle for the individuals in the group that want to lead social change with the NVC practice. 

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