AMT Equestrian presents:

From Conflict to Connection

A Foundations Training in Nonviolent Communication ('NVC')

Sat 24 & Sun 25 April 2021

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Everything we do with our horses is communication. Whether it’s external (physical signals) or internal (intention, feel) it’s all communication.

The problem is, very few of us have ever actually been taught how to communicate effectively with clarity and empathy. It’s not easy for many of us to distinguish between our thoughts and our feelings.

We learn by what was modelled to us as a child from the adults and people around us and our culture.

This is something we have become acutely aware of since becoming parents.

And it relates directly to horsemanship. Because how we show up in life is also how we show up with our horses. Whether we have the awareness to admit that or not.

Without having awareness and skills around truly effective communication where we feel safe to express our feelings and needs, can we really create that space when working with our horses?

When I read a book called “Nonviolent Communication - A Language of Life” by Dr Marshall Rosenberg, I felt like I had finally received the code that we should all be taught as children. It’s one of the most profound and life-changing books I have on my shelf.

When I started applying the NVC principles set out in the book, I noticed how much easier it was to resolve conflicts and communicate authentically (with humans!). BUT, like any skill you read about in a book, without applying and practicing it, it has little value.

Because communication is such an integral part of our human as well as human-horse relationships, we’ve decided to commit to learning the NVC principles and put them into PRACTICE!

We’re lucky to have one of the few Australian teachers of NVC here in WA!

So we’ve decided to do a little experiment.

We’ve organised a 2 day Foundations Training workshop to learn how to apply NVC in everyday life.

Once we have this foundation, we will reflect on how this might change how we show up and communicate with our horses.

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What is Nonviolent Communication ('NVC')?

Nonviolent Communication (also called Compassionate Communication) is an approach to developing skills which help us to improve all relationships, both personal and professional.

NVC was created by the late American psychologist, mediator, author and teacher Marshall Rosenberg in the 1960's and was first widely released in his ground-breaking book "Nonviolent Communication - A Language of Life" in 2003.

Today, NVC is taught and practiced around the world, with over 700 Certified Trainers committed to sharing Marshall's teaching with the world.

The benefits of practicing NVC are widespread, helping individuals, families and organisations to reduce conflict, foster trust, deepen emotional connections, heal pain and strengthen personal empowerment.

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You Will Learn How To:

?Easily identify and express your feelings
?Put your own needs first, without sacrificing the needs of others
?Say no with ease
?Know when you need to set a boundary, and how to do it
?Become comfortable with confrontation, knowing that you have the tools to avoid conflict or offending others
?Trust yourself and your decisions more
?Take your power back over your feelings (no more - “you make me so angry!”)
?Find peace even when another person’s feelings and behaviour are challenging you
?Heal from pain suffered as a result of criticism from parents, siblings, partner or ex-partner
?Have greater success at work as you clearly express yourself and get the recognition you deserve
?Understand that you don’t need to fix others problems, and what to do instead
?Adopt loving self-talk to help overcome perfectionistic attitudes
?Let go of judgemental thoughts, to achieve a peaceful mind
?Have higher self-esteem, confidence and belief in yourself
?Use giving as an act of love, rather than as a means to get what you want
?Create more emotional safety and intimacy in your personal connections, leading to greater happiness and fulfillment

Over the course of two days, we will explore these topics in a fun and interactive environment, over twelve modules:

1. The Origins of Nonviolent Communication ('NVC')
2. Identifying Language That Disconnects And Connects Us
3. Translating Judgemental Thoughts Into Observations
4. Differentiating Between Thoughts And Feelings
5. Differentiating Between Feelings And Needs
6. Differentiating Between Requests And Demands
7. Expressing Myself Honestly
8. Using Empathy To Connect With Myself
9. Using Empathy To Connect With Others
10. Putting It All Together - Handling Difficult Conversations
11. Expressing Meaningful Appreciation
12. Wrap Up

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About Our Trainers:

Renee Cusworth is a Holistic Coach & Consultant, based in Perth, Western Australia. She is a qualified Kinesiologist and is registered with the Centre for Nonviolent Communication as a Certification Candidate. Prior to entering the wellness industry, Renee worked within the financial service industry for fourteen years, leading teams and managing staff across Australia. She also holds an Advanced Diploma of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). In addition to workshops, Renee offers 1 - 1 private coaching sessions to assist clients with creating harmonious connections in all areas of their lives. Renee has held over 2,100 private sessions offering over 3,000 hours of training and support to clients around the world.

Amos Burr is a qualified Teacher, Biodynamic Cranial Touch Practitioner and Kinesiologist based in Perth, Western Australia. He has worked in education for over ten years in a range of contexts, most recently in the role of Effective Communications Instructor with UWA international students, and as a Secondary School Teacher with at-risk and disengaged youth. Amos is currently studying his Masters of Counselling and is actively engaged in the NVC community.

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Event Details:

Dates: Saturday 24th April and Sunday 25th April (ANZAC Day Long Weekend)

Time: 9am – 5pm both days

(Arrive from 8.55am for a 9.15am sharp start).

Location: Meerilinga Children and Family Centre, BEECHBORO (note there are many centres in the northern suburbs!)

Address: 106 Amazon Drive, Beechboro WA 6063

Morning and Afternoon Tea: provided

Lunch: please bring your own (full kitchen and utensils are available, with fridge, microwave, oven and stove etc)

The workshop is limited to 15 participants. Every participant will receive a training manual. The workshop will be a mix of theory and practical components.

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Pricing:

Early Bird Price (EXTENDED): $329 per person* (if you get your ticket before 21st April 2021)

*Included Donation: 20% of all ticket sales will be donated to local charity, Native Animal Rescue, who are helping to treat and care for sick, orphaned and displaced native animals as a result of the Wooroloo fire.

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Questions?

For more info and for books on Nonviolent Communication please visit ?https://www.reneecusworth.com/nvc-bookstore.


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