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It’s Not Just Me: Bringing a Systemic Lens to Individual Healingwith Miki Kashtan

December 17, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Three 90-min sessions held in the same week in December:
Monday 17, Tuesday 18, & Thursday 20, 10:30am – Noon PT
$110-$138 (recordings included)

Ever since the Women’s Movement of the 60s and 70s, we have known that “the personal is the political” – that individual suffering and challenges often have their source in the social systems within which we live.

How can we mobilize this insight in support of our own and others’ healing?

This course is designed to shed light on how the social context into which we are born affects our experience, and what we can do about it at the individual level within the paradigm of nonviolence.

Miki discusses the course further in a video on the NVCAcademy webpage for the event.

Course Outline

The course is comprised of three 90-min sessions held in the same week. The outline below is loose and may shift to adapt to needs, experiences, and situations as they arise in the course of our time together.

  • Monday: Overcoming Modern Patriarchal Socialization
    1. Obedience as a core value of all patriarchal societies
    2. Shaming as a core socializing strategy
    3. Tips for offering immediate freedom and relief by bringing attention to the systemic context and releasing self-blame
    4. The either/or of freedom and belonging
    5. Practices for moving towards integration and inner freedom
  • Tuesday: Reclaiming Interdependence
    1. Why we need others: transcending self-sufficiency as a core element of modern capitalism
    2. The dual role of authentic love and honest feedback in the process of healing
    3. Practices for transcending the paradigm of separation
  • Thursday: Social Location and Healing
    1. Why social location matters in shaping experience: shining a light on narratives of deserving
    2. Power differences between practitioner and client
    3. Where individual responsibility begins and ends: releasing blame of self and other
    4. Moving beyond othering: empathic imagination as a tool for self-liberation
    5. Practices for embracing liberation for all

Tuition & Registration

Early Bird 20% discount – $110.00 until December 3 ($138.00 after)

Register HERE


Contact the NVCAcademy at this email.

Miki Kashtan

CNVC Certified Trainer, author, and co-founder of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication (BayNVC) and the North America NVC Leadership Program, from Oakland, California, USA

Miki Kashtan is a co-founder of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication (BayNVC) and Lead Collaboration Consultant at the Center for Efficient Collaboration. Miki aims to support visionary leadership and shape a livable future using collaborative tools based on the principles of Nonviolent Communication. She shares these tools through meeting facilitation, mediation, consulting, coaching, and training for organizations and committed individuals. Her latest book, Reweaving Our Human Fabric: Working together to Create a Nonviolent Future (2015) explores the practices and systems needed for a collaborative society. She is also the author of Spinning Threads of Radical Aliveness: Transcending the Legacy of Separation in Our Individual Lives, and The Little Book of Courageous Living. Miki blogs at The Fearless Heart and her articles have appeared in the New York Times (“Want Teamwork? Encourage Free Speech”), Tikkun, Waging Nonviolence, Shareable, Peace and Conflict, and elsewhere. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Berkeley.

“Miki, I really admire the way you are able to be so present in the moment and are able to respond so well to what you see and sense. Just watching you in action makes this course worthwhile to me.”
               —S.G., Litchfield, Connecticut, USA

”Miki’s workshop was exceptional in giving an overview of the work, while calmly meeting the emotional challenges everyone brought to the table.”
Class participant



December 17, 2018
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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