I stumbled upon NVC in 2004. I will never forget how baffled I was reading Marshall’s book. It felt like coming home.
Almost immediately NVC helped me to build a bridge between my heart and the heart of others, overcome separation and gave rise to compassion. It enabled me to access and live the love I carry in my heart, that was buried by bitterness, anger, frustration and powerlessness.
Since 2006 Robert Gonzales has been my main teacher. I have done his 2-year course 3 times (participating once, assisting twice). He taught me to deeply be with my/others pain and to apply the powerful and concrete tool NVC offers to help transform the hardened knot of suffering into the vibrant living energy of life.
Holding a compassionate space for (self-) connection, empowerment, clarity, mutual care and healing is the most meaningful thing to me – I am honored to be offered a chance to share NVC through connecting2life with a team of wonderful colleagues.
The workshop was very helpful in reminding me of how much is going on in communications between people that is not being said and how little we address this vast and very important layer in “normal life”. Nadine was very effective as a trainer. She created a safe space from the beginning and made herself vulnerable, so people started opening up immediately. The contents were presented clearly, and there was a good balance (in my opinion) between demonstration, discussion and exercises on the one hand (lots) and concepts and note-taking (less).
I absolutely LOVE Nadine’s teachings! She inspired me a lot with the way she brings NVC… not at all as a tool, but a way of being in compassion with Life. Connecting to life in everyone. During class she brings herself fully in vulnerable honesty, empathy and humour which made the learning safe and fun. Especially with welcoming feelings in my body she taught me a new way of being. Nadine always meets me in compassion exactly where I am and through that inspires me to do the same with myself and everyone around me. This way of being deepened my understanding of the word ‘allowing’ in a way that still helps me every day.
I am very happy to have followed your workshop Beauty of Needs. Working with you was a confirmation that my heart is leading me in the direction that serves me most. I love how the workshop has given me the tools to understand, value and work with my needs. I felt so much seen and appreciated by you that I, for the first time in my life, learned to see and value myself as a human being in such a true way. The softness, kindness, support, but most of all I want to thank you, Nadine, for teaching me how to love (myself), it has helped me to see and communicate with others in a manner that feels naturally connected and compassionate.
Nadine’s authentic and empathic way of being fully herself and a well-connected teacher made the course so “real” and joyful to be in. I was touched by Nadine’s honesty and openness to talk about her life and the beauty and the pain in it. Experiencing such examples, practice and deep feelings live by a teacher, who is able to hold the space for learning at the same time was something I haven’t seen beforehand. And I am grateful for this and enjoyed the beauty of it. I learnt a lot by the course material and in person, I enjoyed getting new input, different viewpoints…a more spiritual viewpoint as well, life energy flowing, it supports me to get out of the head, more into life. Needs met, hmmm…learning, growth, progress, compassion, beauty, spirituality, quality, exercise, connection, community, support, flexibility, health, joy, fun, food, relaxation, spontaneity, balance, structure, safety, nature, choice, …
I joined Nadine’s first weekend on The Beauty of Needs, that was based on her inspiration from Robert Gonzales. I learned in her weekend about inquiring and experiencing acceptance of what is from the inside out. This approach makes NVC easy to connect to, peaceful and complete for me. It touches life for me to accept what is, including not accepting what is, and pain. These are often hard ones to accept. I learned a fresh NVC approach that I love.
I have just done a day led by Nadine. Nadine shared the process “transforming the pain” I came to a shift in an important problem, I came to a place of more energy and enthusiasm to take care of myself I was impressed by the depth of skill that I saw in how Nadine offered the process her grounding in attending to moment and supporting what came up in the moment with warmth, allowance and clarity. I saw how this supported and authentic transformation by the person she guided. I look forward to attending another training from Nadine – thanks Nadine for a great day in good company.
I take away many things! It was such a rich class. And the main one has to do with learning to connect internally with my own needs. It was really eye-opening for me to realize and genuinely feel how each need is experienced in such rich and diverse ways by each person, and to learn to feel these in the body. All the exercises helped with this. I especially remember the exercise sitting in facing chairs and saying a need and having the other person extensively meditate on it. It was both uncomfortable—just because I was not used to that level of closeness where I was not also talking—and incredibly moving and humbling, because I got to be a witness to another’s experience. Thus I feel also got a lot of practice listening and witnessing, which I feel is an incredible gift to give and to receive—to witness another and to be witnessed.