NVC resources that include teachings about the inner critic
Eric Bowers

Eric Bowers

CNVC Certified Trainer from Saltspring Island, British Columbia, Canada

Eric Bowers is a CNVC Certified Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Trainer with extensive training in Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) and Attachment Theory. Eric brings together NVC, IPNB and Attachment Theory in his courses, workshops and private sessions. He has a passion for depth work and for supporting single people to learn and heal from past relationships and prepare for thriving relationships. Prior to his work as an NVC Trainer, Eric worked as a Children-Who Witness-Abuse Counselor and an expedition river guide and white water kayaker in British Columbia, the Yukon and Alaska.

"Your skilled, yet so very personal and vulnerable mentoring of NVC consciousness so met my need for safety, intimacy, inspiration, learning and celebration of our shared experience of being human...wonderfully, connectedly so! It has been a particular pleasure and privilege to have met you and gotten to know you in this way, and I look forward to all opportunities to take more of your workshops."
—Respectfully, Karin Kilpatrick M.D

Trainer's Website: Road to Compassion
Trainer's Facebook Page: Road to Compassion

Prepare for Love (Complete Course)

Join Eric Bowers in transforming past relationship pain, coming alive in community and creating thriving relationships. This 12 session Telecourse recording brings together Eric's passions for Nonviolent Communication, Attachment Theory and Interpersonal Neurobiology.
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Tips for the Road Series: Tip 17. Make Time to Grieve

Grieving reminds us of the preciousness of life, it helps us integrate loss, and it opens us to deeper compassion, inspiration, and joy. We need to create space in our lives to grieve fully.
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Tips for the Road Series: Tip 16. Help Others Build Their Own Truth-Finding Neural Pathways

Along with it’s potential for helping others calm their emotions and feel deeply understood, the Nonviolent Communication process of empathetic listening can help someone increase their capacity for finding their own truth.
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Tips for the Road Series: Tip 15. Keep Asking for Help

Asking for help is difficult for many of us, but can yield rich rewards.
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Tips for the Road Series: Tip 14. Admit to it Too

It can be challenging to tell people that you don’t like a certain behaviour or action of theirs. Even with supportive intentions and compassionate language your message might be difficult for someone to receive. Of course, we are not responsible for others’ reactions, but we are responsible to care about each other, and there are effective ways to express ourselves with more care.
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Tips for the Road Series: Tip 13. The Eight Most Powerful Things You Can Do to Build an Inspiring Relationship

What are the most powerful things I can do to build an inspired relationship? I answered the question with romantic relationships in mind; however, I believe the answer below applies to all important relationships.
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Tips for the Road Series: Tip 12. Connect to the Living Energy of Your Needs

For many, the word “need” is associated with lack, neediness, and scarcity. These associations are the opposite of the meaning of needs in Nonviolent Communication (NVC). In NVC, needs are the motivational energy of our innate wholeness and desire to grow, like the energy of a plant pushing it up through the soil and toward the sun.
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Tips for the Road Series: Tip 11. Catching Hearts

When we take a leap in life and put our hearts out into the world in new or bigger ways—sharing a song, dance, or poem, writing a book, competing at a sporting event, giving a speech, and so on—there is greater potential for aliveness but also for shame and pain
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Tips for the Road Series: Tip 10. Take It to the Trees

One of the most important things you can do to live a meaningful and rewarding life filled with vitality is reclaim your emotions. Eric offers a tip to reclaim your emotions, rescuing you from the numb and deadening state of “fine."
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Tips for the Road Series: Tip 9. Make Poetry Out of Empathy

Nonviolent Communication includes a practice of empathy that involves listening for feelings and needs no matter how someone expresses themselves, and reflecting back the feelings and needs when it is helpful to do so. You can reflect back in a traditional NVC manner, or in a more creative way, with metaphors.
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