It’s all about building community! This Year Training is based on the insights unearthed by CNVC’s New Future Process into community-building and self-organising groups. Shantigarbha was a key part of the New Future Process, hosting the ‘Social Change and Peacebuilding’ working group.
What do we mean by community?
Your community is the people you share time, space and resources with. It’s the people you eat with, the people you share space with. It’s the people you share common resources with, whether it’s a well or a website. In sharing resources with others, you also share risk about how those resources are used.
There are five, three-day, residential modules in the Year Training between October 2021 and July 2022, held at Maitreya House, near Hereford. The fifteen days of the training count towards CNVC certification.
Dates of the modules
- Module One: Support systems (7–10 October 2021)
- Module Two: Group decision-making by consent (9–12 December 2021).
- Module Three: Conflict Transformation (24–27 February, 2022)
- Module Four: Healing past pain (29 April – 2 May 2022, note Friday–Monday).
- Module Five: Access and Resource Allocation systems (30 June – 3 July 2022).
More about the Year Training syllabus.
The benefits of a year-long training
- The five modules give a sense of structure and progression.
- The format offers greater depth than one-off workshops.
- We become a community of people living NVC.
- The community offers mutual support.
All modules are led by NVC certified trainers Shantigarbha and Gesine Schrader. Between us we have decades of experience of supporting different communities, including the NVC networks in the UK and South Asia, the Triratna Buddhist Community, intentional communities and educational institutions.
Learning and living together
As well as learning the principles of NVC that support us to build community, we will also be exploring how to live as a temporary community during our time together. This will include working together on community tasks, such as cooking, washing up and cleaning. We will also be exploring how we make decisions and address conflict as a community. We invite you to bring your courage and self-responsibility, bearing in mind that coming together as a community can be challenging, and conflicts may arise. It is in these situations that we are most likely to grow in our capacity to build community.
Online taster session and interview
We will be going on an intense yearlong journey, and we want to get a sense beforehand of how it will be to travel together. We will have an online taster session on Saturday 11 September, 10am–12pm and 2–4pm. The fee for this taster session will be £25.00, deductible from your organisational fee if you join the Year Training.
When you register, we will invite you to a short online interview, so that you can ask us questions, and we can get a sense if we think that you’ll thrive on the way.
We are anticipating that Covid-19 physical distancing restrictions will ease by the time of the first module in October. If they don’t ease, or new restrictions are applied, we will consider either offering the module online or postponing it.
About the Training: What is Nonviolent Communication (NVC)?
NVC was developed by Marshall Rosenberg over a period of forty years as a response to one simple yet powerful question: why do some people continue to act compassionately, even in deeply challenging situations? NVC is now being used by a worldwide network of trainers and practitioners in fields such as education, parenting, mediation, conflict resolution, psychotherapy, and social change. Further introduction to NVC.
Who will benefit from attending this training?
Anyone who wants to deepen their understanding and skills in building community. This includes intentional community members (or would-be members), home-schoolers, co-operative members and others. You will gain:
- Support for your personal development and healing past pain.
- Understanding of the systems that you need to set up in order to build community.
- Skill-building in setting up the different systems.
- Developing your communication skills to improve relationships at home and work.
- Learning and support from fellow participants in an ongoing NVC community.
- Ideas and support to create the kind of world you want to live in.
The modules of this training are open to people of all levels of NVC skill and experience, from complete newcomers to those already sharing NVC.