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Evolution of Needs and Values through the Lens of Spiral Dynamics
  • Explore how NVC can become better equipped to respond to situations of violence
  • Discover how the Spiral Dynamics model can provide some missing pieces
  • Understand how conflicts evolve on both the personal and geo-political level
  • Study the geo-political situation that led to the invasion of Russia into Ukraine

Thursdays, January 26-February 16, 2023 (four sessions)
8:00-10:30am Pacific (California) Time

Registration Fee:
Early Bird 20% discount: $171 until January 5 ($213 after)
NVC Library Members: $137 until January 5 ($171 after)
Enter coupon code NVCL at time of checkout.


How can NVC be more effectively applied when responding to situations that involve extreme violence? 

One Ukrainian NVC trainer has been exploring answers to this question, and is here to share them with you. 

Meet Kateryna Yasko, an organizational psychologist, certified NVC trainer, and conflict mediator from Kyiv, Ukraine. In March, 2022 she and part of her family were forced to abandon their homes and move to Vilnius, Lithuania due to the full-scale invasion of Ukraine. 

As a Ukrainian NVC trainer, she began observing the NVC community’s response to Russia's invasion into Ukraine. This was her observation:

“At times it was painful to see certain responses, as they were so incongruent with my own embodied experience of having to flee a war-zone and see my country being violently attacked. It made me realize that the NVC curriculum, despite its focusing on human needs and compassion, does not prepare us well to respond to situations that involve extreme violence.”

With this realization, Kateryna reached out to Auke van Nimwegen to create a course with her. Auke is an expert in Spiral Dynamics— a model and language that offers more understanding of human nature, different worldviews, and conflicts both on a personal and geo-political level. 

This 4-week course will introduce the Spiral Dynamics model and use it to study the evolution of human needs, values, and life conditions. You will also study the geo-political situation in Europe that has led to the invasion of Russia into Ukraine.

You will come away with:

  • An understanding of the Spiral Dynamics model 
  • Insight into how needs differ depending on a person’s worldview
  • Knowledge on how to best apply NVC in various conflict situations
  • A deeper understanding of your own values and cultural biases
  • More capacity to discern when it is time to resort to dialogue or protective use of force

A good understanding of NVC and at least some experience in the application of NVC is needed. Instruction in NVC will not be offered. If you have any doubts, reach out to Kateryna Yasko by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

  • Video and audio recordings of every session
  • Forum discussion available in the classroom
  • Lifetime access to the classroom
  • Translated captions available in live sessions (Chinese (Simplified)(Beta), Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese (Beta), Korean (Beta), Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Ukrainian)
What Happens After I Register?

When you register, you will receive an email with complete instructions on how to access your course.
Note that course recordings display images of active speakers only, and are made available to all registrants.

Dates & Times
January 26, 2023  8:00am – 10:30am Pacific (California) Time.  
February 2, 2023  8:00am – 10:30am Pacific (California) Time.
February 9, 2023  8:00am – 10:30am Pacific (California) Time
February 16, 2023  8:00am – 10:30am Pacific (California) Time.
Kateryna Yasko & Auke Van Nimwegen

About Kateryna Yasko & Auke Van Nimwegen

Kateryna Yasko (from Kyiv, Ukraine, but currently living with her family in Lithuania) is an organizational psychologist, certified NVC trainer and conflict mediator from Kyiv, Ukraine. Her academic background is in the area of international relations and law (MSc), psychology (MSc), and business administration (MBA). She is a founder of a public association “International Institute for Integral Development” (IIID), educational platform Empatia.pro and consulting company U-Integral, focusing on leadership development and bringing holistic approaches to business organizations and educational institutions. For the past 10 years Kateryna has been an active explorer of adult development and Scandinavian bildung practices and a member of...