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  I have studied Non Violent Communication (NVC) for 17 years. I have participated in 2 years of an immersion program and assisted in another year. I have completed 2 years of BayNVC's leadership program and assisted for a year. I have taught at my church, the First Unitarian Church of Oakland, and at the East Bay Meditation Center (a Buddhist Center in downtown Oakland) as well as over the phone to those who are chronically ill and disabled. I am part of a team that produce a show for KPFA (94.1 FM) called Talk It Out Radio that brings the skills of mindfulness meditation and NVC to social justice work. I bring great depth, compassion, and insight to my work with others as well as awareness of issues of social justice. I particularly like to bring love to those parts of ourselves and to those we encounter in our lives who we don't find it easy to love.

      CARING, CONNECTING COMMUNICATION will be an 8 week introductory class to Non Violent Communication that will happen on Wednesday nights from 7-9 PM and will start on March 7th and go until April 251th. It will be a small intimate class with a maximum of 8 participants. The cost is $480-120 sliding scale. Call me to register at 510 306-6234.

      INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS cost $120-60 sliding scale. One way empathy gives exquisite individual attention to support you in being more self connected and able to be clear in your life. Coaching can help you practice an upcoming difficult conversation. It is also possible to redo a conversation that has already happened that didn't go as well as one would have liked as both a healing and to increase the possibility that a similar conversation will go better.

      MEDIATIONS can help conflicting parties to hear each other with more open hearts which often results in coming to solutions that work better for all involved. Most mediations take at least 1 1/2 hours and have better results if the parties involved get one-way empathy beforehand (ask me about reduced rates for pre-mediation empathy).

      A PHONE PRACTICE GROUP which includes CLASSES for those with CHRONIC ILLNESS AND DISABILITY happen on Mondays from 4 - 5:30 PM PT. The dial in number is 515 604-9804 and the pin code to enter the call is 605720#. On the 3rd Monday of the month I do a class. I have been doing 2 months of classes on basic themes for those just learning NVC as well as those wanting to deepen their understanding. Every 3rd month I do a class on a topic suggested by the group. If you'd like to join us and are new to NVC I recommend listening to the recordings marked b for basic. The number to listen to the recordings is 515 604-9654 with the same pin code as above - 605720#. Here are a list of the classes that are recorded on this line so far:

         1. NVC and Creativity

         2. Self Empathy

         3. Feelings - B

         4. Needs - B

         5. Working With Power Differences

         6. Empathy - B

          7. The class for February will be on Observations and is a basic class.

          8. The class for March will be called Sticks and Stones and be about how to not take things so personally when others treat us in ways that aren't as kind as we would like.

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