Leveraging Your Influence Using NVC - 2013 East Coast Program

Friday, April 12, 2013  -  Wednesday, April 17, 2013 

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We are happy to announce that the dates and location for two retreats in the 2013 Leveraging Your Influence East Coast program have now been decided. This innovative program will be held in two week-long sessions in April and November, with opportunities for ongoing connection and support between sessions.

April 12-17 and November 15-20.

Retreats begin at 4pm on Friday and end at 3pm on Wednesday. * Facilitator Track participants arrive earlier and leave later (see below).

Participants may choose to attend one or both retreats. The benefit of attending both is that each experience builds on the last and deepens our practice. The continuity between the first and second retreats through individualized affinity groups also supports our learning.

Venue: The Abode retreat center is located in the Berkshire mountains about 45 minutes drive from Albany, NY, near the Massachusetts border.

The Abode offers single, double and triple rooms. Room prices include delicious vegetarian meals including breakfast and lunch and dinner each day.

Per day prices are:
$95 (single) -- $475 per retreat
$85 (double) --$425 per retreat
$75 (triple). --$375 per retreat

Roommates can be assigned or requested. This retreat spans 6 days and for room and board pricing is considered 5 nights with three meals included in each one. Commuter cost (includes meals) is $45 per day, or $225 per retreat. A limited number of work-trade opportunities are available.

Registration deadline: Ideally, we would like individuals to register for the April retreat by march 15th and the November retreat by October 15th. This gives the planning team plenty of time to create the best possible experience for everyone, with the fewest number of last-minute adjustments. The Abode, our host for this retreat, needs a minimum of one week to plan well for meals and housing. If most people sign up one month or more ahead of time, it makes everyone's jobs easier. Our strong request is that you plan ahead and sign up early. Last minute registrations will also be accepted as we want everyone who wants to be there to be able to attend.

Please note that the planning team is doing this on a voluntary basis (i.e. out of love) while juggling lives, jobs, etc. so early registration will certainly help their nervous systems as well as The Abode.

Program Description:
Leveraging Your Influence is a mutually supportive learning community, co-created by Miki Kashtan and participants to integrate the consciousness of NVC more deeply, more spontaneously, and more authentically into our everyday language and lives.

Vision:The vision of the program is to leverage our influence by using NVC as the organizing principle of our work in the world. In our two week-long retreats we deepen into our ability to express the consciousness and principles of NVC in our own natural language in our unique life experiences.

Rather than teaching specific NVC skills, we focus on real-life situations in which using NVC can move us and our environment closer to the dream of a needs-based world.

We start with where we are, by inspiring others, by transforming conflict into mutual understanding, and by forging connections and alliances through our shared human needs.

We ask, “How can we live NVC so fully that all the people we meet each day are affected by its profound gifts? How do we infuse our work and play so that NVC consciousness becomes the common denominator in all our relationships?”

We are excited to imagine a world like this! A world in which each of us could act in the sacred role of the midwife and help bring greater NVC presence to all the areas of our life.

Who participates: The LYI participants have a range of NVC experience. Very experienced NVC practitioners and trainers are eager to naturalize their use of NVC. Other participants have less formal NVC training or experience mixed with a deep appreciation of NVC consciousness and some familiarity with the tools.

Miki’s Leadership: The experience of each gathering is co-created by Miki and all the participants. In her role as leader, Miki’s skill and experience generate trust and safety. She models her vision of collaborative leadership, which allows her to occasionally function as a member. She engages with the group to understand the emerging needs of participants in real time and harnesses that energy to deepen the consciousness of NVC in all present.

New! Facilitator Coaching: An exciting development from LYI 2012 is that we have added an opportunity for self-selected individuals to receive live one-on-one and group coaching by Miki to practice group facilitation throughout the week. In 2012, many individuals stepped forward to share group leadership with Miki and it became a truly co-creative learning experience. We see this level of involvement and service as a core aspect of this developing experiment in living the interdependence of NVC. If you are interested in taking part, the program begins at 9:30am on Friday and continues through lunch time on Thursday, April 18. Please contact Sarah Proechel if you are interested in this option.

The co-creative learning experience: Participants contribute real-life issues and a radical level or vulnerability around issues of tuition, money, inclusion, learning goals, shared leadership, feedback, commitment and radical honesty.

Tools and resources that we may experience at the retreat and take home with us include:
* Exercises that help you access self-connection and self-empathy to move toward action and leadership - even while carrying limiting beliefs, facing obstacles, or experiencing pain
* Role-plays and coaching that helps you discover how and what you might say -- in conflict or in a lobbying or negotiating position -- to express authentic desire for a particular outcome and at the same time remain committed to strategies that work for all involved.
* Specific facilitation techniques designed to help you create, hold, or support a space that holds needs equally.
* Immersion in the co-created environment that allows us to practice self-connection, stepping into leadership, and practical moment-to-moment interdependence.

In LYI we explore the extent to which we can create a community of mutual understanding and shared human needs. We support each other in manifesting this dream together while supporting each of us to become a resource to those around us and the world!

We hold no limit on what we can create together. We might just become that small group of individuals that Margaret Mead refers to in her famous quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

For Leveraging Your Influence - West Coast, click here

For questions contact Sarah Proechel or join any of the following informational Conference Calls to speak with members of this year’s organizing team and past program participants. Click on the dates below to register for the call.

Thursday, February 21 (8-9 PM EST)
Monday, March 4 (7-8 PM EST)
Saturday, March 16 (11 AM-12 PM EST)

Miki Kashtan, certified NVC trainer, is a co-founder of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication. She is inspired by the role of visionary leadership in shaping a livable future, and works toward that vision by sharing the principles and practices of Nonviolent Communication through mediation, meeting facilitation, consulting, and training for organizations and for committed individuals. Miki blogs at the Fearless Heart. Her articles have appeared in Tikkun magazine, Waging Nonviolence, Shareable, and elsewhere.

You may enjoy watching:
10-minute video interview of Miki Kashtan discussing empathy.

Requested Experience:Program open to all.
Location:New York
Trainer(s):Miki Kashtan
Requested Contribution:Sliding Scale: $50 - $2000. We ask that you contribute $600 or more for each week-long retreat.

We are aware that many of the people who are drawn to this particular program do not have access to financial resources. We want to make this program available to all who want it, and we also want to attend to our own needs for sustainability. So we are setting up registration on an honor system, and have set up our system to accept as little as $50 in recognition of difficult special circumstances.

At the same time, we want you to know that $600 per participant on average, assuming 25 people attending, is what would make it minimally sustainable for us. Knowing that many of those attending are likely to contribute a lot less, we ask that you contribute at least $600. If you are able to do so, please contribute more, even much more, to support us and those who are unable to do so. This is part of the vision of creating a world that works for all.

If you would like to attend and $50 is beyond your means, let us know and we will explore individual arrangements with you.
Read about our philosophy of money or read about alternate financial arrangements & cancellation policy
Contact:(510) 433-0700

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NVC Multimedia Library Resources with Miki Kashtan