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Practicing Compassionate Communication (5-week course)

  • JustFaith Ministries office 224 Woodbine Street Louisville, KY, 40208 United States (map)

Prerequisite: Intro to Compassionate Communication workshop (October 3 or previous workshop) or basic understanding of Compassionate Communication- Contact Cory if you have questions about this.

Are you looking for more effective ways to connect 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:

October 17: Fun with Feelings: How can we notice, name and connect with our feelings?

October 24: Honoring Needs: How can we cultivate awareness and appreciation of our needs?

Note that there is no class on October 31.

November 7: 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?

November 14: Making Requests to Meet Needs: How can we make requests to meet our needs?  

November 21: Seeing Oneself with Compassion: How can we open our hearts to our own broken-whole selves?

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

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. If you are able to pay at the highest level, you are supporting my ability to offer the class at the lowest level.

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.

Read full Refund and Cancellation Policy here.