Mediator is both the name of a profession and a crucial role in life and society. My wish is that all human beings on this planet acquire the skill to mediate.
This course is designed for those of you who want to learn mediation as a life skill and/or aim to have it as a profession.
→ Due to Covid-19, we will be waiting until November to let you know whether we can hold this workshop in person or if it will be held online.
When you fill in the registration form you have the option to choose whether to join in person, online, or both. The only online is now fully booked, so if this is your case, you will be put on a waiting list. If your choice is different from what happens we will surely refund your deposit.
Mediation is a fundamental social skill
If you spend time with children, friends, colleagues – or time in group meetings and family gatherings, then you surely have some mediation skills already.
Conflict is not necessarily when two or more people shout at each other. There are many scales, small to large, of challenges, misunderstandings, tensions and unspoken frustration whenever there is cooperation between people.
Mediation in daily life
Mediation as a practice in daily life is based on the assumption that the structure of two is not enough. When two people are stimulated they are less available to Empathize, to see the beauty in one another. The mediator is simply a third party who is not stimulated and has the skills to help create connection, cooperation and creativity to discover and meet everyone’s needs.
I wish Mediation was a basic life skill that was taught in schools starting at the age of 3… I dream of a world where all human beings have mediation skills to support understanding, cooperation and connection when conflicts, misunderstandings or differences in opinion arise.
We will learn the Intentions, Art and Craft of Mediation
❀ Can we enjoy conflict? We will learn how to stay centered when a conflict becomes heated. What the role of a Mediator is and what they are really responsible for. How to make Mediation fun and meaningful rather than feeling like a stressful job.
❀ Mediation structure: Pre-Mediation, Mediation, Post Mediation
❀ The 5 Movement of Passing a Message: The basic rhythm of a Mediation
❀ The practice of Interruption that Brings Connection
❀ Deepening Empathic skills: Empathy as the bread and butter of Mediation
❀ How to lead toward sustainable agreements
❀ How to go beyond ‘NO’, and how to continue when one or both parties don’t agree to a suggestion
❀ “Instead of going to court, shall we go deeper?”: When a conflict seems stuck we can always go one layer deeper, until connection and cooperation naturally surface
❀ How to be impartial
❀ Self-connection and self-expression as a Mediator
❀ How to go beyond concepts of fairness and how to free a dialogue from demands to encourage free-choice
❀ Inner mediation: Mediating a conflict between different voices within one person
❀ How to facilitate a Healing Dialogue
❀ Group Mediation
❀ And more…
This course will
Give you skills, tools, experience, clarity and competence to lead professional Mediations as well as initiate day to day Mediations in many life situations.
Desired amount of Experience
I find it very helpful if people joining this program have already acquired a base in understanding the 4 Steps (of NVC) and Empathy. We ask that you have a minimum of 100 hours previous NVC training before joining. If you have questions or doubts about how your level of experience fits this course you’re welcome to share this with us and we can figure it out together.
Asterweg 20G3 – 1031 HN Amsterdam, The Netherlands
(Except in January: Weesperzijde 79a – 1091 EJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
In case the course takes place face to face:
Time: Saturdays 10:00-18:30, Sundays 10:00-18:00
16-17 January 2021 (Sunday 09:30-17:30)
13-14 February 2021
20-21 March 2021
17-18 April 202122-23 May 2021
19-20 June 2021
Online: If the course will take place online, we will adjust a bit the times and the price.
Face to face: Choice between 1400-2800€
→ 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.
→ Invoices are Vrijgesteld (VAT free).
❤ 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 may be available if at any moment one wishes to express oneself in their own language.
At the end of each meeting you will receive a summary of the learning in the last session by email. Other handouts will be provided, depending on the learning theme.
If the course is held online sessions will be recorded and available for participants to view.
Assistants: We will have about 8 assistants accompanying us during this course. They’ve already completed the Basic, Intermediate, Advanced and Year courses with us and are engaged in their steps toward teaching/sharing NVC.
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.