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 September 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:
Speaking Peace - October 24th
This Month's Feature: Workplace Communication
Upcoming Programs and Events
Spotlight on: Safer Communities, Mediation
Out and About with BayNVC!
Contact Information
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Quinn DeVeaux and the Blue Beat ReviewSpeaking Peace
Empathic Communication
in a Conflicted World
annual celebration
and fundraiser
Sunday, October 24
California Ballroom, Oakland

Program highlights:

  • Live music with Quinn DeVeaux and the Blue Beat Review!
  • Intro to NVC with Miki Kashtan (bring your friends!)
  • San Quentin parolee speaks on the power of NVC
  • Ike Lasater (lawyer, mediator, founder of Words That Work) and John Kinyon (co-founder of BayNVC, mediator)
  • And much more! click here
Come and enjoy with us
Be a Table Host
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This Month's Feature:  Workplace Communication
Miki KashtanPower in the Workplace
by Miki Kashtan
Donna was adamant: "Shelby can't tell me how to run my department. It's too bad he doesn't like the theme for next month's newsletter. It's my prerogative to make these decisions..." click here to read more.  
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 around the world. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley. 
Join Miki and a full roster of workplace communication experts for Making Collaboration Real: Empowering the Workplace with Nonviolent Communication, November 18-21 in San Francisco.  We'll explore new tools that provide a framework for addressing organizational challenges collaboratively.  Year-Long Program will begin in May 2011.  Click here to learn more; contact BayNVC to register. 
Other Workplace-Related Offerings:

Maja BengtsonArt of Effective Feedback with Maja Bengtson is a 6-week series starting Sept. 20 in Berkeley.  Explore and learn concrete tools for giving great feedback to others!  Click here for more info or to register.  Or join Maja for a free brown-bag lunch conversation on September 3.

Feedback Without Criticism
, a 5-session telecourse with Miki, begins October 5.  Participate from anywhere; first session is free!  Offered through NVC Academy.  Click here for information and registration.
Upcoming Programs and Events 
Kathy Simon headshotNVC for Couples with Kathy Simon is an 8-week evening series starting October 19 at BayNVC.  "When I'm leading workshops for couples, I often ask the participants to recall for a moment why they wanted to get into a relationship.  They typically generate a long, lovely list of needs they were hoping to meet -- love, companionship, play, sexual expression, security..." read more here

What is a State of Grace Document?  It's a new way to build, sustain and transition business and personal relationships with trust and respect.  Learn to create your own at a special weekend workshop, September 11-12 in Oakland.  Click here for more information and registration.

BayNVC's Leadership Program (LP) is taking a new direction in 2011!  Here's what co-founder Miki Kashtan says about the changes:  "I am so excited about the new face of LP! We have asked Kit Miller, Arnina Kashtan, and Jorge Rubio, longstanding members of the global NVC training community, to join Roxy Manning and Francois Beausoleil for one each of the three retreats. 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.

Nancy Kahn with giraffe earsNew from Nancy Kahn: People of Color Practice Group in Oakland.  First meeting September 2 at 7:00pm; later dates and times to be determined.  Beginners welcome.  Click here for more information.  Also with Nancy:  Learning "Street Giraffe" and Speaking from the Heart, an 8-week intermediate/advanced series starting September 16.  Click here to for more info.
Spotlight on:  Safer Communities, Mediation
BayNVC's Safer Communities Project is Blossoming

We've been teaching NVC to prisoners and now we want to teach the prison guards!  We need your help to make this program a success.

Currently, younger inmates and younger custody officers at San Quentin prison can sometimes be a volatile mix. We want to support custody staff (guards) to have violence de-escalation tools to augment their strategies for safety.  Click here to read more and find out how to help!

We're offering TWO year-long mediation programs to accommodate participant needs and schedules.
John Kinyon and Ike Lasater's Mediation Year-Long Program begins ike and johnin October with a 5-day residential retreat in Northern California, and continues over 2 more retreats in spring and summer.

Click here for more information, or email John.
Newt BaileyLisa Montana headshotThe new Oakland-based mediation program with Lisa Montana and Newt Bailey will meet one weekend a month in 2011.  To find out if this is the right program for you, check out Lisa's Beginning Conflict Resolution and Mediation workshop on September 19, and Intermediate on September 26.

Out and About with BayNVC!

BayNVC's Empathy Team will be offering our services at the FREE Power to the Peaceful festival featuring Michael Franti and Spearhead, September 11 in Golden Gate Park.  Contact Lea if you'd like to participate, or just stop by and say hi!

Petaluma Progressives logoNorth Bay Alert:  Come visit the BayNVC booth at the Progressive Festival in Petaluma on September 26.  Presented by the Petaluma Progressives.

Bioneers logo"Bioneers is inspiring a shift to live on Earth in ways that honor the web of life, each other and future generations."  We're thrilled that Miki Kashtan will be presenting Everyone Matters: Interdependence in Action on October 16 at this year's Bioneers conference.


What happened to Dr. King's dream?  Save the Date: October 1 for "Let's Talk it Over", a dialogue for change, healing and growth in our Oakland/East Bay community.  Co-sponsored by BayNVC, F.A.C.E.S. of the East Bay, and the City of Oakland.  For more information, email Judith or call (510) 433-0700 ext. 218.

Leadership Program graduate Marlena Willis will be offering a series of NVC teleclasses and a tele-practice group for people with chronic illnesses and disabilities.  Basics class starts September 28, Deepening class starts September 29, and practice group starts September 30.  Email Marlena or call her at (510) 306-6234.

Facilitation from the Inside Out: Leading with Compassion and Clarity is a 5-day retreat October 10-15 near Seattle, WA offered in support of the Freedom ProjectEmail for reservations and information or call (206) 325-5678.

Collaborative Trainer Jared Finkelstein 
will be co-leading a series of NVC weekends with Loren Swift at Peaceful Pines Center in Grass Valley, this fall.  Upcoming events focus on parents and teachers.  Visit for all the details.

Housing Needed for out-of-town participants in the Making Collaboration Real conference, November 18-21.  If you have space for a guest and live within an easy commute of downtown San Francisco, please contact Trudyanne.

BayNVC is in need of the following:

* Two shelving units (the one in the picture) - 5 shelves, 18" deep.  They sell them at the Orchard Supply Hardware on Ashby Ave. for $110.

* New dark blue covers from Ikea for Ektorp loveseat and Tullsta chair

* 2 desktop PC computers in good running condition, no more than three years old, preferably with Windows 7 (no monitors, please unless they are flat screen and at least 19 inches)

please contact BayNVC if you would like to donate any of these items!
25% Off Everything Marshall!
NVC by Marshall Rosenberg book cover
Through the month of September, take 25% off all Marshall Rosenberg materials in stock.

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This month on the CONFLICT
Date TBD
Watch Conflict Hotline live
(usually) 1st Thursday of the month 7:30 pm  on Channel 28 
or at
Click here for more info,
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 
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More Information & Registration 
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 for a complete listing of our retreats, study series, workshops
and practice groups in the Bay Area and beyond.
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