Reconnecting to Your Inner Power

A 2-day retreat based on Nonviolent Communication (NVC) in Motion and Social Presencing Theater


with Aga Rzewuska-Paca

A CNVC Certified Trainer from Poland, Coach and Consultant to people transitioning into greater personal power.


February 2-3, 2019 • Bellingham, WA

*This course has a prerequisite. See below.*


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A life-changing weekend

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Find your personal "place of power” that you can come back to regardless of external circumstances

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Experience communicating your boundaries with clarity and care (the original "needs-based boundaries” process)

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Gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between feelings, thoughts, and needs

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Experience what it means to be truly seen

Deepen your self-worth and say Yes to more of yourself

See what it means to meet life from a place of abundance

What

In this 2-day retreat in Bellingham, Washington, learn how to handle intense emotions and transform helplessness into empowerment with renowned guest trainer from Poland, Aga Rzewuska-Paca. 


In this two-day intensive, you will:


  • Find your personal "place of power” that you can come back to regardless of external circumstances


  • Experience communicating your boundaries with clarity and care (the original "needs-based boundaries" process


  • Receive materials and practices to bring your workshop experience into your everyday reality




What is NVC?


NVC was named out of a sense of alignment with Gandhi's movement of truth-telling and compassion, and it is a world-famous, time-tested methodology for:


  • creating mutual understanding without coercion,
  • offering compassionate understanding to others (and knowing when and how to ask for it ourselves),
  • creating exceptional personal and professional relationships,
  • preventing and resolving misunderstandings and conflicts, and
  • speaking our truth in a way that is more likely to lead to harmony than conflict.



When

February 2-3, 2019

Saturday 9a-4:30p and 7-9p

Sunday 10a-4:30p




Where

The Firs Retreat Center

4605 Cable Street

Bellingham, WA

https://thefirs.org/



Cost

$200 through Jan 10

Your early registration reassures us that we'll have enough people to offer the class

$225 until registration closes on February 1


cost breakdown:

$100 tuition / $125 after January 10

$50 lodging at the Firs

$50 Saturday lunch, Sunday breakfast and lunch


We want everyone to be able to join – let us know if the cost is a barrier or if you'd like to help others attend.


Prerequisite


This course jumps right in to a specific application of NVC, and as such we will not be going over introductory concepts.


A minimum pre-requisite for this class is a 2-to-3 hour introductory workshop.


This will help us focus questions to the specific application of NVC Aga is bringing to us, and reassure us of the skilled container we want to have for her workshop.


One current opportunity to fulfill the pre-requisite in Bellingham:



A brief 2.5 hour evening Intro at the Downtown Co-op Connections Building on Jan 22.


If neither of these fit for you, but you are motivated to make it happen, contact Tess, and she'll work with you to figure something out.

Other local NVC opportunities!

In conjunction with NVC Whatcom, we are offering several other courses in Bellingham!


Have limited resources? Reach out!


Want to contribute to our scholarship fund? Contact us!

International trainer Aga Rzewuska-Paca is a CNVC Certified Trainer from Poland specializing in practices that combine body-awareness and Nonviolent Communication that she calls "NVC in Motion."

Aga is a free spirit with a great appetite for life. She is a seeker of meaning and life fulfillment, and is convinced that every person has a sage inside who knows what is best for them. It is her passion to support people in connecting to their inner power and wisdom.


What People Are Saying:

"Aga leads workshops with an exceptional peace and understanding, which creates safety and ease for all the participants. She is a trainer who can be trusted. In her workshops I learned how to seek inside the answers to challenges and questions that are alive for me. I see a difference between a belief and an observation. I found a path to self-connection, as well as to connection with others. I am present in my life."


~ Przemek Borkowski

Graduate of the School of Life Program, www.schooloflife.pl


"Workshops with Aga allowed me to discover my inner power. I gained practical tools I use in my everyday life – including on how to say no, how to listen to my own need and the need of others, and how to deal with negative thoughts. I really liked the practice of belief transformation. I was not aware just how many beliefs I carry which block my growth. All of the workshops are very practical, so it’s easy to translate them both into personal and professional life."


~ Wiktoria Dukacz

Graduate of the School of Life Program, www.schooloflife.pl



"My personal relationships have been able to blossom as a result of my NVC training."


~ Carly Heying

Local community member, Previous participant


This workshop is a collaboration of:


Statement of Informed Consent from Aga, NVC Whatcom, and Cascadia Workshops:

 

In this class, Aga and members of the team may tell stories from their own experience and use examples from their lives as part of exercises, role-plays, or explanations. We invite you to do the same. In the past, some participants have shared powerful experiences of breakthrough and healing. Others have shared stories and brought situations to role plays and exercises that involved painful, personal things like addiction, abuse, and relationships in trouble. Some have chosen to share less intense celebrations and situations from their lives at home and work. Some chose to share little or nothing and learned instead by listening and writing.

 

Because we use real-life examples, some participants feel surprised by their experiences in class beyond learning. Some say they found comfort and support and their needs for connection, belonging, and community were met. Other people felt surprised, uncomfortable, and/or confused by the closeness and personal nature of stories because they valued privacy or were hoping for a less emotional experience.

 

While you have no control about what others choose to share about themselves, the choice about when and how much to share about your own life is yours alone. Similarly, you alone determine if and when you have contact with classmates outside of class. When we meet we expect you to take care of yourself. Feel free to leave the room, or ask someone to leave with you for empathic support. Please contact Aga immediately if you feel uncomfortable with anything happening in the class. If you find yourself struggling outside of class and needing support, we encourage you to contact a licensed therapist (let Alan know if you would like a referral).

 

Finally, we want to describe our expectations around maintaining an atmosphere of safety and trust while promoting learning. Participants are welcome to share their learning with others and tell stories about what they hear and learn in class. When sharing other people’s stories, however, each of us must do it in a way that makes it impossible for anyone to connect the story with that person. Use no names, details, or identifiers that would allow someone to make the connection. Also, if there is something you would like your classmates to keep confidential (not share with anyone else) we trust you will make that request clear and honor that request when it is made by others.


 If the class sounds like a good fit, welcome aboard. If not, consider other ways of learning NVC including:

- NVC Deep Basics, Downloadable Home Study Course (audio & PDF)

- NVC Academy



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