‘Train the Trainer’ Year long course near Amsterdam !
Due to Covid-19, we will be waiting until beginning of September with letting you know whether we can hold this workshop face to face or if we will do it online.
We recommend you do book your place (Based on last years experiences, this course is likely to get fully booked around July-August), and let us know if you can join:
face to face / online / both.
This course is meant for you who would like to make the next steps toward:
→ Embodying NVC:
Creating a context to deepen NVC to be manifested in million situations in our lives. For me, teaching NVC comes directly from the way we embody NVC. This is the bread and butter of it all.
Learning NVC is for me different to learning Mathematics- it is not ‘I learned it- I know it’ and rather goes in spirals down of our embodiment of these super-powerful-paradigm-shift skills and awareness.
→ Teaching NVC:
Learning and gaining confidence in:
Offering ‘1 on 1 Empathy Sessions’
Team and community building
Coaching or consulting based on NVC
Being a leader of a group/team/community, etc.
❀ Offering 1 on 1 Empathy Sessions
‘Empathy’ is a life long practice. This year will be a great opportunity to practice practice practice, toward gaining confidence and skills in offering private empathy sessions. There will be 4 workshop days especially dedicated to gaining and deepening empathy skills (Deepening Empathy skills, Role Play, About ‘Healing’, Empathizing with inner jackals, and more.), and, there are 2 extra contexts where you will be invited to practice those skills:
1. “Empathy buddy”:
Once a week you will be invited to have a 40m to 1 hour telephone call/skype empathy practice with another participant from the course, focused on specific exercises or general “emotional hygiene”. This will give you the opportunity to practice empathy, and also give you a regular empathy support for issues you are dealing with in your life.
2. “Empathy Project”:
You will be invited to choose a person/persons to whom you will offer (at least) 20 hours of empathy sessions.
I particularly excited about this idea, as I believe it can meet many needs, such as:
A. Learning, gaining confidence, gaining experience in offering Empathic Listening.
B. Contribution to people and society.
This will play as an “Empathy Lab” where we can try out things, deepen and expand our skills, gaining clarity and capacity in “Empathic Listening”. As a group, we will reflect back and look into our very personal challenges in regard to “Empathic Listening”.
❀ Teaching NVC
Teaching NVC to others is one of the most powerful forms I found for deepening the learning and embodying it myself. We will focus on:
1) Learning to teach NVC:
We will touch points such as:
Structures and tips for introducing NVC (Introducing to 1 person, to a group, in setting of a course, workshop or evening introduction) Dealing with Teaching challenges: What are the choices you have as trainer? How to stay human in all situations/how to LIVE the NVC principles as a trainer?
How to answer questions: Choice when to Answer a questions or when a question is a request for Empathy or Role Play Facilitating a group: Consent Group decision making process.
2) Teaching yourself:
During this program, you will be invited to prepare once or twice a 45m teaching on an NVC subject.
You will be invited to teach this subject to 3 participants and support them through an exercise to embody the learning material. In this way you will gain experience in explaining NVC, answering questions, leading/coaching exercises, and leading sessions.
❀ Community building
To me, NVC is a set of skills to help me be and live together in an interdependent world (community).Each time I teach a group, it is the creation of a community:
→ How to build safety that can allow Honesty and Vulnerability- a group I belong to where I can just be me?
→ How to create the experience of Inclusion where people experience they matter and are having a place in the group?
Community building weekends: The weekends are set in the format of “The Art of Living Together”. I saw once a performance that was called: “If you really want to get to know me, come and live with me”. I do not remember well the performance but I remember well the title smile.png. We will live together, breath, eat and practice NVC 24/7.
We will look into subjects such as: Radical Honesty/ Radical Empathy, Inclusion, Safety, Consensus Group decision making, Choice, Freedom, Self Care and more.
We create a FB group, which will act as a platform for sharing (celebrations and mournings), challenges, questions, wonders, requests etc. In the last years we found it to be a great special community space for connection, sharing, and learning.
❀ Required NVC experience needed
I would find it very helpful that people in this program would already have acquired a sense of a base with “The 4 steps” and “Empathy”. The minimum experience we ask for joining this course is 100 hours of previous NVC training. If you doubt whether your amount of experience with NVC fits this course, you are welcome to share this doubt with us so we can figure it out together.
We will have 6-8 assistants accompanying us during the year. They all did this year course in the past and are engaged in their steps starting teaching/sharing NVC.
Yoram is a CNVC certified trainer and will offer you a Certificate of Attendance.
This course can support you in the process toward becoming CNVC certified trainer (counts as hours with certified trainer, and as experience in sharing NVC).
Contact us if you wish for more information regarding the process for becoming a certified trainer.
❀ Time investment
→ Training days: 6 full weekends (Friday evening till Sunday evening)
→ Zoom call “empathy buddy”: minimum 1 hour a week
→ “Empathy Project”: minimum 20 hours
→ Preparations for teaching a 45 minutes session- 1 or 2 times.
→ ‘The Monthly exercise’ (each month you will be invited toward a certain focus, inwardly and outwardly, to practice in many different situations in your life) and NVC journal (dialogue with yourself and marking your learning, challenges, dialogues…)
6 full weekends in the style of ‘The Art of Living Together’ once every 2 months (except that June – July will be after 1 month) Each weekend will be: Friday 18:00 till Sunday 18:00
Location: FORT AAN DE KLOP, 1e Polderweg 4, 3563 MC, Utrecht
❀ Exact Dates
23-25 October 2020
04-06 December 2020
05-07 February 2021
02-04 April 2021
04-06 June 2021
02-04 July 2021
Course fee is including full food & accommodation for all 6 long weekends.
Fee is a choice between €2400 – €3800
→ The choice of fees depends on your income and free will. The idea behind a sliding scale is that we all have a different current financial situations, and we like to be flexible so that your financial contribution fits your financial situation as well as your personal wish to support us.
→ Invoices are Vrijgesteld (VAT free).
→ If the course will take place online, it will be much cheaper as it will not include food/accommodation.
❤ Regarding Money:
We wouldn’t want money to prevent anyone from learning NVC! We see money as a strategy to care for the sustainability of our giving. It’s important for us to have a sense of mutual contribution. ‘Receiving’ supports us in meeting our practical stability (money), as well as supports us emotionally to be in balance and keep our hearts open to more giving. While we stand firmly for our need of mutual contribution, we’re flexible about possible strategies on how to meet this need. Money is our preferred strategy, as it’s easy for us to transfer it to the exact things that contribute to us. That being said, if the amount we ask would prevent you from joining, we can offer the following:
1. If you’re coming from a country where the income/currency is lower than the prices in euros, we’re open to finding a price that makes sense and keeps hearts open.
2. If you’re currently having a challenging period financially, you can pay us at a later date when your finances are better. Sometimes people even pay us a few years later.
3. We’re open to brainstorming other ways you can contribute to us, though it’s not always easy to find things that both you would enjoy contributing and that would actually be contributing to us.
The main spoken language in the course will be English. Small group work can be held in English or in other languages (if your exercise partner speaks your language). Translation is always available if at any moment one wishes to express oneself in own language.
At the end of each meeting, you will receive by email a summary of the learning in last session. Other handouts will be provided, depending on the learning theme.
When booking your place, and in order to help us getting to know you a little, please fill in this questionnaire:
To book your place:
To book your place, follow the steps below. If you have any questions please contact us at:
1. Read the Terms & Conditions (Many of us never read ‘Terms & Conditions’… and, we would recommend you to read this one to be sure we’re together and on the same page).
2. Fill in the form below.
3. Send us the non-refundable prepayment of €200 (When making the transfer please mention your full name and the course name to help us easily identify you).
Account name: connecting2life
→ If your bank is outside the European union, please contact us to see if there may be a less expensive way to make your transfer.
Regarding the remainder: We ask that you pay the remainder of the course fees within a week of finishing the course. We suggest you pay at the end because we like people to know what they’re paying for. We do this because we wish for your payment to be more connected to gratitude rather than to a sense of duty. If you prefer to pay earlier this is also welcome.
‘The regret period’: If you change your mind within 14 days after sending the prepayment, and before the course has actually begun, we will fully refund your prepayment.