We’re thrilled to invite you to our 10th annual ‘Train the Trainer’ Year Course in Amsterdam. (Wow, our 10th Year Course! When you include those that we’ve run in France and Belgium this brings the number to 16 in total.)
This training is aimed at those who want to dive, with a group of other NVC enthusiasts, into deeply embodying NVC. Together we will move slowly towards sharing NVC with others through one on one sessions and teaching NVC.
→ This online courses will be held using Zoom. Sessions will be recorded and will be available for participants to view (not for download) until 1 month after the course is over.
This course is meant for those of you who would like to take the next steps toward embodying and teaching NVC.
We will create a context to deepen into NVC, to manifest it in millions of situations in our lives. For me teaching NVC comes directly from the way we embody it – this is the bread and butter of it all.
Learning NVC is different from learning mathematics. It’s not something you can ‘study and then know it’. I experience the learning as deepening in spirals of embodiment, leading to super-powerful paradigm shifts, skills and awareness.
You will learn and gain confidence in:
❀ Offering 1 on 1 Empathy sessions
❀ Teaching/sharing NVC
❀ Team and community building
❀ Coaching and consulting based on NVC
❀ Being a leader of a group/team/community, etc.
Offering 1 on 1 Empathy Sessions
Learning Empathy is a lifelong practice. This year will be a great opportunity to practice, practice, practice towards gaining confidence and skills in offering private Empathy sessions. There will be 4 workshop days solely dedicated to gaining and deepening Empathy skills. We will learn such practices as Deepening Empathy Skills, Role Play, About ‘Healing’, Empathizing with Inner Jackals and more. You will be invited to practice these skills in 2 other contexts:
❀ Empathy Buddy
Once a week you will be invited to have a 40 minute to 1 hour phone/Skype/Zoom Empathy practice with another participant from the course. The focus will be on specific exercises or general “emotional hygiene”. This will give you the opportunity to practice Empathy and also give you regular Empathic support for any life issues you might be dealing with.
❀ Empathy Project
You will be invited to choose a person(s) to whom you will offer (at least) 20 hours of Empathy sessions.
I’m particularly excited about the Empathy Project as I believe it can meet many needs. A couple of examples are:
– Learning and gaining confidence and experience in offering Empathic listening
– Contribution to people and society
This will play as an Empathy lab where we can try things out, deepen and expand our skills, and gain clarity and capacity in Empathic listening. We’ll share and reflect on our challenges with Empathic listening as a group so that we have the opportunity to learn from one another.
Teaching NVC to others is one of the most powerful ways to deepen learning and embodiment that I’ve experienced.
❀ Learning to teach
We will touch on such points as:
– Tips and structures for introducing NVC – introducing NVC to a single person, a group, in a course setting, a workshop or an evening introduction
– Dealing with teaching challenges – looking at the choices you have as a trainer. Exploring ways to stay human in all situations, truly living the principles of NVC at all times
– How to answer questions – recognizing the choice of when to answer a question versus seeing it as a request for Empathy
– Roleplay facilitating a group – group consent decision-making processes
– And more…
❀ Teaching each other
You will be invited to prepare a 45-minute lesson on any NVC subject one or two times during the program.
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.
NVC is a set of skills that helps me to live interdependently in the world. Each time I teach a group a community is created. We will be exploring community, NVC and teaching in the following ways:
❀ Learning how to build a sense of safety that allows Honesty and Vulnerability. How to create a group where one can truly be themselves.
❀ Exploring how to create the experience of Inclusion, where people experience that they matter and feel they have a place in the group.
The Art of Living Together: Community building weekends. I once saw a performance called If You Really Want to get to Know Me, Come and Live with Me. I don’t remember the performance itself well, but the title has stayed with me for years. We will live, eat, breathe, and practice NVC together 24/7.
We will look into subjects such as Radical Empathy and Honesty, Inclusion, Safety, Consensus Group Decision Making, Choice, Freedom, Self-care and more.
We create an online group (such as Facebook) specifically for the members of this year’s course. It’s a platform for sharing your celebrations, mournings, questions, requests, challenges, wonders… We’ve found it a special community space for connection, sharing and learning in past courses.
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 100 hours of 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.
This training will take place ONLINE
08-10 October 2021
10-12 December 2021
04-06 February 2022
01-03 April 2022
27-29 May 2022
01-03 July 2022
❀ All times are written in CET time (Amsterdam time zone)
18:30-21:00 Session, mostly focused on Community Connection time
Saturdays & Sundays:
09:00-12:30: Learning & practice
12:30-13:45: Lunch break
13:45-15:15/latest 15:45: Learning & practice as well as Community time: Harvesting, celebration and mourning
For this course the fee is a choice of between €1150 – €2300
→ 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.
❀ Training days: 6 full weekends (Friday evening till Sunday)
❀ Call/s with your Empathy buddy: minimum 1 hour a week
❀ Empathy project: minimum of 20 hours
❀ Exercise: between classes you will be invited to explore a specific practice. You will be encouraged to focus on this practice:
→ Externally by bringing it to many different situations in your life.
→ Internally through journaling, inner dialogues, keeping track of your challenges and learnings.
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.
Yoram is a CNVC certified trainer and will offer you a Certificate of Attendance.
This course can support you in the process of becoming a CNVC certified trainer. It counts both as hours with a certified trainer as well as experience in sharing NVC.
Contact us if you wish for more information regarding how this course fits the requirements for becoming a certified trainer.
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.
→ These online course will be held using Zoom. Sessions will be recorded and will be available for participants to view (not for download) until 1 month after the course is over.
Assistants: We will have 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.
In order to help us getting to know you a little please fill in this questionnaire when booking your place:
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 3 days before the course has actually begun), we will fully refund your prepayment.