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Leveraging Your Influence Using NVC – 2014 West Coast Program

September 28 / 2014 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm


We are happy to announce that registration is now open for 2014 Leveraging Your Influence West with Miki Kashtan! This innovative, year-long program begins in January and requires a commitment of one Saturday or Sunday per month.

2014 Dates:

January 12, February 16, March 16, April 26, May 18, June 29, July 20, August 17. September 28, October 26, November 23, December 14

Program Description:

Leveraging Your Influence is a mutually supportive learning community, co-created by Miki and participants to integrate the consciousness of NVC more deeply, more spontaneously, and more authentically into our everyday language and lives.

The vision of the program is to leverage our influence by using NVC as the organizing principle of our work in the world. In our once-a-month, day-long meetings we deepen into our ability to express the consciousness and principles of NVC in our own natural language in our unique life experiences.

Rather than teaching specific NVC skills, we focus on real-life situations in which using NVC can move us and our environment closer to the dream of a needs-based world.

We start with where we are, by inspiring others, by transforming conflict into mutual understanding, and by forging connections and alliances through our shared human needs.

We ask, “How can we live NVC so fully that all the people we meet each day are affected by its profound gifts? How do we infuse our work and play so that NVC consciousness becomes the common denominator in all our relationships?”

We are excited to imagine a world like this! A world in which each of us could act in the sacred role of the midwife and help bring greater NVC presence to all the areas of our life.

The LYI participants have a range of NVC experience. Very experienced NVC practitioners and trainers are eager to naturalize their use of NVC. Other participants have less formal NVC training or experience mixed with a deep appreciation of NVC consciousness and some familiarity with the tools.

The experience of each gathering is co-created by Miki and all the participants. In her role as leader, Miki’s skill and experience generate trust and safety. She models her vision of collaborative leadership, which allows her to occasionally function as a member. She engages with the group to understand the emerging needs of participants in real time and harnesses that energy to deepen the consciousness of NVC in all present.

Participants contribute real-life issues and a radical level of vulnerability around issues of tuition, money, inclusion, learning goals, shared leadership, feedback, commitment and radical honesty.

In LYI we explore the extent to which we can create a community of mutual understanding and shared human needs. We support each other in manifesting this dream together while supporting each of us to become a resource to those around us and the world!

We hold no limit on what we can create together. We might just become that small group of individuals that Margaret Mead refers to in her famous quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”


“What a powerful community of leaning that is here to hold us in out efforts to step into true collaborative power. Thank you Miki for your facilitation and courageous leadership.” Adelaja Simon

“In the LYI I have concretized the homes and changes NVC is making in my life. Pushing the limits of my understanding of non-violence and digging deeper and deeper to more courage and vulnerability.” Genevieve Keller

“This is it! Those are the words that keep coming to mind. This is what I’ve been looking for” Arthur Pena

“An opportunity to rewire my heart and brain around expectations of freedom & possibility in vivo with a rare, gifted & passionate leader.” Kore Williams

“Participating in LYI contributes to me in moving from feeling small (How can I ever make a difference) to, I matter; showing up makes a difference. I was born to contribute and I do.” Lucie Barbeau

Requested Contribution

This program continues as an experiment in a semi-gift-economy basis. We have had some incredible conversations in which we broke some of the taboos about money in our work together. We worked with the shame that so many of us have about money, and found connection around finding ways for everyone to participate and for BayNVC to thrive.

Each person who joins can choose how much they want to contribute, with the hoped for contribution being at least $1,600 for the program. We encourage all participants to commit for the entire 12 months. However, the enrollment for this program will stay open throughout 2014, and if you want to join us later, you can contribute on a pro-rated basis.

If you are called to join this thriving community and have no funds available at all to you, please be in touch and we will engage with you to see with the aim of finding creative ways of including you. We ask that you pay $400 upon registration, however if you are unable to do so, our system is set up to accept $100.

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September 28 / 2014
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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