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Compassion Camp Courses

What to do when you’re too triggered to use your NVC skills (Jerry Donoghue)
NVC for Activism and Social Change (Roberta Wall)
The Connection Practice: Empathy and insight for healing relationships (Cathy Holt)
Deepening Ahimsa & Satyagraha (Naryan Aron)
Speaking the language of unity consciousness (Ionsul Ferrin)
Loving Ourselves the Wise Woman Way (Corinna Wood)
Integrating ZEGG forum and NVC to deepen connection (Hany Nagib)
The Friendship Game: An adventure in intimacy for couples, families, and communities (Steve Torma and Terrie Lewine)
Restorative Circles: A community based conflict and communication process (Steve Torma and Arjuna da Silva)
Circling: The art of relational connection (Marc Beneteau)
Coming Home: Foraging as NVC (Alan Muskat)
SeekHealing: An NVC approach to recovery (Alan Muskat)
Storytelling in Practice: Interviewing Compassion to Bring the Story to Life (Eric Wolf)
Gentle Giraffe Yoga (Kris Moon)
How to Release the Issues from our Tissues (Kris Moon)
Eco-Sexuality (Luna Dietrich)
Family Constellation (Janell Kapoor)
Community Candlelight Service (Kathy Edwards)


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.
In 2004, Jerry Donoghue founded the Asheville Compassionate Communication Center to support people to compassionately connect more deeply to themselves and others. His goal is to add more effectiveness, ease and deep intimate connection to your relationships than you ever dreamed possible by giving you sophisticated tools that you can immediately use to improve your communication and life.

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.
Roberta Wall is a certified NVC trainer. In communities, schools, businesses and organizations, Roberta facilitates leadership trainings, public conversations, dialogues, mediations and visioning and strategizing sessions. With private groups, families and individuals, she offers coaching, mediation, classes and trainings that integrate NVC and mindfulness into all aspects of personal, family, communal and organizational life. Roberta offers her work in service of peaceful transformation of our world, individuals, families and organizations, and community and spiritual health and development.

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.
Naryan Aron has studied, practiced, and shared NVC since 2009. In 2012 he founded Sustainable Way Of Life, offering life consulting for sustainable human development utilizing NVC and Permaculture. At the heart of both Permaculture and NVC is compassionate understanding and maximizing mutually beneficial relationships. Both empathy and symbiosis are pivotal to the sustainability of our species as well as our intra- and interpersonal relationships. 

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!
Ionsul Ferrin has been studying NVC since 2010 and teaching it since 2014. She is also a Connection Practice facilitator and relationship coach. Her passion is fostering people's deepest emotional empowerment and freedom.

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.
A seasoned Wise Woman Herbalist, teacher, visionary, and mother, Corinna Wood is founder and director of Southeast Wise Women and the Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference—and co-founder of Red Moon Herbs. Corinna has a rich grounding of depth and breadth in herbal medicine as well as permaculture, non-violent communication, and spiritual psychology.   For over 25 years, Corinna has been practicing, teaching, and carrying on the Wise Woman Tradition, based in honoring women and the Earth. Corinna was also one of the early members of her home community, Earthaven Ecovillage, collaborating with others to bring a vision of sustainable living into manifestation.

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.
Hany Nagib awoke to his passions for freedom, radical honesty, and connection at an early age. This gave him the courage to leave his life in Egypt at 17, and create the life he loves here in the U.S. He has grown into a facilitator of all things that help people connect more deeply to each other, from intergenerational improv, to relationship coaching, to community mediation. He has practiced polyamory in many forms over the years, and uses that wisdom, along with his knack for seeing into the heart of the matter, to help people realize their dreams of joyful relationships. He lives in a co-housing community in Asheville, NC with his partner and two young kids who motivate him daily to seek the path to connection and joy.

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.
For over forty years, Steve Torma has gently guided our culture toward cooperation and regeneration. He is the former President of Earthaven Ecovillage, where he continues to live his passion for community and sustainability. He co-founded The REAL Center in 2007 and was a core faculty member of The Asheville Tantra School. Steve is trained in Nonviolent Communication, Radical Honesty, Body Electric, Cuddle Party, Restorative Circles, Permaculture, and Creation Spirituality. Through his compassionate presence and guidance, he has helped countless people to find healing, direction, and meaning in their lives.
Terrie Lewine, DC, Director of The Back to Life Wellness Center, has trained with The Center for Nonviolent Communication, The Human Awareness Institute, Restorative Circles, The Body Sacred, The Body Electric, Deborah Annapol, Cuddle Party, Oneness Blessing, Brad Blanton of Radical Honesty, and Donald Epstein, founder of Network Chiropractic. In her commitment to personal and cultural transformation, Terrie is a founding member of Green Village, Philadelphia's first urban ecovillage.

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.
For over forty years, Steve Torma has gently guided our culture toward cooperation and regeneration. He is the former President of Earthaven Ecovillage, where he continues to live his passion for community and sustainability. He co-founded The REAL Center in 2007 and was a core faculty member of The Asheville Tantra School. Steve is trained in Nonviolent Communication, Radical Honesty, Body Electric, Cuddle Party, Restorative Circles, Permaculture, and Creation Spirituality. Through his compassionate presence and guidance, he has helped countless people to find healing, direction, and meaning in their lives.
Arjuna da Silva is an inveterate optimist, certified alchemical hypnotherapist, group facilitator, and visionary. She is a founding member of Earthaven Ecovillage and a co-director of Culture’s Edge. 

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.
 
Marc Beneteau is an author, internet entrepreneur, community builder, and self-described “love revolutionary.” The Circling and Authentic Relating Practice Guide is his third book, and it distills thirty years of research and practice in building community, emotional communication and the psychology of love. He has also written a love and sex manual for men entitled As Lovers Do. Read about his latest adventures on his blog.

Coming Home: Foraging as NVC

The shift from hunting and gathering to agriculture is the shift from body to mind. If we’re not in our bodies, we can’t practice NVC. Everything we think and do will be based on judgments, and ultimately, on fear.

Foraging can bring us back to our senses, to the source of our feelings and needs. In our natural, calm-alert state, we uncover Eden, the oneness of life on which NVC is based.

Come experience a taste of Home. For more info, see here.

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 MushroomsThe Haggadah Vita, and Coming Home. He lives in Asheville with his partner and at least one very fast chipmunk.


SeekHealing: An NVC approach to recovery

SeekHealing is a free, community-based recovery program for the mid-Atlantic whose pilot is underway here in Asheville. The premise is that the opposite of addiction is not sobriety, it’s connection. And in this culture, we are all in recovery because we are all to some extent disconnected, whether from each other, from nature, or from ourselves. SeekHealing's approach, therefore, centers largely around authentic relating. Come learn more about the program and how you can get involved.

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 MushroomsThe Haggadah Vita, and Coming Home. He lives in Asheville with his partner and at least one very fast chipmunk.


Storytelling in Practice: Interviewing Compassion to Bring the Story to Life

Through narrative practices, it is possible to bring new awareness and energy to hidden or suppressed story lines in our lives. In this three-hour experiential workshop, participates will discover, as individuals and as a collective, the ways that compassion is already practiced in their lives. They will clarify where they are headed as practitioners of compassion and the ways their past has informed this goal.

Social Workers who attend Eric’s workshop will receive a certificate for 3 Contact hours.

Eric Wolf, LCSW, has been learning, teaching and practicing the use of storytelling for four decades. He has performed at the American Museum of Natural History and numerous venues across the county. For his Art of Storytelling with Brother Wolf podcast, he received the 2009 National Oracle Award from the National Storytelling Network.

Eric specializes in working with tweens. He is uniquely qualified to speak, teach and share on how human beings can survive the next hundred years through the use of compassionate communication. For more info, visit his website.


Gentle Giraffe Yoga

What does it feel like to embody Compassionate Consciousness? Together we’ll explore gentle mindfulness-based movement practices intended to connect the language of NVC with the direct experience of being embodied. The invitation is to practice listening to the body as a way to better understand what we’re feeling and needing from moment to moment. Every body is invited.

KRIS MOON is a yoga and mindfulness guide. She lives in Marshall, where she and her husband are creating a mindful camping retreat called Moon Mountain. Kris has been studying and exploring the philosophy and practice of yoga for nearly a decade. As a student, she continues to uncover layers of learning from her many teachers. Kris is committed to making yoga and meditation accessible to all, especially those who have experienced trauma. As a volunteer teacher for Light a Path, a non-profit bringing yoga and other evidence-based wellness tools to underserved populations in Western North Carolina, Kris teaches Trauma-Sensitive Yoga to at-risk youth. Since 2014, Kris has been a student of Steve Torma, experiencing the transformational power of NVC and group intention.


How to Release the Issues from our Tissues

There is a deep wisdom in our bodies. The latest trauma research now supports that we do indeed store our issues in our tissues. Practicing interoception, or feeling our bodily sensations, is a valuable exercise in strengthening our ability to choose differently for ourselves. Rather than repeating the same old ways that don’t work - ways that often cause us and those we love a lot of harm - there is hope that we can not only let go of these harmful patterns but create and strengthen new, life serving ones.

 

The first half of the offering will explore trauma-sensitive practices aimed at releasing the issues from our tissues. The invitation is to practice listening to the body as a way to better understand what we’re feeling and needing from moment to moment.

In the second half, we will dive into conversation about healing, trauma, NVC, yoga and whatever else may surface from the movement practice. Every body is invited.

KRIS MOON is a yoga and mindfulness guide. She lives in Marshall, where she and her husband are creating a mindful camping retreat called Moon Mountain. Kris has been studying and exploring the philosophy and practice of yoga for nearly a decade. As a student, she continues to uncover layers of learning from her many teachers. Kris is committed to making yoga and meditation accessible to all, especially those who have experienced trauma. As a volunteer teacher for Light a Path, a non-profit bringing yoga and other evidence-based wellness tools to underserved populations in Western North Carolina, Kris teaches Trauma-Sensitive Yoga to at-risk youth. Since 2014, Kris has been a student of Steve Torma, experiencing the transformational power of NVC and group intention.


Eco-Sexuality

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.


Family Constellation

All people carry with them an energetic field or blueprint of their biological families. This ancestral field or “soul” has an enormous unconscious effect on each family member's life. Long-standing issues with health, depression, relationships, failed finances, etc. are often a result of unconscious ‘entanglements’ in the family soul. A constellation event is a way to bring these entanglements to light and to allow for some resolution to happen. Within an hour, perfect strangers step into roles, enacting a drama that may have been hidden for generations.

Quite often after a constellation, family members who were not present and didn’t even know the event was happening report dramatic shifts. Because the family is a system, like an invisible mobile, what keeps one stuck also affects all, and what liberates one, also frees all (adapted from Bert Hellinger, creator of Family Constellation).

JANELL KAPOOR is a community catalyst, systems strategist, designer, sensualist, and motivational speaker on topics relating to our ‘modern indigineity.’ She is founding director of Ashevillage Institute & Sanctuary, Kleiwerks International, Whole Earth Summit, as well as the Resilient Living School and Permaculture School.


Community Candlelight Service

Community Candlelight is a practice of exploring and uniting our unique inner wisdom. It begins with 20 minutes of silent meditation and from there is gently guided and facilitated to enhance communion.

Kathy Edwards has been practicing formless meditation for over twenty-five years and has studied integral theory for over a decade. She was one of twenty-two people ordained by Jeff Carreira at Pendle Hill to be “Artists of Possibility” and has recently completed a three-year graduate study of the possibilities for and obstacles against shifting the dominant paradigm.

 

Check out Earthaven Experience Week

Join the homesteads, farms, and businesses of Earthaven Ecovillage for a hands-on, skill-building immersion in sustainable and climate-resilient community life. The learning journey weaves large-group discussions and classes together with intimate hands-on experiences in the village and farms alongside community members.

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