Presentations 2017

New Culture and Embodied NVC: A journey into radical acceptance of your own wisdom.

Taught by Max Rivers –

Bio: Max Rivers pioneered combining NVC and mediation and focusing on using these powerful tools in New Cultural environments.  He’s taught at NC Hawaii, Santa Cruz and East. His book, “The Surprising Purpose of Conflict” will be available on this fall. He has also developed a six session process for coaching people to find the benefit of their differences, specializing in helping people in nontraditional intimate relationships like their own.

If the Forum “reveals what is hidden,” then Embodied NVC (Non-violent communication) helps reveal the beauty of the wisdom that is hidden there. A foundational principle of NVC is that everything that we say or do is an attempt to get beautiful, life-affirming, universal needs satisfied. However, the sad reality is that our old (existing) culture has defined many of these basic and beautiful needs as bad, sinful, dangerous or just forbidden — creating despair these needs could ever be met! By convincing your conscious mind to reject these needs, we experience them as “triggers” or wounds that we suppress (hide) or lash out (react) in response to, which often leads to discord and disconnection.

These learned ways of reacting tragically tear the fabric of our communities, divorce us from loved ones, and disconnect us from our own truth and wisdom. But the heart’s desires live on beneath all that drama, beautiful and wise.

Creating a New Culture that is sustainable requires learning how to translate our ingrained reaction to pain and loss into clear, transparent communications of our deepest truth and wisdom. These truths live on in the body. Embodied NVC is a practical process for uncovering the wisdom, learning how to live guided by it, express it in its pure form, and even to hear it in the reactive expression of others.

We’ll journey together through exploration of your real-life situations, movement and communication practice of the uncovering, reintegrating and expressing of your own hidden truths. We’ll teach you the skills developed in this new, embodied form of NVC which you can take back into your life, into your most intimate relationships, and to use in this new world culture we are co-creating together.

*NVC and Non-Violent Communication are trademarks of and Marshall Rosenberg.