NVC Practice Group \_ Experiential Learning on NVC

Hosts: @BarbaraG Manuel

Training purpose :crystal_ball:

The Non-Violent Communication (NVC) practice group of The Reef meets once every 3 weeks to practice NVC by doing guided exercises together.

The Reef has been aiming to integrate NVC in its way of working. This practice group contributes to making that real. NVC also helps to prevent and mediate conflicts, which The Reef benefits from too.

About NVC

NVC was conceived as a method of understanding and communicating about one’s needs that is different from the one most people learn in our society as they grow up. It therefore requires some practice to get used to this new way of interacting with oneself and others. It was indeed described as “learning a whole new way of thinking and speaking”.

An accessible introduction to the origins and basics of NVC can be found here recordings of Marshall Rosenberg, the founder of NVC

More on NVC, including the founder’s cornerstone text “Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life”, is saved in our nexcloud folder here

The NVC Companion Workbook, that will guide group through its practice, is accessible here

Learning modality

The practice group is self-organised. No experienced trainer facilitates the work, but the participants work through the NVC Companion Workbook.* The workbook accompanies Marshall Rosenberg’s cornerstone text “Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life” chapter by chapter.

Ahead of every meeting the participants read a chapter in the main book; in the meeting they go through the exercises in the workbook pertaining to that chapter; in the weeks following the meeting they try to implement what they have learned in their everyday life and, in particular, in the activities with The Reef. The workbook provides exercises for a programme of 13 meetings.

The group meets once every 3 weeks on a different day of the week at 19:30 for 2,5 hours in one of the participant’s homes (or another quiet place). Everyone is welcome to join the group at any stage. (This might change if a core group forms over time that progresses well and wants to build on the experience collectively made. Then a second ‘beginners’ group could be started, while the ‘advanced’ group continues in a closed modality.)

Timeline and sign-up

If you want to join any of the next meetings please add your name here:

Date Place Chapter Participants
1 March 2023, 19:30 TBD Chapter 1 Manuel, Barbara, …
23 March 2023, 19:30
14 April 2023, 19:30
3 May 2023, 19:30
29 May 2023, 19:30
20 June 2023, 19:30
12 July 2023, 19:30

* From the workbook: “A recommended structure to accompany the use of this workbook is the “leaderful practice circle.” The circle evokes inclusiveness, balanced participation, and community. Leadership may be rotated so that each member has an opportunity to contribute and to practice facilitating, teaching, and guiding the circle. All members are leaders in that they all take responsibility for the well-being of the circle. The tasks of defining and realizing the purpose, nature, and direction of the circle belong to everyone.”