Non Violent Communication (NVC) Workshop Tuesdays

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Liberation from Domination Culture - Workshop and Practice Group in Compassionate Communication

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Purpose

These are 8 week workshops and groups in Compassionate Communication that meet weekly, and repeat every 8 weeks. To meet needs for learning, aliveness, continuity, safety and trust, the groups close when we have sufficient enrollment, or after being open for two weeks. For more details, or if you would like to attend, please email Upgeya (spirit[at]lovebeing[dot]org), so that I can better handle logistics for the class and have materials available for you.

[please note: a computer glitch recently lost me quite a few e-mails from my address book. If you have inquired about these groups in the last year and have not received an e-mail from me recently, please send me another request to be on my address list, at the address noted just above - Upgeya]

Other details

We now have three groups:

  • Tuesdays, 1pm – 3:30pm
  • Thursdays, 6:30pm – 9pm
  • Saturdays, 3pm – 5:30pm (women only)


——————————– Advanced Group

  • Date: January 8, 2013 – February 26, 2013
  • Time: Tuesdays, 1-3:30pm
  • Place: St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1131 SE Oak St., Portland
  • Room: Hawthorne Room (entrance off of South side of building, adjacent to Oak St.)
  • Facilitator: Upgeya Pew

——————————– Evening Group

  • Date: January 10, 2013 – February 28, 2013
  • Time: Thursdays, 6:30pm-9pm
  • Place: Maple Mallory Housing Community, 3800 NE Mallory Ave., Portland, OR (bus #6, #33)
  • Room: The multipurpose room adjacent to offices & playground
  • Facilitator: Upgeya Pew

——————————– Women’s Group

  • Date: January 12, 2013 – March 2, 2013
  • Time: Saturdays, 3-5:30pm
  • Place: St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1131 SE Oak St., Portland
  • Room: Hawthorne Room (entrance off of North side of building, from inner courtyard)
  • Facilitator: Upgeya Pew

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To meet needs for learning, aliveness, continuity, safety and trust, the groups close when we have sufficient enrollment, or after being open for two weeks. For more details, or if you would like to attend, please email Upgeya (spirit[at]lovebeing[dot]org), so that I can better handle logistics for the class and have materials available for you.

Compassionate Communication (aka Nonviolent Communication or NVC) is based on the work of Marshall Rosenberg and the Center for Nonviolent Communication (www.cnvc.org).

The human soul hungers for the deep nourishment of understanding, connection and self-expression. And yet, most of us have been trained from birth to compare, judge, diagnose, lie, abdicate responsibility, blame, compete, control and demand. The domination system has outposts in our heads. Thinking and communicating in the above way is costly and ineffective, as it alienates us from our natural compassion and each other; conditions us into a subtle self-hatred that pervades our culture; has us deny our needs and our power to serve life; re-enforces our powerlessness and victimization; and often leads to misunderstanding, unnecessary conflict, and violence.

Why have we been trained in this way? Because the domination system works when people are kept ignorant, disconnected from our power, divided, at each others throats – compliant producer/consumer debt slaves in times of peace, and obedient cannon fodder in times of war.

Compassionate Communication (NVC) offers an alternative. One in which we can transform the judgment and criticism, the negative self talk, the denial of responsibility, and the attitude of demand that keeps us powerless and separate from yummy connection with others. An alternative in which we can:

♥ Heal the trauma and pain that keeps us stuck
♥ Develop more perspective on what triggers us emotionally, improving skills for responding rather than reacting when in conflict, using conflict to get closer to people
♥ Clarify what’s underneath our negative self-talk, helping us transform it into self-love
♥ Tell our truth in a way that is both compassionate and honest
♥ Increase our ability to build relationships based on compassion and mutual understanding
♥ Reclaim our power to be fully alive and responsible
♥ Create a world where we care for and respect one another, celebrating our differences
♥ Own the beautiful and sacred life energy that animates us.

NVC guides us in reframing how we hear others, how we express ourselves, and how we connect with ourselves. Instead of habitual, automatic reactions, our thinking, listening and speaking becomes firmly based in an awareness of what we are perceiving, feeling, needing and wanting. Using NVC, we focus the light of consciousness in these 4 areas to transform our judgment into compassion, discern our real responsibilities, reveal our humanity, connect our hearts, and celebrate our aliveness.

When this work is taken on sincerely and diligently, it can help us remember the “subtle, sneaky, important reason” we were born a human being – the unique gift to life that each of us is. It can help us connect with the divine energy that is our source. Powerful people can’t be bossed around. We don’t give away our power through compliance.

About me (Upgeya Pew): Having encountered the invisible repression of my own conditioning, and the nature of the culture doing that conditioning, during my involvement with the social movements of the 60’s, I’ve spent the last 40 years learning and freeing myself, and developing my capacity for understanding, awareness and love.

The last decade or so of those years I’ve been learning and teaching Compassionate Communication (NVC), because it’s fun – and the most powerful process I’ve discovered for transforming what I call “domination culture” into “partnership culture”. I’ve attended two 10-day residential intensives in NVC by the Center for Nonviolent Communication and Marshall Rosenberg, the developer of NVC, as well as many other workshops and trainings. My most powerful learning, however, has come by doing – by facilitating NVC trainings and practice groups for the last 10 or so years.

My passion is in creating partnership culture through transformation in consciousness.

Liam: "I recommend this workshop for anyone that plans on speaking with anyone else in the future. Really Good Stuff!"

For more details, email: spirit [at] lovebeing [dot] org

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