Are you wondering how to live peacefully in a world filled with injustice, rising violence and converging crises? Are you wishing for a community of practice to support you to thrive in whatever unpredictability emerges in 2021?
Our world swirls with political unrest, pandemic stress, environmental and structural racism, and the global climate crisis; on an individual level, we face all of the more local challenges that life brings. Our brains and bodies understandably struggle to find rest and calm. Nonviolent Communication and Kingian Nonviolence can be great resources for finding and creating peace in our lives and in the wider world. Both provide profound insights into the challenges we face and also into how to transform them, peacefully and powerfully.
Starting in January, Roxy Manning, Kathleen Macferran, Kathy Simon and Sarah Peyton are offering an eight-week learning and practice space to meet in community to explore applying the six principles of Kingian nonviolence in everyday life. In 24 sessions across a 50 day period participants will learn and support each other’s practice to help us thrive and do the work we seek to do in the world, in 2021 and beyond.
We have mapped out a 50 day period at the beginning of 2021, January 19 to March 11, during which we will meet three times a week, for a total of 24 one-hour sessions. We will meet in community to explore applying the six principles of Kingian nonviolence in everyday life, with opportunities for daily practice and predictable support — resources we need to change habits, to create more peace inside ourselves and in the broader world. We believe that launching 2021 in this way, learning together and supporting each other’s practice, will help us thrive and do the work we seek to do in the world, in 2021 and beyond.
We will meet over a 50-day period (8 weeks) at the beginning of 2021, for a total of 24 one-hour sessions. The first session each week focuses on sharing a principle of Kingian Nonviolence and the ways Nonviolent Communication supports us in embodying that principle. The two other sessions each week will offer practical applications and coaching to help us integrate and live the principles.
Roxy Manning, Kathleen Macferran, Kathy Simon and Sarah Peyton are thrilled to work together, bringing our varied and synergetic approaches to living peacefully even when things are difficult and while striving for change. Sarah Peyton brings the lens of the convergence of neuroscience, personal transformation and systemic trauma. Kathleen Macferran brings a deep commitment to rolling in the mud, to staying in life when it gets messy, with practical tools to aid that presence and understanding. Roxy Manning brings a commitment to addressing systemic inequities with fierceness and care in order to create change without replicating trauma and injustice. Kathy Simon focuses on the interplay between our own inner worlds and how we show up in everyday life, knowing that having dependable skills for talking and listening when we feel hurt, angry, or scared makes all of these emotions much less scary and makes it possible to bridge even great divides.
Each week, we will meet three times in person for one hour. One session will focus on sharing a principle of Kingian Nonviolence and the ways Nonviolent Communication supports us in embodying that principle. The two other sessions each week will offer practical applications and coaching to help us integrate and live the principles. On days when we do not meet, you will have additional materials to help you stay connected with the week’s learning. Participants can also choose to join an optional peer-led practice group for further live engagement with the material.
Together, we will enjoy embodied experiences of practices that we can carry with us. We anticipate that we will all walk away with a sense of community and shared intention, feeling less alone and better equipped to face whatever unpredictability emerges throughout the year.
The course will meet via online video conference (zoom). Recordings provided.
This event is an online community of practice that stretches over 8 weeks, from January 19 through March 11. Each week includes three one-hour meetings on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8-9 AM PST.
The schedule will be as follows (all times are in the Pacific Time zone. (To convert to your time, please click here)
On days when we do not meet, participants will have additional materials to help you stay connected with the week’s learning. Participants can also choose to join an optional peer-led practice group for further live engagement with the material.
We are offering 5 tuition options:
Roxy Manning’s life experience as an Afro-Caribbean immigrant combined with her academic training and professional work as a licensed clinical psychologist and CNVC Certified Trainer have cultivated a deep passion in her for work that supports social change at the personal, interpersonal, and systemic levels.Roxy is excited whenever she is helping opposing voices hear each other and see past individual hurt and struggles to the structures that contribute to those challenges.
Kathleen Macferran holds a vision for a peaceful, just and sustainable world. She is committed to co-creating a world where peace replaces violence, love replaces hate, equity replaces inequity, and all people live meaningful lives. She has worked as a Certified Trainer for the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) since 2003, and as a CNVC Assessor since 2010 when she co-created a community-based path to certification. Community system building and conflict transformation are passions of hers.Kathleen has worked internationally with individuals, community groups, businesses, schools, colleges, faith-based communities, hospitals, families, prison inmates, and correctional and law enforcement employees. She serves as a trainer for the Freedom Project of Seattle, WA, an organization that supports healing connection and restorative communities both inside and outside prison through the strategies of Nonviolent Communication, mindfulness, racial equity and anti-oppression. www.strengthofconnection.com
Kathy Simon is passionate about teaching skills for communicating across difference, whether the differences arise across the kitchen table, in the classroom, the boardroom, or across religious, racial, and political divides. With a degree in Literature from Harvard, Kathy began her career as a high school English and drama teacher. She then earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Teacher Education at Stanford, and directed the Coalition of Essential Schools, a national school- reform organization focused on creating more equitable and vibrant schools. Kathy is the author and co-author of several books on curriculum, teaching, and school reform, including Moral Questions in the Classroom, Teaching as Inquiry, and Choosing Small.A certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication, Kathy has been practicing NVC since 1995 teaching it since 2009. For nine years, she led BayNVC’s popular “Living Peace” retreat and Immersion Program. Kathy leads workshops and does coaching in a wide variety of contexts with parents, couples, educators, clergy, and therapists, and for non-profit groups. You can learn more about Kathy’s work at her website, www.kathysimonphd.com
Sarah Peyton, Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication and neuroscience educator, integrates brain science and the use of resonant language to heal trauma and nourish self-warmth with exquisite gentleness. She teaches and lectures internationally and is the author of the book “Your Resonant Self: Guided Meditations and Exercises to Engage Your Brain’s Capacity for Healing.”She brings together depth work and self-compassion that integrate Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) with the transformative potential of Nonviolent Communication’s empathy. Sarah is currently at work on a second book, commissioned by W.W.Norton, on the relational neuroscience of the unconscious contracts, and the deep needs that we are meeting with “self-sabotage.”