Compassionate Communication Practice Groups
Often after a workshop, people are left wondering, what now?
Practice Groups are a way to engage in continued experiential learning with others, and practice growing skills and awareness in empathy, honest self expression, and provides more opportunities for personal healing and growth.
We often encourage people to exchange contact information with others they meet at workshops, and self-form a practice group.
Typically, a group studies Marshall Rosenberg's, "Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life", together with a companion workbook by Lucy Leu. The group typically practices one chapter during each session. There are many possibilities, and we offer some for you to consider.
Types of groups and how different approaches meet different needs for individuals:
o Open vs closed
o Drop-in vs. full commitment
o Contract for period of time, e.g., every 10 weeks
o Study Group using book/workbook
o Empathy Practice Groups
o Beginner vs experienced
o Body-centered NVC practice
o Beginner Practice Groups
o Experienced Practice Groups
Some possible guidelines & questions
Will you require prerequisites for PG participation, such as a day training or other NVC experience?
Will each member have access to two resource books:
• "Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life" by Marshall Rosenberg; and
• "Nonviolent Communication Companion Workbook" by Lucy Leu.
How long do you want to commit to the group?
Some people have decided on 16 sessions to complete the initial Practice Group cycle to be organized as follows:
- Sessions 1-3: connection, empathy and orientation
- Sessions 4-16: NVC practice and learning (using Marshall's book + workbook from Lucy Leu)
- The first three meetings can be designed for bonding and community-building, after which the group could become closed to new members and meet X times per month depending on the members' preferences.
While other people may be satisfied with a shorter period of time, perhaps 4- 6 sessions, or have an ongoing group. It is up to the participants to choose.
We suggest one or two experienced facilitators from the community to lead the group, where they gradually support group members in taking leadership and eventually shift into the role of consultants for the group, or the group decides they no longer need or desire further support, or the support facilitator decides they no longer desire to continue. We hope to support that everyone's needs matter, change is inevitable and that agreements need to be re-evaluated occasionally as things change.
For support facilitators own sustainability, there may be a request that group members each contribute what amounts to $5-10 per session, until the group feels supported enough to continue on their own.
Finally, these are just suggestions, and everyone has choice and freedom to be creative in how to form a practice group!
Please contact us with your interest and we will do all we can to help you get started.