Whether alone, or with others, the holidays can be one of the most stressful times of year. With family gatherings, busy schedules, entertaining and the pressure of expectations around all this, we can find ourselves struggling to find any real enjoyment. In this one-day workshop, we’ll learn about and practice ways to keep our compassion alive for ourselves and for the many others around us, through this hectic time and all year-round.
By using the skills of Nonviolent Communication you can expand your capacity to find space and care, first for yourself, and then for others, when negotiating the stress of the season.
• Connect with self-compassion to your own real needs.
• Practice listening to others, so that you can hear what’s in their hearts instead of the thought-based images that often create distance and separation.
• Free yourself to experience differences without demanding that people change.
• Develop awareness and skills to translate your self-connection into concrete doable requests that can meet your needs, while respecting those of others.
Wade Britzius has been leading Nonviolent Communication workshops and practice groups since 2005, and has worked as a mediator for the Trempealeau County Family Court negotiating conflicts of custody and placement for children since 2009. He is also a longtime practitioner of mindfulness meditation and the Diamond Approach to Essential Realization.