(TX) Authenticity, Intimacy, and Trust: Creating the Relationships You Want [Feb. 8-9, 2020]

Do you see me?

Most of us long to be fully authentic in our relationships. We want to be open and loved for who we are. Yet turning up with full honesty can be challenging and scary. (register here)

Watch a video welcome by the facilitator, Dian Killian, Ph.D.

Do you hear me?

Most of us want to be heard accurately and seen for our intentions.  But we wonder to ourselves, “Will the other person respond with understanding and empathy, or rather with defensiveness, misunderstanding, and blame?  And when misunderstandings do occur — as they inevitably do — will we be able to restore connection and safety between us?”

Do you accept me?

Can we find greater empathy and understanding with and for our loved ones?

In this interactive and highly engaging program based upon the principles of Nonviolent Communication, you will learn practical, life-changing skills to:

  • Confirm that you’ve been heard fully and have heard others accurately.
  • Confidently understand what matters most, on a core level, in any situation.
  • Resolve differences in a mutually caring way.
  • Co-create solutions you want, free of demand, guilt or shame.
  • Foster openness and cooperation.
  • Find greater intimacy, trust, harmony, and connection.


  • DATES:  Saturday, February 8 – Sunday, February 9, 2020
  • TIMES: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm both days
  • LOCATION: LifeWorks (East), 835 N. Pleasant Valley Rd., Austin, TX 78702 (map)
  • COST: $297 early bird (by December 17, 2019); $367 standard (after Dec. 17.)
  • INSTRUCTORDian Killian, Ph.D.
  • QUESTIONS: For questions regarding registration, logistics, scholarships, travel, or housing, email the Registrar, Jeff Brown.
  • HOUSING: Coming from out of town? If you’re new to Airbnb, save $40 on your first booking of $75 or more by using this link.

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Who will this workshop interest?

  • Spouses/partners (on their own or with their partners)
  • Parents (on your own or with children if 16+)
  • Siblings
  • Friends and neighbors
  • Co-workers
  • Anyone wanting greater authenticity, trust and open communication!

Related Events:

If you would like a primer to this 2-day workshop, or if you want to invite a friend or family member to check out this work, join us for a 2-hour introduction a few days prior to this weekend workshop — Tuesday evening, February 4, 2019 (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm)Connecting Across Differences: How to Like those You Love.

Also, if you work in the helping professions as a therapist, social worker, or healthcare provider, join us for a professional training designed to you facilitate transformative shifts in your patients and clients using some key skills from Nonviolent Communication: February 5-6, 2019,Moving Through Challenges with Clients & Patients.”

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We are delighted that Houston NVC is co-sponsoring this event — they are an organization that envisions Greater Houston as a community valuing authenticity, compassion, and respect.

About the Trainer:

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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 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.

We’re delighted that you’re planning to join us for this in-person program! We invite you to care for the environment by offsetting your carbon impact in traveling to the event by making a donation to one of these organizations:

  1. Trees for the Future: Improving the livelihoods of impoverished farmers by revitalizing degraded lands. Donate.
  2. Tree Sisters: Planetary restoration at the grassroots level with a focus on women and tropical reforestation. Donate.

Work Collaboratively offsets any travel our trainers do by making donations to these two organizations to offset our carbon impact. In addition, we reuse materials, use recycled paper products, and reuse name tag holders. We also avoid using non-reusable, non-durable plastic products.