Connecting with Children Course

For parents, teachers, coaches and anyone who spends time with children

Connecting with Children Course

Applying NVC with 'small people'

Course in English

With Marije

Due to the current situation all courses will take place ONLINE using Zoom

Why is communication with children so difficult sometimes?
Would you like to transform power struggles into connection?
Turn resistance into mutual understanding?
Change anger to a flow of love, care and harmony?

In English:
Friday mornings with Marije:

08 October-10 December, 09 session course, 09:30-12:30 (CEST time zone). There will be no session on the 22 October.

Details about the trainer: Marije

→  The courses will be held online using Zoom. Sessions will be recorded and will be available for participants to view (not for download) until 2 weeks after the course is over.

Nonviolent Communication (NVC)

NVC is a simple, powerful and practical tool that helps us to see clearly what blocks our communication, and what we can do differently to manifest and live our deepest values with children.
NVC shows us ways to create sustainable connection and cooperation based on intrinsic motivation from both sides.

We will focus on the following skills

❀ How to transform anger into connection from both sides
❀ How to transform conflict into dialogues with understanding and connection
❀ Empathic listening- how to hear what your children are REALLY trying to say, no matter how they express it
❀ Self-care while caring for our child(ren)/family – how to deeply listen to ourselves, to the depth of what is important to us, and how to communicate that in a way that fosters compassion and cooperation
❀ Stand clearly for our boundaries without using threats or punishments – how to move from being a policeman/woman into just being humans together
❀ How to create peaceful dialogues that include and connect us all
❀ And much more…

For whom

The Connecting with Children course is similar in content to the Basic course. It fits people with no previous experience with NVC, as well as people who would like to deepen their embodiment or are longing to focus on using NVC with children.


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

* The course provides a child-free learning environment to honor many students’ needs for focus, concentration, relaxation and learning.

Extra support

Assistants: We will have 1-5 assistants accompanying us during this course. They’ve already completed the Basic, Intermediate and Year Courses with us and are engaged in their steps toward teaching/sharing NVC.


In English:
Friday mornings with Marije:

08 October-10 December, 09 session course, 09:30-12:30 (CEST time zone). There will be no session on the 22 October.


For this 09 session course, the fee is a choice of between 200-400€ (choice is depending on your income and free will).

→ 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.

Materials provided

At the end of each session, you will receive by email:
– A written summary of the session
– A Zoom recording of the session to view (not for download), available until 2 weeks after the course is over.

There is no required reading before the course. There are many books on NVC available, if you’d like some suggestions on where to start you’re welcome to contact us. You’ll receive a summary handout by email at the end of each session.

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 €70 (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 3 days before the course has actually begun), we will fully refund your prepayment.