The Art of Mourning: Ukraine

A Weekend workshop in Nonviolent Communication (NVC)

The Art of Mourning: Ukraine

Holding pains together

13-15 November 2020, Online

With CNVC trainer: Yoram Mosenzon

This workshop will have a consecutive translation into Russian


Most of us know loss, sadness and grief, and yet very few of us have ever learned how to mourn. We learn to put our pain to the side and continue on with life, as if everything is “normal”, when it is anything but that. We hide our tears from ourselves and others. We rarely learn that unpleasant emotions and pain have a very important role in our lives.

In this workshop I will share processes and intentions as to how be with pains- of myself and others, and how to ‘not stay alone with pains’ and rather share them and holding them together.

From Lena (the organizer):

This year much more often than I would like I’ve been ‘pulling myself together’ and continuing to do something, to deal with something even when everything inside was cringing and all I wanted was to hide under the blanket and cry. I was miles away from my dream of having a self-care and caring environment so that I could live every single challenge that comes with gentleness to myself. With warm and loving space within, with the opportunity to be with sadness, fear, or helplessness as much as they need it. I so much want to give myself the opportunity to mourn every big and small difficulty and allow everything to get transformed into peace and acceptance. When I write this, it feels like a true and deep longing. And right now there’s quite a gap between my dream and reality. I can mourn about this gap too … Also, I can trust myself when in the needs list the need ‘to mourn’ becomes the most eye-catching.

If you notice that the title of the training is eye-catching to you too for any reason – you are warmly invited to join. It seems to me that any kind of mourning requires space, time, support, and community and this is what I want to create for myself and for other people. I believe that this ability to be with yourself and to be with each other is key for bringing into live strength, joy, acceptance, and peace.

I can’t imagine anyone who would be a better guide on this journey than Yoram. I have immense trust in his care, honesty, empathy, and courage to go into depth, into what really matters.

About the workshop

In this workshop I will share processes, intentions and practices regarding ‘being with (and enjoying!) pains’.
We will look into:

❀ How to be with  and welcome pain (and any unpleasant feelings and sensations) in the body

❀ Mourning process: How to mourn? What it entails? What are the stages we pass through? What tools, skills and awareness can be helpful in passing through it all?

❀ How to accompany people in their mourning process- principles, intentions and tools.

❀ How to hold Mourning in the community

❀ The natural movement between Mourning & Celebration and connection to life stream and healing.

About NVC

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) (Phd. Marshall Rosenberg) is a practical communication tool that radically transforms your relationship with yourself and others. NVC cultivates assertive honesty mixed with a deep quality of Empathy.
NVC transforms conflicts into love and clarity.


In an interactive and safe learning environment, you will be invited to work on examples from your own life. We will practice Nonviolent Communication through demonstrations, role-playing and exercises in order to integrate the NVC values and language more in our own daily lives.

Desired amount of Experience with NVC

This workshop is open to you if you’ve completed a minimum of 30 hours of NVC training.

Design of the workshop

This workshop will be a mix of me sharing ideas, processes, principles and practices around the art of mourning, as well as offering space for Dialogues and sharing and following LIVE situations that are happening in the group.


Online, via zoom


This workshop will be held in English and will have a consecutive translation into Russian


13-15 of November 2020.
Friday 19:00-21:00 EET/18:00-20:00 CET,
Saturday & Sunday 10:00-14:00 EET/9:00-13:00 CET


Choice between €110 – €220

→  The choice of fees depends on your income and free will. The idea behind a sliding scale is that we all have 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.

❤ 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.


For registration and further questions, send us an email at:

To book your place

To book your place, follow the steps below. If you have any questions please please contact Lena 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 €60 (When making the transfer please mention your full name and the course name to help us easily identify you).

Account name: connecting2life
IBAN: NL52TRIO0197688594
→  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.