Leveraging Your Influence Using NVC - 2013 East Coast Program - Retreat 2

Friday, November 15, 2013  -  Wednesday, November 20, 2013 

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Can you imagine living NVC so fully that all the people you meet each day are affected by its profound gifts?

Can you imagine being your most powerful, loving, and authentic self in every moment and feeling excited to bring that freedom to everyone around you?

This program features two immersion-learning retreats practicing visionary leadership with Miki Kashtan with an additional day for participants in a Leadership in Facilitation Track

2013 Dates
April 12-17/18 (completed)
November 15-20/21

The Abode
New Lebanon, NY

About the Program
The vision of Leveraging Your Influence is to accelerate the transition to a needs-based world by actively integrating the three aspects of nonviolence -- love, truth, and courage – into the very fabric of our everyday lives so they can serve as the foundation and organizing principle of our relationships and work in the world.

To ‘leverage our influence’ is to access our own power and capacity for visionary leadership; to lead by example with care and empathy in service of creating a world that serves life; at home, at work, in whatever context. We do this by being ready to transform conflict into deeper mutual understanding; to build effective collaborations (and stronger families, communities, and organizations); and to manifest our vision for ourselves and the world in creative ways that consider the needs of all.

Each retreat delves deeply into two major learning areas:

The first focuses on building up the internal foundations that make it possible for us to step into leadership in all areas of life: self-acceptance, acceptance, vulnerability, inner freedom, choice, and power. In addition to illuminating instruction and discussion, we explore body-based and gesture-based exercises that help you access self-connection and self-empathy to move toward action - even while carrying limiting beliefs, facing obstacles, or experiencing pain.

The second explores the practical aspects of visionary leadership: engaging with others in authentic and caring ways; expressing power and care in group settings; and creating change in ever-growing circles in society and culture at-large – with the purpose of meeting the most needs for the most people. 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, and practice expressing this consciousness more spontaneously, authentically, and naturally, in contexts and language relevant to you.

Miki’s leadership and the co-creative learning experience: The experience of each gathering is co-created by Miki and all the participants. Miki aims to model her vision of collaborative leadership, including occasionally functioning as a member of the community, inviting others to hold the whole. Much of the time, leading this group means attending to the emerging needs of participants in real-time and harnessing that energy to support the goals of the program. Participants contribute real-life issues and all are invited into a radical level of honesty and vulnerability around learning goals, shared leadership, feedback, and issues of money, inclusion, and potentially different levels of commitment to living nonviolence.

  • Immersion learning in a co-created environment that encourages and requests self-connection and stepping into leadership
  • Exercises that help you access self-connection and self-empathy to move toward action and leadership
  • Role-plays and coaching that build your capacity to speak from your heart and:
    • build trust and connection in difficult conversations
    • generate willingness to collaborate in groups
    • experience freedom to want what you want fully and stay committed to strategies that work for all when seeking change
  • Focus on naturalizing NVC to contexts relevant to you and expanding the application of NVC beyond the specific focus on the language of feelings and needs
  • Facilitators’ track and personalized coaching from Miki
  • Access to a growing community of compassionate change-makers and ongoing support for leveraging your influence in the world.
New! Leadership in Facilitation Track (FT)
Individuals with special interest in leading groups and organizations collaboratively and from a spirit of service are invited to register for the Facilitation Track. During lunchtime meetings, Miki shares insights about the visionary leadership that she models, and offers coaching, tips, and advice on how to balance holding all needs with efficient, effective, and purposeful engagement. This track also includes additional time with Miki, along with one-on-one and group coaching, with a focus on immediate opportunities to apply new learning and share leadership with Miki in this retreat by facilitating activities, supporting the design team, and helping to shape the flow day-to-day. This level of involvement and service is a primary opportunity to deepen the co-creative learning experience and to practice the living interdependence of NVC. This track begins at 10:00 am on Friday, November 15 and continues until 3:00 PM on Thursday, November 21.

Miki Kashtan is a co-founder of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication (BayNVC) and has taught NVC on five continents. 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, retreats, and training for organizations and committed individuals. Miki blogs at The Fearless Heart and her articles have appeared in Tikkun magazine, Waging Nonviolence, Shareable, and elsewhere. Her first book, Spinning Threads of Radical Aliveness: Transcending the Legacy of Separation in Our Individual Lives is due out in Fall 2013. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Berkeley.

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

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT Leveraging Your Influence

“Through BayNVC’s Leveraging Your Influence program, I have become clearer about what I want and have stepped into my power to move towards my vision. I have connected with others and acquired many of the skills/resources needed.” - A.M.

“LYI was a safe space for me to uncover my blocks and work through them with support and transformative exercises.” - E.S.

“This project taps into me continuing to be me!” - G. S.

“I so enjoyed Miki’s perspectives on power & leadership, her distinctions and clarity -- I feel inspired to know a way to live that feels more whole and connected.”

“Miki shared verbally and also modeled many things every day that I hope to take into my life as empowering learnings, questions to explore, ways of seeing… There is not enough space here to say even 5% of what I have received…” - P.K.

"I feel and see the benefits of participating in LYI and learning with Miki every single day, in the way that I relate to myself, and in the ways that I'm more empowered, loving, and a little more brave in the world. The way that Miki teaches and models visionary leadership, love and power in action, is a profound gift." - U. L.

Related Course Costs:
Room and board costs are in addition to the tuition amount.These are non-negotiable and required by our host venue.

Single room & board $95/day or $475 for retreat (5 nights)

Shared room & board $85/day or $425 for retreat (5 nights)

Commuter $45/day or $225 for retreat (5 days)

If you plan to stay the extra night for the facilitator track, you will be paying for one extra night at the same rate. Roommates can be requested or will be assigned. Accommodations include delicious vegetarian meals.

Limited work-trade opportunities are available for room and board only. Please contact Amalae McCloud at the Abode directly: 518-794-8090, ext 115.

Course Manual
An electronic version of the Program Booklet (~180+ pgs) will be emailed in advance. A hard copy will be printed for participants new to LYI-East at a cost of $20 unless you request otherwise. Some participants elect to save paper and the cost of printing by bringing the booklet with them on an electronic device.

To begin your registration, click on the Registration button on the top of the page and submit a minimum $50 tuition deposit. You may submit your entire contribution (tuition and room and board) if you wish. Room-and-board fees are due in-full by November 1. Sarah Proechel will contact you with more information.

See BayNVC’s policy re: cancellations and refunds here

If you have questions about the course, we are happy to talk with you. Email Sarah at serafinajp@netzero.net

Consider joining us for an informal Q&A on the following dates. You're invited to bring questions about the course, facilitation track, logistics, teaching-learning styles, etc. Members of the design/organizing team will host these calls; Miki Kashtan will not be on these calls. Past LYI-E participants are invited to call in and may provide additional perspective too!

Thursday, October 3 at 8 PM EST

Sunday, October 27 at 11 AM EST

Save the dates for next years Leveraging Your Influence - East Coast retreats!

April 4-10, 2014 at The Abode
Second retreat: To Be Announced!

Requested Experience:This program is open all, at any level of experience with Nonviolent Communication. We ask that you self-select to attend based on your resonance with (1) the belief that the vision described above can transform your life and the world and (2) a desire within you to play an active role in that transformation.
Location:New York, Abode, New Lebanon
Trainer(s):Miki Kashtan
Requested Contribution:Requested Contribution: $50. (This is the deposit only) The requested contribution for this course (not including room-and-board) is $850 for the 6 day retreat or $1100 for the Facilitation Track (7 days), on average, for each of 25 participants (15 for the facilitation track). Setting the tuition on an average is based on our desire to maximize accessibility and sustainability at once. This means making this program available to all who want it while also prioritizing sufficient income to support Miki’s ability to attend to her own livelihood and that of the people who support her work. The requested amount is also designed to cover the out-of-pocket expenses of holding the retreat (e.g. meeting spaces and airfare)

If you would like to learn more about this, read about the gift economy here. Also, If you are unable to contribute the amount you would like by the time of the retreat, we will be happy to arrange a payment plan with you. Since the links below are generic, we ask that you click the above link, which is specific to the LYI East program.
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