Extinction Rebellion (XR) is a nonviolent social movement addressing the climate and ecological crisis. For that, we need to develop new skills that help us to act and respond consciously, with skills that help lead us into the world we wish to live in.
The word “nonviolence” comes from Sanskrit, “ahimsa,” which means the opposite of harm, or absence of violence. Nonviolent Communication (NVC) provides a model for meeting this key intention while increasing the chance for mutual understanding and effective communication for change. It provides us more choices by giving guidance about how to shift from shaming and blaming (making it about the other) and instead to take ownership by making observations, self-connecting to feelings and needs, and including requests for connection and action.
Participants can expect to learn basic NVC skills, such as:
- How to find personal grounding and calm (via inner dialogue)
- How to differentiate between judgments & their underlying message
- How to differentiate between behaviors & their underlying drivers/intentions
- How to “disarm” and connect via empathic listening skills
The NVC intro sessions are meant for beginners – those who’ve had little or no previous introduction to NVC.
NOTE: If you have already followed an NVC introductory training (2-3 hours), you are invited to participate in a follow-up PRACTICE SESSION. Participants bring in their own real-life situations and practice applying NVC skills—self-connection, honest expression and empathic listening—via roleplays and using the 4 NVC steps.
The trainings are free AND registration is required so that we know how many will participate. For each session, we hope that there will be a minimum of four participants. Please use this form: https://forms.gle/eC9atgMmMQGsDeYx5
LENGTH & LOCATION
Each NVC intro AND practice session lasts 2.5 hours with a break midway and takes place online via Zoom. The link will be provided to you via email (please provide yours in the registration form).
Introductory online trainings and practice sessions are offered in English OR Dutch – please choose your preference from the list in the registration form.