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The Compass: An Integrative Roadmap Towards Personal, Familial, and Collective Liberation

November 21, 2021 - July 31, 2022

Meeting on Sundays, 8-10 am PT, weekly or bi-weekly, depending on which track, for 2-hour online sessions with our community room open an hour before and after each session, and we are now offering live simultaneous translation in Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian! 🙂

Registration for our 2021/2022 Course is closed.  Registration will open again in October of 2022 for The Compass 2023 Course (January – July). 

In the meantime, you are invited to register here to receive updates on our future offerings, including courses, retreats, and free workshops! 🙂

“The Compass” is Arnina Kashtan’s unique methodology which synthesizes practices from Nonviolent Communication, The Work of Byron Katie, and Inner Child work with Arnina’s own discoveries, insights, and tools to support you in moving beyond old patterns of guilt, shame, anger, and fear…into freedom and an untapped celebration of who you really are, while influencing and accompanying others in their liberation journeys.

The Compass experience is so unique, it’s challenging to put into words especially on a screen.  You might get a sense of it by watching this two-minute video clip from one of Arnina’s retreats (in Spanish w/English subtitles) or by listening to Juliana, a 2020/2021 Alumni, share her experience of The Compass.

“I offer you a deep, radical process of Truth, Compassion, and Courage, to uncover the essence of your Being and Presence while transforming your personal, familial, and professional relationships in unprecedented ways.”  ~ Arnina Kashtan

The Compass will support you in:

  • Discovering the hidden root of your suffering by understanding the collective conditioning leading to it
  • Accessing your authentic core and experiencing a new sense of Presence in the world
  • Transforming painful, non-serving thinking into compassionate consciousness
  • Healing old wounds, scars, painful contracts, and inner voices
  • Ending the “double life” by removing your masks so you can be who you really are and support others in seeing their own true self
  • Discovering the acquired identity with which you show up in the world versus what you’ve hidden deep inside, even from yourself
  • Dissolving “The Vow” that keeps you stuck
  • Learning how to quickly recover when you temporarily fall back into old patterns
  • Awakening into a larger field of awareness by understanding the influence of systems around us and igniting new strategies and ways of being

The Compass Online is divided into two modalities of learning and deepening the methodology, according to your area of ​​interest: Personal Liberation and Coaching/Accompanying.


This modality is for those who want to learn from The Compass, experience it, and integrate it into their lives on a deep level. Aimed at anyone who seeks to know more about themselves, heal emotional wounds, transform and create authentic and caring relationships.

Frequency: A virtual session every two weeks.


This is the more intensive modality, for those who feel called, not only to learn this methodology but also to share it with others. Regardless of whether you already work as a coach or therapist, or if you wish to start this journey, or simply want to support others in your life, this modality will open up new horizons to be able to integrate the tool and open the possibility to share it with others.

Within the Coaching Track, there is an option for professional certification.  For this, you will also need to attend an in-person retreat (Online in 2021 due to Covid-19 restrictions & likely hybrid in 2022) with Arnina; some written work about your own experience with The Compass including a summary of coaching work you have done with others; as well as acts of care for the community.

Frequency: One virtual session every week — alternating between personal liberation sessions (w/pesonal track participants) and coaching/accompanying sessions.


What is learned in The Compass course?

1. The Human Journey – The Loss (From Essence to Identity)

  • The process of human development from the perspective of “The Compass”
  • Survival mechanisms and the process of personal identity formation
  • The model of the “Triangles” – the “Star of Life” and Security or Freedom as the two survival options in the development process
  • The old game – the Ruling of Fear:
    • The internal and external mechanism
      • Steps that lead to the loss of connection to Essence
      • Anger, shame, and guilt as the main tools
    • Fear and separation – hiding from ourselves and from others
      • The hierarchical structure (more or less “valuable”)
      • Competition and wars as a basis for existence
      • Language as a symptom of thought and as a key to block the essence and the real connection between people

2. Healing (From Identity to Essence)

  • Transformation of conscience and language
  • The Seven Gates to Transformation
  • The Triangle of Relations
  • Transforming patterns of thought and behavior
  • Connection to bodily sensations
  • Listening out
  • Identification of life beliefs/vows
  • The Liberation

3. Becoming an Accompanist / Coach-Therapist / Leader

  • Empathy as a tool for life and work
  • Diagnosis, identification, and understanding of beliefs and vows
  • Transforming patterns
  • Tools for flexible assertiveness
  • A confident and secure presence
  • Navigate – even not “knowing” anything – without being alarmed
  • To be able to live with courage and vulnerability

Session Details

  • November 21, 2021 – July 31, 2022 (Detailed schedule)
  • Virtual sessions will be held on Zoom Sundays, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. (Pacific Time) via Zoom
  • Time Zone Converter
  • The Compass Lounge is open one hour before and one hour after each session for community connection and collectively deepening into the material
  • All sessions are recorded and generally available within 24-48 hours (audio, video, transcripts, and chat)
  • We also have a “make-up” system in place for those who miss a session and might enjoy connecting with other participants to watch the recording together (on zoom or in-person) so they can pause to share reflections, ask questions, and/or do the breakout room activities together


  • This online program is being offered on the following sliding scales to include as many people as possible while also giving participants an opportunity to support the sustainability of this course.  If you have the resources to do so please consider contributing on the higher end of the scale.
    • Personal Liberation Track (2-hour weekly sessions for first 6 weeks, then every other week, 38 hours of instruction):
      • For personal exploration and integration of The Compass’ principles and practices
      • $950 – $1,350
    • Combo Track: Personal Liberation Sessions + Coaching/Accompanying Sessions (2-hour weekly sessions, 64 hours of instruction):
      • The Personal Track Sessions above
      • Plus after the first six weeks, biweekly sessions with additional guidance, practice, and community support for becoming a Compass Coach-Therapist or simply to deepen your personal capacity to accompany and support others in their journeys of self-discovery and liberation
      • $1,350 – $1,950
      • A certificate option is available for those who participate in the coaching track (If interested, please inquire for details on the registration form below.)
    • NEW OPTION: Coaching (Accompanying) Track ONLY for Compass Alumni (2-hour bi-weekly sessions, 38 hours of instruction; First 6 sessions as combo w/Personal Track):
      • This option is available to Compass Alumni who have participated in a minimum of one 8-month Compass Course
      • $950 – $1,350


We welcome your registration at any time and due to the general inundation of last-minute registrations, there is no guarantee that those who register beyond 8 am PT, Friday, November 19th, will be processed in time for the start of the course on Sunday, November 21st at 8 am PT.   Therefore, we encourage you to register as early as possible and ideally no later than 48 hours before the start of the course.

To register please use the drop-down box below by selecting the track you are signing up for and entering the amount you are paying in the “My payment is” box.

***Then be sure to complete our REGISTRATION FORM as well so you don’t miss out on important course communications. Thank you. 🙂

My payment is USD

If making a one-time payment within the sliding scale presents a barrier to your participation, we invite you to pay the tuition in three or six installments which you can simply note on the registration form.  For those for whom this would still present a barrier to your participation, we invite you to reach out to collaborate on a plan that would work well for you.

Please click here to review our cancellation policy.

Disclaimer: Arnina Kashtan is not a licensed psychiatrist, psychologist, therapist, or counselor nor are her assistants.  The Compass course is not a substitute for therapy or professional mental health services.


If you have any questions, please email Heather Austin, BayNVC Program Coordinator.

Samples of Compass Materials

Additional Resources


“My sister Arnina puts together so much — systemic perspective, compassion for trauma, deep understanding about how humans function, and more — into a comprehensive, deep, and fully accessible framework that supports dramatic shifts in the experience of being alive. I highly recommend it to anyone who has a passion for freedom.” ~ Miki Kashtan

“Arnina’s depth, skills, sense of humor, and ability to articulate so many nuances so clearly are a gift for anyone seeking greater inner peace, freedom, and a kinder relationship with oneself and others.” ~ Kristi Dee Doden, The Compass 2019/2020 & 2020/2021 Alumna

 “The 8 month [Compass] continuum has given me strength and courage to become safer and trusting within myself.  It supported a shift towards including myself fully in caring for the whole, that resonates in all areas of my being. I enjoyed how all examples of behavior given by participants are welcomed by Arnina, looked at with clear understanding and warmth, carefully undressed till we find awareness and more choice around it.”  ~ Vesta Kroese, The Compass 2019/2020 & 2020/2021 Alumna

“Working with The Compass has increased my capacity to be the change I want to see in the world!  I’ve enjoyed a sense of living more authentically and showing up much more enthusiastically “on purpose” in all areas of my life. Thank you for sharing this incredible gift.” ~ Heather Austin, The Compass 2019/2020 & 2020/2021 Alumna

“Arnina builds a space of trust, compassion, and connection with the participants, enabling us to cultivate a community for long-term learning and companionship.” ~ ~ Fernanda Cecin, The Compass 2018/2019, 2019/2020, & 2020/2021 Alumna

“I feel more free, more alive, more motivated and empowered.” ~ Claudia Sánchez, The Compass 2019/2020 & 2020/2021 Alumna

“I appreciate the way individual experiences are used to create a structure for teaching universally. I liked the length of the course, too; a longer time frame seems right for absorbing these complicated ideas. I am newly aware of choices there are in how I speak to myself, and even though it is a momentous challenge to change, I am hopeful in going forward.” ~ Marge Margulies, The Compass 2019/2020 & 2020/2021 Alumna

“The compass course is vital to anyone serious about transcending trauma and/or becoming certified as a trainer of nonviolent communication (NVC).” ~ Monica Espinoza, The Compass 2019/2020 Alumna




November 21, 2021
July 31, 2022
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CA United States


Visiting Trainer Arnina Kashtan