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Navigating Conflict Intro: Building Skills for Connection and Resilience
Navigating Conflict Intro: Building Skills for Connection and Resilience

Sat, Sep 03


Center for Belonging Folk School

Navigating Conflict Intro: Building Skills for Connection and Resilience

Come Learn and Practice the Foundations of Nonviolent Communication in a beautiful rural outdoor setting. Reserve your spot by Aug 28!

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Time & Location

Sep 03, 2022, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Center for Belonging Folk School, 1591 Manawa Trail Rd, Decorah, IA 52101, USA

About the Event

We want to know that our collective efforts to bring about needed  changes and work toward Just Transition will be fruitful. When we pour  ourselves into the things we care about, we want to know it matters.  Especially in times such as these, how exhausting to see our hard work  melt away as conflict slows down, stalls out, or, worse yet, dissolves  our collaborations.

The legacies of a domination paradigm  (capitalism, patriarchy, white supremacy, to name a few) have left us  without the skills we need to lean in to interdependence. This makes it  incredibly hard to collaborate effectively. It makes it harder still to  find generativity in conflict.

But it doesn’t have to be this way!  Nonviolent or “Compassionate” Communication (NVC) offers us a toolkit  to deepen our own embodied self-connection, build our capacity to reach  out for support, and relate to ourselves and one another with empathy so  that we can show up more fully to our work in the world. And as we  begin to unpack the way that domination culture has shaped our very  language, we can learn new/old ways of communicating that bring us more  deeply into alignment with our values, our purpose, and into connection  with one another.

During this weekend workshop, we will explore  practical strategies for undoing domination in ourselves, our  communication, our relationships, and our collaborations. The session  will include interactive content and practices to engage with real-time  examples from your life. You will have the opportunity to be paired up  with a buddy for practice beyond the course (if you choose). This course  will support you to:

  • Identify patterns of domination culture and develop a needs-based orientation that can enable you to undo domination
  • Explore  NVC as an embodied mindfulness practice and grow your capacity to tune  into body sensations as valuable feedback from your nervous system  pointing you towards what matters to you
  • Grow your awareness of  and vocabulary for resonant language including “feelings” and “needs”,  and your understanding of the brain science behind why this kind of  language works
  • Develop an empathic listening practice with a  buddy following the workshop as a foundational tool for resourcing  yourself to show up better in conflict and collaboration

About Nicole Bauman:

Nicole  Bauman is a midwest-based queer parent steeped in the sacred work of  facilitation, transformative justice, somatics and Nonviolent  Communication. They see building conflict resiliency as an essential  part of living into the world to come, and are passionate about creating  space where personal and collective liberation feel possible. As the  descendant of white Western European peasant farmers who carried their  trauma with them to the Americas, Nicole is committed to centering  racial justice and ancestral healing in their work.

Nicole’s  background in farming, yoga, doula work and natural building grounds  their work in connection to the earth and the body. Nicole is an  ICF-certified Professional and Community Healing-Centered Coach and a  student of Somatics with the Strozzi Institute and in the lineage of  generative somatics. Nicole finds rootedness in growing food, daily  walks to the river, sewing ancestral quilts and through being a part of  the Prairie Wolf Collective co-housing community in the Rust Belt city  of Elkhart, Indiana (occupied Potawatomi territory).

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