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 July 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.

In This Issue:
From our Director:
Program Highlights
This Month's Feature: "Empathy", by Miki Kashtan
We're hiring!
From our Director:
Changes and Celebrations at BayNVC! 
From departing Director Erica Grevemeyer, and incoming Director Dorrit Geshuri:
,Dorrit and Erica
Hello dear friends,
Our spring campaign was successful beyond our dreams!  While we are still short of our cash goal, with the gift of the organizational development support we are receiving, we have very clearly far surpassed our expectations.  In 90 days, we received $46,210 in cash, plus in-kind donations!  With more cash in the bank, we are on target budget-wise, AND have made some staffing more here.
In partnership,
Erica Grevemeyer 
Dorrit Geshuri
Celebrators/Interim Directors
Bay Area Nonviolent Communication
A message from Fred Rosenblum, BayNVC Board Member:
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I deeply thank Erica Grevemeyer for being Interim Director of BayNVC this past year and for her years of service to this organization. She will be leaving her staff position at BayNVC at the end of the summer.... click here to read the full letter.
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Program Highlights

Newt BaileyLisa Montana headshotIntro to Mediation on July 17 in Oakland, with Lisa Montana and Newt Bailey.  Get a taste of their new Oakland-based Year-Long Mediation Program which will meet one weekend a month in 2011.  Read more and register here.
Integration and Mentoring Teleseries, with Miki Kashtan.  If you want to get serious about learning NVC, but aren't able to attend classes in person, this series is for you!  Next quarterly session starts July 14; click here to learn more and register.
Making Collaboration Real Conference, November 18-21 in San Francisco - save the date!  Learn from top professionals and consultants how to transform your workplace with NVC.  Retreat and Year-Long series will start in May 2011.  Learn more here.
BayNVC's Leadership Program (LP) is taking a new direction!  Miki Kashtan is taking a break from participating in the Leadership Program. Here's what she says about the changes:  "I am so excited about the new face of LP! Roxy Manning will be holding the program with support from Francois Beausoleil. Both of them have been involved with LP for several years as assistants and then trainers. I can't wait to see what new insights, experiences, and learning they will bring to the rich tradition we have created."  Click here to learn more and apply.
This Month's Feature:
Miki KashtanEmpathy
by Miki Kashtan, a founder of BayNVC
Empathy is core to what makes us human. When we bring together our mind, heart, body, and imagination; when we can focus all our attention and become a witness to another's humanity, we enter the empathic space, and in some small measure life changes. How can we cultivate this capacity?
Click here to read the full article.


Empathy Team group on grassBayNVC's Empathy Team offered support to demonstrators, counter-demonstrators, and many others at Israel in the Gardens on June 6 in San Francisco.  Read all about it here, and please join us at our Gulf of Mexico Empathy Circle, Open House and Potluck on July 17!
happytogether Preschool logoNVC-inspired happytogether Preschool now open in Piedmont!  Founder Monica Haddad  studied at BayNVC.  Read more at
NVC trainer Mair Alight was featured on Free Speech TV at the U.S. Social Forum!  Click here to see the video.
 We're Hiring!
cartoon of computer manBayNVC Seeks Part Time IT Administrator
5-15 hours/week, $40-$60/hour (depending on experience).

Responsibilities include troubleshooting, ongoing maintenance and end-user support of:
  Windows Server 2003
  Approximately 15 Windows XP workstations, and 10 remote users
Click here for the complete job description.
Please send resume & cover letter to Dorrit.
3 participants on sofa at diversity retreatThe Diversity Retreat:  NVC and Race, Ethnicity and Social Class in North America with Nancy Kahn, Roxy Manning, Kristin Masters, and Edmundo Norte, August 9 - 15 in Watsonville, CA (near Santa Cruz)
"Now I can have compassion for myself, and connection to other races. Man does that feel great, so much bigger. Life has been expanded." - 2008 Diversity Retreat participant.  Click here for more information and to learn about our Children's Program. 
Parent Peer Leadership Program (PPLP) Starts in October 2010
Led by certified trainer Ingrid Bauer and Stephanie Bachmann Mattei, the PPLP is a 9-month leadership training program for NVC practitioners who are dedicated to integrating NVC into their families as well as spreading and sharing NVC with other parents.  The program is in a long-distance format, accessible anywhere.  Contact Ingrid or Stephanie for more information and to apply.
See Miki Kashtan at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, August 17.  Miki will speak on "Beyond Dualities: Power and Love for Women and Men".  Visit to register.
Join the NVC Hotline!  Created by Noam, from Israel, this free service makes it easy to connect via Skype, Yahoo and many other messenger services.  Ask and answer questions, get or give empathy, collaborate on projects or just chat.  Detailed information and instructions are at
BayNVC is in need of the following:
- New dark blue covers from Ikea for Ektorp loveseat and Ektorp Tullsta chair
- 2 flat-screen 19-inch or larger monitors
- Three new desktop computers, PC platform, and latest version of Microsoft Office
           - please contact BayNVC.
- A laptop PC, less than 3 years old, for trainers to use at retreats - please contact Phoenix.
Save the Date for Speaking Peace!
Speaking Peace 2009 room and presenter
Our annual celebration and fundraiser,
 Sunday, October 24, 2010
California Ballroom
Oakland, CA
 Let us know if you would like to attend, by calling (510) 433-0700 or emailing
Watch the CONFLICT
Jared Finkelstein on the Conflict Hotline
Watch the show live the first Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm on Channel 28 for Berkeley Cable subscribers, 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.


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.
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! 
Contact Information

Email: BayNVC
Phone: 510-433-0700
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Address:  55 Santa Clara Ave., Suite 203, Oakland, CA 94610

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