Each year, trainers who want to remain certified with the Center for Nonviolent Communication agree to publish a report for CNVC. This report is generally seen only by other trainers, board members and staff of CNVC. I thought it might be fun and hopefully inspiring for others if I published my report here. I'd love to hear from you if any of your needs are met by reading it...
TRAINER REPORT FORM:
YEAR COVERED BY THIS REPORT: 2005
I. SUMMARY OF YOUR NVC WORK
Jori and I facilitated almost 200 “training events” in 2005, ranging from small regular practice groups, to weekend workshops in New Mexico and Georgia, as well as introducing NVC in the local jail to both inmates and supervisors. We were "on the air" again for two radio interviews, and helped to produce a 3 day "Marshall event" in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. We also got our "foot in the door" with Albuquerque Public Schools, one of the largest school systems in the US.
I took a two-month hiatus from mid-March through mid-May to support my parents as my father recovered form a heart valve replacement. The highlight of the year for me was our journey to support the Peace Army in Costa Rica. We also participated in dozens of mediations and facilitated meetings, as well as “coaching” sessions. For the first time since creating a "career" based on peace-making in 1993, we achieved financial sustainability.
A. TRAINING EVENTS: INTRODUCTIONS, BASICS, IITS, ETC.
January Intensive 7
Tierra Madre Realty training Foundations 6
Intro at First Church of Religious Science 35
APS Mediation Retreat: Dealing with Difficult Messages 12
The Power oF Empathy & Gratitude 7
KSFR radio interview w/ Diego 5000
KUNM radio interview w/ Halima & Stephen Weiss 10000
Weekly Practice group (Mon, Sun) 29
Intermediate Series - NVC Consciousness 6
Empathy Theatre 10
Practice group 13
APS Living with Loss 150
NM Mediation Assn: The Heart of Mediation 20
Peace Fair 50
Salt of the Earth Intro 9
Intro, Park Terrace Apts 3
Intro, Athens, GA 50
Athens, GA weekend workshop 27
Foundations am 6
Foundatons pm 9
Foundations 2 7
Intro: Bernalillo County detention Center inmates 18
Intro: Peals of the Antilles Art Gallery 3
Transforming Inner Conflict 8
Intro SecruityRE Insurance Co (Two trainings) 16
Intro High Desert Yoga 30
Intro New Life Presbyterian Church 4
Foundations 2 8
Foundations 1 9
Compassionate Families 15
Foundations 2 8
Foundations 1 18
Jail supervisors 42
jail inmates 50
Costa Rica 385
Eye Care Office 14
Total: Approximately 16000
We have 2 ongoing practice groups that we facilitate; one has been going for about 3 years. 2.5 hours/week. The other, focused on families, started in August. Participation ranges from 18 to 2.
C. OTHER EVENTS SUCH AS CONFERENCES, PANELS, SPECIAL
PRESENTATIONS. We hosted several community-building events at our home throughout the year, including our annual Interdependence Day celebration that coincides with the July 4 holiday in the US. We also promoted and helped produce an MBR event which drew at least 200 participants. We participated in a radio interview on KSFR, Public Radio in Santa Fe and KUNM in Santa Fe. Our website continued to reach out to folks throughout NM and beyond.
D. ANYTHING THAT STANDS OUT AS ESPECIALLY NOTEWORTHY THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH OUR NETWORK.
Our training experience in Costa Rica. We participated in a series of events coordinated by the Rasur Foundation and Rita Marie Johnson, including a national symposium co-sponsored by the Arias Foundation. We trained Peace Army volunteer trainers, as well as Ticos from all walks of life.
E. YOUR ESTIMATE OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PEOPLE YOU OFFERED NVC TRAINING TO IN THE PAST YEAR.
II. DESCRIBE YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE CNVC NETWORK: WORKING WITH A REGIONAL TEAM, MEMBER OF A COMMITTEE, PROJECT, ETC.
We remain actively involved with the NM Network for NVC a 501C(3) oganization, which continues its mission of spreading NVC through our twice-monthly e-mailings and continuously updated website, nvc-nm.org. We helped to promote and produce MBR's 3 day visit to ABQ and Santa Fe.
We forged and maintained alliances with the Peace Army of Costa Rica, Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice, Sikh Dharma/3HO, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque Public Schools, NM Mediation Association, First Church of Religious Science, Bahai of Albuquerque, Zen Peacemakers, Rainbow Sangha, as well as CNVC. Practice Groups continue in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Taos, and Mountainair..
Jori became a board member and is now the interim director of CNVC.
III. ONGOING LEARNING
A. SUMMARIZE PARTICIPANTS' EVALUATIONS AND DESCRIBE IN WHAT WAY THEY
RESULTED IN LEARNING OR GROWTH FOR YOU.
Participants generally express how their needs are met during our training. I have come to most enjoy hearing when participants' needs have not been met, as I almost always learn something valuable from that kind of feedback.
I have grown from feedback about pacing, clarity, expressing desired training outcomes, modeling empathy and honesty and observing and adjusting to group dynamics. My understanding of the NVC process has deepened and I celebrate that I am actualizing NVC consciousness more in my life. I marvel at the transformational power of NVC!
B. WHAT ARE YOUR GROWING EDGES/CHALLENGES AS AN NVC TRAINER?
I have deeply enjoyed connecting with the life-enriching power of gratitude. I disovered a self-connection/gratitude process that sustained me during my 2 months living with my parents which involved a periodic conscious scan of the state of my needs, celebrating and savoring the needs that are met in any given moment and choosing to attend and to and mourn my unmet needs.
My "edge" continues to be cultivating the courage to speak my needs and requests with honesty. I celebrate that I have grown in this area, and also recognize that speaking up for my needs "goes against the grain" of my habitual tendency to stifle my needs in favor of others.
Last year, my "word" was vigor. I feel happy (and energized) to report that my connection to my personal power was deeply enhanced last year. I developed new life-affirming habits to support me in creating the world I want to live in!
This year, my word is gratitude. I intend to continue the gratitude binge I have begun, with the intention of savoring every morsel life offers me, working to expand my gratitude to the "lesson-bearers" who help me to connect with the edges of my growth and integration of NVC consciousness.