When it comes to getting out of the door, bedtimes, sharing toys and household chores, all our ‘good’ intentions as parents can go out of the window. How do we stay present and grounded with our children, even when the pressure is on? To find out, join our compassionate parenting online course. Ready to book? Fill in the online registration form.
Learn and practise the six principles of compassionate parenting
- Let’s see if we can get everybody’s needs met: going for connection, hanging loose to the outcome (Week One)
- Taking a ‘Time In’: the importance of presence and self-connection (Week Two)
- Make sense of your own childhood: so you can be really present for your child (Week Three)
- Connection before correction: empathy before education (Week Four)
- Create a bridge from listening to your child and expressing yourself (Week Five)
- Demands are an expensive currency: making compassionate requests (Week Six)
About the Course
- Introduces you to the steps of the Nonviolent Communication (NVC) process for listening to your child, connecting with yourself, and self-expression.
- Gives you sufficient information and practice to start using NVC in your family life.
- Is run in an experiential style working with examples from participants’ own lives.
- Is a recognised stepping stone to further NVC training.
- Is a safe learning environment.
When and Where
Six Thursdays (15, 22, 29 October; 5, 12, 19 November 2020), 7pm — 9:15pm.
This is an online course. We will invite you to six online calls, using a platform called Zoom — instructions to follow. Zoom allows us to break out into ‘rooms’ for smaller group and couples work.
Shantigarbha and Gesine Schrader, certified trainers with the Centre for Nonviolent Communication.
Shantigarbha wrote six articles on NVC parenting for natural parenting Juno magazine.
Gesine’s background is in teaching. She is a Montessori-certified teacher, and has supported a home school in Bristol to integrate NVC. Before moving to the UK from Germany, she worked for five years in a private school as a class teacher. Alongside this, she spent seven years developing an NVC Schools project around her home town of Hamburg. And before that, for seven years she led year-long Mother and Baby courses as a PEKiP-certified trainer. She says, “My passion is sharing NVC and find a way to bring it into education systems, so kids can ‘soak up the water’ wherever they swim, experience compassionate connection and develop trust in dealing with conflicts.”
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Who is this course for?
Parents who need tools to deal with conflicts with their child(ren). Come on your own or, if you can arrange the babysitting, with your partner. The calls will be interactive. We ask that you agree to attend at least five of the six sessions. If you are going to miss more than one session, we ask that you book on a later cycle. In order to create a safe space for sharing, we will only be sharing recordings of the sessions with attendees on the course who aren’t able to make a particular evening i.e. there isn’t a ‘watch only’ option. To give attention to each person on the course, we are limiting the number of participants to 18.
Preparation (not required to participate)
- read Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall Rosenberg.
- or watch the videos of Marshall Rosenberg on our training preparation page.
- read a book called Parenting From the Inside Out by Dan Siegel and Mary Hartzell. How a deeper self-understanding can help you raise children who thrive.
- read Shantigarbha’s book on empathy I’ll Meet You There: A Practical Guide to Empathy, Mindfulness and Communication
- sample our series of NVC Life Hacks on YouTube.
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As part of our experimentation with financial-co-responsibility, we ask the following:
- When you apply, select the £60 deposit option. We ask that you treat £60 as a non-refundable deposit for your place.
- At the end of the sixth session of the course, we will lead through a process in which we will share our costs with you and ask you to make a financial contribution of your choosing towards the living costs of the trainers, Shantigarbha and Gesine.
- This will relate to a) the value you have derived from the course, and b) your current financial resources and commitments. You can attend and choose to contribute no more than £60.
- On the booking form, we will ask you to confirm that you are aware of this.
A note on finances
We ask for a deposit of £60 to book your place plus a financial contribution of your choosing. To meet our costs and to ensure the sustainability of the event we are suggesting a total contribution in the range of £100–£250 for an online course. If this would be a hardship for you, please do not let that stop you from attending as we would love to have you there. Please contact us to talk about it.
For further information please email Gesine or phone her on +44 (0)7840 056 289.