Transforming Our Conversations – Foundations

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Transforming Our Conversations – Foundations

March 9, 2021 @ 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm AEDT

6 consecutive Tuesday evenings 7-9pm: Mar 9, 16, 23, 30 Apr 6, 13. A six week Foundation series learning the spirit and processes of Compassionate/Nonviolent Communication.

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Who is this program for?

Anyone who would like to take their communication skills to the next level:

  • Learning how to work effectively with others, valuing connection over control.
  • Meeting others with respect and compassion while getting the “stuff of life” done.
  • Hearing through moral judgements and anger to what really matters.
  • Managing our own triggers: finding the real issues in our stories.
  • Living with greater authenticity and self-care.

Anne’s Approach

This program is based on the work of Marshall B. Rosenberg and the Centre for Nonviolent Communication. The program is highly experiential (in a safe and playful environment). Each session will start with an outline of key learning points, followed by demonstration, practice and debrief. All activities in the session are an invitation – no “must”s or “should”s. We are all learners, taking baby steps when needed.

The Program

Week 1: Taking a Step Back

  • Exploring the conversations we enjoy/don’t enjoy.
  • The neuroscience of communication – beginnings.
  • Focusing conversations around needs – our own and others’.
  • Feelings and sensations as a flag to our needs.

Week 2: From Attacking to Embracing Our Needs

  • What actually happened vs the story we tell ourselves.
  • Conversations that break connection.
  • Sinking into deeper connection with our own needs – met and unmet.

Week 3: Self Connection

  • Discovering how our moral judgements can contain precious needs we may be unaware of.
  • Ways of experiencing self-connection, self-care, self empathy.
  • From demanding to requesting – while holding our needs to be precious.

Week 4: Anger and Hard to Hear Messages

  • Listening to hard to hear messages.
  • Expressing Anger Fully

Week 5: Engaging with others: Empathy, Appreciation, Protective Use of Force

  • Taking our empathy skills to the next level: practising empathy with others.
  • Expressing with compassionate honesty.
  • Expressing gratitude ad appreciation.
  • Protective use of force.

Week 6: Specific Situations and Wrap-Up

  • Expressing with compassionate honesty.
  • Hearing experiences of other trainers/practitioners.
  • Debriefing and celebrating our 6 weeks of learning – and resources for ongoing learning and practice.


$300 per person; $490 per couple; $150 for full-time students and concession holders. All prices are in AUD and are GST inclusive.
Registration is essential.

Numbers are limited to 18.

It matters to me that the work I offer is accessible. If you would enjoy attending any of my offerings but find the fee prohibitive, contact me and we can discuss options.