John Kinyon 

John Kinyon is a trainer of the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC), a leading member of its global network and organization, and a co-founder of the BayNVC organization . He facilitates communication training and conflict resolution with individuals, groups, and organizations in settings ranging from workshops, presentations, and practice groups to coaching in personal and professional contexts. John has a background in clinical psychology, and also has a long study of spiritual practice and principles of nonviolence. He has worked closely with NVC founder Marshall Rosenberg since 1998 and is regularly invited by Dr. Rosenberg to be a co-trainer with him at 9-day international intensive retreats. He is regularly invited to give presentations and workshops in different parts of the U.S. and internationally. In 2002, he provided Nonviolent Communication training to Afghan tribal elders along the Pakistani border.

John received his B. A. from the University of San Francisco, where he majored in studies of psychology and philosophy and played for their nationally ranked soccer team. He went on to receive an M. S. degree in clinical psychology from Penn State University, spending 5 years of doctoral training working as a psychotherapist with individuals and groups and as a research assistant at the Penn State Stress and Anxiety Disorders Institute. He then started and developed a small business in the gourmet food industry before becoming a full time communication trainer. John lives with his beautiful wife and 2 children at their home in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Observation: The Awareness of the Thoughts, Stories, and Core Beliefs to Enhance Connection
A Telephone Course (Telecourse) with CNVC Certified Trainer John Kinyon from El Sobrante, California, USA

"Observation" is one session that will be repeated two different times in an effort to accommodate the worldwide NVC community.

Monday, July 21, 20089:30 - 11:30 AM PDT (4:30 PM GMT)My Time Zone?
Monday, July 21, 20086:00 - 8:00 PM PDT (7/22 1:00 AM GMT)My Time Zone?

This telecourse will work with the NVC component of observation. In this course we’ll work on strengthening the capacity for mindful presence and awareness of our thinking, as well as developing the skills of translating thoughts into observation and need language.

We will explore what it means to be conscious and present as opposed to identifying with the stream of unconscious, conditioned thinking and emotional reactions within us. In terms of language, we’ll practice the skill of separating observation from evaluation, peeling away layers of interpretation, story, and judgment until we reach just the simple, observable “facts” of what happened. We’ll also practice a way of relating to thoughts, not as true or false, but rather as internal communicators of precious needs.                

In this class you’ll learn to:

  • Strengthen your ability to find peace and centeredness within you, regardless of what’s happening around you

  • Be able to more skillfully communicate what happened in ways that don’t stimulate defensiveness in others

  • Increase your ability to translate thinking/judgments into underlying needs

Fee: $19 USD: All registrants receive access to a recording of the course.

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