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Losses, Apologies, and Celebrations

Dear friend,

A week or so ago, I traveled to Flagstaff, Arizona, USA – where I had lived for over 20 years – to participate in the final memorial service of my dear friend, Jenny. Three of her beloved friends and I went to her favorite place to hike in Flagstaff. We brought bunches of her favorite flowers, readings, and songs we thought she would enjoy and slowly walked the trail, stopping to add something – a word, poem, song, or whatever came to us as we moved – and then had a picnic lunch with some of her favorite foods. It was a glorious and beautiful fall day in Flagstaff. The pictures featured here are two of the many pictures I took that day.

Sigh. It was both a beautiful and gut wrenching experience.

The main thing I walked away with is a kind of awe for the process of life when we let Life take the lead. For example: the aspen trees had begun to turn their bright, fall colors. Soon the leaves will start falling and the trees will look barren until spring, reminding me of the barrenness in my heart… I am tired of saying good-bye to my friend: I am ready to start focusing on how my long friendship with her supports my life every day. In a way, I am also wanting to welcome the friendship to continue even if her physical presence  is no longer here. Autumn seems a perfect time to acknowledge and respect this transition in all its beautiful and barren moments.

Another thing that's on my mind is something I said in my letter last month that stimulated pain in at least one person: I made a joke about witches. I had Halloween on my mind and forgot that there are current-day witches who are following a spiritual path. I am sad about forgetting this… some of you may have felt hurt and possibly wished for greater care and respect. I want that for you too – and for all of us – and I will do my part to avoid making jokes about witches in the future.

And, finally, I'm celebrating three of the NVC Academy's collaborations coming up this month:

  1. Our NVCfest is this month! This is the NVC Academy team's annual celebration of YOU, our trainers, and NVC in general. The purpose? To enjoy a fun and enlightened time with our NVC community, and to bring greater sustainability to the NVC Academy so we can keep our work going. And each year, all our trainers continue to donate both raffle prizes and their time, which fills me with an ineffable sense of gratitude and joy.
  2. In mid-November, I'll be offering our first course to be taught in English and translated live into Chinese. The course is called Self-Empathy: Healing from the Inside Out, and everyone is welcome to register. Many thanks to the Chinese team that is collaborating with us, including Liu Yi, who is the only certified trainer in China!
  3. Miki Kashtan's brilliant work called Convergent Facilitation is being offered by Lisa Rothman and Aya Caspi starting November 4th. We had such a huge outpouring of interest in this program last year that Miki asked if we'd offer it again. How could we say 'no' when so many of you said 'yes!'

All this is further proof that in all of life the seasons change… We mourn losses, acknowledge it when our actions or words stimulate pain in others, we search for new beginnings, and we celebrate when we find them! All in support of the Life that is in and around all of us.

May your November be filled with warmth and celebration.

In peace,

CNVC Certified Trainer and Co-Founder, NVC Academy
p.s. You may also now read these monthly letters on my blog!

Our 6th Annual Celebration: NVCfest, (formerly the NVC Telethon). Saturday, November 16, 8:00am to 8:00pm. Join us for our annual celebration of NVC! Your donation of any amount gives you the chance to actively support people from all over the world in getting to know NVC trainers from many cultures and lifestyles. Plus you will have FUN exploring NVC-related topics, get a sneak-peek at next year’s courses, and could win one of the NVC-related prizes donated by our beloved trainers! Monthly Gift. Social Change: Supporting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Roxy Manning and Martha Lasley: 2019. How do you define an observation?  Roxy expands on our traditional understanding with: 1) how / what videos record; 2) individual internal observations; and 3) the impact of awareness of systemic issues. Check it Out. Intrigued by Roxy’s perceptive exploration of the definition of observation? If yes, you might enjoy attending her session at our NVCfest Celebration, NVC for Change: Moving from the Individual to the Systemic. Take a look! “Fall” Into Learning at Your Own Pace. Get Started with NVC. FREE 30 Day Introductory Course. It’s time to “fall” into learning! By the end of this revamped course, you will understand the underlying principles of NVC, be familiar with its practical components, be creating your own NVC toolkit, and be exploring how others use it in their daily lives. Take a Look. Enjoy a Weekly Boost of NVC! NVC Reflections with Mary Mackenzie. Now you can receive thought-provoking, weekly excerpts from Peaceful Living, Mary’s daily meditation book for living NVC – consciously. Sign Up. Courses Beginning During November. All times listed are Pacific (California) times. “This is a piece I have wanted for most of my life… Thank you for making it easy to access and integrate!” –F.H.

Convergent Facilitation: A Path to Efficient, Collaborative Decision Making
Lisa Rothman and Aya Caspi
Mondays, November 4 - December 2 • 4:00 - 6:00pm PST / PST


Self-Empathy: Healing from the Inside Out
Mary Mackenzie
This course will be taught in English with live translation to Chinese.


6th Annual NVCfest
Roxy Manning, Mary Mackenzie, Jo McHale, Ceri Buckmaster, Sarah Ludford, Miki Kashtan, Kristin Masters, Lore Baur, David Weinstock, Jim Manske, and Jori Manske
Saturday, November 16 • 8:00am - 8:00pm PST

Ongoing Courses

Taste of Compassionate Leadership:
Monthly Video Conference ~ FREE:

Jim Manske, Jori Manske, and Guest Trainers
4th Saturdays, Monthly • Ongoing • 4:00 - 6:00pm PDT / PST

Read about the seeds of new ideas on the leading edges of NVC. Find the newest ideas from respected trainers like Oren Jay Sofer, Ingrid Bauer, Jim Manske, Susan Skye, Roxy Manning, Peggy Smith, Kathleen Macferran, Mukti Jarvis, John Kinyon, Jamil Popatia, and others. Take a Look. NVC Multimedia Library. The world’s largest online NVC training library. In the Spotlight: NVC and Leadership. You do not have to wait for healing in order to step into a leadership role. You can align yourself TODAY with what matters most to you, and the healing will follow. Listen to what Miki Kashtan has to say about this in Leadership as a Way of Life. This FREE resource is available to all, even if you’re not a Library member.  Listen. NVC Marketplace. Popular NVC Trainer Recordings. Need to add to your personal NVC library? You'll find a wide variety of inspirational and educational recordings in our NVC Marketplace. Check It Out.

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