(Albany, NY) Nonviolent Communication: A Spiritual Practice and Act of Social Change [June 21-23, 2019]

Join us for this weekend workshop in Compassionate Nonviolent Communication where you will learn how to put Quaker values into action:  self-managing our own reactions; empathizing with others; and finding solutions that restore harmony, are in integrity with our values, and hold everyone’s needs with care.

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  • Dates:  Friday, June 21 – Sunday, June 23, 2019
  • Location:  Powell House, 524 Pitt Hall Rd., Old Chatham, NY 12136 (directions)
  • Cost (includes two overnights and meals):
    Early bird discount (through June 7, 2019):  $295/adults | $200/age 13-22
    Standard price (after June 7):  $310/adults | $230/age 13-22
    [Commuters pay $220 (early bird) or $250 (standard)]
  • InstructorDian Killian, Ph.D.
  • Sponsor:  Powell House, the conference and retreat center of the New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).
  • Child Care:  Available if you tell us by June 1 ($75 per child); up to 12 years old.
  • REGISTRATION coming soon!

Friends are called to see God in each person and to be peacemakers.  These two convictions are intimately connected:  If God is in each of us, how could we possibly wish to harm or hurt God, who is pure love?

feelings note in handsAnd it is this spiritual belief and experience (via meeting for worship) that is the basis of Quaker commitment to social change:  As there is that of God in each of us, each person must be treated with dignity, care, and respect.  Yet it’s not always easy to put these convictions into practice.

Those around us — at home, work, and even in our meeting, can do or say things that we don’t like, disagree with, find hurtful, infuriating, or even plain wrong.  So how do we in these moments reconnect with that of God in others and ourselves — and speak truth to power?

Highly interactive and including exercises, games, pair work, role play, and music, the workshop will explore core practices of Nonviolent Communication as well more advanced practices such as protective use of force and how the very way we communicate each day can be a radical act of social change.

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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 UN 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.


Special Event for the weekend: Empathy Songs and Stories:

On Saturday evening, Dian will share music and stories with us.  A champion mountain dulcimer performer and singer-songwriter, she has performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, People’s Voice Cafe, Rockwood Music Hall, and many other venues.  Join us to learn more about empathy via song!