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

Don't be afraid to speak; be afraid of what will happen to the whole truth if you don't.

 Sister Joan Chittister, Catholic activist,

"We must heal the wounds of our soldiers and communities.  We cannot achieve peace-making without first achieving true
and comprehensive war-healing." - Edward Tick

Dear Friends,

How can we learn to heal, and support others to heal, from violence? I
have been turning that question over in my mind during the last week,
stimulated by the observance of Memorial Day here in the US and by an
article in the current issue of Yes magazine.  Author Edward Tick talks
about traditional practices for reintegrating warriors and suggests ways
all of us can participate in bringing veterans home in the fullest sense.
I celebrate the healing that BayNVC and Miki Kashtan contributed this
past month in Africa and Brazil, through trainings for leaders and
facilitation of the inaugural meeting of the African Alliance for Peace.
During a three day meeting this group, facilitated by Miki, was able to
craft refined vision and mission statements, design an egalitarian
organizational structure featuring a process of consent decision making,
articulate a set of operating principles for the organization and
formulate a work plan for the coming year, leading up to the Second AAP
Summit, to be held in May 2009 in South Africa. Wow!

As usual when Miki travels she collects eager new NVC students! So we
will be looking for funds to bring leaders from Brazil and several
African countries to the 2009 Leadership Program  - let us know if you have ideas to support funding some extraordinary people, eager to bring healing to their people and countries. For inspiration, read the account of Miki's trip posted on the home page of our website.

This comes with love,

Kit Miller
Bay Area Nonviolent Communication
MikiKashtanJohnKinyonNVC Academy Telecourse Series
Trainers include BayNVC's Miki Kashtan and John Kinyon.
You are invited to participate in an exciting NVC telecourse series that features seven trainers teaching a variety of NVC courses for which they are personally passionate. Each course lasts 2 hours and costs $19.00. Check out the diverse program of courses here!
9-Month Program in NVC Conflict ResolutionMediation graphic
with Ike Lasater & John Kinyon,
September 2008 - June 2009
We are excited to announce this program for developing presence and personal growth through conflict resolution.

5-day Intensive Retreat - September 16-21
The retreat is part of the 9-month program and will also be open to anyone who wants to deepen their NVC practice.
"John and Ike's mediation training has offered me the steepest learning
curve I have found for incorporating NVC into my life." -- class participant
Please email John if you wish to receive the information packet for these programs.
Quotes from Past Participants in our PPLP
(Parent Peer Leadership Program)
"I think the parenting groups that we are leading as a result of the PPLP are so an oasis in the middle of the desert! " - Sarah Edmonds, PPLP 06-07 

"I have been recommending the PPLP program to local parents almost  since its inception.  It's been a huge contribution that keeps building in its impact on my family life and ability to connect with my community of parents." - Erika Jennings, PPLP 06-07

Applications for the 2008-2009 program, led by Inbal Kashtan and Ingrid Bauer, will be accepted until the program is full.  For details or to receive an application packet, contact Karin.


From the Leadership Program April retreat:
"I go home fuller, more alive, more confident, more competent- with
greater self-empowerment, stretched, greater confidence in my
willingness to be vulnerable all this and more. With deep gratitude to
me, to all of you, and to the power of transformation." - Sherry Jennings

From Nonviolent Peaceforce:
"I just want to take a moment to express my gratitude for BayNVC's help in publicizing NP's upcoming Training of Trainers in Detroit for
offering a local peace team curriculum. We had a need to recruit skilled
participants who are committed to exploring various nonviolent means,
and your notice resulted in requests for information from several people
who will be attending, and others who may be interested in the
future - definitely the greatest number of people responding from a single source. Those who will be attending as a result include Karen Murphy, Martha Lasley, and Dennis McMahon, and I am excited about meeting and working with them next week and in the future. I feel blessed to work with you." - Joan Bernstein, North America Coordinator

From Thailand:
"I would like to express my gratitude to you, Miki and Inbal, for your
support in spreading NVC in Thailand, especially in giving me permission to reprint BayNVC training material. Last month the book came out. We published 3,300 copies and they are being sold or given for free in our workshops. Not only we share the books with our participants but we are giving the books to people in the government."
 - Pairin Jotisakulratana

Volunteer needed for Miki's Monday night practice group in Berkeley.  We are looking for someone who can come consistently to this practice group and help with set-up and break-down.  This means coming a little early and leaving a little after the 7-9:15 pm gathering.  Please contact Dorrit if you are interested.

Retreat Site Needed:  Our annual Women's Retreat is itinerant this year, as our "mountain" hosts are not available this year.  We're looking for a venue with some combination of 19 beds/couches/cots and/or room for some people to camp on the lawn for our "Mountain Women Retreat". In the past we have had the retreat at a large house, with most women sleeping on the deck, at very low cost ($200 a day for the whole house). We have been doing our own cooking, saving costs that way, too.  As the retreat takes place during the summer, we want to know that the venue will be cool - and/or have easy access to cooling water. So far we have been unable to find a venue that can host us. If we don't find one, we will likely cancel this year's retreat, despite the many women who would love to come. Retreat registration happens by waiting list as we prioritize making it available to past-years' attendees.  The dates for this year's retreat are 8/21-8/24.  We would gratefully accept offers sent to Mountain Women.

Berkeley Practice Group: Miki Kashtan's Monday night practice group has a new home and a new time!  Beginning June 2, the new location is the Berkeley Zen Center (1931 Russell St. between Adeline and MLK) from 7:00 to 9:15 p.m.(we are experimenting, and it may revert back to 6:45 - 9, so check our website for notices).  Note that this is a shoes-off space, and if you have a comfortable folding chair or cushion, please bring it (some chairs and cushions are available).

Become a Volunteer Nonviolent Peaceforce Trainer, June 20-22
Would you like the opportunity to become a trainer in peacemaking skills and to spread them to your communities?  We are offering a weekend workshop in San Francisco to become a volunteer trainer in Nonviolent Conflict Intervention (NCI) skills.  As a volunteer NCI trainer, you'll be a model and a teacher of peacebuilding in your community, and will join the swelling ranks of global peacemakers making a concrete difference!

2008 Regional Conference for a US Department of Peace @ UC Berkeley - A World Beyond Violence.
August 1 - 3, 2008, University of CA, Berkeley
Speakers include Marianne Williamson, Lynn McMullen and others.
Be educated about the Epidemic of Violence - Join local and national
Academic & NGO experts - Take powerful actions with members of Congress - Experience the power of Lobbying
For registration see website,
For questions, email Terry Mason.
For local Bay Area phone contact, and for information on scholarships, especially for students, call 510-527-6062, or 510-435-6092.

BayNVC is in need of the following:
  • New loveseat for small breakout room
  • Airmiles!!
  • New or gently used office chairs
  • Extra large doorstops for workshop and breakout room doors
  • -please contact BayNVC.

  • A laptop PC, less than 3 years old, for trainers to use at retreats - please contact Francois.
Report From Miki's Trip

"In 1990, I saw a spray-painted message on a board in Berkeley: 'American Dream; African Nightmare.' These words have haunted me ever since. This past month I had a chance to experience for myself some of the African nightmare as I visited South Africa for a day and then Ghana for 12 days" more


Upcoming Workshops
Upcoming  Intensives

6/10 Living Peace - British Columbia

6/22 Family Camp - California

9/5 Living Peace - New York

9/12 Living Peace - California

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