September 5th-8th, 2019 -- Intro to Nonviolent Communication: An Upstate Retreat

with Lyndsey Harrington 

Upstate NY, Location TBA

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a practice that was originated by American psychologist and peace activist Marshall Rosenberg in the late 20th century. It provides us with the tools to live more empathetically, shifting patterns of judgement and blame to compassion and understanding. With NVC, we are invited to live in connection to the feelings and needs that drive our every word and action, and to become curious about what might be driving the words and actions of others. We can learn to understand and advocate for ourselves on a deep level, cultivate more harmony and compassion in our relationships, and approach the world with an increased spirit of generosity.

This retreat is designed to introduce the concepts of Nonviolent Communication in a nurturing and holistic way. Among the lush trees and cooling river waters of the Catskill Mountains, we’ll support each other in learning and integrating these transformative new language (and life!) tools. The intention of the retreat is to provide a thorough foundational understanding of NVC concepts (supplemented by group exercises and partner practice), so that participants leave feeling confident and inspired in becoming more effective communicators. Our group study time will be balanced with dedicated time for meditation, journaling, rest, and communion with nature, holding the awareness that transforming our communication style is a profound process for most people and having a little space can be wonderful medicine. That being said, we will be covering a lot of ground in the four days of the retreat, so please prepare for quite a bit of learning!

Here are some of the concepts we will cover:

- Learning to identify our feelings, how they present themselves in our bodies, and how to expand our feelings vocabulary.

- Familiarizing ourselves with the concept of universal human needs and the NVC needs inventory. Developing an understanding of the difference between our needs and the strategies we employ to meet our needs.

- How to transform “should/shouldn’t”, “good/bad”, and “right/wrong” thinking, and why we might choose to do so.

- The importance of being able to make observations that are free of judgment, and how that plays an essential role in connective communication.

- Learning to translate our judgements (and the judgements of others) to understand what we’re really needing when we judge.

- Understanding and practicing the NVC definition of the word “empathy”, why it’s different from the empathy we know, and the powerful ways in which NVC empathy can transform our lives.

- Practicing “empathic presence”, and deepening our listening skills.

- Formulating requests and identifying the difference between requests, demands, and boundaries.

Please note that workshop space is limited to 12 participants in order to support an atmosphere of closeness and to allow for personal attention from the instructor. We look forward to seeing you in September!

* No prior Nonviolent Communication experience is required for this retreat, though it is encouraged that participants read at least the first four chapters of Marshall Rosenberg's book "Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life" before arrival.

*With any questions about Nonviolent Communication and/or this retreat, please email lyndseyjoharrington@gmail.com.

RETREAT ITINERARY

1pm-3pm Check-In Thursday, 2pm Sunday Check-Out

Please note: Outdoor activities are weather-permitted. Quiet hours are between 10:30pm and 7am.

Thursday September 5th:

Check-In Between 1pm and 3pm

3:30-6pm:

Opening Meditation

Introductions

Lesson

6-8pm:

Dinner

8pm-9:30pm:

Evening Practice (By the Fire)

Friday September 6th:

7:30am-8:30am:

Morning Meditation/Journaling (In the Dome)

8:30-9:30am:

Breakfast

9:30am-1pm:

Lesson & Exercises (In the Dome)

1pm-3pm:

Lunch Break

3pm-6pm:

Lesson & Exercises (At the River)

6pm-8pm:

Dinner

8pm-9:30pm:

Evening Practice (By the Fire)

Saturday September 7th:

7:30am-8:30am:

Morning Meditation/Journaling (In the Dome)

8:30-9:30am:

Breakfast

9:30am-12:30pm:

Hike, Lesson, Practice

12:30-1:30pm:

Picnic Lunch By the River

1:30-3pm:

Break

3pm-6pm:

Lesson & Exercises (In the Dome)

6pm-8pm:

Dinner

8pm-9:30pm:

Evening Practice (By the Fire)

Sunday September 8th:

7:30am-8:30am:

Morning Meditation & Journaling (In the Dome)

8:30am-9:30am:

Breakfast

9:30am-12:30pm

Lesson & Practice (In the Dome)

12:30pm-2pm:

Lunch & Check-Out

Exchange : $650

S I G N  U P  O N L I N E

Lyndsey Harrington has been passionately dedicated to Nonviolent Communication since she first encountered it in 2012. Growing up with a deep love for meditation and alternative healing, she found herself yearning for a practice that could bridge the sense of loving unity she felt with the world during her meditations and maintaining that sense of connection amidst everyday human life as she knew it. For her, Nonviolent Communication is that bridge.

In 2012, while living in Brooklyn, Lyndsey encountered Marshall Rosenberg’s book “Nonviolent Communication” through a friend. In 2015, she began studying with the New York Center for Nonviolent Communication and then, in 2017, joined their team as a workshop facilitator/trainer. She has facilitated several NYCNVC intensives, supported the organization as a Course Coordinator, and has led and co-led Nonviolent Communication practice groups in Brooklyn and the Hudson Valley.

Lyndsey has considered Maha Rose her healing home for the past five years. There, she has taught Reiki, practical magick, Nonviolent Communication, and more. She is also one of the co-founders of Maha Rose’s Fairy School. She has been a full-time resident of Woodstock, NY (just a few minutes away from Maha Rose North) since 2016 and is overjoyed at the opportunity to lead her first full Nonviolent Communication retreat in the mountains she calls home.