Starting May 7th The Unitarian Universalist Church will host a series of workshops on Compassionate Communication based on Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication model.
The first session will be an overview using selections from a video created by Rosenberg at one of his workshops. There will be lots of opportunities for discussion and Q&A. After that we will hold a series of sessions designed for learning practical use of Compassionate Communication.
We will meet most Sundays each month from May until August. Classes will start at 1:30pm and last about 2 hours and be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greensboro, 5603 Hilltop Road Jamestown, NC. We will start May 7, and then meet May 21, June 4, 11, 18, July 9, 16, 23, August 6, 13, 20. At that point we will look to form a monthly practice group. Attendance is strongly encouraged. Doing this work well requires a lot of practice.
We will be using 2 books:
- Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, 3rd Edition: Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships
- Nonviolent Communication Companion Workbook, 2nd Edition: A Practical Guide for Individual, Group, or Classroom Study
It is not essential you have the books, but it is recommended. We might have a couple extra copies for loan from the church.
Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is based on the principles of nonviolence– the natural state of compassion when no violence is present in the heart. NVC begins by assuming that we are all compassionate by nature and that violent strategies—whether verbal or physical—are learned behaviors taught and supported by the prevailing culture. NVC also assumes that we all share the same, basic human needs, and that each of our actions are a strategy to meet one or more of these needs.
People who practice NVC have found greater authenticity in their communication, increased understanding, deepening connection and conflict resolution. NVC is copyrighted. We will use the alternative terminology of Compassionate Communication.