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Nancy B

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It Takes a Village...
5 days of Living NVC Community
with Eric Bowers, Mika Maniwa and Friends
August 9-14, 2015 on Bowen Island, British Columbia, Canada
Do you long to embody compassion for self and others so that it becomes second nature? Would you like to integrate the practice of Nonviolent Communication with the support of warm community?
This summer we're inviting people to explore the blocks that prevent us from fully seeing and hearing each other, from building bridges and working through conflict, and from deepening connection and autonomy. We will practice, learn, and play with holding everyone's needs and voice with care and equality.

Join Eric, Mika, Darilyn, and Sandra to experience the support, laughter and transformation that come with NVC-based depth work. Learn about our nervous systems and how compassionate and connected communication soothes it and builds trust. Explore the edges of our "known" world in constellation and shadow work.  

The Depth Work that we offer will allow you to:
• Transform your triggers so you can easily deepen connection  
• Communicate in a way that ensures you and others are heard and understood  
• Have more ease with working through conflict
• Sustain a compassionate and joyful relationship with yourself  
There will be lots of time for play, movement, and rest, as well as practice in the nitty-gritty of open-hearted dialogue, all within the context of a diverse and inclusive group setting.
Our five days will flow through large group sessions in the morning, smaller break-out sessions in the afternoon and/or evenings, partner empathy and practice, meals and contemplative time.  All activities are optional and we encourage participants to take breaks for self-care.  As we live in community we will be sharing responsibilities for meal preparation and clean up.
We begin on the evening of Sunday, Aug 9 and finish at noon on Friday, Aug. 14.
Initial Deposit:
To secure your spot, we ask for a $300 non-refundable deposit to cover our basic expenses--food and hiring a cook. Please contact Eric, eric@roadtocompassioncom to complete this payment.

Lodging--The Rivendell Retreat Centre runs by donation. We suggest a sliding scale of $10-$50 per night. You can give your donation to Rivendell directly at some point during the retreat.

Giving from the Heart:
For the remainder of your financial contribution, in the spirit of living in NVC community, we ask that you contribute whatever amount feels joyful for you to give. Our suggested sliding scale is $200-$500. Whatever amount you can joyfully give will be gratefully received. This contribution is an acknowledgement of Eric and Mika's contribution as facilitators and will support them to continue sharing this work. Also, depending on the total contributions, some of it may also go toward scholarships for future retreats, programs or workshops. This contribution can be given to us at the retreat.

Food:  To keep costs low and make this workshop accessible we plan to provide simple meals, including vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options for the group. If you have dietary needs that extend beyond the above options, we may charge extra, or there may be a way for you to take care of these needs. Please let us know what your needs are and whether they fall into the standard groupings, and we'll explore how to get them met.

*Transportation costs not included. Carpool from the ferry dock to Rivendell Retreat Centre can be arranged.  If you'd like to commute rather than stay onsite, please contact us to work out details and pricing.    
PREREQUISITE: We welcome people with varying levels of experience with NVC.  During the retreat we will offer an Introduction to NVC evening session for those new to this material.  If you are unsure whether your NVC experience is sufficient for you to enjoy this residential retreat, please contact Mika to explore options.  

We also welcome experienced NVC'ers to come deepen their practice.  Our intention is for each person to be held with care and receive empathic support from the group as a whole so that everyone can feel safe to do the healing work she or he wants to do.  

"I recently attended a five day retreat on Bowen Island with Eric Bowers and Sarah Peyton.   Going into the retreat I was worried that it might be a bit too new age and boring for me, but I was wrong! I found the material presented fascinating. I learned so much about how our brains work, and how the power of empathy has a profound effect in helping us to heal and move forward in life. I felt a major shift in my whole being with in the first day or two of being there, and I feel I now know myself better and have more compassion for myself and others. I stared using the tools I learned on the retreat with my young son when I got home with great results. Our power struggles are lessening and we are closer."  

"After attending the 5 day Restoring Your Soul retreat on Bowen Island, I feel that I did connect with my soul in a deeper way than ever before. The depth for me was truly feeling into the places where I can be compassionate with myself.  Being held in empathy for 5 days has inspired me to begin to hold more of my feelings (especially the ones that hurt) with tenderness and care.  It was such a powerful experience for me to discover that by staying close to my feelings and needs I was able to be more intimate with everyone in the group."  


Based in Vancouver, BC, Eric Bowers is a CNVC Certified Nonviolent Communication Trainer with extensive training in Interpersonal Neurobiology and Attachment Theory.  Supporting people to create great relationships of all kinds through healing attachment trauma and transforming unhealthy relationships patterns is the heart of Eric’s work, which he does through public workshops, courses, and counseling, as well as workshops and keynotes for organizations and conferences. Eric is the author of the upcoming book The Relationship of a Lifetime. http://www.roadtocompassion.com/   Email: eric@roadtocompassion.com        phone: (604) 442-8811
Mika Maniwa is a trainer-candidate registered with the Center for Nonviolent Communication.  She lives in Surrey, BC and has been facilitating NVC practice groups for 10 years, teaching, coaching and supporting parents, facilitators and individuals who long for better relationships with those who matter the most to them.  She is passionate about creating groups in which people of diverse life experiences can experience belonging and safety. Email: ehmehm13@hotmail.com   phone: (778) 840-7902
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