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8-Week Series: Essentials of Compassionate Communication

  • Seattle Waldorf High School 7777 62nd Avenue Northeast Seattle, WA, 98115 United States (map)

How would your life improve if you could stay openhearted through conflict? If you could process difficult feelings without isolating or shaming yourself? If you could meet yourself and others with dignity and compassion instead of judgment and blame?

How we communicate can literally make or break our relationships. If you’ve ever tried to effect meaningful change in your personal life, workplace, or community at large, then you know how hard it is to do it alone. Working together is a must if we are going to build the kind of world we want to live in! 

It’s simple: if we want resilient relationships to create positive change, we need skillful communication. Listening with an open mind, staying connected through challenge, conveying our opinions, ideas and requests in a way that enhances collaboration—these are the skills we need to collaborate, as well as advance our personal careers and larger goals. And like any art, skillful communication takes practice.

Join us for 8 sessions of hands-on learning around compassionate, effective communication! In addition to experiential learning in each session, you will also receive weekly handouts, materials, and practices to support you in solidifying your new skills.

Dates & location
We will meet on Monday evenings from 7:00-9:00pm at the Seattle Waldorf High School: click here for map & directions. We will meet on September 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23, (SKIP October 30), November 6, 13 & 20.

Materials
Each week there will be suggested readings from Marshall Rosenberg's book "Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life." Purchasing this book is recommended to enrich your learning (though not required). You might also enjoy the Companion Workbook.

Who is it for?
Anyone seeking to build greater self-awareness, deepen their relationships, improve collaboration, enhance their communication skills and embody nonviolence. People of all backgrounds, religions, gender identities and sexual orientations are welcome! No previous experience with NVC necessary.

What to bring?
Bring your curiosity, willingness to engage, and the intention to be vulnerable, stretch and grow in community! You might also enjoy having a notebook and pen.

Investment
The tuition for this 8-week series is $395. 

If finances pose a barrier to participating, please reach out to Erin to explore creative alternatives for work exchange or inquire about a scholarship.