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What is Nonviolent Communication?
Placing human needs front and center is the core insight around which everything in NVC revolves. This is the aspect of NVC that challenges prevalent theories of human nature; the entry point through which collaboration becomes possible in groups; the engine of the kind of healing that happens through engaging with an empathic presence; the mechanism through which conflict mediation proceeds; and the path to personal liberation. As odd as it sometimes seems to some people, our own needs and longings, if we are not fighting them, are a source of strength and energy, not a weakness. It’s the innermost core of our being, the purest expression of our humanity, our open heart. If nothing else, it’s an opportunity to get to know ourselves more fully. – Miki Kashtan
It takes more than reading a book or attending one workshop to be able to use NVC effectively in our lives. To change one’s mind set and habit patterns from a right vs. wrong model to a compassionate and connecting model takes practice. To connect empathetically with others, and with oneself, takes practice. To begin to live in the world we dream about takes practice. That is the value of practice groups, where we can learn by experiencing the power of empathy and honest self expression in a safe place.
NVC practice groups are open to anyone, regardless of past experience here or elsewhere. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire. There are currently three groups.
Three Practice Groups — meeting from September, 2015, through at least May, 2016. They are largely comprised of members of the church, but are open to anyone.
- First and Third Wednesdays from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. The Palmer Living Room of Morgan House, the red house behind the church.
- Second and Fourth Wednesdays from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. The Palmer Living Room of Morgan House, the red house behind the church.
- First and Third Sundays from 10:30 – 12:00 p.m. Fireside Room of the main building.
*There is an ongoing noontime group at Vanderbilt on Wednesdays and at Unity Church on Thursdays, both of which include one or more FUUN members. You’re welcome to join either at any time; please check www.nvcnashville.org for details.
*Monday evenings an ongoing NVC group meets at FUUN, and you can join it at any time; please check www.nvcnashville.org for contact info.
How can I learn more about NVC?
NVC Nashville is delighted to be serving as a host site for “Mediate Your Life” (MYL), the intensive training program developed by two well-known NVC Trainers, John Kinyon and Ike Lasater, and presented by John Kinyon during the Nashville intensives. The first intensive begins in October 2015, followed by the two subsequent intensives in January and April 2016. For more info and to register click here.
Resources on the Web:
NVC Nashville is a diverse network of people and communities in Nashville and Middle Tennessee committed to learning, practicing and sharing Nonviolent Communication.
NVC Academy is an e-learning web site with materials featuring many certified NVC trainers.