An Intensive for Change Agents
“Imagine a future world in which we all value people and life and participate in the flow of generosity. A world where sharing our gifts and the mundane tasks of life are done with wholehearted willingness, free of coercion. A world where attending to everyone’s needs is the organizing principle.” — Miki Kashtan, Reweaving Our Human Fabric: Working Together to Create a Nonviolent Future
If you are inspired by this vision, this workshop is an opportunity for you to start exactly where you are — in your life, your organizational context, your activism, or your spiritual community — and find ways of moving in that direction.
- Are you committed to working for change and longing for an inspiring vision for the world?
- Have you often wondered why so many social change organizations are full of conflict?
- Have you been curious about nonviolence and how it can support work for transformation?
- Are you eager to learn tools for facilitating efficient collaborative decision-making?
- Do you wish to grow your capacity to connect with people across differences?
- Would you like to find a path for attending well to power – your own and others’?
- Are you drawn to combining love, courage, and truth in your work for change?
- Are you looking to align your organization with its purpose and values?
If you said “yes” to some of these questions, then this intensive training might be just what you want.
Whether you are a change agent within an organization, a facilitator, an activist, or are simply exploring how you might contribute more to life, this intensive can offer you a framework for making sense of your own passion as you build community with peers. The vision for this intensive includes bringing you clarity about how to work for change in ways that are consistent with your vision, values, and goals.
This is an interview with Miki about her reasoning, vision, and passion for this type of transformative work. It includes some questions and answers about who might be interested in being a participant in this event.
What you can take away:
You are likely to emerge from this training empowered and equipped with the following:
- Practices to support you in embracing nonviolence in thought, word, and action
- Convergent Facilitation tools for supporting decisions that work for everyone
- Dialogue skills for connecting across differences
- Perspectives and tools for understanding and engaging with your own and others’ power and privilege
- An approach to building alternative institutions that anchor and embody your vision
- A path toward leadership that does not compromise others’ participation and wisdom
About the trainer
Miki Kashtan is inspired by the role of visionary leadership in shaping a livable future, and works toward that vision by sharing the principles and practices of Nonviolent Communication through mediation, meeting facilitation, consulting, retreats, and training for organizations and committed individuals.
She is Lead Collaboration Consultant at the Center for Efficient Collaboration and a co-founder of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication (BayNVC). Miki has supported nonprofits, corporations, community groups, government agencies, and others, helping hundreds of people work better together. She is the author of Spinning Threads of Radical Aliveness: Transcending the Legacy of Separation in Our Individual Lives and The Little Book of Courageous Living. Her latest book, Reweaving Our Human Fabric: Working Together to Create a Nonviolent Future (2015), explores the practices and systems needed for living in a collaborative society.
Sustaining- $150 – Supports this work and scholarship fund
Maintaining – $110 – This amount makes the class sustainable
Supported- $75 – Scholarship level (contact Hally)
If you would like to attend and money is an obstacle, please contact Hally (contact information below). It is our intent and hope to make this training available to anyone regardless of their financial means.
The workshop will be held at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA just under an hour and a half from the Washington DC area and under 2 hours from Baltimore. If you would like, come for the weekend and enjoy a hike in the mountains and a stroll through Old Town.
We will provide coffee, tea, and water at the venue. Please either bring your lunch or drive 5-10 minutes away for lunch.
This program is open to all, at any level of experience with Nonviolent Communication.
Please register as early as possible – at least 30 days before the event. We may not have enough space.
For Registration questions, contact Rhonda Eldridge by email.
Other questions? Please contact a member of our Organizing Team:
- Barbra: Prefer phone, land line, no texts (410)-360-3534
- Hally: Tue-Fri, 12-5pm (301) 622-0900 ext 319 or possibly a slower response by email
- Chris: Prefer email, 0r (443) 834-8590 for texts and July 14/15 same-day emergencies