Embracing the Body [May 5-June 9, 2021]

A 6-week online program on Somatic Self-Empathy

Join Dian to deepen your self-empathy skills and enjoy greater empowerment, insight, freedom, and choice.

  • How skillfully do you respond to what is arising within you?
  • How fully are you present to what is?
  • How well do you manage blocks, collapses, anger, and fear?
  • How well are you managing yourself?


When I work with managers, they often ask how they can manage others more effectively. I almost always ask them, “How are you managing yourself?”

This question applies to all aspects of life, both at work and at home. How are you:

  • gaining clarity around your needs
  • managing your internal reactions
  • clarifying your requests before you open your mouth (or judge) others?

This is why self-empathy – which I call “self-management,” now a buzzword in business – is central to the practice of Nonviolent Communication.

Yet self-empathy is not always easy, especially if events in your life stimulate old, “fossilized” needs. These “fossilized” needs are often precognitive and connected to trauma, and as a result, “live” in your muscle memory. In order to fully release this “stuck” energy, it is necessary to engage your felt-sense while learning to empathize with your body and deeply connect with your younger parts.

I call this process Somatic Self-Empathy (SEE).

The challenges:

Do you:

  • Retreat, collapse, or shut down in the face of push-back or conflict?
  • Notice the same situations and stories are occurring again and again?
  • Hit blocks internally when practicing self-empathy, and get stuck in your head?
  • Want more skill in getting clear about your needs?
  • Desire new, more powerful ways of practicing self-empathy?
  • Want to create real transformation and change in your life?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then Embracing the Body: Somatic Self-empathy, is for you!

What you will learn:

During this course, you will learn how to:

  • Deepen your felt-sense
  • Discover and practice the “missing step” in the NVC process (somatic awareness)
  • Listen deeply to your body and understand its “language”
  • Draw on your senses to more deeply practice self-empathy and get past blocks
  • Create transformational shifts in your life and with others
  • Develop your empathy toolbox with emergency self-empathy “hacks”


  • DATES: May 5 – June 9, 2021 (6 consecutive Wednesdays)
  • TIMES: 6:00 am – 8:00 am PT (Los Angeles) / 9:00 am – 11:00 am ET (New York)
  • LOCATION: Your computer, tablet, or smartphone from the convenience of your home or office using Zoom, a free videoconferencing app (all sessions are audio and video recorded).
  • COST: $274 – 427
  • INSTRUCTORDian Killian, Ph.D.
  • QUESTIONS: Email the NVC Academy

Who this program will interest:

This intermediate-level course will be of interest to anyone who wants:

  • freedom from consistent triggers and blocks.
  • more self-connection and empathy (including with your body).
  • better understanding of what your body is telling you.
  • greater insight, self-mastery, choice, and more.

Note: If you are new to NVC, please be familiar with the four basic steps (observation, feelings, needs, and requests) and with making NVC empathy guesses.

By listening closely with deep empathy to your body and your younger parts – who often have been waiting for decades to be heard – you will free up energy, gain new insight, and enjoy more freedom and choice.

About the Trainer:

Dian Killian, Ph.D.

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 the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, the 92nd Street Y, the New York Open Center, and the Omega Institute and has worked with diverse organizations including Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Haver Analytics, 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.

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