Nonviolent Communication, Japan

  • When: May/12/2018
  • When it Ends: May/27/2018
  • Where: Tokyo, Japan
  • Time: TBA
  • Cost: TBA
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Discover skills that will help you improve the quality of your relationships, deepen your inner peace, and increase your contribution in the world.

Join us to be part of a compassionate community learning together how to create strong communities; practice deep, nonjudgmental listening; and build empowerment from the inside out.

We will do this by looking at three areas:

1. Personal and Professional Relationships

  • Increase connection and closeness with the people you love.
  • Speak in a way that inspires compassion and understanding.
  • Initiate difficult conversations with more ease and confidence.
  • Remain centered and peaceful when receiving difficult messages.
  • Express and receive anger fully, safely and respectfully… yet powerfully.
  • Resolve long-standing conflicts and heal painful relationships.
  • Parent children from the heart and move beyond power struggles into cooperation.
  • Translate criticism, judgments and blame into life-serving messages.

2.  Inner Transformation

  • Shift patterns of thinking that lead to depression, guilt and shame and perpetuate pain.
  • Transform anger into self-understanding, thereby increasing inner peace.
  • Enliven yourself by expressing and receiving gratitude.
  • Learn to embody unconditional love.
  • Explore a world view where all people are valued.
  • Act, think and speak from your deepest integrity.

3.  Contribution and Social Change

We intend to prioritize these three areas within the IIT curriculum and there is also room for co-creation. There will be opportunities for for you to make requests for specific topics that you imagine will support you in applying NVC in these areas of your life. Sessions facilitated by Japanese practitioners will also be offered to celebrate and share the result of many years of effort by the Japanese NVC community to share this work to wider audience.

  • Explore systems and processes that will support communities in creating a world that works for all.
  • Share NVC in a ways that contains/transmits it’s power to transform and that inspires others.
  • Create educational systems where students love learning and teachers love teaching.
  • Learn to engage in effective, lasting nonviolent social change in the tradition of Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Cultivate awareness about power and privilege; how they have been used in the world and how they influence our view of ourselves and our world.  Explore ways to shift our culture and society that is aligned with your values.
  • Apply this work to current issues such as reconciliation and peacebuilding in East Asia, decolonization of Okinawa, and various issues relating to Fukushima.

Seminar Languages: English and Japenese. Sentence by sentence translation of both direction will be provided. Some Japanese-only sessions and one-language practice/empathy groups may be included among options for participants to choose from.

We are expecting that about 80 % of the whole participants will be Japanese speakers. In most of the sessions and the community time there will be translation and we predict off-session conversations will be mostly in Japanese. This arrangement will enable you to benefit from this IIT most if you are interested in;

  • Making friends with giraffes in Japan
  • Witnessing how applying NVC faces different challenges in non-western cultures
  • Putting yourself in the position of minority, especially language wise
  • Connection building through nonverbal channels such as communal meditation, body movement or savoring each other’s presence.


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    -- Albert Einstein

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