Facilitation & Group Skills

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Skills for Facilitating & Teaching NVC,  NVC  Practice Groups, and for Holding Space for NVC Groups

Facilitation, Hosting, Collaboration & Group Work Training

If you are, or plan to be, sharing NVC in any way – running a practice group, facilitating trainings, teaching, taking NVC into schools, workplaces or organisations, offering NVC mentoring or coaching, we strongly recommend developing your skills in deep listening, facilitation, working in groups, group decision making, holding space in a group.  There are numerous great books and online resources, as well as training. Here are some we recommend.

Groundwork Training – template, pattern, method and processes for highly effective and enjoyable collaboration, completely aligned with NVC

Groundwork Practice Guide (Interactive) – Copy  (free/open source)

Art of Hosting (aka Art of Participatory Leadership)

Art of Hosting is a set of highly effective principles, practices, patterns and structures for organising and hosting anything in a participatory, empowering and nourishing way, and is completely aligned with NVC paradigm and consciousness

Art of Hosting and Groundwork training in Australia is offered by Campfire Co-op

Robin Clayfield 

*** Robin offers large discounts for current C2Ci members to attend her trainings and to buy her resources – at cost. We especially recommend her ‘Dynamic Groups, Dynamic Learning’ training for people who want to share or teach NVC ***

Robin is a dedicated and passionate advocate of NVC, and a regular volunteer with C2Ci. We are delighted to have this support, and to have her as our “Writer in Residence”.

On request Robin offers ‘Creative Facilitation of NVC’ training for NVC practitioners and anyone who is sharing NVC, based on her ‘Dynamic Groups, Creative Learning’ methodology.

Check Robin’s website and Facebook group for details of available resources and trainings.

Robin Clayfield is an international teacher, facilitator and author who is passionate about making learning fun, creative, empowering and effective; about healthy groups, organisations and communities, their structures and governance and most importantly, their facilitation and group dynamics. She presents and consults all around the world to support global health, well-being and whole systems change through using Permaculture, Social Permaculture and ‘Dynamic Groups’ methodology. Robin is a Permaculture Pioneer and  World Permaculture Elder who has lived at Crystal Waters Permaculture Eco-Village in SE Queensland, Australia since 1988. Her books and resources include ‘You Can Have Your Permaculture and Eat It Too’, ‘The New Permaculture Principles Card Game’, ‘The Creative Community Governance and Decision Making Resource Kit’ and the ‘Creative Process Wild Cards’. She is also the co-author of ‘The Manual for Teaching Permaculture Creatively’ plus several resources and card games for teachers and facilitators.

Robin is currently writing her life-time of work and experience in facilitating dynamic groups, creative learning, decision-making and group work into a 5 volume book, including a focus on NVC.

Some other aligned training we recommend:

The Art of Hosting Training

Groundwork Training – A Framework for Collaboration

Focusing, and Whole Body Focusing

Living NVC – Embodying NVC, Embodying NVC Consciousness/Worldview

NVC is in essence a paradigm, a worldview, a way of being in the world, a consciousness. Beyond the communication model and words, it is a way of being, a way of living, a practice and consciousness to deeply embody in daily life. Practices that are not specifically called NVC are a vital support in embodying this paradigm and consciousness – in living NVC: Any practices which support us to deeply listen, deeply pay attention, be deeply authentic, present, open, still, aware of ourselves and others, aware of our conditioning and assumptions, aware of our bodies and aware of the deep longings in our heart, beyond all words.

Some of these include: meditation, mindfulness practices,  compassion practices, Focusing, any mindful movement practices, Aikido, Chi Gung, yoga, conscious dance, contact improvisation, etc., plus therapies where we learn to see, understand, and be both compassionate and responsible for our own patterns of thinking, beliefs, assumptions and behaviours

Robin Clayfield