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The Language of Life: Transformation Through Compassionate Communication
November 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Workshop facilitated by Laura Dafoe at Star of the Sea Centre for Spiritual Living and Practice at St. Mary’s Church in Fulford. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Preregistration required at firstname.lastname@example.org
After many years as a teacher-librarian, Laura Dafoe faced a crossroads. Seeking to learn peaceful practices for everyday communication Laura was drawn to the work of Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication.
Nonviolent Communication, also known as Compassionate Communication, began in the 1960s and has become a global movement. The term nonviolence comes from Gandhi’s translation of the Sanskrit word “ahimsa” which means the complete absence of violence in our words, thoughts and actions. It is central to many world religions including Buddhism, Christianity and Hinduism.
Rosenberg’s desire to understand love and contribute to peace on the planet led to his specific approach to communication. The spirituality embodied in Nonviolent Communication helps us to connect to our common humanity and our natural state of compassion. The format guides us to understand our inner being in connection with the greater universe. This understanding allows us to live from the Divine energy we are created out of. The process is simple yet transformational.
Laura will guide participants through the principles, process and practice of Nonviolent Communication. There will be opportunities for introspection and using acquired tools in a safe, nonjudgmental place of learning. Laura will help you to align the practical and spiritual power of language.
Laura believes enhancing communication skills contributes profoundly to healthy relationships, healthy communities and ultimately global peace. She is committed to the life-long learning and practice of Nonviolent Communication. Her studies include emotional intelligence, mindfulness and interpersonal neurobiology. Laura’s First Nations heritage inspired her study of Indigenous restorative justice practices and peace-making circles. She applies this learning in her volunteer work with Restorative Justice Salt Spring Island.