“Miki, I really admire the way you are able to be so present in the moment and are able to respond so well to what you see and sense. Just watching you in action makes this course worthwhile to me." —S.G., Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
”Miki's workshop was exceptional in giving an overview of the work, while calmly meeting the emotional challenges everyone brought to the table.” —Class participant
When a participant's sister reveals the Ku Klux Klan broke into her home and dragged her towards a burning cross, it challenges her commitment to nonviolence. Miki shares a practice that, even in extreme polarization, connects freedom and healing in us all. Listen.
Excerpted from Miki's course Responding to the Call of Our Times in 2017.
A big part of why receiving feedback is so challenging is because so few people around us know how to give feedback untainted with criticism, judgment, or our personal upset. But, if we wait for others to offer us usable, digestible, manageable feedback, we will not likely receive sufficient feedback for our growth and learning. Instead, we can grow in our capacity to fish the pearl that’s buried within. Here are three specific suggestions for how.
Nonviolent Facilitation as a Path to the Future (2019)
How might you speak and act today if the world of your dreams were already in place? Miki Kashtan’s newest course is designed to support you in expanding your capacity to live from this rich and forward-thinking mindset. Please note: while this course will be of great value to those with NVC skills, they are not in any way required: you will still be able to readily make use of what you learn.
We're in difficult times - possibly at the brink of extinction. What can we do in response? Some nonlinear steps: A.) Notice what isn't working; B.) Mourn so that we can move "towards" from an expanded space inside; C.) Analyze to bring a fuller understanding of what's happening and what's needed; D.) Reframe our inner and outer narratives; E.) Discern what we can contribute; F.) Care; and G.) Bring in support for more resilience and creativity.
Becoming a Change Agent Everywhere You Go (Complete Course)
Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed – or locked into passivity? This course offers you a way out. Learn to change the way you perceive leadership, and you’ll help yourself respond more powerfully and proactively every day of your life – wherever you are – and whomever you’re with!
The preview session of this course is available for all to listen to and enjoy:
How do we address historical and present challenges regarding the invisibility of privilege and power? What can we do, especially if we are people with privilege, to transform these conditions? However challenging these kinds of situations are, and whatever our position, we can move towards more inclusivity by learning and doing significant inner and outer work.
What is it that we are taught we can’t have, and what is it that we are encouraged to pursue instead? This guide could help you see through what's hidden behind the curtain of our societal conditioning.
There's the real need. And then there's the privilege that’s offered as a substitute for it. Privilege substitutes support the existing structure of society. It can look to us as if giving up the privilege would amount to giving up everything -- if we don't believe the real needs can even be experienced. If we connected directly to the needs, we could become subversive, agents of change.
In groups, relationships and society we may not want to dominate or take away from others’ access to power, to choice, to participation in decisions, nor to shaping the vision and direction of the dynamic. And yet how do we do it anyway without knowing it? Discover how privilege operates on a societal level and becomes so invisible in groups. Learn why the conversation is usually excruciating for members of both privileged and under privileged.
Responding to the Call of Our Times: A Leadership Coaching Program (2020)
Leadership… It’s all about taking responsibility for the whole, whether that “whole” is a company you're running, your family, your school, your community, or the world. This powerful ongoing coaching program – now in its 4th year – is designed to support you in stepping fully into leadership. You’ll learn how to keep moving toward your highest goals… how to transform the patriarchal legacy of separation, scarcity, and powerlessness into a livable future… bridge the gap between your vision and reality, and much more.(Please note: this program remains open for registration for the entire year. There is no curriculum; you may join at any time and download all the recordings from the beginning of the year.)