$170 – $340

Communication Dojo - 4-week Series: "Empowered Self-Expression - Speaking f...

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Zen Center Conference Room

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This is a 4-week committed series. Class times/dates: 7pm to 9pm on Sept 10th, 17th, 24th, Oct 1st.

Sliding Scale pricing $340 - $170 per person for the series (plus Eventbrite admin fee). The sliding scale pricing means we'd love to receive $340 per person for the series, since this price is chosen to support the sustainability of the Communication Dojo. However, we also want to be able to welcome those for whom the $340 price is not affordable, so we're making a range of ticket prices available.

Empowered Self-Expression - Speaking from the Heart

How you say things makes a big difference in how you get heard, and whether you get heard at all. What we say is an expression of what's important to us in the moment - to connect, to be understood, to be creative, to have fun etc. - so how we speak has a big effect on whether we experience the kind of joyful life and relationships we're looking for.

During this 4-week series we'll explore what it means to express yourself from a place of empowerment, and what it means to speak "from the heart."

Empowered self-expression means being present with and responsive to whatever comes back from the person you're talking to. Rather than trying to "say everything right," we'll practice instead expressing yourself sincerely from the heart, then responding, from the heart, to whatever comes back.

We'll also give attention to the "classic" Nonviolent Communication elements of self-expression: observations, feelings, needs and requests.

The Communication Dojo is a learning environment designed for everyone, regardless of prior experience with "Connected Communication" (aka "Nonviolent Communication" (NVC)). This four week committed series format allows you opportunities to practice what you're learning between classes then to come back the next week with questions. You'll build skills, knowledge, and community week by week.

As soon as you concern yourself with the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ of your fellows, you create an opening in your heart for maliciousness to enter. Testing, competing with, and criticizing others will weaken and defeat you.— Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido

The Communication Dojo approach is inspired in part by teaching from martial arts. This is not a lecture series. The teaching is highly interactive and there will be plenty of experiential learning in pairs and/or small groups - “learning by doing.”

Some features of the Communication Dojo:

*Efficient use of class time to maximize learning
*High proportion of practice time in pairs – learning communication by communicating.
*Minimal reliance on “jargon” i.e. language that might be confusing or alienating for those not familiar with NVC.
*Little likelihood of people developing any sense of “Doing it wrong” or “Trying to do it right.”

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