Authentically Us - A Weekend of NVC Workshops With The RMCCN Community - Spring 2023

Authentically Us - A Weekend of NVC Workshops With The RMCCN Community - Spring 2023

Authentic Presence – There Is Nothing More Powerful

June 23, 24, 25, 2023

“And then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk to bloom..”
- Nin

15 Facilitators, 20 Online Events!
Facilitators Are Volunteering Their Time To Support RMCCN
And Its Mission To Support Empowering Compassionate Relationships And To Promote Peace
Registration Free - Donations Welcome

Registration Closes June 23 At 6:00 PM MDT

  • Autonomy and community are both essential for human well-being.
  • RMCCN has gathered a community of facilitators and invited them to express themselves authentically by picking topics that inspire them.
  • We have undertaken this effort:
  • To support our world by spreading, as widely as possible, the skills to build compassionate understanding across differences.
  • To support RMCCN in having resources to expand our reach to diverse communities, providing co-learning opportunities where we can explore engaged and compassionate life together.
  • To provide facilitators opportunity to hone and expand their skills as they spread NVC awareness throughout the world.
  • To provide participants a diverse array of choices to find relevant ways to bring NVC alive in their lives.

Enroll For Free - Make A Donation If You Can

Registration Closes June 23 At 6:00 PM MDT

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Session Recordings

RMCCN is experimenting with recording sessions.

All recordings will be available to anyone who donates at least $50.00 total.

Not every session will be recorded.

Check the individual session for recording status.

Special provisions for recordings access have been made for people living outside the United States where making donations can be a problem.

Based on Marshall Rosenberg's Nonviolent Communication model, RMCCN's mission is to promote peace and diminish violence by exploring ways of being, ways of communicating, that support us in developing rich and meaningful relationships with others, help us find peace and serenity within ourselves, and illuminate common ground where we can come together in community.

In these tumultuous times we are living in, one thing is clear - if we want to live our values of unity, freedom, trust, mutual care and respect, we need to develop the competency and capacity to do so.

Being true to ourselves while being considerate of others is one of the major challenges we face in this time of cultural upheaval. Come explore the skills and experience the consciousness that allows us to stand tall in who we are while bringing compassionate understanding to others at our Authentically Us Weekend Of NVC Workshops. Check it out!



All registrants will automatically be enrolled in this opening celebration. In our time together we will have the opportunity to get to know each other and share interests and intentions for the weekend. Individual exploration is important. So is the accompaniment brought by being a part of a community. You are invited to join us and draw the comfort, strength, and delight that arises as we celebrate our shared journey.


"La verdadera felicidad y el verdadero poder residen en comprenderte a ti mismo, en aceptarte a ti mismo, en tener confianza en ti mismo". - Thich Nhat Hanh

A través del arte, el movimiento y la discusión, aprenderemos a utilizar nuestro poder de forma que esté más en consonancia con nuestros valores. Exploraremos la dinámica del poder sobre, el poder bajo y el poder con, y cómo nuestras elecciones en torno al poder afectan a nuestras relaciones y a nuestro bienestar.


The most powerful expression we have is our presence. In order to make anything happen, we must first show up. We can not bring about transformation from a distance . We can only change what is present. We can only be who we are.

When we are firmly grounded in our deepest yearnings and aspirations - authentic - we can spontaneously orchestrate our action in service to our aspirations and work actively to create what we want, rather than blindly reacting to what we don't want. Being authentic frees a tremendous amount of energy.

It takes great effort to calculate who we think others want us to be, and then try to deliver on that expectation. It is much easier to simply be who we are. Authenticity is the foundation that security, courage, and freedom rest on.


Authenticity can be daunting. How can we foster courage and openness to show up as our true selves? How can we voice the unvoiced with authenticity and compassion?

Join us as we delve into these questions in our supportive workshop, providing insights to embrace fears and express yourself more openly.

Daring to be authentically 'You' creates space for an authentic 'We'. Embark on this journey of self-discovery and dare to be you!


Understanding the difference between needs and strategies is crucial to using Nonviolent Communication (NVC) in your everyday life. In this session we’ll delve into Universal Needs with some fun, interactive activities. You’ll learn why needs are rarely in conflict, how to hear the needs behind a strategy, and how to discover a wide variety of strategies that honor everyone’s needs.


Come learn about self-resonance - connecting with ourselves openly, mourning for what we regret, and seeing the beautiful needs we were trying to meet. We will practice steps we can take before we offer to repair a relationship and then the steps of repairing a relationship with authenticity and vulnerability.


In Nonviolent Communication (NVC), we use the metaphor of the giraffe and the jackal to understand the choice of attitude and connection/disconnection we may bring to our relationships and conversations. The giraffe, the land animal with the largest heart, represents a curious, compassionate and courageous individual who seeks connection in their conversations and relationships. The giraffe lives in the world of NVC or Needs-Consciousness. The jackal, a territorial and defensive opportunist, represents a disconnecting way of being: judgmental, defensive, dismissive, aggressive or attacking. The jackal lives in a world of domination or submission and right/wrong thinking. Nonviolent Communication may be described as a process of transforming judgment to curiousity or jackal to giraffe.

Healing Stuck Relationships is suitable for both new and proficient NVC practitioners as we will first explore the worlds of the Jackal and Giraffe, and then see how our awareness of those worlds can transform our stuck relationships from judgment to curiosity, compassion, courage and commitment. A six-part process of self-discovery, paired sharing and roleplays will be presented as a tool for transforming the unfulfilling, life-alienating conversations that regularly appear in our life into intimate, fulfilling, life-enriching connections that are filled with authentic compassion and courageous openness and honesty. Healing Stuck Relationships is designed to inspire participants to commit to living a life of transformation from judgment to curiousity or from jackal to giraffe.


Requests are where the rubber meets the road in NVC. They requite vulnerability, trust, and openness to outcome. We may hear a yes, we may hear a no. We may be called on to provides a yes or no ourselves. Seeing the worth in ourselves and in others is essential to supporting the vulnerability that requests require.

Requests populate the path to freedom. Freedom is one of the most fundamental human yearnings. In order to be free we must interact without coercion, associate freely. Yet to be effective in our world we must also get things done, attend to the necessities of life. What draws forth our willing participation? What inspires us to put forth effort? These are questions that must be addressed if we are to associate freely without coercion.

Respect is an expression of value, of understanding. It inspires our contribution. We demonstrate our respect by being responsible. Responsibility places us at the epicenter of our own experience where we can choose how we process and express, where we can respond with consciousness and deliberation.

When we are inspired by respect and act responsibly, we enhance self esteem. We gain the confidence, the security, the courage to be in integrity and honor boundaries. This is the foundation that enables us to live in a world of requests, cooperation, and freedom.

When we learn to put our attention on what is precious, both within ourselves and others, we are inspired to act responsibly, with consciousness and deliberation. We summon the courage and determination to honor our own boundaries and be attentive to the boundaries of others. We learn to live in integrity, cooperation, and freedom in the midst all of the yeses and nos.


Sometimes that critical voice in our head gets loud and mean! In this workshop, we explore our relationship to this critical voice and the feelings and needs behind some of these unkind words and thoughts. By speaking compassionately to all Parts of ourselves, we open new avenues for healing and self-care.


Dive into an evening of connection and self-discovery at our Authentic Relating Games Session! This 2-hour online event is designed to elevate your understanding of yourself and others in an inviting and supportive setting. Perfect for those who've never tried Authentic Relating before, or seasoned veterans seeking fresh connections. The session will be filled with engaging activities designed to inspire empathy, foster understanding, and boost self-awareness.


“True happiness and true power lie in understanding yourself, accepting yourself, having confidence in yourself.” - Thich Nhat Hanh

Through art, movement, and discussion we will learn how to use our power in ways that better align with our values. We will explore the dynamics of power over, power under and power-with and how our choices around power affect our relationships and well-being.


In this engaging and empowering workshop, we invite parents to discover a new perspective on the joys and challenges of raising children. Parenting can be a beautifully messy journey filled with ups and downs, and this workshop aims to provide insights and strategies to help embrace the messiness with confidence and authenticity.

We will delve into what it means to be an authentic parent, cultivating emotional resilience, and explore how authentic communication when boundary-setting can transform the parent-child connection.


Self-compassion is the foundation we build on to extend compassion to others. This offering is designed to help us recognize the judgments and demands we make of ourselves. We will then practice translating those judgments into needs and explore what self-requests we might wish to make to meet those needs.


Do you hear yourself saying: I am stupid! I I never get it right! I am too much!

Are you suffering from harsh inner critic voices ruminating in your brain over time?

What if we say, “Of course! You have a very good reason to blame yourself ”? When We accompany the inner voice with warm curiosity, our nervous system calmed. Then we can find the underneath beautiful needs and meet our true self.

Join this workshop to find the truth by transforming our self-blame into mourning

This workshop consists of lectures, discussion and group breakouts.


In this era of political polarization, communicating compassionately with one another can be very difficult.

In this session, we’ll explore how to use NVC skills to listen and speak in a respectful way. When someone criticizes or disagrees with me, how can I stay true to my own values and also be genuinely curious about the other person’s experiences and values? Most of the time, we find a lot of commonality at the level of values – universal values, such as safety, freedom, and caring for our community.

Whether or not either of us changes our opinions, we can come away from the discussion with respect for the other person and respect for our shared values.


Marshall Rosenberg's vision was to create a world where everyone's needs matter and are met through compassionate giving and receiving. Martin Luther King spoke of the beloved community --- a global vision of humans cooperating together in sharing the earth's abundance so that all people thrive. Gandhi said we must be vigilant to the needs of the community and begin to lay the foundation for a more equitable society where everyone may have access to opportunities. The visions of Rosenberg, King and Gandhi inspire us and resonate with our own dreams, yet we as individuals will often settle (in our thoughts, in our communications and in our actions) for a world that falls short of our ideals. Through the lens of NVC (feelings, needs and requests), in this workshop, through self-exploration, paired sharing, and large-group discussion, we will explore, clarify and define our personal visions for the world in which we wish to live; what stops us as individuals from standing firmly and effectively for our vision; and what we can put in place to support bringing about a world of compassionate giving and receiving, equal access to opportunities for all, and beloved community.


Have you gotten caught up in painful feelings and judgmental thoughts after experiencing a situation that was uncomfortable or caused you distress? Could you imagine that it might be possible to replace that reaction with deep observation and honesty and transform how the memory of the event lives in your body?

You are invited to explore how shifting our perspective and deepening our heart connection helps to get in touch with the aliveness of needs and convert our reaction from anxiety and stress into peace and authenticity.

This session will include group sharing and work in pairs to practice a process I learned from Robert Gonzales. Many have found it very helpful. I invite you to join us.


Ever wanted to join an NVC practice group? Or start one? This session will provide building blocks, answer questions, and share resources for joining or starting a practice group. No experience necessary.

NVC is a way of life, a state of consciousness. It requires practice and the accompaniment of those on a similar path. Practice groups provide a way for us to delve into our own learning while supporting others in theirs.

Join us if you’d like to join, start, support, or learn about practicing NVC. If there is enough interest, we may even create a starter practice group.


All registrants will automatically be enrolled in this closing celebration and learning harvest. We will have opportunity to share our takeaways and inspirations and to acknowledge what matters to us.


It is said that the seen is supported by the unseen. Without the diligent support of Mark, Laura and their exceptional, multi-cultural, and globe-spanning support team this NVC Exploration Gala would be much more difficult and bumpy. We are grateful to Mark and the volunteers he assembled to bring behind-the-scenes ease so that facilitators can focus on facilitation.

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