Cultivating Wholeness for the Connected Self You Always Wanted on Sat Feb 5 @11am PDT (FREE, Online)
  • Cultivating Wholeness for the Connected Self You Always Wanted on Sat Feb 5 @11am PDT (FREE, Online)
  • Cultivating Wholeness for the Connected Self You Always Wanted on Sat Feb 5 @11am PDT (FREE, Online)

Cultivating Wholeness for the Connected Self You Always Wanted on Sat Feb 5 @11am PDT (FREE, Online)

20.00 - 100.00
Do you have a sense that you can be more fully alive?

Come join our free workshop and accompanying series, where your artist (W) will paint a picture of compassionate self (N), where your magician (W) will play tricks with your loyal soldier (N).

In this workshop, we’ll explore the four facets of the self mapped to the cardinal directions — come explore more deeply who we are so we can live and communicate more fully.

Register below for this FREE workshop; gifts of money accepted.

Cover Art by Doug Van Houten bodyartsoul.org
Giraffe pic by Magda Ehlers pexels.com
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Date: Saturday Feb 5, 2022

Time: 11am - 1:00pm PDT (2pm - 4pm EDT)

Materials: Bring paper and drawing materials. 

Location: Sessions online on Zoom; link provided with registration below. 

Note: This is a FREE workshop. The main Zoom room recorded for marketing and educational purposes.

 

In this workshop, we’ll explore the four facets of the self mapped to the cardinal directions — come explore more deeply who we are so we can live and communicate more fully.

Escape the flatland of yawning interactions!

 

Bring conversations to life through the connected self you always wanted!

*** Click here to Register for this FREE Workshop ***
 

This work is inspired by the book "Wild Mind - A Field Guide to the Human Psyche" by Bill Plotkin combined with elements of Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg.
 

"Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a way of focusing our attention on what's alive in order to facilitate compassionate giving and receiving." -- Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D.


"Our human psyches possess astonishing resources that wait within us, but we might not even know they exist until we discover how to access them and cultivate their powers, their untapped potentials and depths. Wild Mind identifies these resources — which Bill Plotkin calls the four facets of the Self, or the four dimensions of our innate human wholeness — and also the four sets of fragmented or wounded subpersonalities that form during childhood. Rather than proposing ways to eliminate our subpersonalities (which is not possible) or to beat them into submission, Plotkin describes how to cultivate the four facets of the Self and discover the gifts of our subpersonalities." -  excerpt from the book Wild Mind 


We’ll create perspective portals into the various facets of wholeness, starting with the North Portal into Wholeness -- we’ll employ improvisational conversations for the four facets of the self as a means of learning and experiencing them in community. 

Example North Portal to the South: For instance, you’ll be invited to embody, imagine and describe your wild indigenous self (S) to another person:

“I just took my shoes off. As I move about on the land, feeling the warmth of the sun and the gentle tickle of a breeze — I notice a curiosity arise in me as I brush my hand on a lavender bush…”

Example West Portal to South: Use your imagination and creativity to draw/paint a picture of your wild indigenous self (S) roaming freely on the land…
 

My Story

After years of practicing NVC, identifying my feelings, connecting with my needs, I’d still find times when I behave in ways that don’t match my values -- when I was overcome with an intensity of feeling that overrode the “good compassionate” person I was trying to become. 

 

I discovered Bill Plotkin’s “Nature and the Human Soul” in 2012, where he lays out eight stages of maturity, and I came to realize that I needed more work for growing out of adolescence into adulthood. It wasn’t until I came across Wild Mind that I came to understand and value wholeness — how the human experience has at least 4 dimensions, and I was focusing mostly on my North — my Nurturing Generative Adult, the part of me that’s compassionate, acknowledges and accepts differences (including my own), and wants to contribute meaningfully to a better world. This is the part of me that practices Nonviolent Communication (NVC).

 

Furthermore, I realized how diagnosing and healing areas of my life seemed pointless and never ending because my ego didn’t have a stable place to go. In reading, and in participating in Animas Valley's Wild Mind intensive in 2018, I began to grow into the cocoon of cultivating wholeness — how parts of my East (Innocent, Sage, Trickster), South (Wild Indigenous One), and West (Dark Muse Beloved) also needed attention. Without practices to support my growth, my sub-personalities, which cause much of the discord in my life, needed to be acknowledged, embraced, thanked, and promoted into retirement. My many wholeness practices give me richer life experiences, broaden and strengthen my sense of self, thereby allow me to make better choices. 

 

In short, I've been developing my NVC skills and participating in personal growth journeys with Animas Valley -- both of which have helped me to get out of my matrix-box of engineering to dedicate my life to contribute to a more compassionate world. I see an opportunity to exponentially impact the world by bringing these two paradigms together.

 

Dream of Organizational Collaboration for Social Change 

I have come to realize how NVC compliments Wild Mind (and Animas Valley Institute), and how Wild Mind compliments NVC. My vision is to establish a relationship between CNVC and Animas Valley, as they both have similar missions for social, spiritual and environmental sustainable change. Mainly that NVC offers a conversational connection piece that Animas needs, and Animas Valley offers an embodied nature-based life-change piece that CNVC (and the world) needs. My sense is that both organizations would be more effective together than apart.

 

References:

* Nonviolent Communication -- A Language of Life by Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D. | The Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC)  

* Wild Mind - A Field Guide to the Human Psyche by Bill Plotkin, Ph.D. | Animas Valley Institute

 

Workshop Desired Outcomes

  • clearly differentiate between strategies and needs
  • learn about the four facets of the self, and the needs alive
  • experience the North and the West perspective portals
  • you will be invited to a 16-week series that will guide you to find the connected self you always wanted -- click here for series registration information.

Workshop Agenda

 

 

 

* Key Differentiation: Strategies vs. Needs
 

Four Facets of Wholeness 

* North: Nurturing Generative Adult 
* South: Wild Indigenous One — full embodied feeling
* East: Innocent/Sage/Trickster — presence, knowing, understanding, play
* West: Dark Beloved Muse — creativity, imagination

 

Find the connected self you always wanted...

*** Click here to Register for this FREE Workshop ***

Note: The purpose of this training is to provide information and practices for Nonviolent Communication combined with Wild Mind. While you're invited to bring real life situations, we only work with feelings of intensity 5 or less out of 10 (being the most intense). Participants are responsible for their own personal safety.

 

 

About the facilitator
 

 

James is a nature enthusiast, author and Certified NVC Trainer. He’s been involved in personal growth programs since the mid-1980’s, participated in many workshops, retreats and 12-step recovery. He began his journey into nature based spirituality in the late 1990’s. After publishing his book “The Joy of Compassionate Connecting - The Way of Christ Through Nonviolent Communication” in 2010, he participated in a Franciscan-inspired men’s rites of passage in 2011. He continued his growth journey through Mankind Project New-Warrior training and integration groups. He participated in Animas Valley Institute’s “Wild Mind Intensive” in Feb 2018, and had his first 12-day Vision Quest in the Anza Borrego desert in Feb 2020 (just before the COVID lockdown). He’s currently an Animas Valley apprentice in the Wild Mind Training Program (WMTP). He’s passionate about the intersection of Animas Valley inspired work with Nonviolent Communication as a way to contribute to “The Great Turning” ► a thriving compassionate world. Click here for extended bio.

 

Cover Art by Doug Van Houten

Giraffe pic by Magda Ehlers

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3. Shipping And Delivery
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6. Limitation Of Liability
7. Intellectual Property Rights
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1. Services Provided
Consulting, Coaching, Training, Facilitation services are provided. Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is not therapy -- not a clinical service. Nonviolent Communication is a "language of life" -- reference the book with that title by Marshall Rosenberg, PhD. The purpose of coaching and training is to provide information about NVC related practices. While you may be invited to bring real life situations for practice, we will only work with feelings of intensity 5 or less out of 10 (being the most intense) -- i.e. not working with trauma. Consulting clients, coaching clients and workshop participants are responsible for their own personal emotional safety.

2. Prices And Payment
Prices for workshops or events are listed in the website; promotional coupon codes may provide discounts to stated prices. Coupon use is required at the time of registration and may not be applied retroactively. Hourly service prices are negotiated and agreed by all parties and confirmed via email. Payment is expected before the scheduled session begins. Services scheduled may be rescheduled without penalty if done with a 24 hour notice; "no shows" forfeit payment. Hourly 1:1 sessions are not refundable.

3. Shipping And Delivery
Not applicable at this time.

4. Guarantees And Warranties
No guarantees or warranties are provided.

5. Refunds And Complaints
Requests for refunds are handled on a case-by-case basis, in a good-faith effort to acknowledge everyone's needs. The refund period for multi-week services extends to the first two sessions; no refunds are given the day after the second session. Refunds for services purchased online incur a 6% service charge to cover transaction and administration fees. Some trainings require changes to be notified some time before the event and are listed in the event description. Complaints should be directed through the Contact form on the home page; the consultant providing the service will communicate in integrity with the values of nonviolent communication (NVC). If an impasse is reached, and the stakes warrant, another NVC mediator will be used to facilitate a dialogue in addressing the complaint. Hourly 1:1 sessions are not refundable.

6. Limitation Of Liability
Liability is limited to the cost of the services provided. Not liable for any indirect damages that may occur.

7. Intellectual Property Rights
All materials provided in trainings, workshops or coaching sessions are for personal use only, and are copyrighted by Jaime "James" Prieto at Compassionate Connecting, with all rights reserved.

8. Future Changes
From time to time we may change the Terms & Conditions either because of changes in our business, or due to changes in governing law. If you opt-in to the mailing list, any changes will be included at the bottom of the next newsletter.

9. Governing Law
These Terms & Conditions follow applicable laws of the City of San Jose, the County of Santa Clara, the State of California, and the United States of America.
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