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 May 2010 Bulletin

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


"The NVC Integration and Mentoring telecourse really offered me the opportunity to understand, on a deep level, important principles such as needs consciousness and the practice of self-acceptance."
- Lee Dagger, New Jersey, USA
Hello BayNVC Community,Erica Grevemeyer
Your gifts since we began our Transition BayNVC campaign, arriving in denominations from $5 to $10,000 and everywhere in between, and your words of wisdom and encouragement have touched us and have reaffirmed what we already knew: the services we offer change lives every day. 
From the transformation of office politics, to the amicable resolution of conflict in the community, to easing the "bedtime power struggle", thousands of us each year discover that empathic connection is one of the most effective technologies we have for resolving conflict. 
To date, our campaign has raised over $32,000, and we have received support in many forms from individuals eager to help us create the change we are looking for.  Thank you to each and every one of you!  The campaign continues, and you can read more about it here.

Some of the best ways you can support us is to sign up for a class, refer your friends, and bring us into your organization.  See below for new series offerings, retreats, and lots more.

We look forward to seeing you!
In partnership,
Erica Grevemeyer
Celebrator/Interim Director
Bay Area Nonviolent Communication
P.S.  The next BayNVC House Parties are scheduled for Saturday, May 29 and 30, location and time to be determined.  Come hear from 2010 Leadership Program participant Yumi Kikuchi, who is campaigning to create a Ministry of Peace in Japan.  Contact houseparty if you'd like to receive an invitation.
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Miki KashtanSelf-Acceptance Without Limits 
by Miki Kashtan
Here's a paradox. On the one hand, self-acceptance provides a clear foundation for integrating the practice and especially the consciousness of Nonviolent Communication (NVC). On the other hand, people who want to embrace this practice are, like so many people in the culture at large, often challenged in terms of accepting themselves....
Click here for the full article, and here for a "Mourning and Self-Compassion" journal.
Miki Kashtan
, certified NVC trainer, is a founder of BayNVC and the North America Leadership Program. Miki conducts organizational trainings and teaches NVC at workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley. 

Miki will be offering a Self-Acceptance Gym on Saturday, May 8th along with her sister Arnina Kashtan, visiting from Israel.  Learn about Miki's Consciousness Transformation Community on their next public call, May 4 at 10:30am; email CTC to sign up for the call.
Click here for more about Arnina and her teaching schedule.
Sigal Intro GroupNVC Basics and Beyond 
Series, Retreats and Workshops for everyone
Just getting started?  Try an Intro Night or Foundation Series; click here for a complete listing.
Looking for something new?  Scan our listings at right, or visit our Workshops, Study Series or Intensives / Retreats pages for our latest offerings.
SigalSigal Shoham on Stage 
Two performances to benefit BayNVC
June 2 at 7:30 and June 5 at 5:30 in San Francisco 
Sigal Shoham, a collaborative trainer for BayNVC, is performing her one-woman show Squeeze the Dollar, Change Your Life as part of the Festival of New Voices at The Marsh in San Francisco.
A satire of the personal-growth workshop world, the show addresses some of the complications we run into when we seek to better ourselves.  It's a great opportunity to laugh at ourselves as NVC'ers as well as raise funds for BayNVC!
Tickets benefitting BayNVC are available only through BayNVC (not from the theater).  For information, Miki's rave review, and tickets, click here for Wed. June 2, or here for Sat. June 5; or call BayNVC at 510-433-0700.
BayNVC Partners with The Gamble Institute (TGI)
Meganwind Eoyang and other members of our Safer Communities project will offer an NVC Foundations series to parolees and their families this summer, following a successful NVC intervention and research project last year.  Read all about it here
Collaboration with Tikkun
On May 23rd Miki Kashtan will be offering a daylong training co-sponsored by the Network of Spiritual Progressives (a project of Tikkun). It's called "From Vision to Action: Inner Alignment and Dialogue Skills for NSP Enthusiasts." We are excited to deepen our collaboration and mutual support with Tikkun. If you are connected with NSP and would like more information, contact Will at Tikkun: 510-644-1200, or by email.

Get Involved!

BayNVC booth at Oakland Earth Expo 2010Taking NVC to the Streets
BayNVC's Empathy Team has been offering Listening Posts and NVC information at events like Oakland for Peace, Oakland Earth Expo (at left), and New Living Expo (photo at top).  See us in the S.F. Examiner here! If you'd like to learn more about the project, join us, or invite us somewhere, please contact the BayNVC Empathy Team.
Job Opportunities at BayNVC!
We are hiring for 3 part-time positions: 
- Event Coordinator
- Retreat and Program Coordinator
- Office Manager / Executive Admin.
Please click here for job descriptions and how to apply.
Grass Valley Family Camp
June 21-26, 2010.  The Grass Valley Family Camp includes youth, teen, adult and family programs facilitated by NVC trainers.  Collaborative Trainer Jared Finkelstein will be assisting with the program.  Read more here; contact Willow Lune at 510-848-8335 or by email to register.
Pace e Bene Workshop
On May 21-23 Pace e Bene, an organization whose mission and work we support, will host a three-day workshop at Quaker Center in Ben Lomond called The Depths of Nonviolent Action, designed to deepen the skills of people committed to building a more just and peaceful world.  For more info, call 510-268-8765, or e-mail Pace e Bene.
Internships and Volunteering at Tikkun and the Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP)
Tikkun/NSP is looking for students, recent college graduates, or retirees who would like to work on healing and repairing the world now.  Also welcome: mid-career professionals who want to take a year off to consider their options and may find an internship here of value.  Details at
Join eScrip - an Easy Way to Support BayNVC
We're getting creative with fundraising.  Have you heard of  It's free to be a member, and once you enroll, local merchants will donate a percentage of your bills to BayNVC without you incurring any additional charges.  It's remarkably efficient, easy, and free!  (And it takes less than 10 minutes to register.)  For more information, visit or email Kristen.
BayNVC is in need of the following:
- 2 flat-screen 19-inch or larger monitors
- Three new desktop computers, PC platform, and latest version of Microsoft Office
           - please contact BayNVC.
- Set decor for the Conflict Hotline. Ideas? - please contact Susan.
- A laptop PC, less than 3 years old, for trainers to use at retreats - please contact Phoenix.
This Month on the CONFLICT
HOTLINE:  Focus on Mothers
Conflict Hotline, Miki & Itzel
Watch the show live on Thursday, May 6 at 7:30 pm on Channel 28 or 33 in Berkeley, or at  Click here for more information, past episodes, etc. 
Participate!  Call in live during the show, or send in your conflict or hard-to-hear message to conflicthotline.
Call Screener as well as other volunteer cast and crew needed. Email conflicthotline.


Other Series
Upcoming Intros
Classes and Workshops
Intensives / Retreats

For a list of practice groups in the bay area and beyond,
click HERE.
More Information & Registration 
Since many of our
events fill quickly,
please consider pre-registering to ensure your space.  Occasionally, events are canceled due to a low number of registered participants.  If you are planning to attend, pre-registering will help ensure that the event will take place.  If an event is canceled, all pre-registered participants will be notified and you will have the choice of refund or transfer to another event.

  You may
pre-register by clicking the "Register Now" button at the bottom of most event descriptions, or by contacting our office at 510-433-0700 or  You will receive a confirmation email with driving and public transit directions.
  Parking is free at BayNVC's wheelchair accessible
 building near Piedmont Avenue in Oakland.  

HERE for a complete, up-to-date listing of
our retreats, study series, workshops
and practice
 groups in the Bay Area and beyond.
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Thank you.  We look forward to seeing you at some of our events! 
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