Compassionate Living Retreat
Based on the works on Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
Date: 16 to 20th Jan, 2015
How would it look like to live in a community where people try to express their feelings very honestly while holding care and empathy for the others, where all the voices in the community matter, where empathy is available in abundance, where we feel fully safe to share our vulnerabilities, and where beauty of the need is seen and felt behind every action.
We invite those who hold this dream and want to try to make it happen, to come to our Compassionate Living Retreat. It is largely based on the works on Nonviolent Communication (NVC) of Marshall Rosenberg. NVC is a way of being that supports our connection to ‘life energy’ believed to be present in all beings. It encourages us to find resources both internal and external, enough to take care of each person’s needs to live in peace, harmony and joy.
About the workshop:
It will be a living and learning retreat, where our time will be divided by spending some on structured learning and then applying it in our day to day life while we are with each other for the five days. We could also be working in the kitchen garden, cooking our meals, cleaning the place and having lighter moments together.
It’s an opportunity to live as a community, where we will also practice different modalities of decision making and conflict transformation available to us. If everyone consents we will also set up a Restorative System within our retreat community, whereby people can call Restorative Circles to bring up any conflicts that happen during our time there. We will also at times use Sociocracy to make decisions where all voices collaborate to create decisions. And as Dominic Barter says "The closer I am to conflict, the safer I am", we would, considering the naturalness in a conflict, create support and be containers for holding conflicts.
About the workshop facilitator
The workshop is facilitated by Shammi Nanda.
To see some videos around Shammi’s work see a video harvest goo.gl/xqGHk9 and En-joy café http://youtu.be/icNiMz7heGk
To know about Shammi and his work go to www.courageouscommunication.wordpress.com.
Date and Timing:
Friday 16th January 10 am to 20th January 2015 5 pm
Swaraj University Campus, Tapovan Ashram, Udaipur. Tapovan Ashram is an organic farm, located on the outskirts of Udaipur, surrounded by the Aravallis mountain ranges. More details will be sent to you once you register.
We are questioning, challenging and experimenting with our set notion of money. We would like to welcome you in this experiment and deepen our understanding of gift culture. We invite you to experience full freedom in how you value our time together learning and sharing, by choosing for yourself how much you would like to gift financially for the workshop. We see this model of support as an opportunity to nurture and celebrate our capacity for care and generosity.
The facilitator and the host team are wholeheartedly offering their skills and expertise, time and services as a gift towards the creation of this workshop. In the spirit of mutuality, we want to make sure that we also take responsibility of caring for those who are offering things in the spirit of gift. Practically, your contribution will allow us to take care of rent/expenses for the venue, accommodation, food, workshop material and the facilitator's travel and honorarium.
Our invitation is that if you have been moved by our offering and would like to make this magical gift available to more people, you are invited to generously contribute from your heart. Your contribution will help keep such learning spaces alive and also can support other peoples’ participation. No one will be refused due to money constraints.
If you think this workshop is for you the please go ahead and register at
In case you are unable to register through this link or for further queries please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com . You can also call us on 08141067520 or 08764279302.
To know more about NVC go to http://goo.gl/g2vkTo and www.cnvc.org
To know about Restorative Circles go to www.restorativecircles.org
To know about Sociocracy see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sociocracy
Looking forward to your arrival,
Reva, Manish, Shammi,