2019 Mar. 31 to Jun. 9
(Course description below includes dates of live sessions)
Eventbrite tickets available across the sliding scale $195 to $390 – this means we’d love to receive $390 for the series, and would like to receive a minimum of $195. Let us know if money is an obstacle for you.
Note: We encourage you to register soon to ensure your space. When this class has reached its capacity, we will begin a waiting list. After registering you will receive a confirmation email.
“The content of Communication Dojo classes and the trainers are incredible. NVC has brought this bright sense of presence and reflection to all aspects of my life… amazing. I’m happier because I see people as curious beings. We are all doing our best out there. NVC allowed me to peel off a layer I didn’t know was there. NVC is a powerful tool everyone has access to. It is the simplest way of communicating yet for some reason it isn’t obvious until you take a moment to learn and discover. We tend to overlook these needs inside us and inside other people. Check it out, you will be amazed and inspired. ”
– K. Kittinger, San Francisco
Connected Communication 10-week online course with Newt Bailey & Ali Miller
Many people fall into “fighting” or “arguing” even when they don’t really want to.
Often each person knows they would like to find a more effective and harmonious way to communicate, but they find themselves repeatedly sliding down the slippery slope into old habits.
This is a great place from which to start, though. If you and another person have a shared desire to change, you’re in a great place to actually make rapid change.
It’s useful to have a starting point that’s pretty quick to learn — a simple set of guidelines you can stick to when you feel yourself sliding down that slippery slope, or when you know in advance that tension and disconnection are likely.
That’s what we’re offering through this online course – an efficient way for you to start reaping the benefits of Nonviolent Communication:
- Greater self-understanding and self-connection
- Easier connection with others
- More of a sense of getting heard and hearing others
- Fewer conflicts
- Greater capacity to resolve conflicts when they happen
- More willingness to ask for what you want
- A life where you meet more of your needs and hence live more joyfully
- More energy left to contribute your gifts to the world and to “be the change you wish to see”
- A community of people to provide support, encouragement, and learning
Ali & Newt & the “Connected Conversation Process”
Back in 2011 I took a walk with my friend and colleague Ali Miller, who is a therapist and workshop leader. Our intention was to discuss how we could condense our experiences using and sharing Nonviolent Communication into a new way to teach and talk about this powerful work.
Out of that walk and talk came a new tool we call the “Connected Conversation Process.”
After all, since connection is one of the primary intentions of Nonviolent Communication, why not structure our conversations so that they lead to increased connection, and decreased conflict?
At the Communication Dojo we often refer to Nonviolent Communication as “Connected Communication” – so as to always keep it in mind what we’re aiming for when in dialogue with someone.
Ali and I have taught Connected Communication, including the Connected Conversation Process, to many people in the years since, and we’re both now very excited to take our teaching to a wider audience in this 10-week online course.
Newt Bailey, March 2019
The Communication Dojo approach has the Connected Conversation Process as a key part of its foundation. This means we start with a tool that often gives our workshop participants an immediate increase in their ability to communicate about topics that have previously derailed their attempts at discussion.
From this starting point, new skills, principles and awareness can then be incorporated at a pace that suits each participant.
The course consists of:
- 2-hours of pre-recorded lessons broken down into short lessons (4 to 10 minutes each)
- These lessons form a full introduction to the Connected Conversation Process
- You can start using the process for real conversations after just the first few lessons
- 19 live sessions (1 hour each) over video conference (also accessible by phone)
- These classes will also be recorded so they are available for those who cannot make it to the live sessions
- 10 sessions with Newt & Ali will happen at 9am US Pacific Time on Fridays from April 5th thru June 7th
- 9 sessions with Newt will happen at 7pm US Pacific Time on Thursdays from April 11th thru June 6th
- The live sessions provide a chance for:
- Q&A about the pre-recorded lessons
- Demonstrations by Newt & Ali
- Building skills not covered in the pre-recorded lessons
- Online quizzes and discussion questions to support your learning
- Discussion forum to ask questions that the teachers and others students can reply to
- Practice between classes with other participants
- Daily review and practice request emails
- Written course materials to reinforce the pre-recorded and live video lessons
- The Newt & Ali factor… Newt and Ali have received feedback over the years about their way of demonstrating the skills – expressions like “practical,” “down-to-earth,” “easy to accept and apply.” This has helped many people see that they too can make the changes they want to their communication.
Some features of the Communication Dojo:
*Efficient use of class time to maximize learning
*High proportion of practice time in pairs – learning communication by communicating.
*Minimal reliance on “jargon” i.e. language that might be confusing or alienating for those not familiar with NVC.
*Little likelihood of people developing any sense of “Doing it wrong” or “Trying to do it right.”
Who’s it for?
New to NVC? – Come try out the Communication Dojo. You’ll find that whatever your current approach to communication, you can start from that point and expand your range of options from there at a rate that suits you.
Experienced with NVC? – Do you sometimes find that your attempts to use NVC do not lead to the connection you want? Perhaps they even lead to greater disconnection? Or are you looking for a different kind of NVC learning environment for friends, family members, or colleagues you really want to introduce to the power and potential of NVC.
About Newt Bailey
Newt’s passion is to help people develop the awareness and practical skills for greater connection with others, and greater self-connection, allowing them to live more joyful lives and to have more energy available to give their gifts to the world.
From his first training in 2005 Newt has set out to understand and share with others the essential core of NVC. He believes strongly in teaching the principles of NVC in a way that frees students from specialized language, and allows facility with connected communication to grow in small, quickly assimilated steps.
Since 2006 Newt has been facilitating NVC groups, and leading intro classes and class series like Empowered Communication 1&2, and his own Communication Dojo classes, in public and organizational settings, and with prisoners and parolees. He has led retreats using John Kinyon’s “Mediate Your Life” methodology in both the US and Europe, joined Miki Kashtan for the “Conflict Hotline” TV shows and “Making Collaboration Real – NVC in the Workplace” yearlong program, and was the guest co-leader in the annual NVC Santa Cruz “FUNfest” Summer Retreat.
About Ali Miller
Ali Miller provides psychotherapy and communication workshops in her Berkeley, CA private practice, where she helps people cultivate the self-compassionand communication skills it takes to create and sustain satisfying relationships. Ever since studying alienation and social change in undergrad, she has been devoted to helping people live more authentic, empowered, and connected lives as a way to challenge the status quo and create cultural change.
In 2006, she encountered Nonviolent Communication and has been passionately sharing this work ever since. In 2007, she met Newt Bailey in an NVC practice group, and began supporting him with the Communication Dojo shortly thereafter.
Ali is a graduate of BayNVC’s Immersion Program and was a member of that program’s leadership team for several years. She also completed BayNVC’s Open-Hearted Therapy program.
Ali also provides NVC in the Therapeutic Setting trainings to mental health professionals at conferences, agencies, and out of her office. She is the creator of the website Befriending Ourselves: Resources for Inner Peace + Compassionate Self-Care, which is now being turned into an e-book. Learn more about her work at www.AliMillerMFT.com.
PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE COMMUNICATION DOJO
“I really enjoyed the instant feedback telling me how my words were impacting my partner.”
“The real power point is reporting on what’s happening in the moment.”
“I think I just broke through my habit of being hard on myself!”
“I saw how mistaken I often am about whether I really ‘get’ the other person, or they get me – this process allowed us to see that and really get each other.”
This course all online.