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Zen and the Art of Conflict

We just received a press release for an interesting course offered by Brooklyn Nonviolent Communication (brooklynnvc.org) that I’d like to share (full press release after the break)…

Shifting Conflict to Compassion

Mindful Communication: Zen and the Art of Conflict
A Course in Compassionate Nonviolent Communication (NVC)

Beginning June 1st at the Breathing Project in Manhattan

Who doesn’t encounter conflict at some point? While most of us have found ways to “deal” with conflict, it is truly an art to find the opportunities for connection and compassion hidden within conflict. By learning to listen to our own needs and the core concerns of others we can come up with solutions and strategies that foster a mutual sense of understanding.

This is the focus of an upcoming course, “Zen and the Art of Conflict,” offered by Brooklyn Nonviolent Communication on 3 Sundays beginning June 1st at the Breathing Project in Manhattan.

“Many of us are afraid to be honest because we fear conflict. Yet authenticity is a gift when offered without criticism or blame,” comments Dian Killian, Ph.D., co-author of the book used for the program, Connecting Across Differences: A Guide to Compassionate, Nonviolent Communication.

Offered by Brooklyn NVC and cosponsored by New Yorkers for a Department of Peace (NYDOP), this course teaches NVC skills now being used effectively around the world in families, organizations, prisons, and schools. According to Carol Hillson, State coordinator of the Department of Peace Campaign, “A key feature of the Department of Peace legislation is to provide conflict resolution training in America’s schools and work places. As NYDOP continues to lobby Congress for passage of this bill, we are delighted to help offer “Zen and the Art of conflict”, a course providing ordinary citizens with extraordinary yet simple tools to effectively handle everyday conflict.”

Led by an Associate Trainer of Brooklyn Nonviolent Communication, the course is based on the practice of compassionate, Nonviolent Communication as developed by Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D. Participants will learn how to identify the feelings and needs of themselves and others and make clear observations and requests.

The facilitator, Paul Merrill is a graduate of the NVC North American Leadership Program. Paul has been leading NVC trainings since 2005 and has also worked in community mediation.

This course will meet Sundays, June 1st, 8th, and 22nd from 11-6 at the Breathing Project, 15 W. 26th St., Manhattan, NY. The fee for this program is on a sliding scale of $325-$525 plus the materials fee of $20. Register on-line: www.brooklynnvc.org

For more information about the course or the facilitator visit www.brooklynnvc.org or email events@brooklynnvc.org.

Andy Fluke
Andy Fluke is the co-founder of NCDD and currently provides creative support to many of NCDD's publications and events. He also works with a handful of other NCDD members on a variety of projects as consultant and designer. More about his work can be found at www.andyfluke.com.

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