BayNVC Bulletin
February 2008
Bay Area Nonviolent Communication is working to create a world where everyone's needs matter and people have the skills to make peace.

Large human movements spring from individual human initiatives.
If you feel that you cannot have much of an effect, the next person may also become discouraged, and a great opportunity will have been lost. On the other hand, each of us can inspire others simply by working to develop our own altruistic motivations -- and engaging the world with a compassion-tempered heart and mind.

The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso

Dear Friends,

This past week an inspiring story was shared among the NVC certified trainers list-serve, about Peace Brigade International volunteers in Papua New Guinea using newly-learned NVC skills in their work saving lives.

I feel inspired hearing such a story and similarly inspired by the hundreds of stories we hear that are less dramatic, stories about change within individuals, couples, families and groups. This month, as we are surrounded by the hearts and flowers of Valentine's Day, I am grateful for the support that Nonviolent Communication offers to couples, parents and families. It's been years since I could imagine how my marriage would operate without NVC -- not the language per se, but the underlying caring and connection that we experience as part of our marriage culture, that so sweetly holds our family as a whole.  It is not separate from our spiritual journeys -- as individuals -- to embrace the effort of keeping our hearts open to those we love and live with. Whether you are in relationship, wishing you were, or recovering from one, whether you are a parent, struggling with daily challenges or with loss and grief, I salute you for your efforts to bring compassion to your relationships. Every interaction that invokes the consciousness of Nonviolent Communication contributes to the creation of a world without violence.

Next month a special resource for couples will be coming to the Bay Area -- certified trainer Eva Rambala, from Hungary, who has a special delight and interest in working with issues of intimacy. Eva serves as the Eastern European Project Coordinator for CNVC and will be offering several workshops as well as a talk about NVC in Eastern Europe. I am delighted that she will be visiting, because it will support her and because it offers all of you an opportunity to hear NVC from a fresh and experienced voice. Please take a moment to read Eva's biography on our website -- if you do, I predict you will want to find a way to hang out with her during her visit!

This comes with love,

Kit Miller
Bay Area Nonviolent Communication
NVC Offerings for Parents & Families
grace and amani resizeWe are thrilled to be able to share with you a rich menu of offerings for parents and families in 2008. In addition to our local offerings, which include an upcoming introductory series for parents, empathy groups, and our popular June Bay Area Family Camp, we have compiled information about national and international events, workshops, teleclasses and family camps that we are aware of. For details, please visit the 2008 Bulletin of NVC Programs, Classes & Resources for Parents & Families.
eva rambala head shotEva Rambala
in the Bay Area
We're delighted to welcome Eva Rambala for the first time to the Bay area. Eva serves as the Eastern Europe Project Director for the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC). She shares NVC in highly diverse settings throughout the world. Don't miss an opportunity to learn with her! She'll be offering a weekend workshop on NVC in Intimate Relationships (March 1-2), a Deepening/NVC Mastery Class (March 3), and a daylong on Mediating with Iran: President Mahmud Ahmadinejad & President George Bush (March 4). We also invite you to join us for a Gathering (March 4, 7-9pm) to learn about and raise funds for Eva's work in Eastern Europe.
grace and amani resizeUpcoming Retreats for
Individuals & Therapists
BayNVC's retreats offer an opportunity to experience rich and intensive learning, growth and support. Our popular Living Peace intensive (March 7-12) is a natural next step for those wishing to deepen their
understanding of what it means to live NVC, or to explore participation in longer programs such as CNPP. Miki Kashtan will also be leading a Florida Living Peace intensive (February 22-27) and a Therapists Retreat (March 14-18). For a full listing of 2008 retreats, see Retreats.
What is Really Important? Help BayNVC Re-Vision our Long-Term Plan
Because of YOUR support and interest in NVC, BayNVC has experienced exponential growth in the last few years. With programs and plans for the current year in motion, we are taking time to look at our long-range contribution in the world. Are you willing to help?

Your role: Help us design our future. Whether you are a BayNVC student, teacher, volunteer or supporter, we need your ideas to create the best plan possible. Please, take 5-10 minutes to answer 6 questions here. Or, call Maja at 510-433-0700 (Monday-Wednesday) to respond verbally. We would like all input by February 20. Your support is greatly appreciated!


Tikkun Magazine is recruiting for the position of Assistant Editor, working from the office in Berkeley, California. Please visit to learn more about the organization and magazine. To apply, send a self-revealing letter and resume (or even better, a video-tape or dvd) to Rabbi Micheal Lerner

Kearns & West, Inc., a national mediation and communications firm,
is seeking a senior mediator/facilitator or public involvement specialist for its San Francisco, CA office. For more information, please visit, or contact Anna West or Debra Nudelman

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Upcoming Workshops
Upcoming Retreats

2/22 Living Peace - Florida

3/7 Living Peace - California

3/14 Open-Hearted Therapy - California

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