Compassion Camp Courses
Integrating ZEGG forum and NVC to deepen connection (Hany Nagib)
Coming Home: The spirituality and practice of foraging (Alan Muskat)
Loving Ourselves the Wise Woman Way (Corinna Wood)
The Friendship Game: An adventure in intimacy for couples, families, and communities (Steve Torma and Terrie Lewine)
Eco-Sexuality (Luna Dietrich)
Restorative Circles: A community based conflict and communication process (Steve Torma and Arjuna da Silva)
The Connection Practice: Empathy and insight for healing relationships (Cathy Holt)
Deepening Ahimsa & Satyagraha (Naryan Aron)
Speaking the language of unity consciousness (Ionsul Ferrin)
What to do when you’re too triggered to use your NVC skills (Jerry Donoghue)
Circling: The art of relational connection (Marc Beneteau)
NVC for Activism and Social Change (Roberta Wall)
NVC, Education, and the Care of Children (Samata DeCori)
Integrating ZEGG forum and NVC to deepen connection
The ZEGG Forum process supports the creation of a “new culture” by providing space for people to share deeply and be witnessed by their community in an atmosphere of honoring and acceptance. The goal of Forum is to reveal what is alive but not known to all. The community sits in a circle, forming a stage for one person at a time (who volunteers) to stand and show what is true for them. Facilitators may assist the person (or presenter) to reveal themselves more deeply. Afterward, community members may offer reflections, or mirrors, on what they saw.
Used in conjunction with NVC, Forum can be a powerful tool for developing empathy and compassion, for turning conflicts into growth opportunities, for clarifying goals and values, and strengthening all aspects of sustainable community living.
Coming Home: The spirituality and practice of foraging
Foraging feeds us, not just with food, but with the knowledge that we are safe and provided for. Only then can we truly be compassionate. We are able to care about others only to the extent that we are out of fight-or-flight. Otherwise, deep down, we are always looking out for number one, strangers in a strange land, cowering and struggling in the true wilderness I call “Scare-City.”
The words heathen, pagan, uncivilized, wild, and savage all mean “one who lives in nature.” When we re-inhabit nature, that is, our own bodies, we uncover the source of compassion: our hard-wiring for empathy. To do that, we must return to our natural, calm-alert state. Foraging offers two ways to do this. First, foraging is a walking meditation, the original “forest bathing.” In the wild, both danger and opportunity are evident to those moving in mindfulness.
Second, eating wild food can be a practice of what Buddhist psychotherapist Rick Hanson calls, “taking in the good.” When we actually experience Providence, we regain what psychologists call secure attachment: in this case, to nature as a holding environment. And the one holding us is “Our Mother, who art The Earth.” Going back to nature, we go back to our true nature as loving, open beings. We welcome the world with open arms, and we find that it has been waiting all this time for us: for us to come home.
Alan Muskat has been taking people “out to eat” for over twenty years. In 1995, he founded No Taste Like Home, now one of the largest foraging education organizations in the world. In 2007, he co-founded The REAL Center with Steve Torma. He is the author of Wild Mushrooms, The Haggadah Vita, and Coming Home. He lives in Asheville with his partner and at least one very fast chipmunk.
Loving Ourselves the Wise Woman Way
Learn to embody self-love the Wise Woman Way . . . as we honor and embrace our needs, we support our thriving! We will explore a groundbreaking earth-based healing methodology rooted in compassionate communication (NVC) and feminist spiritual psychology. Based in our bodies’ energy centers and the cycles of earth and moon, this Wise Woman Way offers an invaluable roadmap home to yourself. For women only.
The Friendship Game: An adventure in intimacy for couples, families, and communities
The Friendship Game is a process for two or more people to deepen their relationships through honest and transparent relational sharing. Each person in given the opportunity to connect with everyone else in the circle, one on one, as they are witnessed and held in compassionate presence by all present. By creating a ritual sacred space of intention to open ourselves to each other, The Friendship Game activates our potential to go beyond normal patterns of relating and create extraordinary relationship of healing and intimacy.
What if embracing our full sexuality could heal the Earth? It may just be possible that consensual, empowered relationships to our-Self and to Other will not only dramatically transform our lives, but save our planet.
Sexuality is not limited to an act we do, but rather an energy we allow. When we radically embody this energy, we often find that our pleasure compass, our deepest authentic desires are expressions that enrich life. Owning and embracing our sexual power is at the foundation of empowerment, but societal conditioning and dominator culture has placed layers of confusion over top of our true desires and pleasure potential.
Learn how to unravel stories no longer serving you and transform your sexual life force into birthing your wildest dreams...through choice, expression and ritual. With techniques such as meditation, movement, journaling, tantra, self-exploration, and intimacy games, we can learn to open up to sexual energy moving through us and to co-create our desired reality. Note that none of the exercises will be “sexual” and all activities are fully optional. The focus is on empowerment!
Luna Dietrich is a woman on a mission. Based in Asheville, North Carolina, she offers her services both locally and online as a sexual empowerment coach and teacher under the moniker Pussy Witch. A diviner of sexual energy, Luna provides loving, open-minded guidance to both individuals and couples, helping them to overcome shame about their sexuality, gain emotional and sexual intelligence, and engage in more conscious communication with the goal of experiencing deeper pleasure.
Restorative Circles: A community based conflict and communication process
A Restorative Circle is a voluntary community process designed to support those in conflict by bringing people together to dialogue as equals and find actions that restore wholeness to the community. Pioneered by Dominic Barter and friends in Brazil and now being used around the world including at Earthaven Ecovillage.
The Connection Practice: empathy and insight for healing relationships
In this introductory, experiential class, we'll grow skills of giving empathy to ourselves and others by working with feelings and needs cards. Learn the science of heart-brain coherence and experience how it lowers stress and helps us access our best thinking, including creative solutions to conflicts.
Cathy Holt has been learning, practicing, and sharing peace-making communication skills for the last twenty-five years. She is a certified coach and trainer in The Connection Practice. She is also experienced in teaching and leading practice groups for HeartSpeak (NVC) and has facilitated mediations for couples, families, business partners, and others.
With a Master’s in Public Health and training in Biofeedback, Guided Imagery, Emotional Freedom Technique, Reiki, Preparation for Surgery, and more, Cathy helps people listen to their body. She is also a certified HeartMath coach and author of The Circle of Healing: Deepening Our Connections with Self, Others, and Nature (Talking Birds Press, 2000). For more info, visit Cathy’s website.
Deepening Ahimsa & Satyagraha
As the foundation of NVC Marshall Rosenberg aligned himself with Mahatma Gandhi’s movement based on the principles of Ahimsa and Satyagraha. What do these words mean and how do we continue to develop the roots of our practice? Please join me as I share the lessons learned about Ahimsa and Satyagraha from individuals at Kashi Ashram who for decades learned at the feet of Guru.
Speaking the Language of Unity Consciousness
How does NVC remove perceived barriers and pave the way for a deeper heart connection? Is there a more cosmic purpose to NVC? In this workshop, we'll explore how NVC is a way of putting spiritual ideals such as Oneness, non-duality, and unconditional love into practice in everyday life. Can a way of communicating lead to personal enlightenment? Let's discuss!
What to do when you're too triggered to use your NVC skills
Since NVC is based upon mutually sharing from the heart, what do we do when our hearts are close down with pain or conflict with another. This is when we need our skills the most, yet they elude us. Come explore some strategies to stay consistent with the spirit of NVC when the challenges of intensity arise.
Circling: The Art of Relational Connection
Circling is a group conversation involving 3 to 9 people that usually lasts an hour to an hour and a half. Available in over 70 cities and online, circling is about being seen and accepted for who we really are and feeling connected to other human beings and a larger whole. For more info, visit CirclingGuide.com.
NVC for Activism and Social Change
How can NVC fire up and fuel our activism? As NVC founder Marshal Rosenberg said, the world doesn’t need more “nice dead people...The world needs more people brought fully alive.” Let’s explore how we draw upon the principles and practices of NVC to empower, deepen and inspire our activism for social change.
NVC, education, and the care of children
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