NVC helps us to speak from the heart with passion and nonviolence

If you have no plans this Saturday June 23, come down to Northey Street City Farm in Windsor to the Winter Solstice Festival and attend this free workshop with Dr Rachel Hannam from 2pm-3pm at the FairShare Tent to learn about nonviolent communication or NVC. Entry fee into the actual Festival of $25.

NVC helps us to bypass blame and judgement, and connect with feelings and needs. This helps us to express ourselves better and listen to others with greater empathy.

Here is a link to the Festival Program with more details.

Dr Rachel has been studying NVC within the lineage of Dr Marshall Rosenberg (alongside her formal psychology studies) for over 10 years and finds it enormously helpful both personally and professionally. This Saturday’s 50-minute workshop will be experiential and fun. Hope to see you there!

Here is a brief overview of NVC:

NVC is an approach to nonviolent living developed by Marshall Rosenberg starting in the 1960s. It is based on the idea that all human beings have the capacity for compassion and only resort to violence or harmful behaviour when they do not recognise more effective strategies for meeting needs. Habits of thinking and speaking that lead to the use of violence (social, emotional and physical) are learned through culture. NVC supposes all human behaviour stems from attempts to meet universal human needs and that these needs are never in conflict. Rather, conflict arises when strategies for meeting needs clash. NVC proposes that we identify shared needs, revealed by our thoughts and feelings that surround these needs, and collaborate to develop strategies that meet them. This creates both harmony and learning for future cooperation. NVC supports change on 3 interconnected levels: with self, with other and with social systems. As such it is particularly useful in the areas of personal development, relationships and social change.

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