Compassionate Communication: Building with the Basics (June-July 2019) cancelled
Jun
11
to Jul 9

Compassionate Communication: Building with the Basics (June-July 2019) cancelled

  • JustFaith Ministries office (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Prerequisite: Intro to Compassionate Communication workshop or basic understanding of Compassionate Communication- Contact Cory if you have questions about this.

Are you looking for more effective ways to connect and communicate with people?

Do you believe our families, communities, cities, country, and world would be better if we understood ourselves and others better?

“[Compassionate communication] guides us in reframing how we express ourselves and hear others. Instead of habitual, automatic reactions, our words become conscious responses based firmly on awareness of what we are perceiving, feeling, and wanting. We are led to express ourselves with honesty and clarity, while simultaneously paying others a respectful and empathic attention.”

Marshall Rosenberg, developer of Compassionate Communication

In this 5-week class, you will learn the fundamentals of Compassionate Communication. The primary goal of Compassionate Communication is connection - with self and others - with the secondary goal of both realizing and addressing the needs of all parties, thus contributing to each person’s thriving. To be clear, this is very much a practice, and like any practice, there will be leaps forward, stumbles, successes, mistakes, and, with some self-reflection, lots of learning.

The class is highly participatory, with an emphasis on learning key assumptions of Compassionate Communication and practicing different skills each week. Themes for the week are as follows:

June 11: Fun with Feelings: How can we notice, name and connect with our feelings?

June 18: Honoring Needs: How can we cultivate awareness and appreciation of our needs?

June 25: Receiving Difficult Messages: What are the four ways to receive difficult messages and how can we move from responses that disconnect us to ones that connect us?

July 2: Making Requests to Meet Needs: How can we make requests to meet our needs?  

July 9: Self-Empathy: How can we nurture self-connection and compassion?  

The most useful tools to bring to class will be curiosity, openness, and humility. A notebook and pen are also handy!

Note that this is a 5-week class, but you may register for the entire series or for individual sessions.


In order to make the class accessible to more people, it is offered on a sliding scale from $50 to $250 ($50, $150, $200, $250) or $10, $30, $40, or $50 per class. Please consider mindfully what you are able to invest.

A $50 deposit (full payment for those choosing $50 payment level) is required at the time of registration. To pay $150, or $200 at the time of registration, use coupon codes 5W150 or 5W200. No coupon code is required to pay $250. The balance is due on the first day of class. If working out a payment plan would better suit your needs, please contact Cory.

Registration for single classes requires full payment at the time of registration. Use coupon codes CCBB10, CCBB30, or CCBB40 to reflect your level of investment. No coupon code is required to pay $50.

Read full Refund and Cancellation Policy here.

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Compassionate Communication for Pairs
Jun
20
6:30 PM18:30

Compassionate Communication for Pairs

  • 114 State St Louisville United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Are you interested in Compassionate Communication and longing to learn and practice it with someone you love?

Would you like to work through conflicts with common language and structures to create greater understanding?

Compassionate Communication for Pairs offers an overview of Marshall Rosenberg's Compassionate Communication, a communication tool for cultivating empathy and understanding for self and others. The workshop includes an introduction to the four elements of Compassionate Communication (observation, feelings, needs, and requests). Particular emphasis will be on identifying feelings and needs, which are at the heart of this communication tool and key to understanding oneself and others.

It is designed for you and another person you’re close to (a partner, parent, teenage or older child, close friend, etc.) to practice using the skills immediately to address or begin to address an issue that has caused misunderstanding or conflict, so that you may work toward strategies to meet the needs at the heart of the issue.

In this workshop participants will:

·         Learn the basic structure and philosophy of Compassionate Communication

·         Increase self-awareness and understanding, particularly in conflict situations

·         Increase awareness and capacity for understanding the perspective of your companion (and others after the workshop)

·         Practice the skills in real time and leave with new tools

Because this workshop is offered during the dinner hour, a simple vegetarian meal will be included about an hour into the workshop.

Space for this workshop is limited to 5 pairs.

In order to make the class accessible to more people, it is offered on a sliding scale from $70 to $120 ($70, $95, $120) per pair- use code PAIR70 or PAIR95 to pay $70 or $95. Please consider mindfully what you are able to invest.

Read full Refund and Cancellation Policy here.

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Introduction to Compassionate Communication
Jun
10
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Compassionate Communication

This workshop is being offered twice: on Tuesday, June 4 from 6:00-8:00pm and Monday, June 10 from 6:00-8:00pm.

Do you long for a world of greater empathy?

Do you wish to communicate with greater clarity and compassion?

Compassionate Communication is a tool developed by Marshall Rosenberg, PhD to cultivate connection and understanding of self and others. When we foster self-awareness and empathy, we are also able to approach others with greater understanding and empathy.

Compassionate Communication works from the framework that everything we say and do is an attempt to get our needs met, yet much of the time we don’t have a conscious awareness of what those needs are. With connection always at the forefront, Compassionate Communication seeks to go beneath statements of fault and judgment to find the emotions and the underlying needs and values being expressed. When needs and values can be clearly identified and articulated, conflicts can be approached with the aim of meeting needs rather than placing blame.

In this workshop you will:
• Learn the basics of Compassionate Communication
• Increase self-awareness and understanding, particularly in conflict situations
• Increase awareness and capacity for understanding perspectives of others, particularly in conflict situations
• Leave with communication tools that can be practiced immediately in professional and personal settings

This workshop is highly participatory with an emphasis on practice.

This workshop (or its equivalent) is a pre-requisite for Compassionate Communication: Building with the Basics that begins on June 11.


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Awakening Love
May
18
10:00 AM10:00

Awakening Love

Do you value connection with yourself, Mother Earth, and other people?

Are you seeking to deepen your experience of Love in the world?

Would you like to spend a day in the woods gently stretching your mind, body, and spirit, so you can bring a renewed sense of care back to your daily routines?

Say “yes” to Awakening Love.

Allow yourself a day to connect with the beauty of our Earth, to explore the mystery of your own heart, and to cultivate harmony through sharing with others. Awaken a greater sense of wonder, clarity, wholeness, and gratitude as you nurture Love within, around, and through you.

Through gentle yoga, nonviolent communication practices, devotional song and chant, and guided meditation and inquiry, Cory Lockhart and Emily J. Smith will guide you through Awakening Love, a daylong women’s retreat on Saturday, May 18, 2019 in the beautiful hills of Borden, IN.

Care for the world by caring for yourself. Because you are a part of our interconnected world, awakening love within yourself is awakening love in the world.

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Nonviolent Communication for Pairs
Apr
26
6:30 PM18:30

Nonviolent Communication for Pairs

Are you interested in Nonviolent Communication and longing to learn and practice it with someone you love?

Would you like to work through conflicts with common language and structures to create greater understanding?

Nonviolent Communication for Pairs offers an overview of Marshall Rosenberg's Nonviolent Communication (NVC), a communication tool for cultivating empathy and understanding for self and others. The workshop includes an introduction to the four elements of NVC (observation, feelings, needs, and requests). Particular emphasis will be on identifying feelings and needs, which are at the heart of NVC and key to understanding oneself and others.

It is designed for you and another person you’re close to (a partner, parent, teenage or older child, close friend, etc.) to practice using the skills immediately to address or begin to address an issue that has caused misunderstanding or conflict, so that you may work toward strategies to meet the needs at the heart of the issue.

In this workshop participants will:

·         Learn the basic structure and philosophy of Nonviolent Communication

·         Increase self-awareness and understanding, particularly in conflict situations

·         Increase awareness and capacity for understanding the perspective of your companion (and others after the workshop)

·         Practice the skills in real time and leave with new tools

Because this workshop is on a Friday night during the dinner hour, heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be included in the workshop.

Space for this workshop is limited to 6 pairs.

In order to make the class accessible to more people, it is offered on a sliding scale from $70 to $120 ($70, $95, $120) per pair- use code PAIR70 or PAIR95 to pay $70 or $95. Please consider mindfully what you are able to invest.

Read full Refund and Cancellation Policy here.

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Making Requests, NVC-Style
Apr
24
6:00 PM18:00

Making Requests, NVC-Style

Are you able to suss out feelings and needs in Nonviolent Communication, but would like more practice with finding strategies to meet your needs?

This workshop focuses on the fourth element of Marshall Rosenberg's Nonviolent Communication (NVC): making requests. It is designed for anyone who has already taken an Introduction to Nonviolent Communication workshop.

NVC, a communication tool for cultivating empathy and understanding for self and others, has four basic elements: making observations, exploring feelings, uncovering needs, and making requests to meet needs. While the NVC structure is simple, the process can be both challenging and profound, and has elements of both unlearning the way our culture has conditioned us to shame and blame and learning new ways to connect with each other.

This workshop will focus on how to differentiate requests from demands disguised as requests. Participants will learn about both connecting and action requests, putting emphasis on connecting before making and requests for concrete action. Participants will practice making requests through roleplays of scenarios they are given or scenarios from their own lives. 

This workshop is offered in partnership with Oxybaric and costs $30.

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Introduction to Nonviolent Communication
Apr
14
12:00 PM12:00

Introduction to Nonviolent Communication

Do you believe in the power of empathetic connection?

Would you like to learn skills you can start practicing in your life immediately?

Are you curious about Nonviolent Communication?

This 2-hour workshop offers an overview of Marshall Rosenberg's Nonviolent Communication (NVC), a communication tool for cultivating empathy and understanding for self and others. The workshop includes an introduction to the four elements of NVC (observation, feelings, needs, and requests) and an opportunity for participants to practice applying NVC to their own lives. Particular emphasis will be on identifying feelings and needs, which are at the heart of NVC and key to understanding oneself and others.

In this workshop participants will:

·         Learn the basic structure and philosophy of Nonviolent Communication

·         Increase self-awareness and understanding, particularly in conflict situations

·         Increase awareness and capacity for understanding perspectives of others, particularly in conflict situations

·         Leave with communication tools that can be practiced immediately

This workshop is offered in partnership with Oxybaric and costs $30

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Mapping Life: Seeing Our Lives with New Clarity
Apr
11
6:00 PM18:00

Mapping Life: Seeing Our Lives with New Clarity

Would you like fresh perspective on your life?

Do you want to make changes in your life, but aren’t sure where to start?

Do you understand things better when you can see them?

Mapping Life: Seeing Our Lives with New Clarity offers a Nonviolent Communication (NVC) framework for examining your life more closely. NVC is a communication tool that cultivates empathy and understanding for oneself and others. The workshop will include a short teaching of the NVC framing and guidelines to create your map using this framing. Then you’ll have ample time to work on your map, looking at past, present, and future in both your private and “public” life.

Through this visual mapping you will:

  • see more clearly the places of abundance and scarcity in your life

  • understand more fully the needs and values that motivate you to action or deplete you of energy

  • begin to explore ways you can act differently to address needs that are not currently being met

Toward the end of the second hour, you will have a chance to hear and share insights discovered during the process.

Space for this workshop is limited to 10 people.

In order to make the class accessible to more people, it is offered on a sliding scale from $20 to $60 ($20, $40, $60). Please consider mindfully what you are able to invest.

To pay $20 or $40, use coupon code, GRATEFUL20 or GRATEFUL40. No coupon code is required to pay $60.

Read full Refund and Cancellation Policy here.

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Deepening Nonviolent Communication
Apr
9
to May 14

Deepening Nonviolent Communication

Prerequisite: Intro to Nonviolent Communication workshop or basic understanding of NVC- Contact Cory if you have questions about this.

Nonviolent Communication is a practice. We begin with a more superficial understanding of ourselves, feelings, needs, our relationships, and as we gain experience, we circle back through the same themes, each time going a little deeper, seeing nuance with greater clarity than we may have before.

Deepening Nonviolent Communication invites participants to explore observation, feelings, needs, and requests in ways not explored in introductory sessions and classes. Participants can sign up for all five sessions or individual sessions.

The class is highly participatory, with an emphasis on learning key assumptions of NVC and practicing different skills each week. Themes for the week are as follows:

April 9: Recognizing and Appreciating Needs: Needs are at the heart of NVC. The more we tune into needs, the more we are able to move from shame, blame, and judgment to empathy. Let’s get tunin’!

April 16: Understanding Anger: Every emotion is useful when we approach it with curiosity. Anger can be particularly informative. In this session, we’ll go beneath the surface of anger.

April 30: Gaining Perspective in Conflict with Another: In this session, we play! Role play, that is. Each participant will choose a situation, past or present, in which they’d like to broaden their understanding and with guidance will role play through it.

May 7: From Choice-less to Choice-full: Sometimes we do things because we believe we have no choice and yet rarely is that true. In this session we’ll look at ways of embracing the choices we have in “choice-less” situations.

May 14: Encouraging Self-Understanding: Cultivating empathy begins with ourselves. It is an ongoing practice to free ourselves of self-violence and self-demands. Let’s practice!


Note that this is a 5-week class, but you may register for the entire series or for individual sessions.

In order to make the class accessible to more people, it is offered on a sliding scale from $50 to $200 ($50, $100, $150, $200) for the full 5-week series or $10-$40 per class. Please consider mindfully what you are able to invest.

A $25 nonrefundable deposit is required at the time of registration for the full class. To pay $50, $100, or $150 in full at the time of registration, use coupon codes 5W50, 5W100, 5W150, No coupon code is required to pay $200. The balance is due on the first day of class.

Registration for single classes requires full payment at the time of registration. Use coupon codes CLASS10, CLASS20, or CLASS30 to reflect your level of investment. No coupon code is required to pay $40.

Read full Refund and Cancellation Policy here.


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Mapping Gratitude: Noticing and Expressing Thanks for the Good in Our Lives
Mar
26
6:00 PM18:00

Mapping Gratitude: Noticing and Expressing Thanks for the Good in Our Lives

The root of joy is gratefulness. It is not joy that makes us grateful. It is gratitude that makes us joyful.

-Brother David Steindl-Rast

Gratitude practices are central to many spiritual traditions. Recent scientific studies show that gratitude not only gives us a spiritual boost, but also enhances our physical and psychological well-being. Practicing gratitude encourages us to move out of a scarcity mindset to one in which we notice the abundant good in our lives?

Want to spend a morning exploring the abundance in your life?

In this 2-hour workshop each participant will create a gratitude map, a visual tracking of the people and life events that have blessed them. Based on the nonviolent communication framework of observation, feelings, and needs, the workshop will include a short teaching and ample time for participants to reflect and create their gratitude maps. Toward the end of the second hour, participants will have the opportunity to share insights gained from the mapping.

After the 2-hour workshop, participants will be able to stay up to an additional hour to create cards or notes expressing the gratitude that emerged from the exercise.

Each participant will leave with their map and up to 5 self-decorated or printed thank you cards.

In order to make the class accessible to more people, it is offered on a sliding scale from $20 to $60 ($20, $40, $60). Please consider mindfully what you are able to invest.

To pay $20 or $40, use coupon code, GRATEFUL20 or GRATEFUL40. No coupon code is required to pay $60.

Read full Refund and Cancellation Policy here.

This workshop is no longer available.

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Introduction to Nonviolent Communication
Mar
11
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Nonviolent Communication

Do you believe in the power of empathetic connection?

Would you like to learn skills you can start practicing in your life immediately?

Are you curious about Nonviolent Communication?

This 2-hour workshop offers an overview of Marshall Rosenberg's Nonviolent Communication (NVC), a communication tool for cultivating empathy and understanding for self and others. The workshop includes an introduction to the four elements of NVC (observation, feelings, needs, and requests) and an opportunity for participants to practice applying NVC to their own lives. Particular emphasis will be on identifying feelings and needs, which are at the heart of NVC and key to understanding oneself and others.

In this workshop participants will:

·         Learn the basic structure and philosophy of Nonviolent Communication

·         Increase self-awareness and understanding, particularly in conflict situations

·         Increase awareness and capacity for understanding perspectives of others, particularly in conflict situations

·         Leave with communication tools that can be practiced immediately

This or another Introduction to NVC is a prerequisite for Nonviolent Communication: Skill-building.

This workshop is offered in partnership with Oxybaric and costs $30.

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Mapping Life: Seeing Our Lives with New Clarity
Mar
9
9:00 AM09:00

Mapping Life: Seeing Our Lives with New Clarity

Would you like fresh perspective on your life?

Do you want to make changes in your life, but aren’t sure where to start?

Do you understand things better when you can see them?

Mapping Life: Seeing Our Lives with New Clarity offers a Nonviolent Communication (NVC) framework for examining your life more closely. NVC is a communication tool that cultivates empathy and understanding for oneself and others. The workshop will include a short teaching of the NVC framing and guidelines to create your map using this framing. Then you’ll have ample time to work on your map, looking at past, present, and future in both your private and “public” life.

Through this visual mapping you will:

  • see more clearly the places of abundance and scarcity in your life

  • understand more fully the needs and values that motivate you to action or deplete you of energy

  • begin to explore ways you can act differently to address needs that are not currently being met

Toward the end of the second hour, you will have a chance to hear and share insights discovered during the process.

You are also invited to stay up to an extra hour to continue delving into your life and considering steps you might take to better align the areas of your life that feel out of place.

In order to make the class accessible to more people, it is offered on a sliding scale from $20 to $60 ($20, $40, $60). Please consider mindfully what you are able to invest.

To pay $20 or $40, use coupon code, GRATEFUL20 or GRATEFUL40. No coupon code is required to pay $60.

Read full Refund and Cancellation Policy here.

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Nonviolent Communication: Skill-building (March-April 2019)
Mar
6
to Apr 17

Nonviolent Communication: Skill-building (March-April 2019)

  • St. Paul United Methodist Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Prerequisite: Intro to Nonviolent Communication workshop or basic understanding of NVC- Contact Cory if you have questions about this.

Are you Christian and looking for a meaningful Lenten practice?

Are you human and looking for more effective ways to connect and communicate with people?

Do you believe our families, communities, cities, country, and world would be better if we understood ourselves and others better?

“[Nonviolent communication] guides us in reframing how we express ourselves and hear others. Instead of habitual, automatic reactions, our words become conscious responses based firmly on awareness of what we are perceiving, feeling, and wanting. We are led to express ourselves with honesty and clarity, while simultaneously paying others a respectful and empathic attention.”

Marshall Rosenberg, developer of NVC

In this 6-week class, you will learn the fundamentals of nonviolent communication (NVC). The primary goal of NVC is connection - with self and others - with the secondary goal of both realizing and addressing the needs of all parties, thus contributing to each person’s thriving. To be clear, NVC is very much a practice, and like any practice, there will be leaps forward, stumbles, successes, mistakes, and, with some self-reflection, lots of learning.

The class is highly participatory, with an emphasis on learning key assumptions of NVC and practicing different skills each week. Themes for the week are as follows:

March 6: Fun with Feelings: How can we notice, name and connect with our feelings?

March 13: Honoring Needs: How can we cultivate awareness and appreciation of our needs?

March 27: Receiving Difficult Messages: What are the four ways to receive difficult messages and how can we move from responses that disconnect us to ones that connect us?

April 3: Intentional Intentions: How can we develop greater consciousness around the intentions guiding our actions?

April 10: Making Requests to Meet Needs: How can we make requests to meet our needs?  

April 17: Self-Empathy: How can we nurture self-connection and compassion?  

The most useful tools to bring to class will be curiosity, openness, and humility. A notebook and pen are also handy!

Note that this is a 6-week class, but you may register for the entire series or for individual sessions.

The class runs from March 6-April 17 and won’t meet March 20. Class dates are March 6, 13, 27 and April 3, 10, 17.


In order to make the class accessible to more people, it is offered on a sliding scale from $60 to $240 ($60, $100, $140, $180, $240) for the full 6-week series or $10-$40 per class. Please consider mindfully what you are able to invest.

A $30 nonrefundable deposit is required at the time of registration for the full class. To pay $60, $100, $140, or $180 in full at the time of registration, use coupon codes CLASS60, CLASS100, CLASS140, CLASS180. No coupon code is required to pay $240. The balance is due on the first day of class.

Registration for single classes requires full payment at the time of registration. Use coupon codes CLASS10, CLASS20, or CLASS30 to reflect your level of investment. No coupon code is required to pay $40.

If you are in a position to support others who have fewer financial resources, you are invited to contribute support to their participation in the class, by adding $30, $60, $120, or $240 to your own registration. This option is available on the registration page. If the funds aren’t used, they will roll over to support someone at another class or workshop until they are used.

Read full Refund and Cancellation Policy here.

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Introduction to Nonviolent Communication
Feb
20
8:00 AM08:00

Introduction to Nonviolent Communication

  • St. Paul United Methodist Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Do you believe in the power of empathetic connection?

Would you like to learn skills you can start practicing in your life immediately?

Are you curious about Nonviolent Communication?

This 2-hour workshop offers an overview of Marshall Rosenberg's Nonviolent Communication (NVC), a communication tool for cultivating empathy and understanding for self and others. The workshop includes an introduction to the four elements of NVC (observation, feelings, needs, and requests) and an opportunity for participants to practice applying NVC to their own lives. Particular emphasis will be on identifying feelings and needs, which are at the heart of NVC and key to understanding oneself and others.

This or another Introduction to NVC is a prerequisite for Nonviolent Communication: Skill-building.

In order to make this workshop accessible to more people, it is offered on a sliding scale from $10-$40. Please consider mindfully what you are able to invest.

Full payment is required at the time of registration. To pay $10, $20 or $30 at the time of registration, use the code INTRO10, INTRO20 or INTRO30. No code is needed to pay $40.

Read full Refund and Cancellation Policy here.

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Nonviolent Communication: Building with the Basics (February-March 2019)
Feb
14
7:00 PM19:00

Nonviolent Communication: Building with the Basics (February-March 2019)

How can we communicate from the heart, from a place of empathy for ourselves and others?  Nonviolent Communication (NVC) draws from the wisdom of many traditions:

“NVC is founded on language and communication skills that strengthen our ability to remain human, even under trying conditions... The intent is to remind us about what we already know – about how we humans were meant to relate to one another – and to assist us in living in a way that concretely manifests this knowledge…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.”  

- Marshall Rosenberg, developer of NVC

In this 6-session class, you will learn the basics of NVC, which some have called “a spiritual practice disguised as a communication technique.” The primary goal of NVC is connection - with self and others - with the secondary goal of both realizing and addressing the needs of all parties, thus contributing to each person’s thriving. NVC is very much a practice, and like any practice, there will be leaps forward, stumbles, successes, mistakes, and lots of learning.

The class is highly participatory, with an emphasis on exploring and practicing different aspects of NVC each week:

- the basic building blocks of NVC 
- “feeling literacy”: noticing, connecting with, and naming our feelings
- recognizing, appreciating, and addressing your needs and those of others
- different ways of responding to difficult messages
- making requests, NVC-style
- practicing self-empathy

The most useful tools to bring to class will be curiosity, openness, and humility. A notebook and pen are also handy!

Note that this class is a 6-week class, but there is one week the class won’t meet- March 21, so the class runs from February 14- March 28. Class dates are February 14, 21, and 28, March 7, 14, and 28.


In order to make the class accessible to more people, it is offered on a sliding scale from $60 to $240 ($60, $100, $140, $180, $240). Please consider mindfully what you are able to invest.

A $20 nonrefundable deposit is required at the time of registration. To pay $60, $100, $140, or $180 in full at the time of registration, use coupon code, CLASS60, CLASS100, CLASS140, CLASS180. No coupon code is required to pay $240. The balance is due on or before the workshop day. 

If you are in a position to support others who have fewer financial resources, you are invited to contribute support to their participation in the class, by adding $30, $60, $120, or $240 to your own registration. This option is available on the registration page. If the funds aren’t used, they will roll over to support someone at another class or workshop until they are used.

Read full Refund and Cancellation Policy here.

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Mapping Gratitude: Noticing and Expressing Thanks for the Good in Our Lives
Feb
9
9:00 AM09:00

Mapping Gratitude: Noticing and Expressing Thanks for the Good in Our Lives

The root of joy is gratefulness. It is not joy that makes us grateful. It is gratitude that makes us joyful.

-Brother David Steindl-Rast

Gratitude practices are central to many spiritual traditions. Recent scientific studies show that gratitude not only gives us a spiritual boost, but also enhances our physical and psychological well-being. Practicing gratitude encourages us to move out of a scarcity mindset to one in which we notice the abundant good in our lives?

Want to spend a morning exploring the abundance in your life?

In this 2-hour workshop each participant will create a gratitude map, a visual tracking of the people and life events that have blessed them. Based on the nonviolent communication framework of observation, feelings, and needs, the workshop will include a short teaching and ample time for participants to reflect and create their gratitude maps. Toward the end of the second hour, participants will have the opportunity to share insights gained from the mapping.

After the 2-hour workshop, participants will be able to stay up to an additional hour to create cards or notes expressing the gratitude that emerged from the exercise.

Each participant will leave with their map and up to 5 self-decorated or printed thank you cards.

In order to make the class accessible to more people, it is offered on a sliding scale from $20 to $60 ($20, $40, $60). Please consider mindfully what you are able to invest.

To pay $20 or $40, use coupon code, GRATEFUL20 or GRATEFUL40. No coupon code is required to pay $60.

Read full Refund and Cancellation Policy here.

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Nonviolent Communication: Building with the Basics
Jan
15
7:00 PM19:00

Nonviolent Communication: Building with the Basics

How can we communicate from the heart, from a place of empathy for ourselves and others?  Nonviolent Communication draws from the wisdom of many traditions:

“NVC is founded on language and communication skills that strengthen our ability to remain human, even under trying conditions... The intent is to remind us about what we already know – about how we humans were meant to relate to one another – and to assist us in living in a way that concretely manifests this knowledge…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.”  

Marshall Rosenberg, developer of NVC

In this 6-session class, you will learn the basics of NVC. The class is highly participatory, with an emphasis on exploring and practicing different aspects of NVC each week:

- the basic building blocks of NVC 
- “feeling literacy”: noticing, connecting with, and naming our feelings
- recognizing, appreciating, and addressing your needs and those of others
- different ways of responding to difficult messages
- making requests, NVC-style
- practicing self-empathy

In order to make the class accessible to more people, it is offered on a sliding scale from $60 to $180 ($60, $100, $140, $180). Please consider mindfully what you are able to invest.

A $30 nonrefundable deposit is required at the time of registration. To pay $60, $100, $140 in full at the time of registration, use coupon code, CLASS60, CLASS100, CLASS140. No coupon code is required to pay $180. The balance is due on or before the workshop day. 

Read full Refund and Cancellation Policy here.

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Nonviolent Communication: A Daylong Delving
Jan
12
9:00 AM09:00

Nonviolent Communication: A Daylong Delving

Do you long for a world of greater empathy? Do you wish to communicate with greater clarity?

Nonviolent communication (NVC) is a tool that helps us to look inward and outward and communicate with ourselves and others with compassion and understanding.  This daylong delving offers an introduction to the four elements of NVC: 

  • observation

  • identifying feelings

  • exploring underlying needs

  • making requests

The workshop is highly participatory and will include activities for each of the elements. You will leave the workshop with tools and exercises to continue practicing NVC in your everyday life. 

In order to make it accessible to more people, this workshop is offered on a sliding scale from $30 to $120 ($30, $60, $90, $120). Please consider mindfully what you are able to invest. 

A $20 nonrefundable deposit is required at the time of registration. To pay $30, $60, or $90 in full at the time of registration, use coupon code PAY30, PAY60, PAY90. No coupon code is required to pay $120. The balance is due on or before the workshop day. 

Read full Refund and Cancellation Policy here.

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Intro to Nonviolent Communication
Jan
8
6:00 PM18:00

Intro to Nonviolent Communication

This 2-hour workshop offers an overview of Marshall Rosenberg's Nonviolent Communication (NVC), a communication tool for cultivating empathy and understanding for self and others. The workshop includes an introduction to the four elements of NVC (observation, feelings, needs, and requests) and an opportunity for participants to practice applying NVC to their own lives. Particular emphasis will be on identifying feelings and needs, which are at the heart of NVC and key to understanding oneself and others.

This workshop is offered at Oxybaric. Registration is $30.

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The Artist's Way: A 12-week Facilitated Process
Jan
6
12:00 PM12:00

The Artist's Way: A 12-week Facilitated Process

I am a creative work in progress. The progress depends in large part on my willingness to let the Creator work through me. Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, a 12-week process of creative recovery, has been an instrumental tool in helping me get out of my own way.

Twice in 2018 I went through The Artist’s Way process. Both times I tuned into a wisdom deeper than my own. I got clearer about my needs and wants.  I explored my personal story and discovered personal healing. I experienced beautiful synchronicities as I trusted in something beyond my understanding. The Artist’s Way led me to leaps in my creative process. The first time I discovered a gift for creating “heart portraits,” intuitive drawings of hearts that give insights into people’s hearts and lives.  The second time I had my first art show of works I had created over several years. 

How did all that happen? What does the process look like? The Artist’s Way process is dependent on two basic practices: morning pages and artist dates. Writing morning pages is a practice of writing three pages each morning- not writing for anyone else to read, not writing to create something “good” or even creative, but simply a morning brain dump, an emptying out before the day begins. Artist dates are a weekly practice meant to awaken a sense of play, joy, inspiration, expression. They might include visiting an art museum or gallery, taking a trip to the zoo, playing at a playground, going for a walk in the woods- something that expands wonder.  

Besides morning pages and artist dates, each week of The Artist’s Way also includes other activities to explore oneself, one’s life, one’s fear and blocking beliefs, one’s joys and sense of play. I will admit that having gone through the process twice, I still haven’t completed all the exercises- there is so much richness in them. And still I have made creative leaps. And I am curious to see what else might unfold if I re-enter the process of creative recovery with a group of other creative spirits.

I’ve done the process alone, and you certainly can, too, but I believe the process could be so much richer when done with a community of support.   

This is why I’d like to invite you to journey with me.  I am forming an Artist’s Way group for people seeking to explore, refresh, or begin their creative life. People who want to journey together through the 12 weeks of The Artist’s Way.

I will facilitate the group and the facilitated process will include: 

  • 7 (seven) facilitated gatherings every other Sunday afternoon from January 6 until March 31

    • The January 6 and March 31 meetings will be full afternoons, 12:00-5:00pm, to mark the beginning and ending of the 12-week process.

    • All other meetings (January 20, February 3 and 17, March 3 and 17) will be 2 hours, 1:00-3:00pm, with an option to come early at 12:15 to share a potluck meal together;

  • Weekly emails from me (Cory) with reminders, reflections, and suggestions for supplemental materials

  • A private Facebook group to share inspiration, joys, struggles, and discoveries

We will seek to create a community of support where we listen and don’t judge, where we are open to creativity without trying to control it in ourselves or others. As facilitator, I am not an all-knowing teacher. I will be participating in the process along with everyone else and will be encouraging the process, both for individuals and as we form a community together.

Space will be limited to 15 people.

To honor the time it takes to organize and facilitate a group process, I would request you pay $120 ($10/week), $240 ($20/week), or $360 ($30/week). Please consider mindfully what you are able to invest. However, I don’t want money to be a limiting factor, so please contact me if you’d like to discuss another arrangement.

A $30 nonrefundable deposit is required at the time of registration. To pay $120 or $240 in full at the time of registration, use coupon code, AW120 or AW240. No coupon code is required to pay $360. The balance is due on or before January 6. 

Read full Refund and Cancellation Policy here.

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Nonviolent Communication: A Daylong Delving
Sep
29
9:00 AM09:00

Nonviolent Communication: A Daylong Delving

Do you long for a world of greater empathy? Do you wish to communicate with greater clarity?

Nonviolent communication (NVC) is a tool that helps us to look inward and outward and communicate with ourselves and others with compassion and understanding.  This daylong delving offers an introduction to the four elements of NVC: 

  • observation

  • identifying feelings

  • exploring underlying needs

  • making requests

The workshop is highly participatory and will include activities for each of the elements. You will leave the workshop with tools and exercises to continue practicing NVC in your everyday life. 

In order to make it accessible to more people, this workshop is offered on a sliding scale from $30 to $120 ($30, $60, $90, $120). Please consider mindfully what you are able to invest. 

A $20 nonrefundable deposit is required at the time of registration. To pay $30, $60, or $90 in full at the time of registration, use coupon code PAY30, PAY60, PAY90. No coupon code is required to pay $120. The balance is due on or before the workshop day. 

Read full Refund and Cancellation Policy here.

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Compassionate Communication for Parents and Tweens
Sep
15
9:30 AM09:30

Compassionate Communication for Parents and Tweens

Communicating with your child(ren) can be a bit of an art. In a time when talking over, interrupting, and aiming to prove someone wrong are common communication models in the public sphere, how can we foster connection and empathy in our interactions with our children?  

This workshop is for both parents and their tween child(ren) to help them to learn an approach to communication that “fosters respect, attentiveness and empathy and engenders a mutual desire to give from the heart” (Marshall Rosenberg).

Participants are introduced to the foundations of Rosenberg’s Compassionate Communication allowing parents and children opportunities to practice these skills.   

In this workshop, parents and children will:

  • Learn the basics of compassionate communication
  • Increase awareness of their own feelings and needs
  • Increase their awareness and capacity for empathetic listening to self and others
  • Leave with communication tools they can practice in their personal relationships with each other.

Note: This workshop is meant for one parent and one child. If two parents plan to come, both parents need to register. Because of the format of the workshop, one parent may not register to come with more than one child. Two parents may come with two children. 

In order to make it accessible to more people, this workshop is offered on a sliding scale from $35 to $90 ($35, $60, $75, $90) total for parent and child. Please consider mindfully what you are able to invest. 

A $10 nonrefundable deposit is required at the time of registration. To pay $35, $60, or $75 in full at the time of registration, use coupon code $35, $60, or $75. No coupon code is required to pay $90. The balance is due on or before the workshop day. 

Read full Refund and Cancellation Policy here.

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