NVC Practice Courses

New offerings for the Fall of 2021 combine learning and practice that focuses on participants’ current situations / Adult learnerslearning questions. It involves minimal teaching theory and more meeting and supporting you where you are, using the principles of NVC*. I have found that this is an effective way to increase engagement, connection and embodied learning in a group setting. It is requested that you have at least read Marshall Rosenberg’s book, Nonviolent Communication: a language of life or have followed an introductory course.

  • Each practice course involves a commitment of 5 consecutive sessions
  • Group size ranges from 8-20 participants
  • Each session costs €10 euro per hour pp
  • Full payments are to be made upfront
  • Online practice courses consist of five 2-hour sessions and cost €100 (tax-free)
  • In-person practice courses consist of five 3-hour sessions in Amsterdam and cost €150 (tax-free)
  • To sign up, provide name and preferences (online / in-person / theme) here

The following themed practice courses will be facilitated by Cara Crisler or Mirjam Schulpen and start in September 2021 (followed by new or continued courses):

Bridging the Gap Practice Course
Related to current global problems such as systemic racism, climate change and infectious diseases is a growing division among people. We all seem to be touched by it – families, friends, colleagues, neighbors, etc. Perhaps you are looking for ways to bridge the gap . . . find connection even when there is little shared reality? In this practice group, we will share our situations, be heard and engage in role-plays, exploring the choices of self-connection, honest expression and empathetic listening.

Practice Course for Coaches  — check out free webinar about this opportunity: Friday 24 sept 9:00 – 10:30
Coaching trainings provide a wide variety of tools and techniques to guide and support others. Since 2012, NVC was the one that has had the greatest impact on my work as coach, and I believe for my coachees. It helps me see choices in when and how I listen as well as when and how I share or ask questions. In the practice course, you learn that along with how to use NVC for guiding your coachees with themes like:

  • Self-connection / inner clarity (what is important for me?)
  • Distinguishing between thoughts (interpretations) and observations (finding shared reality with others)
  • Dealing with an inner critic, developing self-compassion skills
  • Dealing with inner conflict (e.g. when feeling stuck, guilt, shame)
  • Translating judgment, blame, critique to what’s important for the coachee
  • Honest expression (finding ownership, using “I”-statements)
  • Coming up for oneself (self-care, the art of making requests)
  • Dealing with big emotions (e.g. fear, anger, mourning)
  • Listening in ways that bring clarity and connection (empathy)
  • Connecting in conflict (themes of authenticity and interconnectedness)
  • Re-connecting (clearing up messy dialogues, post conflict)

Inner Conflict Practice Course
(description forthcoming)

Self-Compassion Practice Course
(description forthcoming) 

Practice Course for Couples
(description forthcoming) 

Grief Course
(description forthcoming)

*NVC, developed by Marshall Rosenberg, is a simple, extremely powerful tool for improving communication in all our relationships. It helps us to see clearly what blocks our language from being effective. It teaches us what we can do differently to create mutual understanding, connection, balance, and more.

Cara Crisler and Mirjam Schulpen are both certified NVC trainers, with decades experience facilitating, coaching and  mediating. They are both passionate about creating safe spaces for personal discovery, trust-building, honest sharing, conflict resolution, and connection and work with individuals, couples and teams. Cara says:

Cara & Mirjam“NVC has changed my life in the most positive ways in all my roles, including partner, mother, friend, and colleague. It provides me a daily model for compassionate, connecting communication, which I can apply in all of my relationships, including the one I find most important—the one I have with myself.”

You can learn more about Mirjam (left) here and Cara (right) here.

If you’d like more information or see if one of these practice courses is a good fit for you, contact Cara or Mirjam to set up a call.