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Balance: Flowing from Season to Season

Dear friend,

Fall is right around the corner now, and I can feel summer starting to wind down. For me, this brings up a growing urge to jump back into life in a much more active way. It is subtle, but clearly growing.

Summer seems like a time of year that is more focused on family, quiet time, and tending to home business more than any other time of year. I experience it as almost like living in a bubble.

And, I love this summer bubble every year.

In fact, I revel in it: the long, lazier than usual days… the warm weather… sleeping with my windows open and feeling the ocean breeze meander softly through my home… taking the time to catch up on sleep… and revisit what's important to me. One highlight of this past summer, though there were many, was a whale-watching trip that my wife, Kim, and I took with our Marine Biologist friend Gwen. It was a beautiful day and we learned so much from Gwen's expertise. This photo is one Gwen took of a mom and child dolphin.

I'm aware of a tug in me to stay quiet, yet fall calls me out to the bigger world, calling me to be more physically active, engage in work, and start new projects. I find I can enjoy both the tug to remain and the excitement of imagining a bustling fall.

In this moment I'm aware of the value of both. The summer's quiet allows me valuable time to reconnect with myself, my family, and community. Fall's new projects allow me to express what I uncovered during the summer months. In that way, it's a perfect blend of self-care and self-expression.

I plan on reveling in these last few weeks of summer and starting this fall with revived vigor and joy. May our Growing Roots and all of the NVC Academy's programs support you in achieving a fall that brings you joy as well.

In peace,

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

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Upcoming Courses and Events

All times listed are Pacific (California) times.


Responding to the Call of Our Times:
A Leadership Coaching Program (2019)
Miki Kashtan
Fridays, February 1 - December 13 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm PST / PDT
This program remains open for registration for the entire year. There is no curriculum and you can always join and then get the recordings from the beginning of the year.


From Awareness to Action:
Creating Bridges Across Differences
Roxy Manning
Tuesdays, September 10 - October 15 • 3:00 - 5:00pm PDT


Living Compassion in Challenging Times:
Building Skills in Resilience and Connection
Robert Gonzales
Wednesdays, September 25 - November 27 • 10:00am - 12:00pm PDT / PST


Fundamentals of NVC:
An Exploration of the Basics
Mary Mackenzie
Thursdays, October 10 - December 12 • 5:00 - 7:00pm PDT / PST


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


Healing from the Inside Out
Mary Mackenzie • This course is intended for Chinese speaking participants


6th Annual NVCfest
(Formerly the NVC Telethon)
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


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

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