Level 2: Intermediate 15 week Course

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Intermediate 15-Week Course

Empathic Conversation Maps to Restore Connection and Create New Possibilities

Learn conflict to connection conversation maps (inner and outer) that build resilience with adversity, strengthen relationship and collaboration, open new creative possibilities.

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NEXT 15-WEEK LIVE COURSE STARTS: Tuesday September 13, 2022, 11am-1pm Pacific Time.
[2 hour weekly live group sessions, includes option 30 min partner practice at end of each session]

Registration is at the bottom of this page, and is based in a giving model

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Prerequisite Experience

This intermediate course is for people who have had live training experience with Nonviolent Communication (NVC) or some form of OFNR-based empathic communication, and that you've been actively practicing for 6 months or more.

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Group size is limited. Don't wait if you want to secure a spot.

Testimonials

“Before NVC and John’s classes, I braced for life’s impact. After, I am trusting and curious, open to outcome. Before, frozen and frightened. After, confident and capable. Before, withered and weak. After, self-acknowledged and compassionate. There is not one part of my life that has not been impacted by nonviolent communication and John’s trainings, all parts touched with the privilege of learning and living these principles. A warmth of gratitude washes across my heart and a sense of sharp joy pricks in my throat as I lean into John’s essence and all he teaches.” - Hope



“Every time I asked for recommendations for NVC trainers to study with, John Kinyon’s name came up. Having experienced a lot of training with John, I’ve come to see why. He’s the real deal, who has put these skills to work in extreme situations. The Intermediate Course synthesises and practices many self-management skills to bring the spirit of NVC from a theoretical place to an internalized reality that is accessible when under stress or triggers. With those skills available, the course then practices applying those techniques to mediation and coming to agreements in difficult conversations. I highly recommend it, as these are skills that will make it much easier for you to deescalate and turn around conflicts in your life.” - John R



“Working with John has been spiritually transformational. This form of communication is a spiritual language and practicing it with John allows for communication to come from the heart. It gives our souls the language it needs to express itself in a way that allows us to be the loving people we are.” - Kelly H



“Thanks to John's class, I was able to understand how to stay connected despite conflict. Through the practice in the class but also with other students, I could sort out a difficult situation with a close friend. My relationship with my friend is now healed.” - Marie L



“In John’s course, I was able to receive a lot of empathy from people who were enthusiastically learning NVC. Learning these skills helped me to organize my thoughts more and increased my ability to listen in an NVC way. I haven't seen the ‘Healing and Reconciliation’ process anywhere else, and it helped me to support my friend who was in deep pain.” - Mina



“Working with John has enriched my life in ways beyond my expectations: My professional and personal relationships are calmer, more connection-focused and harmonious. One invaluable shift that took place for me on a personal level is that I now have simple but highly effective tools (“conversation maps”) to navigate the inevitable drama and trauma life brings. And as an unexpected bonus, I’ve been delighted to hear my 5-year-old daughter talk about the feelings and needs of herself and others. Sometimes, she even makes requests! It brings me so much joy to witness her growing into a more empathetic and emotionally intelligent person just by observing elements of empathic communication.” - Noemi



“The purpose of a map is to help someone get to where they want to go. But when the terrain is entirely internal, having a map to help guide the way is even more useful. The maps John teaches in his Intermediate Course have not only helped me successfully navigate myself through anger, shame, fear, guilt, and confusion, but also support others through their emotional challenges, deepening the sense of meaning and purpose in my life. If you are interested in living a happier and more easeful life, take this course.” - Simon W



“I feel like I am a better person although I don't always remember to practice the maps. I now recognize instantly when I am hearing something said either by me or by someone else that is not in alignment with empathic communication.  I have used the self connection practice a lot and it has helped me sort through some sticky situations, so thank you!! Overall, I would say that John's work is incredibly healing when practiced regularly. It has the potential to change the world -- literally.  It should be taught in schools.” - Wendy W



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The Intermediate Course Gives You The Ability To:

  • Recover more quickly in the moment of a difficult interaction and remain more centered
  • Deepen presence and connection in conversations and relationships
  • Use language more skillfully in your interactions with people
  • Cope better with stress, overwhelm, and inner conflict about the past and future
  • Transform anger and frustration into empathic understanding for self and other
  • Feel more confidence and skill having difficult conversations
  • Bring your listening and empathy skills to a new level
  • Express yourself more authentically and courageously, and with compassion
  • Heal emotional hurt and pain between you and others, and experience reconciliation and forgiveness
  • Develop empathic community of support and learning at this higher level
  • Work together better to discover creative ideas and solutions

Program Content

15-Week Course. This 15-week live course provides the complete Intermediate level content of the conversation maps for navigating situations of disconnection or conflict (inner and outer), tapping into the positive and transformative Power of Conflict. This level of training builds on the foundation of integrating consciousness and language, deepening and strengthening the ability to maintain and return to presence and compassionate, creative action in relation to challenging situations.

Intermediate course: Meets weekly for 2 hours of live group learning and demonstration sessions with John, and includes the option of an additional 30 minute partner practice period at the end of the session. The group meets on the Zoom video platform. There is also the encouragement of ongoing self-practice and practice with people in the program, access to written, audio, and video learning materials and resources, including books, handouts, and recordings of the live sessions.

Foundation Conversation Maps:

  • Peace in Difficulty/Self-Connection Practice, an OFNR mindfulness practice and coping with challenge moments
  • Empathic Speaking and Listening/Elements of Empathy, for speaking and listening in empathic conversation
  • Freedom in Conflict/Intensity Practice, for practicing to respond with self-connection and compassion in intensity of difficulty and challenge
  • Courage with No and Yes (Requests)/Need Behind the No, for responding empathically and compassionately when hearing a "no" from someone or when you are wanting to say "no"
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What are Conversation Maps?

The intermediate online courses offer foundation and conversation "maps," with the OFNR empathic communication components and skills at the core, for returning to empathic connection, compassion, and new creative possibilities and solutions. The conversation maps help you navigate different territories of disconnection and conflict in your life, inner and outer. Learning and practice happen in the context of building empathic community of connection and support with others in the course and in your life. The skills and structures help you return to empathic connection when you’re triggered into the brain’s Fight-Flight-Freeze stress response system. A core aspect of this level of training is a Triad Model of Conversation & Consciousness that integrates and deepens dual and non-dual awareness practice and relationship with the unconscious (e.g. subconscious and superconscious dimensions of mind, inner parts). The conversation structures come out of the Mediate Your Life body of work and are associated with an empirically-supported model of emotion circuits and networks in the brain developed by affective neuroscience researcher Jaak Panksepp. In conjunction with the emotion networks there are differentiating patterns of thinking and evaluating related to each conversation type. Also integrated with this approach is Richard Schwartz's Internal Family Systems (IFS) work.

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6 Conflict to Connection Conversation Maps:

  • Resilience for Self/Mourn Celebrate Learn process, to recover and strengthen your resilience and debrief with empathy and compassion after you did something you fear will be seen as a "mistake" and you're feeling anxiety or stress about negative judgments towards you from others, loss of connection, or other negative consequences.
  • Compassion for Other/Enemy Image Process, to prepare yourself to respond with empathy and compassion toward someone when you are feeling anger or frustration and having negative judgments about them.
  • Self-Compassion/Chooser-Educator process, for when you feel anger towards yourself and have thoughts of self-judgment about a past choice, as well as perhaps feelings of fear, shame or guilt, and a disruption to your experience of play and joy.
  • Self-Direction/Internal Mediation process, for when you are feeling fear, anxiety, stress about making a decision or moving in a particular direction in the future, and have thoughts of possible negative consequences and perhaps feelings of confusion, stuckness, indecision, depressed, and disruption to your experience of discovery and enthusiasm. 
  • Bridging Differences/3Chairs Process for Difficult Conversations, for talking to someone when you are feeling trepidation or fear because there is disagreement around beliefs, lack of acceptance, and perhaps reactions of anger.
    Includes: Three Types of Agreements — main, supporting, and restoring
  • Healing Divides/Reconciliation & Healing process, for talking to someone when there are feelings of emotional hurt and pain in you and/or another person, and perhaps judgments of blame and feelings of anger.

DETAILS FOR THE LIVE COURSES

Details for the 15-Week Course 

The 15-Week Intermediate Live Course gives you the complete intermediate training content of foundation and conversation maps for inner and outer conflicts and challenges.

Format: 15 consecutive weeks

Begins: September 13, 2022

Ends: December 20, 2022

Weekly Live Group Session Duration: 2 hours (includes 30 min partner practice period at end of each session)

Group size: 15-50 participants

Start Time:  11:00am Pacific Time [California] (convert to my time zone)

For any questions, please email programs@johnkinyon.com.

REGISTRATION

The courses are 100% guaranteed

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Philosophy of Money

The registration pricing is what I (John) would like to receive to support my sustainability to continue offering this work in the world. However, because I see this work being for the health and wellbeing and greater good of humanity and all people, and because I want to support a monetary system based in giving and receiving, you can choose to give the amount you would like. Thank you for wanting to be part of this work in the world!

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Steps for Registering for the 15-Week Live Course

  1. Requested tuition is $300 for the 15-week course. If you cannot afford this and want to give less, consider a sliding scale of $300—$150. I ask that you give as much as you can to support this work.

    The more you give the more you will be supporting me to continue offering the work, and you will be helping grow this work and the contribution it makes to a better world.

  2. There is a Registration Box below for a one-time amount of $300.

  3. If you would like to give less than $300, email programs@johnkinyon.com to request the amount you would like to give. We'll send you a Discount Coupon Code to use in the Registration Box.

Intermediate 15-Week Course Registration

Intermediate 15-Week Course

$300.00
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