In this meeting we split up into small groups to practice radical giraffe (rad honesty/ NVC honesty/rad NVC), holding space for honesty (empathy/compassionate presence), and active listening (verbal empathy/paraphrasing & empathy guesses).
I would like for each small group to have at least one person who is comfortable in their NVC. We will break into groups accordingly the day of (I’m not inspired to try to pre-decide who will be in which group).
7 – 7:30pm: We will be reviewing NVC basics. This will be a good time to ask clarifying questions about the different components of NVC. Please try to arrive early if you know you will be inspired to be a part of this NVC review. Feel free to review the outlines from previous gatherings and bring your questions for discussion! For those already comfortable with their NVC, this will be an opportunity to share what NVC means to you and respond to questions from others in the group less familiar with NVC.
7:30pm-8:30pm: We will do a self-check-in (breathing meditation, mindfulness practice, self-awareness of what is alive in us) and go around the room to briefly share our check-in with the group. We will then break into small groups to practice.
8:30pm-9pm: We will come back together as a group and share our feedback, what contributed to our well-being during the gathering, what did not. For those of you used to leaving at 8:30, there will be a brief window to exit at this time.
We will officially conclude at 9pm where there will be a formal window for those who to depart. I say “formal window…to depart” because many people choose to stay later than our ending time to continue discussing. I wish to make it comfortable for those who have other things to do/other inspirations to leave at the agreed upon end time.
If you have your Feelings and Needs Inventories, please bring them. Even if you don’t think you’ll look at them, someone else may enjoy borrowing them.
*This event is free. There is a donation box if you’d like to share your green gratitude, and donations are greatly appreciated, however there is no obligation to do so.