Past NVC Events
 
 

An Evening with Robert Gonzales at Heart to Heart
Friday, February 13, 7-9pm
At Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, Pennsylvania 19086-6023.

 A special evening with Robert, open to all, is a Fundraiser for Heart-to-Heart.

 

Each of us passionately yearns to live a life that is fully alive and REAL – a life where you feel a deep sense of genuine, heart-felt connection and an awareness that you are at home… It’s a journey that takes place in your heart – and in your heart-to-heart experiences with others.

​ Robert Gonzales​


Seating begins at 6:15pm

            
  1. Goals:
  2. Participants have grown in their sense of Robert and the Living Compassion he shares and their sense of Heart-to-Heart and how this organization is extending Robert’s work into jails and prisons in the Delaware Valley;
  3. Relationship begin and are deepened between H2H staff & volunteers and supporters, potential supporters, & fellow travelers on this way of the Heart;
  4. Relationships are began and deepened between Robert and participants; and,
  5. 80 persons attend and $4,000 is raised to support the work of H2H in prisons.
  1. The Flow of the Evening
  2. Music
  3. Brief Intro – Board President, A’Shellarien
  4. Live Music as people gather, sign in, snack

 

  1. Welcome (SM)
  2. SM shares his motivation for this event / for bringing Robert to the Delaware Valley
  3. Road Map of Evening
  4. Introduce Robert
  1. Dialogue with Robert
  2. Opening Remarks by Robert
  3. Questions and Responses

 

  1. Heart-to-Heart in Prisons: Testimony
  2. Summary of Our Work – Board President, A’Shellarien
  3. Testimony – 1 or more participants, and/or 1 or more volunteers / staff
  1. Invitation to Journey with Us
  2. Participate in the Retreat
  3. Volunteer
  4. Sponsor

 

RELATING HEART-TO-HEART:
A WEEKEND RETREAT WITH ROBERT GONZALES

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14 - MONDAY FEB 16

DAYLESFORD ABBEY, PAOLI PA

Register early for reduced rates. Register two or more people for reduced
rates. Click Register button ( below) for more info.

There is a basic life current or impulse resonating in and through us as a yearning of the heart, this current and yearning manifests as human needs.
*** Robert Gonzales

  1. Goals, expected outcomes

Beyond the basic NVC communication process of expressing and receiving our observations, feelings, needs and requests, lies the heart and root of compassion for ourselves and others... a living practice Robert refers to as "Living Compassion."

The purpose of this retreat is to develop a living practice of Nonviolent Communication - to live more deeply connected to the Heart of others and oneself, connected to our deepest needs and longings.

 Robert Gonzales will introduce practices that develop self-awareness, self-compassion and living compassion in relationships.

Three of these key practices are:

· Deepening Awareness of the Beauty of Needs
· Transforming the Pain of Unmet Needs to the Beauty of Needs
· Compassionately Embracing/Transforming Core Beliefs

 *This workshop is intended for those who have a foundation in the concepts of Marshall Rosenberg's Non-Violent Communication*

 

“I have learned a huge amount from working alongside Robert.  For me he embodies the compassionate embrace that he teaches. I recommend all NVC practitioners, especially anyone wishing to train others in NVC, to attend his events and benefit from what he has contributed, building on Marshall’s work.” Gina Lawrie, CNVC Certified Trainer, UK (and the first person to give NVC trainings in Australia)


“Robert Gonzales is a master at taking a seemingly complicated life issue and dissolving it down to the root cause, and thus revealing the Truth.  Through his presence and simple tools, lives are transformed and spiritual depth is developed.  His workshops are a life-changing, experience – every time!” Mary Mackenzie, of the NVC Academy


“Robert Gonzales has impacted me deeply with the approach that he calls “Compassionately Embracing”. This is now at the center place of how I relate to myself: I now strive to welcome and hold space for any thoughts or emotions that comes in my awareness, before processing it.  This is life-changing.” Francois Beausoleil, BayNVC Leadership Program 

 

Robert Gonzales Bio:

Robert Gonzales is the most sought-after Nonviolent Communication trainer in the world. Robert leads Nonviolent Communication Trainings throughout Europe, The United States, and Australia. More people travel more miles to learn and grow with Robert than any other Nonviolent Communication trainer..  The “Relating Heart-to-Heart” retreat in February is one of only two presentations Robert will be making on the east coast of the U.S. in 2015. The other will be in Maine in the November.

A number of factors make learning with Robert life-changing for so many people. One is the quality of his presence. Robert shows up, powerfully empathically present to each person that is before him. A second is that Robert points learners beyond technique, to a larger Presence that is at work. He is gifted not only at passing on inspiring exercise and practices, but also at leading people into an experience of their own spaciousness and beauty.
And third, Robert comes from vulnerability. He teaches not as an expert, but from his own vulnerable, open-heartedness. This models a way of leading for many of us who teach and train others.

These three factors, and more, have us excited by the promise of the “Relating Heart-to-Heart” retreat in February retreat. We can feel already the community being formed, the open-heartedness being cultivating, and a spaciousness emerging. This promise, along with some of the most useful practices and tools for connecting to others and self, has led over forty-five people to register already. You may want to sign up soon, as space is limited.
Robert Gonzales’ Center for Living Compassion can be found at Living Compassion.org

         
         
     
     
     
 

What's Culture Got to Do With It?

New Culture Philly

Free Monthly Evenings


The 1st Wednesday of each month (April 1, May 6, 2015)

Many of us who are using NVC in our lives, as well as many other counter-cultural approaches like veganism, home schooling, non-materialism, etc. are basically taking on the whole existing culture on our own.

As a result, we end up designing our lives piecemeal: a little of this, rejecting that, etc.

Ever wonder what it would be like to live your life inside a community that not only supported, but encouraged your choices?

That's the idea behind New Culture.

We see it as the next big thing after NVC, because it creates a field of non-judgment in which to practice non-violence.

Curiosity piqued?

For me, New Culture is about freedom. Freedom from limiting beliefs which got in before we had a chance to decide whether or not the beliefs which are transmitted in our particular subset of the wider culture that we received which  are actually true for each of us.

So, for me, New Culture is about truth, your individual truths. These truths are relative, not absolute. I like to think of them as the particular way my soul managed to manifest into this life. I’m not sure I believe in reincarnation or past lives as a fact, but I like these ideas as a metaphor for the larger, wider perspective that New Culture has brought into my life.

So for me, New Culture is about having a wider perspective than the preconceived way the existing culture assumes things to be. I have always been a “none of the above” kind of guy. The first multiple choice test I took had that as its options: A, B, C, D or E: “None of the above.” I loved that! If none of the choices offered are perfect for me, there’s still choice. Another choice not offered by the culture explicitly, but offered implicitly by the simple fact that none of the choices offered fit me.

So for me, New Culture is about choice, and the assumption that there is a choice which does fit me perfectly. Okay, perfect is a little strong (at least the old culture’s definition of it). This is a dynamic perfection: one that fits me now – expresses everything I know about my own truth at this point – and is by further implication, open to change as I come to know myself better.

And so for me, New Culture is about knowing oneself, and coming to know more and more perfectly, accurately, and uniquely who I am and what is true for me. And therefore, wanting to know what is true for others, without my assuming I know (either because, as the existing culture assumes, we all feel similarly and are subject to the same universal truths; or because since I know me, I therefore know the universal truth, and therefore know you).

So for me, New Culture is about difference: acknowledging that I am different from moment to moment, and that you are different from me and even from what I thought I knew about you.
New Culture Philly Evenings

 

Our Monthly New Culture Evenings


So our monthly New Culture Evenings are a chance for our new, growing community to explore and experience freedom, choice, truth and difference; an exploration to unpack one topic a month through this wider perspective.

Time and Place: We'll meet at Rivers Manor, 508 E. Sedgwick St, Phila, PA 19119 (East Mt. Airy).

  • 6:00 - 7:15 pm Potluck
  • 7:15 - 9:00 pm Workshop Topic
  • 9:00 - 10:00 pm Optional Cuddle/Desert Social

Topic: In January, I’d like to explore intimate relationships using this process, in particular, monogamy and polyamory.

Cost: Evenings are free. Please pre-register so we know how many to expect. You can come to all or part of any evening - it's your community. Anyone who wants to help with organizing, facilitating or whatever, let Max know.

Register now

 

New Culture Potluck

Let’s make our potlucks be in the spirit of the New Culture, as well.


Food, it turns out in our existing culture, is riddled with limiting beliefs and behaviors that contradict many of our strongly held values. This as a result, largely, of the fact that our culture values profit over everything else (even in areas as crucial for all of our wellbeing as food, shelter, freedom, equality and democracy).


For instance, you probably value your health, and believe that sugar, caffeine, chemical preservatives, pesticides, antibiotics and maybe even red meat are not healthy for you.


And even so, you may start every day with coffee, drink soft drinks, and eat fast food because it’s:

  1. Delicious
  2. Convenient
  3. You don’t know how to cook
  4. You eat pretty healthy even so
  5. None of the Above

For these potlucks, let’s assume the answer is: “E. None of the Above,” and spend some time thinking about what you could bring to a potluck which would be aligned with your deepest truth about your own health, happiness and wellbeing, and what you would want to feed your community assuming you love them and care for and about them.
We’ll spend some time during the meal chatting about our choices.

These Monthly evenings designed to keep the spirit of the New Culture Weekend in March (see below) as a living part of our lives.

 

 

 

 


 
 
 

University


7-9pm March 12th at Boomer U in Ambler
The Art of Great Conversations (with your Grandchildren/Children)

Thursday, March 12 ~ 7-9pm (Register by 3/9.)
$15/pp; $20/couple 

 

Does it feel like you're missing some key skill to connect with the younger people in your life - no matter what their age? Do you spend precious time arguing over small stuff? Do you find yourself resorting to bribery to get your grandchildren to do things?


Learn a few skills that will empower you to communicate with them successfully.  You'll learn how to respond to the younger people (children/grandchildren) in your life in a way that can transform potential conflict into win-win situations. Bring your real-life challenges and we'll help you develop new ways of dealing with old stuck places.  

Facilitated by Max Rivers, Rivers Mediation.   



To Register for Boomer U:
Call 215.619.8863 or email them at boomeru@montcosaac.com
$15 /person or $20/couple

Mail checks payable to: SAAC, 45 Forest Ave, Ambler, PA 19002 attn: Boomer U

 

Directions: The address here is 45 Forest Ave. Ambler. We are between N. Ridge and N. Spring Garden just a couple of blocks north of the main street, Butler Ave. We have a large parking lot in the back. To enter the building, go to the right front of the lot and down the stairs.

Have you ever been to the Ambler movie theatre? (If it's on your left, turn right at the next light which is N. Ridge. Go a couple of blocks to Forest and turn left and we are on the right. It's a large stone building - used to be a middle school. The driveway is just before the building.)

 
 

What's Culture Got to Do With It?

New Culture Philly
Free Intro Evenings


Wednesday March 4th and March 18th, 2015)

Many of us who are using NVC in our lives, as well as many other counter-cultural approaches like veganism, home schooling, non-materialism, etc. are basically taking on the whole existing culture on our own.

As a result, we end up designing our lives piecemeal: a little of this, rejecting that, etc.

Ever wonder what it would be like to live your life inside a community that not only supported, but encouraged your choices?

That's the idea behind New Culture.

We see it as the next big thing after NVC, because it creates a field of non-judgment in which to practice non-violence.

Curiosity piqued?

For me, New Culture is about freedom. Freedom from limiting beliefs which got in before we had a chance to decide whether or not the beliefs which are transmitted in our particular subset of the wider culture that we received which  are actually true for each of us.

So, for me, New Culture is about truth, your individual truths. These truths are relative, not absolute. I like to think of them as the particular way my soul managed to manifest into this life. I’m not sure I believe in reincarnation or past lives as a fact, but I like these ideas as a metaphor for the larger, wider perspective that New Culture has brought into my life.

So for me, New Culture is about having a wider perspective than the preconceived way the existing culture assumes things to be. I have always been a “none of the above” kind of guy. The first multiple choice test I took had that as its options: A, B, C, D or E: “None of the above.” I loved that! If none of the choices offered are perfect for me, there’s still choice. Another choice not offered by the culture explicitly, but offered implicitly by the simple fact that none of the choices offered fit me.

So for me, New Culture is about choice, and the assumption that there is a choice which does fit me perfectly. Okay, perfect is a little strong (at least the old culture’s definition of it). This is a dynamic perfection: one that fits me now – expresses everything I know about my own truth at this point – and is by further implication, open to change as I come to know myself better.

And so for me, New Culture is about knowing oneself, and coming to know more and more perfectly, accurately, and uniquely who I am and what is true for me. And therefore, wanting to know what is true for others, without my assuming I know (either because, as the existing culture assumes, we all feel similarly and are subject to the same universal truths; or because since I know me, I therefore know the universal truth, and therefore know you).

So for me, New Culture is about difference: acknowledging that I am different from moment to moment, and that you are different from me and even from what I thought I knew about you.
New Culture Philly Evenings

 

Free Intro New Culture Evenings


So our New Culture Intro Evenings are a chance for our new, growing community to explore and experience freedom, choice, truth and difference; an exploration to unpack one topic a month through this wider perspective.

Time and Place: We'll meet at Rivers Manor, 508 E. Sedgwick St, Phila, PA 19119 (East Mt. Airy).

  • 7:30 - 9:00 pm Workshop Topic

Cost: Evenings are free. Please pre-register so we know how many to expect.

Register now

 

 

These Intro evenings designed to help people decide if the New Culture Weekend in March (see below) if for you.
 
 
     
     
     
 
Cancelled: NVCommunity
Summer Saturday Retreats
and Pot Luck BBQ Social
Led by Max Rivers
 

At PhillyNVC's Summer Saturday Retreats
the way to spell NVC is F-U-N!

The focus of these retreats is practice, practice, practice.

Expect to speak NVC from the moment you arrive, through all the exercises, and even at the BBQ!

You'll also be introduced to the latest NVC technology like the "7 Step Walk Your Talk" process" (which you can do at home), the "Self-Responsibility Scale" and more.

 

 

Dates: One Saturday eact the month
   
May 17, June 28, July 26 and August 16 of 2014

Workshop & Practice: 3pm-5pm

Optional Potluck BBQ : 5:30-7pm

Where: Rivers Manor, 508 E. Sedgwick St., Mt. Airy, Phila PA 19119
Requirement: None

Cost:
$50 if you prepay and register below
$65 at the door

PhillyNVC Members come Free

 

Cancelled Where:
Rivers Manor
508 E. Sedgwick St, Phila 19119

 

Info: Questions? Contact 215.266.0598 or RiversMediation@aol.com
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Can This Marriage Be Saved?


Thu, Oct 23, 2014

When you decided to marry, your relationship was reflecting the love you had within you, and the hope you brought to that time of your life.

If your marriage is now reflecting a different view of you: frustration, stagnation, hopelessness, it's easy to blame that on your partner or to assume the marriage is bad or wrong.

Every journey has times of ease and times of challenge. When a marriage is in trouble, it is a reflection that it's time to attend to your personal journey. 

Are the challenges ahead the kind that you and your partner can navigate together; or are they the kind that indicate it's time to travel separately?

In this workshop, you'll be guided by both a professional marriage mediator and a divorce companion in exercises that will help you find yourself again. 

Thursday, Oct 23, 7:30-9 pm at Rivers Manor.


PLUS:  FREE private phone evaluation with the presenter of your choice (a $75 value).

Marriage is a dynamic, ever changing landscape that is an outward reflection of your own internal state.

When: Thu, Oct 4, 2014 7:30-9:00pm

Cost: $34

Where: Rivers Manor, 508 E Sedgwick, 19119

Register now

Max Rivers, TheMarriageMediator.net, helps couples learn the skills needed to create the marriage you envisioned when you said "I do". 

Adina Laver, divorceessentials.net, is the Divorce Companion who specializes in divorce coaching and support services for those who are considering, in the midst of, or post-divorce and are committed to a healthy path for reclaiming their lives.

 

 
 

Foundations of NVC III:
Four Monday
Nights:
Deep Empathy
April 2014

 
Led by: Max Rivers
   
 

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Listening is the most powerful skill you can have to avoid conflict, and create intimacy.

Besides learning new Empathy Skills and in-class practice, you'll be given an Empathy Buddy to do daily practice with!

   
   
When: Every Mon Night in April 2014 (see Calendar)
   
   
Time: 7:30-9:30pm
   
   
Where: Rivers Manor, 508 E. Sedgwick St., Mt. Airy, Phila PA 19119
   
   
Requirement: Some NVC experience
   
   
Cost: $25/class = $100 for each or $80 for all four if paid before first class.
   
 

When:
Monday's 7:30-9pm
April 2014

Student Review:

My work is paying off and I am able to provide some comfort and reassurance and empathic listening to my father and mother....And my brother and I also finding ways to connect and share responsibility and offer support to each other. My clear expression of my needs, and willingness to listen to his, and growing ability to make clear requests is making a huge difference...Thanks for your part in my becoming more "resourced".

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Where:
Rivers Manor
508 E. Sedgwick St, Phila 19119
 
 
Info: Questions? Contact 215.266.0598 or RiversMediation@aol.com
   
 
 

Foundations of NVC I: Monday Night Practice Class

Feb 3 - 24, 2014
Four Weeks

 
Led by: Max Rivers
   
 

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You can still drop in any Monday to this class!

This is the Foundation of the Foundations of NVC. If you're curious about NVC, this is the place to start!

Also a great place to REALLY get NVC down to your bones.

We'll be going over all the obstacles to using NVC in your life: judgments, strong feelings, etc.

Class is designed so you can drop in any time, though students who take the whole class report life-changing results!

   
   
When: Every Monday Night (see Calendar)
   
   
Time:7:30 - 9pm
   
   
Where: Rivers Manor, 508 E. Sedgwick St., Mt. Airy, Phila PA 19119
   
   
Requirement: None. Join any time.
   
   
Cost: $20/class.
   
 

Your First Class Special Offer: If this is your first NVC Class, it's free!

Package Deal Special Offer: $60 for four classes to anyone who prepays* before first class (one free class). $70 if you pay on the first class or $80 if you pay for every class.
Click here to register and pay online to get the discount!

PhillyNVCommunity Members: Free if you preregister here for this class or for the whole series

New: Attend class live via the internet

Register for Foundations of NVC classes and attend them LIVE from the comfort of your home! All you need is a webcam and a browser!

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When:
Mondays 7:30-9pm
Sept, 2014

x Where:
Rivers Manor
508 E. Sedgwick St, Phila 19119

Foundations I+II+III Special Offer:

Register for all the rest of the Foundations of NVC classes before Sep 8 for $150 ($240 if you paid for each class separately)

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Students are required to have the book : Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life available during the first class for $25.

   
 

Info: Questions? Contact 215.266.0598 or RiversMediation@aol.com

*To prepay, click here to pay online, or send check made out to Max Rivers Mediation to 508 E Sedgwick St, Phila 19119 or call number below with credit card info. Prepayments are nonrefundable.

   
 
 

What's Culture Got to Do With It?

New Culture Philly Weekend 2015

NC
Fri, March 20- Sun, March 22, 2015

Register now

 
 

Foundations of NVC II:

Monday Night Practice Class
October 2014

Four Weeks

  Led by Max Rivers    
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Learn a new skill each week
&
Practice what you learn.

We'll go through one chapter each week of Marshall Rosenberg's book: "Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life."

Class is designed so you can drop in any time, though students who take the whole class report life-changing results!

   
    When: Every Monday Night in October, 2014 (see Calendar)    
    Time: 7:30-9pm    
    Where: Rivers Manor, 508 E. Sedgwick St., Mt. Airy, Phila PA 19119    
    Requirement: None - it is recommended you take Foundations I, but not required. Join any time.    
    Cost: $20/class ($25 via the internet)    
 

Your First Class Special Offer: If this is your first NVC Class, it's free!

Package Deal Special Offer: $60 for four classes to anyone who pays before the start of the first class. $70 if you pay for all four on the first class or $80 if you pay for every class.
Click here to register and pay online to get the discount!

When:
Monday's 7:30-9pm
Feb 2014

x Where:
Rivers Manor
508 E. Sedgwick St, Phila 19119
   
 

Info: Questions? Contact 215.266.0598 or RiversMediation@aol.com

Student Review:

I just want to thank you again for the NVC classes that I took back in 2009 ... I feel like it has completely changed MY LIFE in a good way! :-)

I keep meaning to thank you. 2010 was really a good year for me after those classes ... it's so much easier to connect with people, easier to resolve my own internal conflicts, and my friends comment on how calm and empathetic I am in a crisis and they seem to rely on me more often for someone to talk to. To be honest I haven't been consciously "trying to use NVC" ... it just affected my perspective in a very good and peaceful way.

-Janie

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NEW: NVCommunity Game Nite
and Pot Luck Social
Led by Max Rivers
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Game Night at PhillyNVC is a chance to find out that
the way to spell NVC is F-U-N!

We'll start out with an optional pot luck at 5:30pm-7pm. Anyone who brings a dish gets to stay for Game Night for FREE.

At 7:30 we'll do three, fun communication games.

These games are designed to show you how to use your communication skills in a way that not only seamlessly creates more intimacy, but is guaranteed to be fun.

Even if you're shy, you'll have fun watching as part of the Game Night fun.

PhillyNVC members and potluck contributors come FREE.

$5 for everyone else who prepays, or else $10 at the door.

 

 

Dates: 2nd Sunday of the month
   
Feb, March, April of 2014

Potluck Dinner :
   Sunday 5:30-7pm

Communication Games::
   Sunday 7:30 (sharp!)-9pm

Where: Rivers Manor, 508 E. Sedgwick St., Mt. Airy, Phila PA 19119
Requirement: None

Cost:
$5 if you prepay and register below
$10 at the door

People who bring a pot-luck offering and PhillyNVC Members come Free

 

x Where:
Rivers Manor
508 E. Sedgwick St, Phila 19119

 

Info: Questions? Contact 215.266.0598 or RiversMediation@aol.com
 
 
NEW: NVC for Lovers
based on the
Foundations NVC Trainings
Led by Max Rivers
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Couples support and skill building.

Over the course of a relaxing Friday evening and a full day Saturday, we'll share our experiences as couples learning how to relate to each other compassionately using NVC

  Intro:
   Friday Jan 24, 2014: 7:30-9:00

Intensive:
   Sat Jan 25, 2014: 11a-1:30pm, 3-5:30p and optional dinner and evening Sensual Eve
   

Where: Rivers Manor, 508 E. Sedgwick St., Mt. Airy, Phila PA 19119
Requirement: None

Cost:
$20 for the Friday Night Intro/Person or Couple Cancelled
$100 for Saturday/person or couple (Includes Friday evening) Cancelled

PhillyNVC Members come Free

 

Info: Questions? Contact 215.266.0598 or RiversMediation@aol.com
 
 

Changing the World Personally with NVC:
Monday
Nights

Feb 3- Feb 24, 2014
4 Weeks

 
Led by: Max Rivers
   
 

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Ready to apply your NVC skills to a real world project?

In this class, you'll design and begin implementation of a world change project using your advanced NVC skills.

We'll help you pick a project, plan it, and begin implementation.

Prerequisites: Foundations I-III (or the equivalent - ask Max if you have a question) and is only open to PhillyNVCommunity Members.

   
   
When: Every Mon Night in Feb 2014(see Calendar)
   
   
Time: 6-7:30 (with option to stay until 9:30pm) Potluck or pay $10 for food. Class discussion over food.
   
   
Where: Rivers Manor, 508 E. Sedgwick St., Mt. Airy, Phila PA 19119
   
   
Requirement: Some NVC experience
   
       
 

When:
Monday's 6-7:30 (optionally -9pm)
Feb, 2014

Student Review:

My work is paying off and I am able to provide some comfort and reassurance and empathic listening to my father and mother....And my brother and I also finding ways to connect and share responsibility and offer support to each other. My clear expression of my needs, and willingness to listen to his, and growing ability to make clear requests is making a huge difference...Thanks for your part in my becoming more "resourced".

 

Where:
Rivers Manor
508 E. Sedgwick St, Phila 19119
 
 
Info: Questions? Contact 215.266.0598 or RiversMediation@aol.com
   
 
 
NEW: NVC Parents Intensive
based on the
Foundations NVC Trainings
Led by Max Rivers

Coparenting support and skill building.

Parenting is the hardest job you'll ever love.

But how do you do it well? Like you were parented? The opposite? And how do you choose between your way and your spouse's way?

Through experiential exercises we'll examine:
1. What kind of parent do you want to be?
2. How do you negotiate with your spouse to gracefully coparent?
3. How to use NVC with your children.

  Intro:
   Thursday Oct 17: 7:30-9:30

Intensive:
   Sat: Oct 19: 10a-5pm

Where: Rivers Manor, 508 E. Sedgwick St., Mt. Airy, Phila PA 19119
Requirement: None

Cost:
$20 for the Thursday Night Intro/Person or Couple
$100 for the weekend /person or couple (Includes Thurs evening)

$10 for optional Saturday lunch
$15 for onsite childcare/child on Saturday.

PhillyNVC Members come Free

 

Where:
Rivers Manor
508 E. Sedgwick St, Phila 19119

 

Info: Questions? Contact 215.266.0598 or RiversMediation@aol.com
 
 


7-9pm September 11th at Boomer U in Ambler
Empty Nester Marriage Skills Class

The kids have moved out, maybe one or both of you are now retired; in any case, you suddenly have more time together than you have in decades. What now?


Research shows that you are entering what many couples report as the best years of their life and relationship. In this hour-and-a-half course, we'll remind you how to have fun together, teach you some skills that will make these next years better than you ever imagined. Come prepared to laugh, learn and reconnect.


Bring your spouse or come alone. This class will also be helpful for people between relationships seeking to improve their partnership skills.

 

To Register for Boomer U:
Call 215.619.8863 or email them at boomeru@montcosaac.com
$20 /person or couple

Mail checks payable to: SAAC, 45 Forest Ave, Ambler, PA 19002 attn: Boomer U)

 

Directions: The address here is 45 Forest Ave. Ambler. We are between N. Ridge and N. Spring Garden just a couple of blocks north of the main street, Butler Ave. We have a large parking lot in the back. To enter the building, go to the right front of the lot and down the stairs.

Have you ever been to the Ambler movie theatre? (If it's on your left, turn right at the next light which is N. Ridge. Go a couple of blocks to Forest and turn left and we are on the right. It's a large stone building - used to be a middle school. The driveway is just before the building.)

 

 

NVC Couples Weekend

Friday Nov 15 7:30-9:30pm $20

Sat 11/16-Sun 11/17 $200/person or couple (Friday free w wkend)

 

NEW: Couples Weekend Intensive
based on the
Foundations NVC Trainings
Led by Max Rivers

Couples support and skill building.

Over the course of a relaxing weekend, we'll share our experiences as couples learning how to relate to each other compassionately using NVC

  Intro:
   Friday Sep 27: 7:30-9:20

Weekend:
   Sat: 11a-1:30pm, 3-5:30p and optional dinner and evening Sensual Eve
   Sun: 11-2pm

Where: Rivers Manor, 508 E. Sedgwick St., Mt. Airy, Phila PA 19119
Requirement: None

Cost:
$20 for the Friday Night Intro/Person or Couple
$200 for the weekend /person or couple (Includes Friday evening)
$30 for optional Saturday dinner

PhillyNVC Members come Free

 

Info: Questions? Contact 215.266.0598 or RiversMediation@aol.com
 
NVC Weekend Intensive

Friday Sep 27 7:30-9:30pm $20
Sat 9/27-Sun 9/28 $200 (Friday free w wkend)
NEW: NVC Weekend Intensive
based on the
Foundations NVC Trainings
Led by Max Rivers

NVC skill building weekend.

Over the course of three days, we'll live NVC day and night, learning how to relate to each other compassionately using NVC

  Intro:
   Friday Sep 27: 7:30-9:30

Weekend:
   Sat: 11a-1:30pm, 3-5:30p and optional dinner and evening Empathy Eve, 7:30-9:30pm
   Sun: 11-2pm

Where: Rivers Manor, 508 E. Sedgwick St., Mt. Airy, Phila PA 19119
Requirement: None

Cost:
$20 for the Friday Night Intro/Person
$200 for the weekend /person (Includes Friday evening)
$30 for optional Saturday dinner

PhillyNVC Members come Free

 

Info: Questions? Contact 215.266.0598 or RiversMediation@aol.com
 
 
 
 
 

Canoe Quest
July 31st, 2013 to August 9th, 2013
Papineau-Labelle Wildlife Reserve, Québec, Canada
 
  The adventure of a lifetime for teens! (ages 13 to 19)

“The thing I enjoy the most is the community we build – it starts out with almost nothing and builds until we’re almost like family.” –Cameron, 16 years old

This 10-day Quest with canoes is an adventure where we invite you to paddle among the loons, portage from one lake to the other, begin unforgettable friendships, swim, relax, play, and laugh uncontrollably in the beautiful setting of Papineau-Labelle Wildlife Reserve.

Learn to trust yourself and to know that you can trust others
Develop your Wilderness skills while learning to canoe
Enjoy cooking and feasting with incredible organic camp meals
Discover how to make choices that serve you experiencing freedom from fear
Transform judgmental thoughts about yourself and others into understanding
Practice speaking your truth and listening deeply with empathy
Initiate yourself into Being Nonviolence and how to BE the change that you want to see in the world

OUR DAYS TOGETHER:

Play in the Wild! Animators will offer opportunities in Being Nonviolence through Taiji (Tai Chi), Qigong, Yoga, Mindfulness Practices, Journal Writing, Meditation, Nonviolent Communication, Storytelling, Vision Quest, Canoeing, Swimming, Tracking the Inner and Outer Wild, Cooking, Outdoor Leadership Skills and Games, Wilderness Skills and lots more! Animators on team for this Quest will be: Catherine Cadden, Jesse Wiens, Melanie Whitham, Colin Perreault, Kodiak Drewry and Eve Penberthy.
LIVING IN COMMUNITY:

Wild! Fire CircleWe will engage in the practices of becoming more attuned to what motivates us and choosing strategies that will bring the most aliveness and connection to ourselves and the group. We will create a safe nonjudgmental environment focused on Being Nonviolence. This requests each of us to leave alcohol, recreational drugs, guns, weapons, and smoking at home. After opening circle we will have a ceremonial “unplugging” where we will place all electronics in a safe space to be held for the duration of our time together. This is to give us a unique journey of returning to connection with ourselves, each other, and the land we live on. Folks are welcome to “plug” back into the matrix after closing circle.
CERTIFICATES/CREDIT:

Hours from this training can be applied to certification with the Center for Nonviolent Communication and may apply towards course study in certain schools or CEUs.
FOOD:

We will create a rotation of leadership and support to provide meals for the whole group. We will provide organic lacto-ovo vegetarian meals. In the tradition of Play in the Wild!, these will be gourmet, unique, delicious flavors from around the world adapted for the trail.
TRAVEL:

Air travelers should plan to fly into Montreal – Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL). Plan to arrive between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on July 31st. Plan your departure for August 9th between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Play in the Wild! will provide transportation to and from the airport for air travelers. Local participants should plan to be dropped off and picked up at our base camp, Ferme du Bord du Lac, on Île Bizard, 30 minutes from the airport. More details will be provided with your registration packet.
COST:

We offer our work freely in service to peace. At the same time, we request monetary contributions to cover the costs of this unique program and offer sustainability for Play in the Wild! and the Animator Team that makes it all possible:

$25 non-refundable Application Fee with your Wild! application
$1244 Tuition – This contribution covers costs of insurance, materials, all food, transportation and equipment rentals for the Quest, sustainability for Play in the Wild! and the Animators leading the training, and miscellaneous surprises.

All amounts are in USD.

If you are concerned about your ability to meet the Tuition request, but feel genuinely called to the Canoe Quest, we invite you to still apply. During our interview, we can help you find a creative solution, and discuss alternative payment plans.

If you are able to contribute more than the requested amount and would like to help make this Training accessible to everyone regardless of where they come from, consider making a donation. Your donation can be applied directly towards the Tuition of applicants with limited financial resources.
REGISTRATION:

Quebec Wild! 2012

Click on the Sign Up Here! button at the bottom of this page to fill out an online Application and submit your $25 application fee.
After we receive your Application and application fee, we will schedule an interview with you by phone or Skype to see if this program is a fit for your needs and to assess medical or behavioral histories that could pose a threat to your safety or the safety of others. If there is mutual agreement in the interview that the program is a fit, then we will send you a Registration Packet.
Fill out the Registration Packet and return it to Play in the Wild! along with your full $1244 Tuition (unless an alternative financial arrangement has been made during your interview).
Once we receive both your completed Registration Packet and full Tuition, you are fully registered. Until then, we will not guarantee your place in the Canoe Quest.

If you have any questions about the Canoe Quest, including the Registration process, feel free to contact us. We are happy to respond.

 
   
     
 
 
 
 
 

Backpack Quest in California

July 11th, 2013 to July 19th, 2013
Eldorado National Forest, South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA

 
     
  The adventure of a lifetime for teens! (ages 13 to 19)
This 9-day Quest is a backpack adventure through the Eldorado National Forest.
We will journey in the High Sierras and stop to camp at Dardanelles and Round Lake.

“I am returning home with more courage, more endurance and a better understanding of my environment.” Cèdric, 14 years old

Develop your Wilderness skills and learn the joy of sleeping outside under the stars
Trust yourself and know that you can trust others
Enjoy cooking and feasting with incredible organic camp meals
Discover how to make choices that serve you and others
Find freedom from fearing what others might think of you
Transform judgmental thoughts about yourself and others into understanding
Practice speaking your truth and listening deeply with empathy
Live in community and learn the interdependence you have with ALL life
Initiate yourself into Being Nonviolence and how to BE the change that you want to see in the world

OUR DAYS TOGETHER:

Play in the Wild! Animators will offer practices in Being Nonviolence through Yoga, Mindfulness Practices, Meditation, Nonviolent Communication, Storytelling, Vision Quest, Swimming, Tracking the Inner and Outer Wild, Cooking, and lots more! Animators on team for this Quest will be: Catherine Cadden, Hannah Muller, Kodiak Drewry, and Eve Penberthy.
LIVING IN COMMUNITY:

We will engage in the practices of becoming more attuned to what motivates us and choosing strategies that will bring the most aliveness and connection to ourselves and with the group. We will create a safe, nonjudgmental environment focused on Being Nonviolence. This requests each of us to leave alcohol, recreational drugs, guns, weapons, and smoking at home. After opening circle we will have a ceremonial “unplugging” where we will place all electronics in a safe space to be held for the duration of our time together. This is to give us a unique journey of returning to connection with ourselves, each other, and the land we live on. Folks are welcome to “plug” back into the matrix after closing circle.
CERTIFICATES/CREDIT:

Hours from this Quest can be applied to certification with the Center for Nonviolent Communication and may apply towards course study in certain schools or CEUs.
FOOD:

We will create a rotation of leadership and support to provide meals for the whole group. We will provide organic lacto-ovo vegetarian meals. In the tradition of Play in the Wild!, these will be gourmet, unique, delicious flavors from around the world especially suited for the trail.
TRANSPORTATION/TRAVEL:

International and out-of-area students flying into California- plan to fly into San Francisco International Airport no later than 9pm on July 10th and depart no earlier July 20th. We will provide pick up at the San Francisco International Airport on July 10th. We will provide drop- off at the San Francisco International Airport starting at midnight on July 19th and all day on July 20th. Local students will be notified about where we will meet up in Marin, Sacramento, and El Dorado Counties for pick up on July 11th and drop off on July 19th.
COST:

We offer our work freely in service to peace. At the same time, we request monetary contributions to cover the costs of this unique program and offer sustainability for Play in the Wild! and the Animator Team that makes it all possible:

$25 non-refundable Application Fee with your Wild! application
$1141 Tuition – This contribution covers costs of insurance, materials, all food, park fees, transportation and equipment rentals for the Quest, sustainability for Play in the Wild! and the Animators leading the training, and miscellaneous surprises.

All amounts are in USD.

If you are concerned about your ability to meet the Tuition request, but feel genuinely called to the Backpack Quest, we invite you to still apply. During our interview, we can help you find a creative solution, and discuss alternative payment plans.

If you are able to contribute more than the requested amount and would like to help make this Training accessible to everyone regardless of where they come from, consider making a donation. Your donation can be applied directly towards the Tuition of applicants with limited financial resources.
REGISTRATION:

Click on the Sign Up Here! button at the bottom of this page to fill out an online Application and submit your $25 application fee.
After we receive your Application and application fee, we will schedule an interview with you by phone or Skype to see if this program is a fit for your needs and to assess medical or behavioral histories that could pose a threat to your safety or the safety of others. If there is mutual agreement in the interview that the program is a fit, then we will send you a Registration Packet.
Fill out the Registration Packet and return it to Play in the Wild! along with your full $1141 Tuition (unless an alternative financial arrangement has been made during your interview).
Once we receive both your completed Registration Packet and full Tuition, you are fully registered. Until then, we will not guarantee your place in the Backpack Quest.

If you have any questions about the Backpack Quest, including the Registration process, feel free to contact us. We are happy to respond.

 
   
 
 

The Enneagram:

A Dynamic Personality System
To Improve Relationships

Thu, May 30 7:30-9:30pm $25


Description
The Enneagram is a personality system that describes 9 unique vantage points from which to see life. Even though we have all 9 "types" in us, one is more basic to your motivation, thinking and behavior.

Discover your core type and how to communicate well to types that challenge you.

Herb acts out each type with hats, interviews people to determine your core type and points out growth and relationship tips unique each type. Look forward to an experience of insight, humor and personal revelation that can change your life.



Objectives

Understand the 9 Enneagram types
Identify your core type
Learn unique ways to grow, personally suited to your type
Learn how to communicate well to all 9 types
Value all the 9 perspectives, psychologically and spiritually

To Register click here

Thu, May 30 7:30-9:30pm $25

Bio

Herb Pearce, M.Ed. in Counseling, is an individual, couples and family psychotherapist, personal life coach, and Enneagram and Myers-Briggs trainer.

He is the author of Enneagram Basics, Enneagram Beyond the Basics and Herb's Tips for Living, all of which will be available for purchase at the workshop.

With over 33 years experience working with thousands of people and organizations, Herb has coached people on understanding personality differences and how to communicate to those differences.

He is a leading expert on the Enneagram and has taught 2000 Enneagram workshops in the United States and Canada. www.herbpearce.com, herb@herbpearce.com, 781 648 3737.

 
     
 
 

Cultivating Honesty and Empathy:
A Weekend Retreat

With Stephen Michael Tumolo and a Mystery Guest

Friday, February 15 - Sunday, February 17, 2013
"Mary's Place" in Wildwood, New Jersey

Spend a weekend with Stephen Michael, a special guest, and up to ten other people who are interested in developing their ability to speak authentically and from the Heart and to listen effectively and compassionately.

For more information on this retreat, to register - contact Susan Weiss at (856)236-0183 or email her OR contact Stephen Michael Tumolo at (609)707-5900 or email .



About the Facilitators:
Steve … is an educator who teaches Nonviolent Communication as developed by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg and the body's natural way of healing trauma, Somatic Experiencing, as developed by Dr. Peter Levine. He has a Master's degree in Theology from Maryknoll School of Theology. He facilitates a group for male survivors at The Starting Point in Westmont, NJ and works there with individuals, couples, and families. He currently leads the "Heart-to-Heart" program for men incarcerated at Bayside State prison and has led educational groups for incarcerated men for over seven years.

 

 
 
     
     
 

Foundations of NVC I: Tuesday Night Practice Class


Jan 29-Feb 19, 2013
Four Weeks

 
Led by: Max Rivers
   
 

 

You can still drop in any Tuesday to this class!

This is the Foundation of the Foundations of NVC. If you're curious about NVC, this is the place to start!

Also a great place to REALLY get NVC down to your bones.

We'll be going over all the obstacles to using NVC in your life: judgments, strong feelings, etc.

Class is designed so you can drop in any time, though students who take the whole class report life-changing results!

   
   
When: Every Tuesday Night starting Jan 29th (see Calendar)
   
   
Time: 7:30-9pm
   
   
Where: Rivers Manor, 508 E. Sedgwick St., Mt. Airy, Phila PA 19119
   
   
Requirement: None. Join any time.
   
   
Cost: $15/class.
   
 

Your First Class Special Offer: If this is your first NVC Class, it's free!

Package Deal Special Offer: $40 for four classes to anyone who prepays* before first class (two free classes). $50 if you pay on the first class or $60 if you pay for every class.
Click here to register and pay online to get the discount!

When:
Tuesday's 7:30-9pm
Jan 29, Feb 5,12,19

Where:
Rivers Manor
508 E. Sedgwick St, Phila 19119

Foundations II+II Special Offer:

Register for all the rest of the Foundations of NVC classes before March 19 for $150 ($180 if you prepaid* for each package separately, $310 if you registered for each class separately)

 

Students are required to have the book : Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life available during the first class for $25.

   
 

Info: Questions? Contact 215.266.0598 or RiversMediation@aol.com

*To prepay, click here to pay online, or send check made out to Max Rivers Mediation to 508 E Sedgwick St, Phila 19119 or call number below with credit card info. Prepayments are nonrefundable.

   
 
 
 
 
 

Foundations of NVC II:

Tuesday Night Practice Class
March 19th -April 16th, 2013

Five Weeks

  Led by Max Rivers    
 

Learn a new skill each week
&
Practice what you learn.

We'll go through one chapter each week of Marshall Rosenberg's book: "Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life."

Class is designed so you can drop in any time, though students who take the whole class report life-changing results!

   
    When: Every Tues Night starting March 19th, 2013 (see Calendar)    
    Time: 7:30-9pm; (7:15pm for free intro video)    
    Where: Rivers Manor, 508 E. Sedgwick St., Mt. Airy, Phila PA 19119    
    Requirement: None - it is recommended you take Foundations I, but not required. Join any time.    
    Cost: $20/class.    
 

Your First Class Special Offer: If this is your first NVC Class, it's free!

Package Deal Special Offer: $80 for five classes to anyone who pays before the start of the first class. $90 if you pay for all four on the first class or $100 if you pay for every class.
Click here to register and pay online to get the discount!

When:
Tuesday's 7:30-9pm
March 19,26 Apr 2,9,16

Where:
Rivers Manor
508 E. Sedgwick St, Phila 19119
   
 

Info: Questions? Contact 215.266.0598 or RiversMediation@aol.com

Student Review:

I just want to thank you again for the NVC classes that I took back in 2009 ... I feel like it has completely changed MY LIFE in a good way! :-)

I keep meaning to thank you. 2010 was really a good year for me after those classes ... it's so much easier to connect with people,

easier to resolve my own internal conflicts, and my friends comment on how calm and empathetic I am in a crisis and they seem to rely on me more often for someone to talk to. To be honest I haven't been consciously "trying to use NVC" ... it just affected my perspective in a very good and peaceful way.

-Janie

 

   
 
 

On-going in 2013

Free Empathy Practice Group

First and Third Sundays 7-9pm


Judy Morgan will be hosting a free, Empathy practice group.


AND



The focus of the practice group would be to explore feelings and needs in specific conflict situations (we can make them up or use our own experiences), and then role play how they could be handled. The group will eventually rotate facilitation but in the beginning will be facilitated by Max or Judy.

To join this group, and get the East Mt. Airy location, please email Judy.
or Go To the MEETUP at MEETUP.com
(If you don't join the Mt Airy NVC Practice Group, please email Judy to let her know if you're coming.)

 

This is a free offering.

What is an Empathy Group?

Empathy groups usually meet weekly, and whoever is in need of some empathy requests time. You can either select a member to be your empathizer, or let the whole group interact with you. I recommend that after each session, you discuss what worked and what didn't, so you can keep learning how to do empathy better and better.

What is an Empathy Buddy?

Empathy Buddies usually exchange sessions over the phone. Some buddies call daily, some people have more than one buddy, so they can have sessions whenever they want. Usually you share the time, and take some time at the end of the call to discuss what worked and what didn't, so you can keep learning how to do empathy better and better.

When:
Sunday's, starting January 3, 2013

7:0pm - 9pm
Where:
Chestnut Hill, Phila

 


 
 

Free NVC Practice Group
(First and third Sundays 7-9pm in Mt. Airy.)

Foundations of NVC I: NVC Consciousness
4 Tuesdays Starting Jan 29th - Feb 19th
Drop-in's welcome!

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Foundations of NVC II: Speaking NVC
5 Tuesdays Starting March 19th - Apr 16th
Drop-in's welcome!

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February 7th at Boomer U in Ambler
Peaceful Grand-parenting/Parenting:
How to Have Great Conversations With your Grandchildren and/or Children

Does it feel like you're missing some key skill to connect with the younger people in your life - no matter what their age? Do you spend precious time arguing over small stuff? Do you find yourself resorting to bribery to get your grandchildren to do things?

In this class, we'll teach you a few, simple-to-master skills that will empower you to communicate with young people successfully. Using NVC (Non-violent Communication), you'll learn how to respond to the young people in your life in a way that can transform potential conflict into win-win situations. Bring your real - life challenges and we'll help you develop new ways of dealing with old stuck places.
* $15/person, $20/couple

 

To Register for Boomer U:
Call 215.619.8863 or email them at boomeru@montcosaac.com

Mail checks payable to: SAAC, 45 Forest Ave, Ambler, PA 19002 attn: Boomer U)

 

Directions: The address here is 45 Forest Ave. Ambler. We are between N. Ridge and N. Spring Garden just a couple of blocks north of the main street, Butler Ave. We have a large parking lot in the back. To enter the building, go to the right front of the lot and down the stairs.

Have you ever been to the Ambler movie theatre? (If it's on your left, turn right at the next light which is N. Ridge. Go a couple of blocks to Forest and turn left and we are on the right. It's a large stone building - used to be a middle school. The driveway is just before the building.)

 
 

Fall Empathy Class

And

Free NVC Practice Groups
with
Empathy Buddy Calls

 
 

 

Empathy Class

We'll be doing 4 every-other-Tuesdays starting on Nov 6th (other dates are 11/20, 12/4 and 12/18). Classes will be 2 hours starting at 7:30pm at Rivers Manor.


During this every-other-week class, we'll:
• learn a new Empathy Skill,
• participate in dyad and small group exercises to practice your skills;
• do some "fish bowl" sessions so you can watch the new skills applied; and
• we’ll set up empathy buddies for the people in the class for 2 weeks at a time.


Save on Online Deal: If you who want the pre-paid discount for this class for $15, just click on the class date:


Tuesday Dec 18th
.

Or if you want to just come to some classes, it will be $20 at the door.
(Contact me if money is an issue, and we’ll work something out.)

When:
Tuesday Dec 18th, 2012

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Where:
Rivers Manor, East Mt Airy, Phila

Then, on the weeks between classes
there will be a
Free Empathy Practice group
on Sundays


Empathy Practice Group

During the weeks between classes, Judy Morgan will be hosting a free, Empathy practice group.

She says, "Tentatively, we will have an informal practice group on the alternate weeks meeting on Sundays, at 7:00 pm. Two meetings left: 12/16and 12/23.

The focus of the practice group would be to explore feelings and needs in specific conflict situations (we can make them up or use our own experiences), and then role play how they could be handled. The group will eventually rotate facilitation but in the beginning will be facilitated by Max or Judy.

To join this group, and get the East Mt. Airy location, please email Judy.
or Go To the MEETUP at MEETUP.com
(Please email Judy to let her know if you're coming - especially on 11/25 - the meeting which is the Sunday after Thanksgiving so we know that at least 3 people are coming so the group will run.)

This is a free offering.

What is an Empathy Group?

Empathy groups usually meet weekly, and whoever is in need of some empathy requests time. You can either select a member to be your empathizer, or let the whole group interact with you. I recommend that after each session, you discuss what worked and what didn't, so you can keep learning how to do empathy better and better.

What is an Empathy Buddy?

Empathy Buddies usually exchange sessions over the phone. Some buddies call daily, some people have more than one buddy, so they can have sessions whenever they want. Usually you share the time, and take some time at the end of the call to discuss what worked and what didn't, so you can keep learning how to do empathy better and better.

 
 

When:
Sunday's, starting Nov 11th

7:0pm - 9pm Where:
East Mt Airy, Phila

 

 
 
 

4 Day Request Intensive

November 8th-11th, 2012 (Thursday to Sunday)

When we have established our journey to hearing others empathically and expressing ourselves from our hearts, requests are how we connect to the life in others and help others understand the aliveness in us. They are also how we "get things done" in the context of this connection and understanding.

Requests are the practical and profound tools we can use to deepen connection and understanding, engender compassion and transcend conflict.

In this intensive we use the sum of skills and awareness developed in previous intensives to make NVC a powerful agent for connection and movement. In this advanced practice, requests help us reconnect to our needs and see our "demands." Requests give us an opportunity to transform how we see and act with others and to live in a "voluntary world".

This intensive imparts learning and integration through the introduction of concepts followed by exercises, practices and role plays. This is an advanced level training. Suggested experience is 80-100 hours of training. Topics include:

-Defining NVC Requests - Types of Requests
-Requests to Create Connection
-Hearing and Saying "No"
-Demands and Judgments
-Self-Empathy and Requests
-Using Requests in Dialog and Mediation
-Working with Intensity

Request Intensive:

Tuition and Fees for Entire Retreat:
Total is $660* as follows: Tuition only for all days is $360 Lodging and Food $300
*Payment plans and some work exchange are possible.

For registration and event details please visit: NVC Request Intensive 2012

 

 
 
 
 

NVC Program Opportunities... Coming Soon

 

April 25, 2012 to May 16, 2012 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM ET
Coaching for Transformation with Martha Lasley
This 6-hour distance learning course gives you an empowering approach to coaching based on Nonviolent Communication consciousness.


June 8, 2012 to June 10, 2012 5:00 PM to 1:00 PM CT
Zen & Nonviolent Communication - Relationship with Self
with Zen Master Dae Gak, Martha Lasley, Daniela Myozen Herzog, Daniel Boone National Forest, KY
Together we will explore how the wisdom of Buddhist consciousness and the tools of Nonviolent Communication can work together to transform suffering into peace of mind and how they can help raise compassionate awareness in everyday life.

June 11, 2012 to June 20, 2012 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM ET
Nonviolent Communication International Intensive
Training with Katherine Singer, Martha Lasley, Christine King, Dow Gordon in Albuquerque, NM
This International Intensive Training is a 9-day, Nonviolent Communication immersion experience.

If you want to explore any of these events further, give me a
call at 570-297-2270 or send me an email.
Best regards -
Martha Lasley



 
 
     
 
 

9th Annual NVC New York Intensive

in Rochester, NY

July 21-28, 2012

 

Nonviolent Communication offers a powerful set of tools and inspiring perspectives that support people in living their values, and in speaking and acting in ways that say "You matter!" to everyone involved.

This will be the 9th year that NVC partitioners and those wishing to know more about NVC gather together for immersion and community for a week long "intensive" practice of Nonviolent Communication. Many lives have been touched by this annual retreat.

The New York Intensive is known for offering simultaneous sessions for beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels in NVC.

At the 2012 New York Intensive there will be three trainers, Kit Miller, Liv Larsson, and Roxy Manning who have collectively had over thirty-five years of training experience.

Kit Miller, from Rochester, has a speciality in nonviolence, intentional communities, and sustainability.

Liv Larsson, from Sweden, the author of ten books, including The Helping Hand, specializes in trainings on mediation, intimate relationships, and shame.

Roxy Manning specializes in leadership development, diversity, and social justice.

There is an NVC Fundamentals track, for beginners, and many more sessions of a more advanced level for those who are ready to move past the basic skills. There are no prerequisites; everyone is welcome, so please join us in our 2012 adventure on the path of NVC!

Please visit the website at newyorkintensive.org for more information or to register!



 
 
 
 

Would you enjoy more Harmony, Ease, Authenticity, Respect and Trust in your family?

Then consider Family HEART Camp - an unforgettable one week's immersion in Nonviolent Communication for families, held in an oasis of natural beauty near Washington DC.
June 23 - 30, 2012

 

Nonviolent Communication offers a powerful set of tools and inspiring perspectives that support people in living their values, and in speaking and acting in ways that say "You matter!" to everyone involved.

What is Family HEART Camp all about?

Our dream is to create a community where parents and children thrive in an environment of care and mutual respect, supported by experienced staff and each other. We want to make it possible for families to learn new skills for harmony, peace and cooperation together, with lots and play and fun for everyone!
 
It will be Family HEART Camp 4th year running in Virginia! Here's what participants in last year's camp had to say about their experience: 
 
"I have never experienced such dedication as I did from all the staff members! Unbelievable. I also enjoyed the support and connection with all of the participants. Thank you so much for the experience."

"We enjoyed connecting with so many people who value compassionate relationships and my family is committed to working to embody NVC in our lives. We�re hoping to return next year!"

"This experience was very valuable for us as a family as a new beginning of how we want to communicate to each other and beyond! The ability to meet without the children was pivotal and addressing real situations helped to support the practice."
 
We are also looking for experienced NVC practitioners to volunteer in the youth program.
 
More information www.familyHEARTCamp.org 

 
 
     
 
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NVC Foundations III:
You'll get deep practice learning the NVC listening skill of empathy over five Tuesday evening classes. 7:30-9pm.
Click any icon for details
or to register
 
     
 

Foundations of NVC III:
Tuesday
Nights:
Deep Empathy
Mar13-Apr10 2012
5 Weeks

 
Led by: Max Rivers
   
 

 

Listening is the most powerful skill you can have to avoid conflict, and create intimacy.

Class is designed so you can drop in any time, though students who take the whole class report life-changing results!

   
   
When: Every Tues Night starting March 13, 2012
   
   
Time: 7:30-9:30pm
   
   
Where: Rivers Manor, 508 E. Sedgwick St., Mt. Airy, Phila PA 19119
   
   
Requirement: None. Join any time.
   
   
Cost: $25/class or $100 for all five if paid before first class.
   
 

When:
Tuesday's 7:30-9pm
Mar 13,20,27 Apr 3,10

Student Review:

My work is paying off and I am able to provide some comfort and reassurance and empathic listening to my father and mother....And my brother and I also finding ways to connect and share responsibility and offer support to each other. My clear expression of my needs, and willingness to listen to his, and growing ability to make clear requests is making a huge difference...Thanks for your part in my becoming more "resourced".

Where:
Rivers Manor
508 E. Sedgwick St, Phila 19119
 
 
Info: Questions? Contact 215.266.0598 or RiversMediation@aol.com
   
 
     
 
At the Mt. Airy Learning Tree
(Click on the Date to register thru MALT)
All classes at Rivers Manor, 508 E Sedgwick St, Mt Airy, Phila 19119
unless otherwise mentioned
  Led by Max Rivers    
   
Making More of your Marriage

 

7:30-
9:00pm
21

Remember your wedding? Those first years? How special and important your marriage was to both of you?

It is still that precious, and still has all that potential and more!

If you've been too busy or are just baffled about how to find the fun in your marriage, we'll play three communication games for couples that are proven to be easy, safe and lots of fun. And they will teach you some skills which you can take home.

If your spouse is reticent, ask them to come for the snacks - they won't have to participate - just observing will give them ideas about what you want and how to give it to you. (Committed unmarried couples are also welcome).

Couples Fee $29.00

 

   
 

Info:Register with MALT by clicking here for Adult Education Classes Philadelphia

   
 
     
 
Couples Refresher Weekly Group
Keep working your issues in a group setting

If you've studied NVC or done Marriage Mediation with Max in the past, this Sunday afternoon event is the perfect way to recommit to your relationship.

We're learning new tools all the time, and we'll be teaching you some new skills, like:

This is a great way to keep working on your issues in a cost-effective, group setting. Everyone present will get some time each session. Couples report that they learn as much or more during the time they are watching other couples work on their issues - and it's a lot easier to listen to them!

Come alone or bring your spouse! The cost is the same:

Our Price: $200 for four sessions.

The $50/session includes you and your spouse!

Space is limited, so click below to register and pay online:

When:
Sunday's Feb 5, 12, 19 & 26
2:00 to 4:00 PM

Where:
Rivers Manor
508 E Sedgwick St
Philadelphia, PA 19119
 
     
 
Foundations of NVC II: Tuesday Night Practice Class
Feb 7th -28th, 2012
  Led by Max Rivers    
 

Learn a new skill each week
&
Practice what you learn.

We'll go through one chapter each week of Marshall Rosenberg's book: "Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life."

Class is designed so you can drop in any time, though students who take the whole class report life-changing results!

   
    When: Every Tues Night starting Feb 7th, 2012 (see Calendar)    
    Time: 7:30-9pm; (7:15pm for free intro video)    
    Where: Rivers Manor, 508 E. Sedgwick St., Mt. Airy, Phila PA 19119    
    Requirement: None - it is recommended you take Foundations I, but not required. Join any time.    
    Cost: $20/class.    
 

Your First Class Special Offer: If this is your first NVC Class, it's free!

Package Deal Special Offer: $60 for four classes to anyone who pays before the start of the first class. $70 if you pay for all four on the first class or $80 if you pay for every class.
Click here to register and pay online to get the discount!

When:
Tuesday's 7:30-9pm
Feb 1, 14, 21, 28

Where:
Rivers Manor
508 E. Sedgwick St, Phila 19119

 

Foundations 1 members Special Offer: $50 for Foundations II classes if prepaid.

   
 

Info: Questions? Contact 215.266.0598 or RiversMediation@aol.com

Student Review:

I just want to thank you again for the NVC classes that I took back in 2009 ... I feel like it has completely changed MY LIFE in a good way! :-)

I keep meaning to thank you. 2010 was really a good year for me after those classes ... it's so much easier to connect with people,

easier to resolve my own internal conflicts, and my friends comment on how calm and empathetic I am in a crisis and they seem to rely on me more often for someone to talk to. To be honest I haven't been consciously "trying to use NVC" ... it just affected my perspective in a very good and peaceful way.

-Janie

 

   
 
     
 

How Couples Can Avoid/Resolve Conflict:
Learn 5 Simple Skills

at the Studio at the Kalyana Center (formerly the Center For Oneness)
124 Sibley Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003

All couples have disagreements, but why?

Did you know that research now shows the single best indicator of divorce is the way a couple speaks to each other?

In this class we'll explain what causes conflict, and teach you a few easy-to-learn techniques that will turn 80% of those potential arguments into opportunities for greater intimacy, instead of frustration and anger.

We'll share with you our skills as professional couples mediators and NVC* instructors.

Bring your spouse or come alone.

This class will also be helpful for people between relationships seeking to improve their partnership skills.

Cost: $19/person in advance (click here to register online); $29 at the door
When: Wed, Feb 8th, 2012 7:30-9:30pm

 
NLP for Parents and Teachers:
Trance-form Unruly Children with a Few Easy Skills

 

2:00-
4:00pm
19

Course Number: 12WFH06

This class will teach you how to use simple Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques to help children relax, focus and become attentive listeners and learners.

NLP will help you choose language that can help your children's open, creative, curious part of their minds (the unconscious) come to the surface.

Children spend most of their awake time (and all of their sleep time) in this state.

This class will teach you how to guide your child, or even a whole class of children into this naturally receptive state with your choice of words, tone, etc. so they get the benefit of learning using the larger, more receptive part of their brains.

In one or two well crafted sentences I can take a noisy, chaotic class and have them quietly attending to challenging, brand new information - participating calmly and feeling deeply involved. This should be a required class for all teachers and parents.

$19. Free to Philadelphia Public School teachers - call the MALT office to register.

Making More of your Marriage

 

7:30-
9:30pm
08

Remember your wedding? Those first years? How special and important your marriage was to both of you?

It is still that precious, and still has all that potential and more!

If you've been too busy or are just baffled about how to find the fun in your marriage, we'll play three communication games for couples that are proven to be easy, safe and lots of fun. And they will teach you some skills which you can take home.

If your spouse is reticent, ask them to come for the snacks - they won't have to participate - just observing will give them ideas about what you want and how to give it to you. (Committed unmarried couples are also welcome).

Couples Fee $29.00

Pleasure Class for Couples:
What's After NVC!

So NVC has resolved your conflicts, what's next?

The Pleasure Course!

Couples often come to Max with problems and issues that need resolving. Even after working through the Teamwork Mediation method, a lot of couples still have their focus on solving problems and keeping the peace.

But that's not why you got married, was it? NO! You wanted fun, pleasure, intimacy. So here is a cost-effective way for your and your spouse to learn the next set of skills after NVC: how to enjoy your spouse and your marriage.

This 3.5 hour class will teach you some new communication skills and games you can take home with you. (Note: no touching, or anything else which would be embarrasing for anyone - just a much more fun version of NVC-like communication techniques which will take your marriage to the next level.)

$100 includes you and your spouse!

Space is limited, so click below to register and pay online:

When:
Monday February 25, 2012
2:00 to 5:30 PM

Where:
Rivers Manor
508 E Sedgwick St
Philadelphia, PA 19119
(Note: For couples interested in deepening their pleasurable connection, we're running a four-week version of this class starting March 12th on Mondays from 7:30-9pm.)
 
     
 
     
February 2012
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Key February 2012
Couples Refresher Group:
Continue improving your relationship in this small, cost-efficient group over four Sunday afternoons, 2-4pm.
Couples Group:
Solve your relationship issues with your spouse in this small, cost-efficient group over 4 Mon evenings, 7:30-9pm
Open to new or existing clients
NVC Foundations II:
Learn or review the four steps in speaking NVC over four Tuesday evening classes., 7:30-9pm.

Couples Pleasure Class:
Spend a Sunday afternoon learning what comes after NVC solves your conflicts? PLEASURE! Come alone or with your spouse, and learn how to enjoy connecting with your spouse.Feb 25, 2-5:30pm

 
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Key March & April 2012
Couples Pleasure Course:
What comes after NVC solves your conflicts? PLEASURE! Come alone or with your spouse, and spend four Monday evenings learning how to enjoy connecting with your spouse, 7:30-9pm.
NVC Foundations III:
You'll get deep practice learning the NVC listening skill of empathy over five Tuesday evening classes. 7:30-9pm.
Click any icon for details
or to register
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Foundations of NVC I: Tuesday Night Practice Class


Jan 10th-Jan 31st, 2012
Four Weeks

 
Led by: Max Rivers
   
 

 

You can still drop in any Tuesday to this class!

This is the Foundation of the Foundations of NVC. If you're curious about NVC, this is the place to start!

Also a great place to REALLY get NVC down to your bones.

We'll be going over all the obstacles to using NVC in your life: judgments, strong feelings, etc.

Class is designed so you can drop in any time, though students who take the whole class report life-changing results!

   
   
When: Every Tuesday Night starting Jan 10th (see Calendar)
   
   
Time: 7:30-9pm
   
   
Where: Rivers Manor, 508 E. Sedgwick St., Mt. Airy, Phila PA 19119
   
   
Requirement: None. Join any time.
   
   
Cost: $15/class.
   
 

Your First Class Special Offer: If this is your first NVC Class, it's free!

Package Deal Special Offer: $40 for four classes to anyone who prepays* before first class (two free classes). $50 if you pay on the first class or $60 if you pay for every class.
Click here to register and pay online to get the discount!

When:
Tuesday's 7:30-9pm
Jan 10, 17, 24, 31

Where:
Rivers Manor
508 E. Sedgwick St, Phila 19119

 

Foundations I+II+II Special Offer: Register for all three Foundations of NVC classes before Jan 1 for $150 ($180 if you prepaid* for each package separately, $310 if you registered for each class separately)

Students are required to have the book : Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life available during the first class for $25.

   
 

Info: Questions? Contact 215.266.0598 or RiversMediation@aol.com

*To prepay, click here to pay online, or send check made out to Max Rivers Mediation to 508 E Sedgwick St, Phila 19119 or call number below with credit card info. Prepayments are nonrefundable.

   
 
 
Couples Refresher Event

If you've studied NVC or done Marriage Mediation with Max in the past, this Sunday afternoon event is the perfect way to recommit to your relationship.

We're learning new tools all the time, and we'll be teaching you some new skills, like:

The Pleasure Game (how to enjoy your partner's upset)
A New Easier Form of Empathy (listening to your partner)
Using Judgments to uncover your (and your partner's) HIdden Needs
The Appreciation Game
and lots more

Come alone or bring your spouse! The cost is the same:

Our Price: $ $50 for this 3.5 hour playshop.

$50 includes you and your spouse!

Space is limited, so click below to register and pay online:

When:
Sunday January 29, 2012
2:00 to 5:30 PM

Where:
Rivers Manor
508 E Sedgwick St
Philadelphia, PA 19119
(Note: For couples interested in deepening their pleasurable connection, we're running a four-week version of this class starting Febrary 5th on Saturdays from 7:30-9pm.)
 
 

Couples Mediation ONLINE Group
Marriage Mediation from your home!
At a fraction the cost

 

Series of 4 Sessions

From the convenience of your home, you and your spouse can join in this Mon nite class 8-9pm Jan 9,16,23 & 30th. All you need is a computer with a camera and the free Skype software.

For just $100 you get all 4 hr-long sessions.

Each couple will get the same help from Max, The Marriage Mediator, that private session couples get for $200/session.

Questions? Call or email Max. But hurry! Starts Jan 9th.

$100 includes you and your spouse!

Space is limited, so click below to register and pay online:

When:
Monday's 8-9pm
Jan 9th, 16,th 23rd and 30th

Where:
Your Home!
 

January 2012
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Key January 2012
Couple's Refresher Event:
Spend a Sunday afternoon recommitting to working with your partner, and learn about new ideas in Max's work with couples. Jan 29, 2-5:30pm
Online Couples Group:
From the convenience of your home, continue improving your relationship in this small, cost-effective group over four Monday evenings online, 8-9pm.

NVC Foundations I:
Learn or review the basics of NVC in four Tuesday evening classes, 7:30-9pm.

   
 
     
 
NVC and NLP at the Studio at the Center For Oneness
124 Sibley Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003

 

4:00-
6:00pm

02

NLP for Parents and Teachers: Trance-form Unruly Children with a Few Easy Skills.


This class will teach you how to use a few simple linguistic techniques that we hypnotists use to help your charges relax, focus and become attentive listeners and learners. "Trance" is just a scary word for letting the open, creative, curious part of the mind (the unconscious) come to the surface.

Children spend most of their awake time (and all of their sleep time) in this state. This class will teach you how to guide your child, or even a whole class of children into this naturally receptive state with your choice of words, tone, etc. so they get the benefit of learning using the larger, more receptive part of their brains.

In one or two well crafted sentences I can take a noisy, chaotic class, and have them quietly attending to challenging, brand new information - enjoying participating calmly and feeling deeply involved.

This should be a required class for all teachers and parents. I look forward to sharing these skills with you. (No charge for teachers in Philly public schools.)

$19, free for teachers in the Philadelphia Public Schools

 

7:30-
9:00pm

20

How Couples Can Avoid/Resolve Conflict:
Learn 5 Simple Skills


All couples have disagreements, but why?

Did you know that research now shows the single best indicator of divorce is the way a couple speaks to each other?

In this class we'll explain what causes conflict, and teach you a few easy-to-learn techniques that will turn 80% of those potential arguments into opportunities for greater intimacy, instead of frustration and anger.

We'll share with you our skills as professional couples mediators and NVC* instructors.

Bring your spouse or come alone.

This class will also be helpful for people between relationships seeking to improve their partnership skills.

$19/person

 
 
     
 

Compassionate Communication Practice Group

Judy Morgan is interested in creating a practice Group. Free!

Alternate Thursdays, 6 to 7:30 pm, at the home of Judy Morgan in Mt. Airy.

Will include reading passages from Rosenberg and others, discussion, and role plays, collaboratively led.

If you are interested, contact her at judymorgan711@yahoo.com.

 
     
 
In Your Own Words: Living and Sharing
NVC Beyond the NVC Community

6 day NVC Residential Intensive with Miki Kashtan

Date: August 5 - 10, 2011
Place: The Abode, New Lebanon, NY
Start Time: Friday, August 5th /2pm [Optional lunch]
End Time: Wednesday, August 10th/3pm

" Find a way to make your use of NVC sound natural
" Adapt your language to different circumstances
" Learn to connect across cultural differences
" Bring NVC to your workplace without sounding "touchy-feely"
" Experience the difference between a practice setting and real life
" Distinguish between living the consciousness of NVC and using certain linguistic forms
Miki Kashtan, with laser like insight and understanding, will guide and support retreat participants through discussion, exercises, group work and role plays in a way that will expand the capacity to use our own words while staying in NVC consciousness.

This residential retreat is geared towards people at various levels of skill, ranging from people who want fluidity in their use of the language to NVC trainers who want to increase their capacity to share NVC in a variety of settings.

The intention of this residential retreat is to support you in:

" Reaching more flow with NVC to have your NVC practice feel and become natural.?
" Strengthen your ability to connect across differences.?
" Expand your confidence in applying NVC in any context
" Teach core principles to inspire people

COST: Tuition -$800-1600, Room & Board - $390-$625
More info
www.baynvc.org
Shivani Carroll at gcarroll@rcn.com
Lorili Henry at suvandana7@optonline.net

P.S. $80 bus from NYC round trip on Peter Pan

 
     
 
How Couples Can Avoid/Resolve Conflict: Learn 5 Simple Skills

 

7:00-
8:30pm

29
All couples have disagreements, but why? Did you know that research now shows the single best indicator of divorce is the way a couple speaks to each other? In this class we'll explain what causes conflict, and teach you a few easy-to-learn techniques that will turn 80% of those potential arguments into opportunities for greater intimacy, instead of frustration and anger. We'll share with you our skills as professional couples mediators and NVC* instructors. Bring your spouse or come alone. This class will also be helpful for people between relationships seeking to improve their partnership skills.
   
Lose Weight without Dieting with Hypnotism and Acupuncture

 

June (cancelled)

 

There are three reasons people eat when they are not hungry: habit , emotional stress, and body cravings. Of these, only habit is easily controlled by the conscious will. We'll use light, natural trance-work to speak to the stress issue , and ear acupuncture to lessen the physical cravings. With this kind of support your chance at achieving your weight goals for the New Year greatly increases. This two hour class is an experiential introduction: you'll learn about hypnosis and experience a light trance and find out about what acupuncture can do for you. (Following through on your weight-loss regime will take a few follow-up sessions. Students in this class will get a discount on subsequent hypnosis sessions.)
   
Curious about Hypnosis?

 

7:00-
8:30pm

9

Everyone is curious about hypnosis:

  • Can I be hypnotized?
  • Will you make me cluck like a chicken?
  • Can you stop me from smoking?

And so many more. Max does a form of hypnosis called "Natural Trance." It is a relaxing, restful state that everyone can go into, and which can help with any issue which is controlled by the unconsicous (sleep, long-term issues like habits, physical pain, emotions, etc.)

In this experiential class, you'll learn what hypnosis really is, and get to experience a light trance. For some of you, this single session may be enough to change life-long habits.

 
 

Foundations of NVC IV: NVC Empathy Practice Group
Apr 25 - May 30, 2011
Five Mondays

 
Led by: Max Rivers
   
 

 

Listening is the most powerful skill you can have to avoid conflict, and create intimacy.

Class is designed so you can drop in any time, though students who take the whole class report life-changing results!

   
   
When: Every Monday Night starting Apr 25, 2011 (no class May 9th)
   
   
Time: 7:30-9:00pm
   
   
Where: Rivers Manor, 508 E. Sedgwick St., Mt. Airy, Phila PA 19119
   
   
Requirement: You must have taken Foundations I, II and III or the equivalent (if you've studied NVC elsewhere, please contact Max about prerequisites).
   
   
Cost: $25/class, or $90 if prepaid* before first class, $100 if you pay on the first class.
   
 

*To prepay, send check made out to Max Rivers Mediation to 508 E Sedgwick St, Phila 19119 or call number below with credit card info. Prepayments are nonrefundable.

   
 
Info: Questions? Contact 215.266.0598 or RiversMediation@aol.com
   
 
 

Foundations of NVC III: Monday Nights: Deep Empathy
March 21st - April 11th, 2011
Four Weeks

 
Led by: Max Rivers

Student Review:

I am grateful for the skills and insights I have developed through my study and practice of NVC...My Christmas visit with my parents was the most peaceful, and mutually satisfying and appreciative one to date and almost entirely free from the usual agonizing conflict. There were many moments of deep sharing and understanding and I was able to take none of the occasional judgmental comments personally. Miraculous. I appreciate your contribution to my progress...

   
 

 

Listening is the most powerful skill you can have to avoid conflict, and create intimacy.

Class is designed so you can drop in any time, though students who take the whole class report life-changing results!

   
   
When: Every Monday Night starting March 21
   
   
Time: 7:30-9:30pm
   
   
Where: Rivers Manor, 508 E. Sedgwick St., Mt. Airy, Phila PA 19119
   
   
Requirement: None. Join any time.
   
   
Cost: $25/class.
   
 

 

Package Deal Special Offer: $80 for four classes to anyone who pays before the first class. $90 if you pay for all four on the first class or $100 if you pay for every class.

Students are required to have the book : Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life available during the first class for $20.

   
 
Info: Questions? Contact 215.266.0598 or RiversMediation@aol.com
   
 
 
International Intensive Training - Massachusetts
When:
Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:00am - Fri, 04/22/2011 - 12:00am

Our first Transitional Lead Trainer-lead IIT will be held in Rowe, Massachusetts, USA, April 13-22, 2011, with John Kinyon as Transitional Lead Trainer, and Barbara Larson and Doug Dolstad as Support Trainers - all of them experienced IIT trainers. John has been working closely with Marshall for the last 14 years, including being a Support Trainer at over 20 IITs, while Barbara and Doug have been Support Trainers at IITs for the last 6 years. The IIT will be held at the beautiful Rowe Camp & Conference Center, a location where both Marshall and John have enjoyed holding trainings in the past.

In celebration of the recently re-opened certification process, and in hopes that it may support our registered certification candidates’ flow of training, we would like to offer registered certification candidates a 15% discount in the April 13-22, 2011 IIT in Rowe, Massachusetts, USA. Regular tuition is $1,800, which makes registered certification candidates’ tuition at this IIT $1,530. Previous IIT participants are also eligible for a 15% discount. Please note: accommodation and travel are additional charges, as noted in the Basic Information Sheet. These offers does not combine with the 10% "Early Bird discount" for participants paying in full by February 12, 2011.

For further details, see https://www.cnvc.org/training/international-intensive-trainings-iits.html

 
 
 


   
 
 

Compassionate Listening:
Healing Our World from the Inside Out
with Leah Green

April 9 - 10, 2011
The Rose Room at Arcadia University
Glenside, PA
Saturday 10:00 - 6:00 Sunday 9:30 - 5:30

 
Led by: Leah Green
   
 

 

 

"Compassion is not a luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability; it is essential for human survival." ~ Dalai Lama

This highly experiential introductory intensive focuses on the
core practices of Compassionate Listening.

" Cultivating compassion for yourself and others
" Suspending judgment
" Maintaining balance in the heat of conflict
" Listening with the heart
" Speaking from the heart

Leah Green is the founder of the Compassionate Listening Project. The curriculum has grown from her decades of reconciliation work with Israelis and Palestinians, as well as the remarkable community of Compassionate Listening facilitators. Leah has produced three documentaries, and co-founded the Jewish-German Compassionate Listening Project. She received the 2003 Yoga Journal Award for Selfless Service; her work has been profiled in numerous books and articles. Leah facilitates and teaches worldwide.

Cost / Registration: Sliding scale: $175-$350. Register with a $100 deposit and pay the remainder
at the end, according to your perceived value and ability to pay. Partial Scholarships are available for those in need.

To register online: http://arcadiauniversity2011.eventbrite.com/ or call: 360-626-4411.

   
   
   
         
         
         
         
 

 

Compassionate Listening Project
P.O. Box 17
Indianola, WA 98342
360.626.4411
www.compassionatelistening.org

   
 
   
 
 
Foundations of NVC II: Tuesday Night Practice Class
Feb 15 th-Mar 8th, 2011
 
 
     
 

Foundations of NVC I: Tuesday Night Practice Class
Jan 4-25, 2011
Four Weeks

 
Led by: Max Rivers
   
 

 

You can still drop in any Tuesday to this class!

This is the Foundation of the Foundations of NVC. If you're curious about NVC, this is the place to start!

Also a great place to REALLY get NVC down to your bones.

We'll be going over all the obstacles to using NVC in your life: judgments, strong feelings, etc.

Class is designed so you can drop in any time, though students who take the whole class report life-changing results!

   
   
When: Every Tuesday Night starting Jan 4th
   
   
Time: 6-7pm
   
   
Where: Rivers Manor, 508 E. Sedgwick St., Mt. Airy, Phila PA 19119
   
   
Requirement: None. Join any time.
   
   
Cost: $15/class.
   
 

Your First Class Special Offer: If this is your first NVC Class, it's free!

Package Deal Special Offer: $40 for four classes to anyone who prepays* before first class (two free classes). $50 if you pay on the first class or $60 if you pay for every class.

Foundations I+II+II Special Offer: Register for all three Foundations of NVC classes before Jan 1 for $150 ($180 if you prepaid* for each package separately, $310 if you registered for each class separately)

Students are required to have the book : Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life available during the first class for $25.

   
 

Info: Questions? Contact 215.266.0598 or RiversMediation@aol.com

*To prepay, send check made out to Max Rivers Mediation to 508 E Sedgwick St, Phila 19119 or call number below with credit card info. Prepayments are nonrefundable.

   
 
     
 

Taking on the World: How to Become a Change Agent
Starts Jan 16, 2011

Intermediate Skill Level
Yearlong Telecourse

Fee: $420.00 USD

 

Led by: Miki Kashtan

 

Local Organizer: Judy Morgan

Hi! I’m interested in connecting with others who might be interested in the program by Miki Kashtan described below, or generally networking on how NVC can be used in social activism. I would definitely sign up for the program if others in Philadelphia are interested, since it would be more appealing for me to do it if there were a local group. If you are interested, please contact me at 512-626-5074. (I’m currently in Austin but moving to Philly shortly.) Thanks!!


Peace,
Judy Morgan


   
 

 

Are you eager to translate your vision of a world where everyone's needs matter into a tangible reality? Do you long to discover your unique role in responding to the challenges of our times?

In this 12-month program, Miki Kashtan leverages more than 30 years of passion and experience about creating change into a practical framework designed to support you in taking concrete steps toward the world of your dreams. As a participant in this program you have an opportunity to form substantial relationships with peers as you work together to address common barriers to engaging fully in working for change. This course is designed for a wide range of change agents, including:

oSocial activists who wish to integrate NVC into their approach
oCommunity leaders working to empower community members
oParents who wish to align school practices with the needs of children and teachers
oExecutives working to build a more collaborative workplace culture
oAnd many more!

Click here for full description and to register...

   
   
When: Monthly 2-Hour Teleclass, Weekly Empathy Buddy Calls, Individual Work and Support From Miki
   
   
   
   
To Register and for details: click here.
   
   
   
   
Cost: $420
   
 

 

   
 
Info: Questions? Contact 215.266.0598 or RiversMediation@aol.com
   
 
     
 
Be Your Own BFF in 2011
Give yourself the life changing gift of self-connection by joining us for our intermediate/advanced NVC training in January... "What I Tell Myself," the NYCNVC Self-Empathy Intensive.

Take your skills, understanding and practice of self-empathy and empathy to a new level. Learn practices you can use to create more harmony, flow and meaning in your life, not only through the New Year, but for the rest of your life!

Want to know more? Click here.

When: Thursday, January 6th, 1 - 4:30pm
Friday - Sunday, 9:30 - 4:30

Where: NYCNVC 36 East 23rd Street, (Btwn Park South & Madison) Suite 6R, NY, NY 10010

 

Tuition for 4 days is $360

Registration: by phone (646 201 9226) or email (eventcoordinator@nycnvc.org). Phone call includes a dialogue (usually 5-10 minutes) regarding your NVC experience, physical needs and comfort, training needs, understanding of details (times, dates, payments and so forth), plus any preparation we imagine would add to your learning.
Kim, The Event Coordinator
NY Center for Nonviolent Communication


 
     
 

Foundations of NVC I: Monday Night Practice Class
Sept 7 - 28
th, 2010
Four Weeks

 
Led by: Max Rivers
   
 
 
     
  Stepping into the Fullness of Our Being:
East Coast NVC Women's Retreat

Are you called to develop the fullness of your own being?
If so, please join us for the East Coast Women's Retreat!

This space for healing, awareness, and transformation will be nurtured through diverse NVC practices. Possible topics, based on participant interest, will include:
" The Power of Empathy: Deepening Your Empathy and Self Empathy Practice
" Drawing on the Living Energy (Beauty) of Needs
" Embracing the Body (A Kinesthetic Practice of NVC)
" Being Grounded in "Yes"
" Transforming Limiting Beliefs
" Making Choices that Truly Serve Our Lives
We also will hold space for dancing, singing, drumming, walks on the beach, and time around the fire. For an additional fee, you can also do a challenge course at Camp DeWolfe.

When: Friday, August 20 - Monday, August 23rd, 2010
Location: Camp DeWolfe, 408 North Side Road, Wading River, NY 11792
Cost: $375 PLUS facility fee ($150-$300 depending on the kind of accomodations e.g. camping, shared room, private room.)
Register Now---Early Registration Encouraged
Community Discount---Practice NVC with Friends and Family:
Take 10% off the program when you register with one other person; take 15% off when you register with two or three people; and take 20% off when you register with four or more people.

 
     
 

Summer and NVC:

Intro to NonViolent Communciation
Free 2 hour Intro at
Yoga on Main (Manayunk)

followed by a 5 week class

 
Led by: Fred Abrams
   
 

 

Learn the four places in conversation that create conflict, and how to listen with empathy to yourself and others.

 

   
   
When: Thur June 3rd, 2010
   
   
Time: 7-9 pm
   
   
Where: Yoga on Main, 4363 Main Street, Philadelphia, PA 19127-1415
   
   
Requirement: None.
   
   
Cost: Free
   
       
       
 
   
 
     
 

Summer and NVC:

5 Week class in NonViolent Communciation

Yoga on Main (Manayunk)

 
Led by: Fred Abrams
   
 

 

Learn the four places in conversation that create conflict, and how to listen with empathy to yourself and others.

 

   
   
When: Thurday eve's June 10-July 8th
   
   
Time: 7-9 pm
   
   
Where: Yoga on Main, 4363 Main Street, Philadelphia, PA 19127-1415
   
   
Requirement: None.
   
   
Cost: $15/class or $65 for the course.
   
  Register before May and pay only $50 for 5 weeks.    
       
 
Info: Questions? Contact Fred Abrams @ 610-348-1100
   
 
Program Registration

For courses, workshops and special events pre-registration is required.

When registering, please include your name, telephone # and e-mail and include the full payment of the program.

For all programs at all centers make checks payable to Yoga On Main and please include the program name on your check.

You can also register by phone, or e-mail using Master Card or Visa.

Contact Information

4363 Main St.

Manayunk, PA 19127

215 482 7877 – fax 215 482 9606

info@yogaonmain.com

   
 
     
 


July 3-11,2010

 

   
 

 

 

Would you enjoy more Harmony, Ease, Authenticity, Respect and Trust in your family?

What is Family HEART Camp all about?

Our dream is to create a community where parents and children thrive in an environment of care and mutual respect, supported by experienced staff and each other. We want to make it possible for families to learn new skills for harmony

At the camp we have:

  • Adult program
  • Youth program
  • Community time
  • Rest and play

Here are some of the things past participants have said about the camp:

“I have never experienced such dedication as I did from all the staff members! Unbelievable. I also enjoyed the support and connection with all of the participants. Thank you so much for the experience.”

“We enjoyed connecting with so many people who value compassionate relationships and my family is committed to working to embody NVC in our lives. We’re hoping to return next year!”

We invite parents and children to join us July 3-11 in Virginia for Family HEART Camp 2010. Family HEART Camp is an unforgettable one-week immersion in Nonviolent Communication for families, held in an oasis of natural beauty near Washington DC. Have fun, enjoy community, and learn to more deeply live your values, in ways that contribute to aliveness, love, and joy. See http://familyheartcamp.org and register today!

   
       
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
 
   
 
     
     
     
     
 
At the Mt. Airy Learning Tree
(Click on the class number to register thru MALT)
All classes at Rivers Manor, 508 E Sedgwick St, Mt Airy, Phila 19119
  Led by Max Rivers    
   
Quit Smoking with Hypnotism and Acupuncture

10WHE33
Thu 05/20/2010
7-9pm

Only about 25% of smokers who try to quit on their own succeed; this number more than doubles by adding the use of hypnotism, which can help by removing the unconscious drive to smoke. Add ear acupuncture, which can decrease the physical withdrawal symptoms, and your chance at succeeding easily and safely greatly increases. This hour and a half class is an experiential introduction: you�ll experience a light trance and find out about what acupuncture can do for smokers, so you can decide whether or not this process (which usually takes about four sessions) is for you.
 
How Couples Can Avoid/Resolve Conflict: Learn 5 Simple Skills

10SFH12B
Wed 06/09/2010
7-8:30pm

All couples have disagreements, but why? Did you know that research now shows the single best indicator of divorce is the way a couple speaks to each other? In this class we'll explain what causes conflict, and teach you a few easy-to-learn techniques that will turn 80% of those potential arguments into opportunities for greater intimacy, instead of frustration and anger. We'll share with you our skills as professional couples mediators and NVC* instructors. Bring your spouse or come alone. This class will also be helpful for people between relationships seeking to improve their partnership skills.
   
Lose Weight without Dieting with Hypnotism and Acupuncture

First Thursdays of the Month at Rivers Manor.

Email Max Rivers to Register or ask questions.

There are three reasons people eat when they are not hungry: habit , emotional stress, and body cravings. Of these, only habit is easily controlled by the conscious will. We'll use light, natural trance-work to speak to the stress issue , and ear acupuncture to lessen the physical cravings. With this kind of support your chance at achieving your weight goals for the New Year greatly increases. This two hour class is an experiential introduction: you'll learn about hypnosis and experience a light trance and find out about what acupuncture can do for you. (Following through on your weight-loss regime will take a few follow-up sessions. Students in this class will get a discount on subsequent hypnosis sessions.)

 

   
 

Info:Register with MALT by clicking here for Adult Education Classes Philadelphia

   
 
     
     
     
 

Foundations of NVC III: Empathetic Listening
Apr 12 - May 17, 2010
Six Weeks

 
Led by: Max Rivers
   
 

 

Listening is the most powerful skill you can have to avoid conflict, and create intimacy.

This Class requires a committment to all six classes.

   
   
When: Every Monday Night starting Apr 5, 2010
   
   
Time: 6:00-7:30pm
   
   
Where: Rivers Manor, 508 E. Sedgwick St., Mt. Airy, Phila PA 19119
   
   
Requirement: None. Join any time.
   
   
Cost: $25/class.
   
 

 

Package Deal Special Offer: $100 for six classes to anyone who pre-pays before the first class or $150 on first day of class.

Students are required to have the book : Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life available during the first class for $25.

   
  *To prepay, send check made out to Max Rivers Mediation to 508 E Sedgwick St, Phila 19119 or call number below with credit card info. Prepayments are nonrefundable.    
 
Info: Questions? Contact 215.266.0598 or RiversMediation@aol.com
   
 
     
 

Foundations of NVC IV: Advanced NVC Training
Feb 22 - Mar 22
, 2010
Five Weeks

 
Led by: Max Rivers
   
 
 
 

Spring into NVC: Intro to NonViolent Communciation
Apr 12 - May 17, 2010
Six Weeks

 
Led by: Max Rivers
   
 

 

Learn NVC in Six Weeks:

Learn the four places in conversation that create conflict, and how to listen with empathy to yourself and others.

Class is designed so you can drop in any time, though students who take the whole class report life-changing results!

   
   
When: Every Monday Night starting Apr 12, 2010
   
   
Time: 8-9 pm
   
   
Where: Rivers Manor, 508 E. Sedgwick St., Mt. Airy, Phila PA 19119
   
   
Requirement: None. Join any time.
   
   
Cost: $15/class.
   
 

Your First Class Special Offer: If this is your first NVC Class ever, it's free!

Package Deal Special Offer: $75 for six classes to anyone who pre-pays before the first class.

Students are required to have the book : Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life available during the first class for $25.

   
  *To prepay, send check made out to Max Rivers Mediation to 508 E Sedgwick St, Phila 19119 or call number below with credit card info. Prepayments are nonrefundable.    
 
Info: Questions? Contact 215.266.0598 or RiversMediation@aol.com
   
 
     
 
2010 Three NVC Intensives
Short Saturday
January 16, 2010 10-4:00pm
  Led by Max Rivers    
   
Trance-Forming your New Years Resolutions
Into Effortless Action with Hypnosis
10WMB31
Sun Jan 17th, 2010
7-9pm
The reason we don't keep our New Year's resolutions is because most of them are long-term goals, like quitting smoking, weight-loss or actually going to the gym on a regular basis. And while the conscious mind may want to keep its word, it isn't actually the part of the mind that handles long-term goals - that's the realm of the unconscious. In this experiential workshop, you'll learn how hypnosis works, and actually experience a light trance, in which we'll guide your unconscious to follow through with your resolutions. (Some habits, like smoking, may take a few follow-up sessions to bring about complete change. Students in this class will get a discount on subsequent hypnosis sessions.)
 
How Couples Can Avoid/Resolve Conflict: Learn 5 Simple Skills
10WFH02A
Wed 01/20/2010
7-8:30pm
All couples have disagreements, but why? Did you know that research now shows the single best indicator of divorce is the way a couple speaks to each other? In this class we'll explain what causes conflict, and teach you a few easy-to-learn techniques that will turn 80% of those potential arguments into opportunities for greater intimacy, instead of frustration and anger. We'll share with you our skills as professional couples mediators and NVC* instructors. Bring your spouse or come alone. This class will also be helpful for people between relationships seeking to improve their partnership skills.
 
Lose Weight with Hypnotism and Acupuncture
10WHE31
Thu 01/21/2010
7-9pm
There are three reasons people eat when they are not hungry: habit , emotional stress, and body cravings. Of these, only habit is easily controlled by the conscious will. We'll use light, natural trance-work to speak to the stress issue , and ear acupuncture to lessen the physical cravings. With this kind of support your chance at achieving your weight goals for the New Year greatly increases. This two hour class is an experiential introduction: you'll learn about hypnosis and experience a light trance and find out about what acupuncture can do for you. (Following through on your weight-loss regime will take a few follow-up sessions. Students in this class will get a discount on subsequent hypnosis sessions.)
 
Quit Smoking with Hypnotism and Acupuncture
10WHE30
Wed 03/11/2010
7-9pm
Only about 25% of smokers who try to quit on their own succeed; this number more than doubles by adding the use of hypnotism, which can help by removing the unconscious drive to smoke. Add ear acupuncture, which can decrease the physical withdrawal symptoms, and your chance at succeeding easily and safely greatly increases. This hour and a half class is an experiential introduction: you�ll experience a light trance and find out about what acupuncture can do for smokers, so you can decide whether or not this process (which usually takes about four sessions) is for you.
 
How Couples Can Avoid/Resolve Conflict: Learn 5 Simple Skills
10WFH02B
Wed 03/24/2010
7-8:30pm
See description above...
   
   
   
 
Intro to NVC: 10-noon
  Curious about NVC? Here's an introduction that will not only answer your questions, it will teach you the key skills.
NVC for Parents: 12:30-2pm
  NVC suggests that there are two questions you want to ask yourself when you want your child to do something: 1) What do you want them to do; 2) Why do you want them to do it? Learning to parent from a needs perspective - yours and your child's is a simple shift that has far-reaching impact. Come and learn what other parents are raving about.
NVC for Lovers: 2:30-4:00
  Whether you're married, dating or still looking, it's important to know how to speak about your needs and listen to another's. Learn some simple skills that create intimacy and connection - guaranteed.
   
   

When: Sat Jan 16th, 2010

   
    Times: Intro: 10am; Parents 12:30 and Lovers at 2:30pm    
    Where: Rivers Manor, E. Mt. Airy.    
    Cost: $45/person per class ($25 if prepaid* by the day of the class); $80 for two classes ($45 if prepaid); $125 for all three classes ($65 if prepaid*)    
 
*To prepay, send check made out to Max Rivers Mediation to 508 E Sedgwick St, Phila 19119 or call number below with credit card info. Prepayments are nonrefundable.
   
  Info:Register with Max 215.266.0598 or RiversMediation@aol.com    

Help us kick off the 2010 season with Non Violent trainings for all of our constituencies.

Tell your friends, bring your spouses, fund your employees, and let the word out!

 

Foundations of NVC III: Deep Empathy
Nov 16th - Dec 21st
, 2009
Six Weeks

 
Led by: Max Rivers
   
 

 

Listening is the most powerful skill you can have to avoid conflict, and create intimacy.

Class is designed so you can drop in any time, though students who take the whole class report life-changing results!

   
   
When: Every Monday Night starting Nov 16, 2009
   
   
Time: 7:30-9:30pm
   
   
Where: Rivers Manor, 508 E. Sedgwick St., Mt. Airy, Phila PA 19119
   
   
Requirement: None. Join any time.
   
   
Cost: $25/class.
   
 

 

   
 
Info: Questions? Contact 215.266.0598 or RiversMediation@aol.com
   
 
     
 
 
   
  Info:It is not necessary to register for the full conference to attend this pre-conference workshop. The registration fee is $65.00 and registration forms can be downloaded at www.sophe.org.    
 
     
     
 
NVC Men's Club
1st and 3rd Thursday lunch-time
of each month
  Led by Max Rivers    
   

A lunch-time support group for men with NVC (or Teamwork Mediation) experience who are in challenging relationships and want support with being the best

Partner/Lover/King/Father/Man

you can be. The one you really are.

Come and get your YANG on!

   
   

Mornings: 1st + 3rd Thursdays 11:30-1pm - starting Sep 3rd, 2009

   
    Where: Rivers Manor, E. Mt Airy    
    Cost: $25/session (five session committment)    
:
Requirement: You must call Max and be interviewed to be admitted.
   
 

Info: Questions? Contact Max at 215.266.0598 or RiversMediation@aol.com

Bring lunch if you wish.

   
 
 

Foundations of NVC I: Monday Night Practice Class
Sept 14 - Oct 5
th, 2009
Four Weeks

 
Led by: Max Rivers
   
 

 

This is the Foundation of the Foundations of NVC. If you're curious about NVC, this is the place to start!

Also a great place to REALLY get NVC down to your bones.

Class is designed so you can drop in any time, though students who take the whole class report life-changing results!

   
   
When: Every Monday Night starting Sep 14, 2009
   
   
Time: 7:30-9:30pm; (7:15pm for free intro video)
   
   
Where: Rivers Manor, 508 E. Sedgwick St., Mt. Airy, Phila PA 19119
   
   
Requirement: None. Join any time.
   
   
Cost: $15/class.
   
 

Your First Class Special Offer: If this is your first NVC Class, it's free!

Package Deal Special Offer: $40 for four classes to anyone who pays before first class (two free classes). $50 if you pay on the first class or $60 if you pay for every class.

Students are required to have the book : Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life available during the first class for $20.

   
 
Info: Questions? Contact 215.266.0598 or RiversMediation@aol.com
   

Great class last night. I feel it with me today � tell Max. He exudes such faith and possibility.

 

Foundations of NVC: Speaking NVC
Oct 12 - Nov 9
th, 2009
Five Weeks

 
Led by: Max Rivers
   
 

 

Speaking NVC: Learn the four places in conversation that create conflict, and how to do them in a way that is a win for everyone!.

Class is designed so you can drop in any time, though students who take the whole class report life-changing results!

   
   
When: Every Monday Night starting Oct 12, 2009
   
   
Time: 7:30-9:30pm; (7:15pm for free intro video)
   
   
Where: Rivers Manor, 508 E. Sedgwick St., Mt. Airy, Phila PA 19119
   
   
Requirement: None. Join any time.
   
   
Cost: $20/class.
   
 

Your First Class Special Offer: If this is your first NVC Class, it's free!

Package Deal Special Offer: $60 for five classes to anyone who pays before the first class (three free classes). $85 if you pay for all six on the first class or $100 if you pay for every class.

Students are required to have the book : Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life available during the first class for $20.

   
 
Info: Questions? Contact 215.266.0598 or RiversMediation@aol.com
   
 
 
NVC Afternoon Intensives
Sundays 1-4pm
  Led by Max Rivers    
   
 
Intro to NVC: Sunday August 30
  Curious about NVC? Here's an afternoon intensive that will not only answer your questions, it will teach you a few key skills.
NVC for Parents: Sunday Sept 20 (Date Change)
  NVC suggests that there are two questions you want to ask yourself when you want your child to do something: 1) What do you want them to do; 2) Why do you want them to do it? Learning to parent from a needs perspective - yours and your child's is a simple shift that has far-reaching impact. Come and learn what other parents are raving about.
NVC for Lovers: Sunday Oct 18
  Whether you're married, dating or still looking, it's important to know how to speak about your needs and listen to another's. Learn some simple skills that create intimacy and connection - guaranteed.
   
   

When: Sun 8/30/2009; or Sun 9/27/2009; or Sun 10/18/2009

   
    Time: 1:00 - 4:00 PM    
    Where: E. Mt. Airy.    
    Cost: $25/person per class ($20 if registered by the first of the month of the class)    
 
Childcare available on request $10/child
   
  Info:Register with Max 215.266.0598 or RiversMediation@aol.com    
 
     
 

Compassionate Communications

in NJ

  Led by Facilitated by Steffen Weiberle    
 

A nine-week course based on Nonviolent Communications�A Language of Life by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg. .

Goal: Improve your ability to understand and identify your and others' feelings and needs, be empathic to yourself and others, and express requests, anger, and appreciations.

   
    When: Tuesdays 7-9:30 PM starting on April 21, 2009    
         
    Where: Starting Point, 215 Highland Avenue, Suite C, Westmont, NJ 08108    
         
    Cost: $10 per week, plus the text book ($15)    
 

 

   
  Info: For more information and to register please contact Steffen at nvc421@brabeck27.com or 856-656-0568.    

 

   

 

 

 

 
NVC at the Mt. Airy Learning Tree
How Couples Can Avoid/Resolve Conflict:
Learn 5 simple skills
  Led by Max & Elise Rivers    
   
   
   

When: or Thursday Feb 19, 2009; Thursday March 26, 2009;

   
    Time: 7:00 PM-8:30 PM    
    Where: E. Mt. Airy.    
    Cost: $15    
       
  Info:Register with MALT by clicking here for Adult Education Classes Philadelphia    
 
 

Resolve Conflict without Compromising your Needs

Julian, PA (near State College)

  Led by Facilitated by Steffen Weiberle    
 

Creating Harmonious Relationships

Practice Nonviolent Communication to Deepen Heart Connection

   
   

When: Friday, June 5, 7- 9 pm;

Saturday & Sunday, June 6 & 7, 9:30 - 4:30 pm

   
         
    Where: Starting Point, 215 Highland Avenue, Suite C, Westmont, NJ 08108    
         
   

Cost: : Friday evening: sliding scale $25.00 to $10

Saturday and Sunday: $270 (includes simple vegetarian lunches).

   
 

$25 early-bird discount if you register before May 8. With sign up before May 8, you pay $270 for the whole weekend and can bring a friend or family member for only half the full weekend price.

 

   
 

Info: 814-355-0850 or magicjubilee@yahoo.com

For more details or to register visit: www.ahimsavillage.org

   

Facilitator: Martha Lasley is a certified trainer for the Center for Nonviolent Communication, a global organization that helps people connect compassionately. Martha is the author of two books: Courageous Visions and Facilitating with Heart.

   
 
 

4-Day East Coast Intensive Retreat in NVC Mediation
Developing presence, personal growth, and NVC skill mediating conflict

April 30-May 3, 2009

The Abode Retreat Center, New Lebanon, NY

  Led by John Kinyon and Ike Lasater    
 

Couples support and skill building.

In a small group setting, we'll share our experiences as couples learning how to relate to each other compassionately using NVC

   
    When: 9:30am on Thurs, April 30. 12 noon on Sun, May 3    
    Requested Experience: At least a half day of NVC basics training    
    Where: The Abode, New Lebanon, NY (near MA state line)    
         
    Cost: $875 � 1,475 ($475 deposit plus $400-1000 at end of the retreat)    
 

 

   
  Info: For registration/questions: contact Lorili suvandana7@optonline.net, (516) 662-7282    

About the Facilitators

John and Ike have each been training with NVC for 10 years and have been developing and evolving their mediation approach for the past 7 years, beginning with a journey together to the Pakistan-Afghanistan border to work with Afghan tribal elders in 2002, shortly after the bombings following 9/11. From this experience they saw first hand that despite cultural differences and multiple language translations, the NVC mediation process produced connection and collaborative resolution, even with a real dispute that came alive in the room during the training. For more information about John and Ike, visit their websites, www.johnkinyon.com and www.wordsthatwork.us.

�Ike and John�s training has offered me the steepest learning curve I have found for incorporating NVC into my life.� � class participant

   
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Free: Intro to NVC
3th Sunday
of each month
  Led by Max Rivers    
   

Learn the basics of NVC: Non-Violent Communication, also called Compassionate Communication. In this free introduction, we'll teach you enough basic concepts for you to be able to see how you and those around you could negotiate win-win solutions to just about any situation.

   
   

Evenings: 4th Sunday 6-7pm - starting January 18, 2009

   
    Where: Rivers Manor, E. Mt Airy    
    Cost: Free - By Invitation only! You must call to pre-register!    
 
   
  Info: Questions? Contact 215.266.0598 or RiversMediation@aol.com    
 
     
 
Low-cost Group Mediation Clinic
1st & 3rd Sunday Evenin
gs
2nd & 4th Thursday Mornings
of each month
  Led by Max Rivers    
   

Bring your real-life couples or personal conflicts, and we'll work together as a group, using NVC and Teamwork Mediation, to help you resolve them.

This will be an opportunity for couples who can't afford Couples Mediation or don't need a whole series of private sessions to receive help resolving issues too big for your current skills, but small enough to work out in a single, group session.

Attendees report learning as much or more from observing others as they do when it's their turn to mediate.

 

You must fill out an online intake form by the day before the class you want to attend (takes 5 minutes). Click this link: Group Mediation Intake Form or call 215-266-0598 to make reservation.
   
   

Evenings: 1st+3rd Sunday 7-9pm - starting January 18, 2009
Mornings: 2nd+4th Thursdays 10am-noon - starting January 22, 2008

   
    Where: Rivers Manor, E. Mt Airy    
    Cost: $25/session - 25 minute max per person; $15 to just observe    
 
   
  Info: Questions? Contact 215.266.0598 or RiversMediation@aol.com    
     
 
NVC at the Mt. Airy Learning Tree
Teen Talk: How to talk to your parents so they stop treating you like a kid; how to talk to your friends when you feel tongue-tied.
  Led by Max & Jason Kelley    
   

Cancelled

Check again this Fall.

   
   

When: Four Wednesdays

   
    Time:    
    Where: E. Mt. Airy.    
    Cost: $25    
       
 

Info:

   
     
 
NEW: Couples Group for Graduates
of
Couples Mediation or
Foundations NVC Trainings
  Led by Max Rivers    
 

Couples support and skill building.

In a small group setting, we'll share our experiences as couples learning how to relate to each other compassionately using NVC

   
    When: Five Wednesday Nights in April    
    Time: 7:30-9:30pm;    
    Where: Rivers Manor, 508 E. Sedgwick St., Mt. Airy, Phila PA 19119    
    Requirement: You must have worked with Max as a couple in mediation, or at least one of you must have attended a Foundations NVC class.    
    Cost: $40/person/class.    
 

 

   
  Info: Questions? Contact 215.266.0598 or RiversMediation@aol.com    
 
     
 
Foundations of NVC IV: Monday Night Practice Class
March 2 - April 13, 2009
Led by Max Rivers
 
     
 
Foundations of NVC I: Thursday Night Practice Class
March 5 - April 9
  Led by:
Annie Hart has traveled around the world and learned from many amazing mentors. She is trained in NVC, NLP, expressive arts and few other interesting things. She is a masterful storyteller, avid knitter and all around fun human being! Annie has a passionate interest in communication and personal change.

Tom Grundy has over ten yars of experience with men's work in the ManKind Project, is a compassionate teacher in the Philadelphia school system, which really needs it, and has used NVC and empathetic communication to change and enhance his own life

   
 
 
     
 
Foundations of NVC III: Monday Night Practice Class
Jan 12-Feb 16, 2009
  Led by Max Rivers    
 

FOUNDATIONS III Class will cover:

1. Requesting what you need;

2. Self Empathy

3. Empathetic listening

 

 
     
 
NVC at the Mt. Airy Learning Tree
Teen Talk: How to talk to your parents so they stop treating you like a kid; how to talk to your friends when you feel tongue-tied.
  Led by Max & Jason Kelley    
   

Is talking to your parents like talking to a wall, sometimes? Do you feel like they still talk to you like you're a child?

Does even the simplest request, no matter how important, often end up in a fight?

In the first half of this four-week class will teach you how to talk to parents (and other grown-ups) so they treat you with the respect you deserve, and so they understand what it is you are trying to say. (We'll also give you a handout for your parents, suitable for attaching to the fridge, with suggestions about how they can listen better to you!)

In the second two weeks, we'll show you how to apply your new skills to those moments with friends and classmates when you know you want to say something, but it's hard to know just how to say it.

We'll also work on how to respond to mean or hurtful things other people say to you.

Philadelphia High School juniors and seniors will get 6 hours of community service upon completing the four classes.

   
   

When: Four Wednesdays Mar 4-25, 2009

   
    Time: 6:00 PM-7:30 PM    
    Where: E. Mt. Airy.    
    Cost: $25    
       
 

Info: Register with MALT by clicking here for Adult Education Classes Philadelphia

   
 
     
 
NVC at the Mt. Airy Learning Tree
Peaceful Parenting: How to have win-win conversations with your children and teens
  Led by Max & Jason Kelley    
   

Do you spend the precious little "quality" time you have with your kids fighting over every little thing?

Do you find yourself resorting to punishment or bribery to get them to do things? Does it feel like you're missing some key skill to bring peace in your home?

In this four-week class, we'll teach you (and your spouse - bring them for free) a few, simple-to-master skills that will empower you to communicate with young people successfully. Using NVC*, Non-violent Communication, you'll learn how to respond to the young people in your life in a way that can transform potential conflict into win-win situations.

Bring your real - life challenges and we'll help you develop new ways of dealing with old stuck places.

   
   

When: 4 Wednesdays Feb 4-25,2009

   
    Time: 7:00 PM-8:30 PM    
    Where: E. Mt. Airy.    
    Cost: $45 (Bring your partner for free)    
       
  Info: Register with MALT by clicking here for Adult Education Classes Philadelphia    
 
     
 
Compassionate Nonviolent Communication (NVC) weekend Washington, DC area
 
February 13-15, 2009
 
 
"Compassion is an Inside Job: Using the Gifts of Nonviolent Communication to Transform Self-Judgment to Self-Appreciation"
 
 
with NVC Certified Trainer, Jeff Brown and Bob Wentworth (Bethesda, MD)
 
 
 
 
- - earlybird discount until this Thursday, Jan. 16
 
 
To view a color flier of the event, click here
 
 
Dear everyone, More than just a luxury in ordinary times, Compassionate Communication skills are more important than ever in our rapidly changing world. While many people are experiencing stress or worry about conditions in today's world -- the state of the economy, for instance -- more and more are recognizing that in order to gracefully weather the chaos, skills to communicate and connect are extremely valuable. Compassionate Communication is much more than a communication process -- it is a way of life that can be applied in any situation to bring about more peace, harmony and mutual respect... that can resolve any conflict to everyone's satisfaction. Is that something that sounds attractive to you? Would you enjoy developing those skills within yourself? If so, I invite you to join Bob Wentworth and me for a fun and experiential workshop.
 
     
 
To register or ask questions, contact Bob at bob@wentworth.bz or 703-472-3647.
 
 
     
 
Foundations of NVC II: Monday Night Practice Class
Nov 17th-Dec 22nd, 2008
  Led by Max Rivers    
 

Learn a new skill each week
&
Practice what you learn.

We'll go through one chapter each week of Marshall Rosenberg's book: "Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life."

Class is designed so you can drop in any time, though students who take the whole class report life-changing results!

   
    When: Every Monday Night starting Nov 17, 2008    
    Time: 7:30-9:30pm; (7:15pm for free intro video)    
    Where: Rivers Manor, 508 E. Sedgwick St., Mt. Airy, Phila PA 19119    
    Requirement: None - it is recommended you take Foundations I, but not required. Join any time.    
    Cost: $15/class.    
 

Your First Class Special Offer: If this is your first NVC Class, it's free!

Package Deal Special Offer: $60 for six classes to anyone who pays before the start of the first class (two free classes). $75 if you pay for all six on the first class (one free class) or $90 if you pay for every class.

Foundations 1 members Special Offer: $45 for Foundations II classes if prepaid.

   
  Info: Questions? Contact 215.266.0598 or RiversMediation@aol.com    

FOUNDATIONS II* Class will cover:

1. Overview of model (OFNR) & Reflection skills;

2. Distinguishing thoughts from feelings; feelings, free of judgment mixed in

3. Connecting feelings to needs;

4. Observation as distinct from evaluation; translating evaluations to observations

5. Connection requests and clear, positive and doable requests 8. Practice of o/f/n/r; Expressing gratitude
     
 
Foundations of NVC II
Sunday Afternoon Workshop:
Nov 16th, 2008
  Led by Max Rivers & Jason Kelley    
 

Deepen your skills
with
Practice and Games.

 

   
    When: Sunday Nov 16th, 2008    
    Time: 1-4:30 pm    
    Where: Rivers Manor, 508 E. Sedgwick St., Mt. Airy, Phila PA 19119    
    Cost: $75    
 

Special Offer: Prepay for workshop and 6 Foundation II Practice classes and get two class free!

Pre-Pay Special Offer: $60 if you pre-pay.

Foundations I of II members Special Offer: $45 for Foundations III workshop if you pre-pay, $60 day of workshop..

   
  Info: Questions? Contact 215.266.0598 or RiversMediation@aol.com    

FOUNDATIONS II* Workshop will cover:

1. Overview of model (OFNR) & Reflection skills;

2. Distinguishing thoughts from feelings; feelings, free of judgment mixed in

3. Connecting feelings to needs;

4. Observation as distinct from evaluation; translating evaluations to observations

5. Connection requests and clear, positive and doable requests 8. Practice of o/f/n/r; Expressing gratitude

 

     
 
Intro to NVC Monday Night Practice Class:
Oct 6- Nov 10th, 2008
  Led by Max Rivers    
 

Learn a new skill each week
&
Practice what you learn.

We'll go through one chapter each week of Marshall Rosenberg's book: "Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life."

Class is designed so you can drop in any time, though students who take the whole class report life-changing results!

   
    When: Every Monday Night starting Oct 6, 2008    
    Time: 7:30-9:30pm; (7:15pm for free intro video)    
    Where: Rivers Manor, 508 E. Sedgwick St., Mt. Airy, Phila PA 19119    
    Cost: $15/class    
 

First Class Special Offer: If this is your first NVC Class, it's free!

 

   
  Info: Questions? Contact 215.266.0598 or RiversMediation@aol.com    

FOUNDATIONS I* Class will cover:

1. Overview of model (OFNR) & Reflection skills;

2. Body awareness/awareness of feelings (connecting sensations to feelings)

3. Distinguishing thoughts from feelings; feelings, free of judgment mixed in

4. Connecting feelings to needs;

5. Deep listening & empathy; what�s not empathy

6. Observation as distinct from evaluation; translating evaluations to observations

7. Connection requests and clear, positive and doable requests 8. Practice of o/f/n/r; Expressing gratitude

 

 

 

*Foundations curriculum created by the Brooklyn NVC and Dian Killian, PhD. Foundations I will be covered in the Zen and Art of Conflict Weekend Intensive on Oct 3-5

     
 


Brooklyn NVC Center is Coming to Philly
NVC Foundation Level One

Mindful Communication: Zen and the Art of Conflict

  Led by    
    When: Oct 3-5th    
    Time: Fri Eve 6:30-9:30pm; Sat & Sun 10am-6pm.    
    Where: Rivers Manor, 508 E. Sedgwick St., Mt. Airy, Phila PA 19119    
   

Cost:

Friday evening is a Free Intro (Required for everyone coming Saturday and/or Sunday)
Friday and Saturday is $125-$175.
Friday and Saturday and Sunday is $195-$295.

Sliding Scale
Income Level
Fri & Sat Only
Fri, Sat & Sun
$0 -$49,999
$125
$195
$50,000 - $99,999
$150
$245
$100,000 - up
$175
$295

 

Register by September 14th for a 10% discount.

   
       
  Who: This weekend intensive is designed to work both for people with no previous NVC exposure, as well as NVC practicianers at any level.    
       
 

How: Call 215-266-0598 or email Rivers Mediation to register.

Send checks made out to Max Rivers Mediation to 508 E. Sedgwick Street, Phila PA 19119

   
 

Zen and the Art of Conflict

Learn to see conflict as opportunity!

Mindful Communication"

 

   
     
       
 

Dian

   
 
     
 


Wednesday Nights in Sept/Oct 2008
NVC For Parents
& Teachers

How to use NVC with your toddlers to teens
& how to teach them how to communicate
using NVC

  Led by Jason & Max    
    When: Wednesday's in Sept 17, 24, and Oct 1.    
    Time: Wednesday Eves 6:00-8:00pm    
   
   
    Where: Rivers Manor, 508 E. Sedgwick St., Mt. Airy, Phila PA 19119    
   

Cost:

$125 per couple for 3 classes; or
$75 per single for 3 classes; or
$30 per class per person

 

   
       
  Who: Parents or teachers interested in exploring NVC in your relationships with young people.    
       
 

How: Call 215-266-0598 or email Rivers Mediation to register.

Send checks made out to Max Rivers Mediation to 508 E. Sedgwick Street, Phila PA 19119

   
 

 

Bring your real life situations, and through role-play, dyads, group support and coaching we'll help you develop new ways of dealing with old stuck places.

Participants will be paired up with each other for support calls during the week to help you keep using your new skills.

We may extend the support group process beyond the 4 weeks if participants desire.

   
     
       
 
     
 
NVC at the Mt. Airy Learning Tree
How Couples Can Avoid/Resolve Conflict:
Learn 5 simple skills
  Led by Max & Elise Rivers    
   

All couples have disagreements, but why? Did you know that research now shows the single best indicator of divorce is the way a couple speaks to each other? In this class we'll explain what causes conflict, and teach you a few easy-to-learn techniques that will turn 80% of those potential arguments into opportunities for greater intimacy, instead of frustration and anger. The instructors will share with you their skills as professional couples mediators and NVC* instructors. Bring your spouse or come alone. This class will also be helpful for people between relationships seeking to improve their partnership skills.

   
    When: Three workshops this Fall, each on a Thursday Night: Sept 25th, Oct 16th or Nov 6th    
    Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM    
    Where: E. Mt. Airy.    
    Cost: $15    
       
  Info: Register with MALT by clicking here    
 
     
 
Low-cost Group Mediation Clinic
Thursday Mornings and Monday Eves
  Led by Max Rivers    
   

Bring your real-life couples or personal conflicts, and we'll work together as a group, using NVC and Teamwork Mediation, to help you resolve them.

This will be an opportunity for couples who can't afford Couples Mediation or don't need a whole series of private sessions to receive help resolving issues too big for your current skills, but small enough to work out in a single, group session.

Attendees report learning as much or more from observing others as they do when it's their turn to mediate.

 

You must fill out an online intake form by the day before the class you want to attend (takes 5 minutes). Click this link: Group Mediation Intake Form or call 215-266-0598 to make reservation.
   
    Mornings: Thursday 10am-noon (No Class Aug 7th)    
    Evenings: Monday 7-9pm (Evening Groups ended Sept 22, 08)    
    Where: Rivers Manor, E. Mt Airy    
    Cost: $25/session; $15 to just observe    
 
   
  Info: Questions? Contact 215.266.0598 or RiversMediation@aol.com    
 
     
 
The Dance of Communication
Developing Fluency with Nonviolent Communication using the NVC Dance Floors
 

Led by

Gina Lawrie United Kingdom Co-creator of the NVC Dance Floors. Jeff Brown United States North American distributor of NVC Dance Floors. Henry Wai Canada 22 years experience as trainer/educator.

 

   
   

Join us for a special opportunity to deepen your practice of Nonviolent Communication using the NVC Dance Floors. Incorporating movement, visual and kinesthetic learning, the Dance Floors are spatial floor maps that people move through to experience and learn the NVC process. Designed for those who want to deepen their NVC practice, and for those who share NVC and wish to use a creative, interactive teaching method.

This intermediate training is designed for people with 2 days or more of NVC training For more information, please visit: www.nvcdancefloors.com �or- www.ginalawrie.co.uk

   
    When: Fri, June 13 � Sun, June 15, 2008    
    Time: Friday 2 pm � 6:30 pm; Saturday 9 am � 6 pm; Sunday 9 am � 4:30 pm    
    Where: Princeton, New Jersey    
    Cost:$255 earlybird rate (by May 5); $295 after May 5    
       
  Info: Contact Jeff at 812-320-3842 or jeff@heartfeltcommunication.com    
  Registration:Kathy Wilcox: kolkathy@hotmail.com, 609-924-5033    
 
     
 

NVC at Ahimsa Village, Julian, PA
INTRODUCTION TO NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION
  Led by Fran�ois Beausoleil    
    When: June 13,14,15, 2008    
    Time: Fri 7:00-9:00 pm; 14th and 15th, 2008 (Saturday and Sunday): 9:30 am - 5:00 pm    
    Where: Ahimsa Village,4022 S. Eagle Valley Rd, Julian, PA 16844    
    Cost: $25 for the Friday workshop; $245 for the Sat-Sun workshop; or $270 for both ($245 for both if registering before May 1)    
       
  Info:www.ahimsavillage.org or 814-355-0850    
       
       
       
     
       
       
 
     
 
Intro to Couples Mediation on South Street!
How Couples Can Avoid/Resolve Conflict: Learn 5 simple skills
  Led by Max & Elise Rivers    
   

All couples have disagreements, but why? Did you know that research now shows the single best indicator of divorce is the way a couple speaks to each other? In this class we'll explain what causes conflict, and teach you a few easy-to-learn techniques that will turn 80% of those potential arguments into opportunities for greater intimacy, instead of frustration and anger. The instructors will share with you their skills as professional couples mediators and NVC* instructors. Bring your spouse or come alone. This class will also be helpful for people between relationships seeking to improve their partnership skills.

   
    When: May 7, 2008 Wednesday    
    Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM    
    Where: Essene Market & Cafe, 719 South Fourth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147    
    Cost: Free    
       
       
     
 
NVC at the Mt. Airy Learning Tree
How Couples Can Avoid/Resolve Conflict: Learn 5 simple skills
  Led by Max & Elise Rivers    
   

All couples have disagreements, but why? Did you know that research now shows the single best indicator of divorce is the way a couple speaks to each other? In this class we'll explain what causes conflict, and teach you a few easy-to-learn techniques that will turn 80% of those potential arguments into opportunities for greater intimacy, instead of frustration and anger. The instructors will share with you their skills as professional couples mediators and NVC* instructors. Bring your spouse or come alone. This class will also be helpful for people between relationships seeking to improve their partnership skills.

   
    When: 04/30/2008 Wednesday    
    Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM    
    Where: Cecilian Center on Carpenter St in E. Mt. Airy.    
    Cost: $15    
       
  Info: Register with MALT by clicking here    
 
     
 


NVC: The Dance of "No"
Learn How to Hear the "Yes" in someone's "No"

  Led by Max Rivers & Melinda L. Zipin, MBA    
    When: Sunday May 4, 2008 (Sun)    
    Time: 10am-5pm    
    Where: Rivers Manor, 508 E. Sedgwick St., Mt. Airy, Phila PA 19119    
    Cost: $50-75 sliding scale    
       
  Info: Email or call (215-266-0598) Max for questions or to pre-register    
       
 

 

   
 

In this workshop, we'll be dealing with:

- How to find the "Yes" in someone's "No"
- Learning that "No" isn't the end of the conversation, it's the beginning of the negotiation.
- Learning how not to take 'No' personally

   
     
 

This is the first of two, day-long "Dance" workshops. In this one we'll focus on how to "hear" a 'no' in a way that creates a win-win solution for both parties.

   
 

 

   
 

In the next workshop we'll learn how to say 'no' in a way that creates connection instead of conflict.

   
       
 

In both workshops we'll be using games, chanting, dance and play to make the learning fun and easy.

   
 
     
 
Empathy Intensive
Every Thursday in April 2008
  Led by Max Rivers    
   

This class is designed for existing students of NVC who are willing to spend the month of April dedicating 10-20 minutes every day working with an NVC buddy, getting and giving empathy about your real-life issues.

We'll be developing advanced understanding and empathy skills. This class requires pre-registration, and a committment to all four weeks of the course. Please call Max or email him (see contact information below) Our Price: $ 60 for month of April

   
    When: Thursday Evenings in April 2008 (April 3, 10, 17 and 24th)    
    Time: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM    
    Where: Rivers Manor, E. Mt Airy    
    Cost: $60    
       
  Info: Questions? Contact 215.266.0598 or RiversMediation@aol.com    
 
     
 

"What I Tell Myself"

Self-Empathy Intensive

 

Led by Thom Bond

 

   
   

Many people experience a correlation between self-empathy and how well we are able to stay in "NVC Consciousness." For many of us, the ability to Self-Empathize represents a key to integrating NVC into our lives and significant relationships. We learn that our ability to self empathize becomes a requisite skill for Living NVC Consciousness. Deep Empathy, Dialogue, Mediation, Being an NVC Trainer, and perhaps most importantly, knowing what we want to do versus what we think we should do, all are supported by our skills in Self-Empathy.

This workshop is an opportunity to understand and practice Self-Empathy at a new level and identify practices you can use for the rest of your Life, as an NVC practitioner and as a Human.

"The most dangerous of all behaviors may consist of doing things "because we're supposed to." -Marshall Rosenberg, creator of NVC

   
    When: Thursday to Sunday, March 27th (starts at 2:00 PM), 28th, 29th and 30th (Ends at 3:00 PM).    
    This is an Intermediate/Advanced training. Beginner track option is available with consultation and agreement. Please call Thom Bond at 212 496 3111 if you are interested in this option.    
   

Where: Menla Mountain Retreat Center in Woodland Valley near Phoenicia, NY.

For map Click Here. This is a retreat center that is owned and operated by Tibet House in New York (a non-profit organization dedicated to creating peace). It is a truly beautiful and magical place, nestled among the highest peaks of the Catskill mountains. For more, go to www.nycnvc.org/menla.htm

   
   

Cost:$375 tuition, $325-$560 lodging depending on accommodations.

If you can�t afford the tuition please contact us to figure something out. We offer payment plans, work exchange, scholarships or other strategies yet unconsidered.

   
       
 

Info: For logistics questions, information call our office at 646 201 9226 or email us

 

   
 

Registration:Call 646 201 9226

Registrations are by phone only and include a dialogue (usually 10-20 minutes) regarding your NVC experience, your physical care and comfort, your training needs, our understanding of details (meals, travel, lodging, payments and so forth), plus any preparation we imagine would add to your learning

To Schedule a Registration call or go to www.thombond.com to immediately schedule a call online. .

   
 

 
       
         
         
         
         
         
       
       

 
NVC at the Movies Holiday Party :
Party, Movie and Skills to Use with Family
  Led by Max and Melinda Zipin    
    When: Tuesday 12/4    
    Time: 6-7:00 pm.Party Snacks; 7-9pm Video and Workshop    
    Where: Rivers Manor, 508 E. Sedgwick St, Phila 19119    
    Cost: Donation    
       
  Info: RiversMediation@aol.com or Call Max at 215-266-0598.    
       
 

For December, we'll be having a pre-holiday NVC party/class/NVC at the Movies! Just in time for the holidays, we'll be doing a class on how to use NVC to get the most out of spending time with friends and family. We'll be showing segments of a holiday movie that demonstrates the challenges of being fully yourself when you're with people who "knew you way back when..." and we'll make a party of it, with popcorn, and snacks.

   
       
     
       
 

Max Rivers of Two Rivers Mediation are professional couples mediators who turned their extensive experience mediating in small claims court into a private practice focused on helping couples navigate their difficult conversations. *NVC and Non-Violent Communication are trademarks of CNVC.org and Marshall Rosenberg.

Melinda Zipin,MBA, CEO of Assertive Diplomacy? Trainings, shares communication processes with adults, high school students, businesses, the US Army and meditation centers. She brings over 20 years of management consulting and yogic study. A member of the BayNVC 2007 Leadership Program for teachers of Nonviolent Communication?, her passion is to pass on these practical tools for living our values easefully. Recently Melinda has begun offering NVC tools to foster understanding, healing and camaraderie among the diverse people in our lives.

   
 
 

Led by Melinda Zipin


When: Saturday, November 17th


Time: 10am - 4:30pm


Where: Greene Street Friends Meeting House, Social Room, 45 West Schoolhouse Lane, Phila 19144


Cost: $50
No one turned away for lack of funds. Email Melinda if you would like to pay less than $50.



Info and Registration: melinda@assertivediplomacy.com
We'd love for you to join us!







 






     






 

 
     
 
Mt. Airy Learning Tree:
How Couples Can Avoid/Resolve Conflict:
Learn 5 simple skills
  Led by Max and Elise Rivers    
    When: Wednesday Nov 7th, 2007    
    Time: 7-9pm.    
    Where: Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, 100 E. Mermaid Lane    
    Cost: $15    
       
  Info: Registration through MALT (click here)    
       
 

All couples have disagreements, but why? Did you know that research now shows the single best indicator of divorce is the way a couple speaks to each other? In this class we'll explain what causes conflict, and teach you a few easy-to-learn techniques that will turn 80% of those potential arguments into opportunities for greater intimacy, instead of frustration and anger. The instructors will share with you their skills as professional couples mediators and NVC* instructors. Bring your spouse or come alone. This class will also be helpful for people between relationships seeking to improve their partnership skills.

   
       
     
       
 

Max & Elise Rivers,of Two Rivers Mediation are professional couples mediators who turned their extensive experience mediating in small claims court into a private practice focused on helping couples navigate their difficult conversations. *NVC and Non-Violent Communication are trademarks of CNVC.org and Marshall Rosenberg.

   
 
 
Pendle Hill Retreat Center 4 Day Workshop:
Compassionate Communication
  Led by Jason Kelley and Jane Connor    
    When: Nov 5-9, 2007    
    Time: TBA    
    Where: Pendle Hill Retreat Center    
    Cost: $15    
       
  Info: Registration (click here)    
       
       
       
       
       
 
 
freedom! from self-judgment
Nothing saps energy and drive like self-judgment.
Come claim your power and natural vibrancy!

Led by Melinda Zipin and Pamela Freeman



When: Monday Oct 8th - Columbus Day



Time: 9:15am-12:30pm



Where: Greene Street Friends Meeting House, Social Room, 45 West Schoolhouse Lane, Phila 19144



Cost: No fee, donations welcome






Info and Registration: melinda@assertivediplomacy.com No NVC experience needed. Feel free to bring a friend or family member. We'd love for you to join us!






 


 





photoMelinda Zipin teaches communication processes to individuals, businesses, the US Army and meditation centers. She brings over 20 years of management consulting and yogic study.

Both facilitators are members of the BayNVC 2007 Leadership Program for teachers of Nonviolent Communication� (see www.cnvc.org).







 

Don't Be Nice, Be Real Workshop:
Balancing Compassion for Self and Compassion for Others
  Led by Kelly Bryson    
    When: Saturday & Sunday, August 25th and 26th 2007    
    Time: 10am-6pm.    
    Where: Rivers Manor, 508 E. Sedgwick St., Mt. Airy, Phila PA 19119    
    Cost: Sliding Scale 170-250, price negotiable if needed.    
       
  Info: Registration, questions? E-mail Jason or call 609-790-2430 or Jodi at 215-200-2039.    
       
 

"The ability to control how love and sexuality are dispensed allows the dynamic of domination to emerge in a couple or in a culture. Love and sexuality can be spiritual forces for the nurturing of harmony within individuals and groups as long as the sacredness and primacy of free will and autonomy is maintained."- Kelly Bryson

Language of Compassion- website for Kelly Bryson

PBS interview with Kelly Bryson

youtube video of Kelly Bryson in New York City

   
 
 
   
     
       
 

Kelly Bryson, MA, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Certified Nonviolent Communication Trainer. Kelly Bryson MA, MFT author is the author of the best selling book, "Don't be Nice, Be Real - Balancing Passion for Self with Compassion for Others.

He has been featured in Elle and Shape magazines, appeared on many TV and Radio shows, lived in an ashram many years, is a humorist, singer, & licensed therapist in private practice. He keynotes conventions (National Montessori, Salinas Peace Summit), is an inspirational speaker (Presented at the Association for Global New Thought conference) and has been an authorized trainer for the international Center for Nonviolent Communication for over 20 years, and has trained thousands in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. He trains, presents and consults with groups, corporations (Tony Robbins, Paul Mitchell Salons), churches (all flavors), schools, (U.Cal.L.B, Body/Mind College), clubs and all types of organizations. He is the founder of Shangri La Healing Sanctuary community in Santa Cruz, Ca. and studied with E. Stanley Jones, Gandhi's concierge and friend. www.LanguageOfCompassion.com

   

  Past NVC Events in the Tri-State Area:  
     
 

10,000 Strategies 4-Day Request Intensive

October 25th (at 10:00 AM), 26th, 27th and 28th

TO REGISTER ONLINE CLICK HERE

  with Thom Bond Founder and Director of NYCNVC Certified Trainer, CNVC    
 

When we have established our capacity to hear others and ourselves empathically and express ourselves honestly, requests are how we connect to the Life in others and help others understand the Life in us. Requests are the practical tools we can use to deepen understanding and heart connection and transcend conflict in real time in the real world.

This is where we use all NVC skills and awareness and in many ways represents the most spiritual part of NVC practice. In advanced practice, requests help us discover our own demands and attachments and give us the opportunity to transform how we move in the world and in our relationships. The workshop is designed to maximize learning through the introduction of concepts followed by exercises and role plays.

This is an Intermediate/Advanced training. Beginner track option is available with consultation and agreement.

Please call Thom Bond at 212 496 3111 if you are interested in this option.

Topics Include:

- Defining NVC Requests

- Finding Our Hidden Demands

- How Requests Can Create Connection

- Self Empathy and Requests

Hearing "NO" and Being Happy About It

- Using Requests in Dialogue and Mediation

For questions, information or to register by phone, call our office at 646 201 9226 or email us at office@nycnvc.net

   
    When: October 25th (at 10:00 AM), 26th, 27th and 28th (to 3:00 PM) (October 24th PM arrival)    
    Time: 7:00-8:30pm; (6:45pm for free intro video)    
   

Where: Point of Infinity Retreat Center , Near Ellenville, NY (100 minutes from NYC in the Catskills) Visit www.nycnvc.org/poi.htm

Lodging Bunk style in the house and cabins, camping all around (camping includes sleeping room on the floor in the Community Room). There are four bathrooms, including 2 bath houses.

Food We support a community run kitchen offering Vegan, Diary-free and Omnivore meals featuring local, organic or all natural (no additives or preservatives) food

   
    Cost: $400 tuition, $200 lodging and food. If you have money issues please contact Thom Bond at 212 496 3111 to figure something out.� We offer payment plans, work exchange, scholarships or other strategies yet unconsidered.    
       
       
 

Conscious Couples Workshop: Break Through to Healing and Understanding
  Led by Jason Kelley and Barb Larsen    
    When: Saturday & Sunday, April 21-22, 2007    
    Time: 10am-5pm    
    Where: Rivers Manor, 508 E. Sedgwick St., Mt. Airy, Phila PA 19119    
    Cost: $200-250 sliding scale for weekend. ($150 for weekend if registered by Apr 1)    
       
  Info: Registration, questions? Contact 215. 200. 2039 or info@phillynvc.org.    
Spirituality and Nonviolent Communication: Connecting To Your Source
  Workshop on Nonviolent Communicationsm with Jason Kelley and Barb Larsen    
    When: Monday April 23rd 2007 from 10am-5pm    
    Time: 10am-5pm    
    Where: Rivers Manor, 508 E. Sedgwick St., Mt. Airy, Phila PA 19119    
    Cost: $100 for the day. Financial difficulties and accommodations made.    
    INTENTION: To Explore the spirituality inherent in Nonviolent Communication, including experiencing the living energy of needs, our natural state of compassion and love, and a sense of conscious intention. This day will include meditation periods, guided and solo, on needs.    
       
  Info: Registration, questions? Contact 215. 200. 2039 or info@phillynvc.org.    

 

Speaking Peace
Wednesday, February 21 from 6:30-8:15pm
Free workshop.
Weavers Way Co-op Meeting Room
610 Carpenter Lane (next to Pet Food room)
Philadelphia, PA 19119
Contact: melinda@assertivediplomacy.com   215-531-3131

We work for a peaceful and life-enriching world. Yet, when we meet
people with views quite different from ours, angry feelings can arise.
Is it possible to speak authentically AND help heal our divisions?

This will be an introduction to the potent and compassionate 4-step
process for connecting across differences, developed by Marshall
Rosenberg,PhD.  What we say next will change our world.

Offered by Melinda Zipin, MBA, CEO of Assertive Diplomacy™ Trainings.
Melinda teaches communication processes to individuals and businesses,
from the US Army to meditation centers. Her passion is to pass on
practical tools for living our values.




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Speaking Peace:
A Day of Nonviolent Communication® based on the work of Marshall
Rosenberg, PhD
10am - 4pm on Saturday, March 3, 2007
New World Unity, 8136 Old Keene Mill Rd Springfield, VA 22152
Contact: melinda@assertivediplomacy.com   215-531-3131

Mahatma Gandhi advised, "Be the change you wish to see in the world."

Nonviolent Communication® gives us a 4-step process that, amazingly,
makes this do-able for everyday people.

Imagine how your contribution to peace might expand if you had tools to…
Converse with “adversaries” with confidence & warmth, without “giving
in”

Melinda Zipin, facilitator, will role-play conversations, e.g., with
someone who is prejudiced or holds contrasting political views. We’ll
use the 4-step process to practice Speaking Peace.
Fee:  $50 (scholarships available)  Please bring a dish to share for
potluck lunch.
We’d love for you to join us!

Led by Melinda Zipin, MBA, CEO of Assertive Diplomacy™ Trainings. 
Melinda teaches communication processes to individuals and businesses,
from the US Army to meditation centers. She strives to embody
Nonviolent Communication® principles and brings over 15 year of
management consulting and yogic study. She is a participant in the
BayNVC 2007 Leadership Program for teachers of Nonviolent
Communication®  (see www.cnvc.org). Her passion is to pass on these
practical tools for living our values easefully.
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A mini-workshop to discover commitment strategies that honor our needs
for freedom and gentleness. With Melinda Zipin, MBA
Contact Melinda Zipin at 215.844.0209 or<> melinda.zipin@assertivediplomacy.com


Sweet Resolutions: Bringing Self-Empathy to Self-Commitments


Saturday, January 20 and Sunday, January 21st 2007 from 10am-5pm
Extra Advanced Session Monday, January 22nd 2007 from 10am-5pm


NVC Weekend Workshop with Robert Gonzales PhD

Rivers Manor, 508 E. Segwick Street, Philadelphia, PA 19119

Cost: Sliding scale 95 to 125 per day. Financial difficulties and accommodations can be discussed

Info: Registration, questions? Contact Jason Kelley: 609.790.2430 or jason@phillynvc.org

Bonus Session: On Monday Robert will give a special one-day session, which will cover more advanced applications of NVC. Potential topics will be NVC as a Spiritual Practice, Transforming the Pain of Unmet Needs into the Beauty of Needs, or Understanding and Transforming Core Belief Structures. Exact Topic and structure of the day will be decided based upon participant’s requests.


A Compassionate Communication Workshop with Melinda Zipin, MBA
Saturday, November 18, 2006 ~ from 10am to 4pm (check-in at 9:30am)

Location: Green Street Friends Meeting House, in the Social Room, 45 West Schoolhouse Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Fee: $35

For more info and registration:
Contact Melinda Zipin at 215.844.0209 or
 melinda.zipin@assertivediplomacy.com




Experience A Day of Non-violence

...and learn the technology to sustain it in your life
       with clients, with loved ones, with friends.
Wed, Sept 13, 2006 with Certified NVC Trainer Miki Kashtan
10a-4pm at the Phila Rebirthing Center,
1027 69th Street, Phila, PA 19126
Registration: Annie Hart 215.508.2300 x5  $75-$125

Right Speech: NVC and the Spiritual Path
Sat July 29 - Sun July 30, 2006
Shambhala Center, Phila PA
Trainer: Jason Kelly
To Register: 609-790-2430  $150 (Call if financial aid requested)
Monthly Center City NVC Class
Sat Aug 5, 2006 10am-5pm
Contact Jason

Parents and Teachers NVC Class Starting
Organizational Meeting: Sun Aug 6, 6pm-8pm in E. Mt Airy
Contact Jason

3rd Annual NY Intensive Residential Training
Aug 12 - Aug 19

Multiple concurrent sessions daily: Each day, multiple sessions will be offered at each time period so that participants will have many opportunities to select those topics that best meet their needs.
Contact: Jane Connor


Creating Holiday Harmony with Your Family:


6-day Intensive Residential Training in Litchfield, CT
Sept 15-20th
,Trainer: Miki Kashtan, CNVC certified trainer and co-founder of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication in Oakland, California,
Contact: Lorili Henry, suvandana7@optonline.net, 516-662-7282, or visit
www.baynvc.org for more information

NYC NVC hosting 3 day workshop with Robert Gonzalez
Fri Sep 15-17. Contact: Margaret Hughes


THREE DAY INTENSIVE WORKSHOP
Deepening Empathy Intensive with Robert Gonzalez

(see http://www.nvctraininginstitute.com/trainers/)

September 15th, 16th and 17th 9:30am - 4:30pm

Tuition: $300 for all 3 days or $125 per day, check, cash or credit card in advance or at the door.;

Lodging: On site, on the park with shared private bath from $149 TOTAL for all three nights (double occupancy) Go To: www.ymcanyc.org for more info or to make a reservation.<>Fun: We will have the room for our own use nights so bring your dancin' shoes!; We will have offerings including Yoga, Dancing, and ????? PLEASE REGISTER SOONER THAN LATER...We anticipate this workshop will sell out
so early registration is important.

For more information or to register call 646 201-9226or email foundations@nycnvc.org

Location: 63rd Street Y, 5 West 63rd Street (1/2 Block from Central Park)

M.A.L.T. Mount Airy Learning Tree
Class on NVC taught by Two Rivers Mediation
7-9pm Wed Oct 18th. $15 Call 215-843-6333 to register

Location: Yoga Now! located at 16 West Main Street, Marlton, New Jersey 08053

When: Saturday, January 27, 2007 from 1pm-4pm

Fee: $35

For more info and registration:
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M.A.L.T. Mount Airy Learning Tree
Class on NVC taught by Two Rivers Mediation
7-9pm Wed Jan 31, 2007. $15 Call 215-843-6333 to register