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Leveraging Our Influence in These Challenging Times

May 13, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm


Are you feeling challenged to step into your power in the current social and political climate?

Join facilitators Aya Caspi & Jihan McDonald in an embodied exploration of Leveraging Your Influence in These Challenging Times by maximizing our impact in our spheres of influence which includes our families, communities, workplaces, impacting society as a whole, and the work that we do within ourselves. In these challenging times of deep uncertainty, rifts in our social environment are being exposed and exploited to benefit a small portion of the whole. Many of these rifts are also showing in our personal lives as we struggle to reconcile different beliefs and our relationships with the people that hold them. This workshop builds on the work of Miki Kashtan in developing the core commitment to using NVC principles and practices to become an agent of change. Specifically, we are focusing on the notions of Strategic Discomfort, The Conscious Disruptor, and The Living Laboratory. We will be using Nonviolent Communication and Theater of the Oppressed to empower each other in recognizing our innate capacities to act for justice to meet universal needs.

About the Facilitators

Jihan McDonald has a knack for hearing people’s heart when they speak and connecting what’s in it to the larger currents of the world. Jihan has worked with people ages 8-80 on learning skills, tools, and capacities for assertiveness, empathy, self-realization, and social change in contexts ranging from the redwoods to seminaries and college campuses. Jihan has received the Alpha Delta Leadership Award and a Changemaker Fellowship Award for their work in developing Allies for Life for people to learn pro-active interpersonal allyship. Find out more about Jihan and her allyship work here, or here.

Aya Caspi has dedicated herself to applying radical, uncompromising nonviolence in every small detail of life, starting with the ongoing laboratory of her family, including her three children. Aya brings her unique blend of vision, practical clarity, utter innocence, and deep commitment to transformation to all her endeavors such as co-facilitating the LYI program, the BayNVC Leadership program, family and business coaching, mediation, couples counseling, and promoting Israeli-Palestinian dialogue. Visit here for more about Aya.





Saturday May 13, 2017
10:00am – 6:00pm


Canticle Farm
1972 36th Ave
Oakland, CA 94601

Requested Contribution

Our goal for this event is to receive a total of $3,000 in support of our livelihood and Miki’s work. If 30 people register, that would be an average of $100 per person. We ask that you contribute the most that you can and want to towards that goal, knowing that some people may not be able to contribute anything. If you cannot contribute the minimum of $100, please contact Aya Caspi by email to register.


A vegan lunch will be provided & is included in the suggested donation cost. We encourage you to bring non-vegan items to meet your own dietary needs and/or to share with/in the community.



May 13, 2017
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Canticle Farm
1972 36th Ave
Oakland, CA 94601 United States
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