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.

A $5 nonrefundable deposit is required at the time of registration. To pay $20 or $40 in full at the time of registration, use coupon code, GRATEFUL20 or GRATEFUL40. No coupon code is required to pay $60. The balance is due on or before the workshop day. 

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Nonviolent Communication: Building with the Basics (February-March 2019)
Feb
14
to Mar 28

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

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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 $180 ($60, $100, $140, $180). 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 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. 

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 $180 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.

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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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