(Rhinebeck, NY) Transforming Relationships: Greater Harmony and Understanding at Home, Work, and in the World [July 28-Aug 2, 2019]

What do you do when you reach a communication impasse with your kids or mate, your colleagues or clients, a family member or person who looks different, thinks differently, or votes differently?  Join Dian for this program as part of Omega Institute’s annual Family Week, and is an ideal time to learn NVC if you have children (this event is open to those 16 and older; many other programs are available for children under 16).

couple in conflict

Have you tried to resolve conflict without resorting to criticism and judgment, but ended up disappointed, angry, or shut down?  Most of us have been educated from birth to think and communicate in terms of what is “right“ and “wrong“ with ourselves and other people. But this kind of communication keeps us from the fulfilling relationships we deserve.

Still worse, it can lead to anger, depression, and unhealthy relationships. There is a way out of everyday communication challenges and even seemingly unresolvable conflicts where everyone leaves with a sense of fulfillment and with their self-respect intact.

dian teaching omega1jpgThis is the path of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), a practical and proven process that has been taught all over the world to people of every age, gender, ethnicity, and background. Join trainer, coach, and author Dian Killian (pictured right) who helps people transform their relationships from the bedroom to the boardroom, and from the dinner table with your kids to thorny conversations in our communities, workplaces, and country.


  • Dates:  Monday, July 28 – Friday, August 2, 2019 (4 1/2 days of training; half day on Wednesday)
  • Location:  Omega Institute, 150 Lake Dr., Rhinebeck, NY 12136 (directions)
  • Cost:  TBA
  • InstructorDian Killian, Ph.D.
  • REGISTRATION starts in early March.  Register early — Omega’s Family Week sells out quickly, both the program and housing.
  • Housing:  Looking for a place to stay in the area? Check out some options via Airbnb (save $55 on your first stay!)

In this workshop, Killian will provide research-based insight into the psychology of communication, and will help you to:

  • identify the most common barriers to effective communication.
  • transform negative self-talk into self-empowerment.
  • foster trust and collaboration when stakes are high.
  • defuse anger and enemy images.

The program is highly interactive and will include exercises, role-play, and learning-games (including Empathy Poker, the NVC Dance Floors, and the Empathy Labyrinth). Come learn skills and a new way of thinking that can be applied immediately to real-life experiences so that you can experience less conflict and stress, and find greater authenticity, intimacy, harmony, and meaning in your relationships.


About the Facilitator:

Dian Killian, Ph.D., has been a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication since 2005 and has offered training around the world.  She is a co-author of two well-loved NVC books, Connecting across Differences: How to Connect with Anyone, Anywhere, Any Time (in English and German) and Urban Empathy: True Life Adventures of Compassion on the Streets of New York.

Based in Brooklyn, Dian teaches regularly at Kripalu, the 92nd St Y, the New York Open Center, and the Omega Institute and has worked with diverse organizations including Americorps, the United Nations Development Program, the Peace Alliance/Department of Peace campaign, New York University, and Cornell University.  She is known for sharing NVC in a clear, down-to-earth, and engaging way with humor and stories.