COMMUNICATE TO CONNECT

We have come to expect discomfort and pain in our lives, in particular in our interactions with others; whether it be family conflict, emotional reactivity in intimate relationships, negotiating agreements with housemates, giving and receiving feedback at work, struggling to make progress in meetings, or trying to relate to that person who you just can’t bear to hear another word from. 

And on top of this, we tend to find just as much conflict within ourselves.

As common as it is, this is not a prerequisite of being human. 
We can choose another way to live; to shift from conditioned reactions based on fear, separation and powerlessness to conscious responses based on love, connection and power.

 

This training in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) offer skills, practical tools and insights to support this shift; to deepen, enrich and transform all of our relationships, whether with loved ones, colleagues or ourselves.

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) helps connect us with what is alive in ourselves and in others moment-to-moment, with what we or others could do to make life more wonderful, and with an awareness of what gets in the way of natural giving and receiving.

NVC language strengthens our ability to inspire compassion from others and respond compassionately to others and ourselves. NVC guides us to reframe how we express ourselves, how we hear others and resolve conflicts by focusing our consciousness on what we are observing, feeling, needing, and requesting.

 

We journey together in an experiential and interactive exploration of how we communicate, using individual and group processes, games, exercises and meditations to integrate the teachings.

During the day, we will focus on:

 

  • The language we've been conditioned to use, how it disconnects us and how we can translate it into language that encourages connection

  • Using honest expression and empathic listening to encourage a flow to and from our hearts

  • Connecting with what's really alive in us through self-empathy

  • Establishing clarity and common ground by making non-evaluative observations

  • Recognition of our common feelings and needs, and distinguishing these from thoughts, interpretations, and strategies

  • How we can make life more wonderful, through making clear and effective Requests

"I did Communicate to Connect training last year with Donal and found it really beneficial and enjoyable.

For me, it was practicing expressing myself with assertiveness and compassion, exploring my own needs, feelings and reactions in certain scenarios which I find difficult (whether in social, personal or professional relationships, or even activism or community work).

I learned to recognise when and how to say no/yes or ask for what I need.

Donal is a wonderful facilitator, he puts you so at ease and has great lived and learned knowledge of the subjects, he makes it such a fun interactive learning experience and manages the energy and time really well.

Always such lovely people too.:)

I highly recommend this to anyone who cares about communicating with their fellow humans, loved ones and themselves in a more positive way"

- Duana Tuite Nunn -

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