Empathic presence and the body
Deepening our capacity for empathic presence.
Listening with empathy to someone’s pain is one thing when we have a close and relaxed connection with the person.
It is a different thing when we are called to listen with empathy to difficult to hear messages from people we disagree with.
I have found on my own path with NVC that there is always room for improvement, and the biggest source for growing my capacity for listening with empathy has been my body. Sensing the energy in my body, being aware of my breathing, expanding myself and grounding myself so that I can fully visit the other persons reality and experience.
In this class I will offer a few exercises that prepare us for showing up open-hearted with giraffe ears. We will practise in pairs, and share experiences with the whole group.
When: 20, 22 and 24 April 2020, 19:00-20:30 (CEST)
How: ONLINE on ZOOM (we will send you the link to the meeting immediately after the registration).
Kirsten is a family therapist, mediator and certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication, through which she has led Nonviolent Communication trainings in Europe, Asia and the Americas. For 25 years, Kirsten has devoted her working life to supporting others in personal development. Her passion is to contribute to the personal development and healing that enables people to move closer to conflicts and to grow the relational competencies that support social change work. She enjoys working with body, mind and energy consciousness that leads to connection beyond words. People who experience Kirsten’s training and facilitation often express enjoyment of how she models what she teaches with a drizzle of humor.
In 2014, Kirsten was on the trainer team for Healing and Reconciliation with NVC in Nepal, which resulted in a documentary “Raamro Aakha Ma (In the Eyes of the Good).” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqA2OydkXgg
And through the Danish Association LIVKOM she contributes to NVC in Ukraine, educating “Peace Engineers” through a local NGO – Dignity Space. She leads year-long NVC programs in Denmark and Germany and serves as a consultant and supervisor. She also publishes books on NVC in Danish and films about “Culture of Peace in Schools with NVC” which is now translated into 12 languages.
From her background in therapy Kirsten brings experiences of deep healing and working with transformation processes through body movement and energy work. Together with a colleague she has developed a body movement process: “From Guilt and Shame to Freedom and Joy”.
She holds a passion for transformation processes, and liberating ourselves from what Marshall Rosenberg (founder of NVC) sometimes called “Cultural Crap”.
Kirsten is passionate about NVC because NVC gave her back her life – allowed her to have needs and to want to meet them. It has opened her up to aliveness – a more juicy life. Kirsten sees NVC as a main contributor toward peace in our time, through sharing resources in a fair and adequate manner, so we all can have basic needs met. All children in our world can have love, food, protection and education. She sees how NVC helps families have heart connection and she watches parents regain connection with teenagers in difficulties.