Inspiring social change
Leading the way
A Program to provide community, feedback and support to individuals working towards certification as NVC Trainers.
Limited # of Participants: 12
“Imagine that you, in your current journey of integrating and sharing NVC, are like a clay pot. The clay pot has form and shape, but is missing the final transformation needed to hold water and fulfill its purpose.
You are looking for your own process of fire; a process that brings together what you offer - your uniqueness, passion for change, knowledge and skills - with the support of structure, experience, collaboration, commitment and connections.
This is the vision for KILN: to fire and inspire you to be a powerful vessel in the world.”
KILN is for Individuals that are:
change-makers, active in social organizations, groups, or enterprises
contributing towards the kind of world they long for through nonviolence and compassion
wanting to share NVC with others and looking for the support to do so
contributing and offering Compassionate Communication workshops and are pursuing certification
finished with the on-paper requirements for certification, and are looking for support in pulling it all together and integrating the knowledge with your way of being and showing up in the world.
Exposure to a diversity of ways of holding, living and expressing NVC
An opportunity for exploring your own unique strengths and expressions of teaching NVC
Creativity and fun! Along with the depth work that happens with NVC, we offer lightness and laughter along the way.
What is KILN?
KILN is an experiential program that offers structure, accompaniment and a deep dive into living, integrating and sharing NVC. It offers a unique combination of experiences (eg. retreat, online calls, and projects) within a supportive community of fellow learners. It is guided by experienced Certified Trainers, KILN members from previous years and Assessor Angela Walkley.
KILN brings forth the unique offering of each individual while providing rigour in ensuring the integrity of NVC is upheld.
KILN supports each individual’s integration and unique expression of NVC, to explore NVC-based approaches to creating social change, and to assist candidates to complete the CNVC requirements for Certification.
I asked Mitch and Angela to create this program because of the number of very able individuals with an interest in certification. I wanted to support them on their journey. I specifically asked Angela and Mitch because I hold them as highly skilled and experienced educators living and sharing the NVC process with enthusiasm, commitment and full hearts.
- Penny Wassman, 2016
Here are the factors we think about when we decide whether our program would
be a mutual fit for an individual candidate.
focus on bringing NVC into the entire weave of life, not just professionally
willingness to engage in difficult conversations
desire to contribute to the group (self awareness/self responsibility)
sense of fun, creativity and innovation
strong foundation of NVC (prefer a minimum of 20 days of training)
commitment to the retreats, projects and the weekly calls
recommendation by a CNVC Certified Assessor or Trainer
diversity - of age, gender, background, etc
A supportive community and structure for stepping into leadership
18 days of training, mentorship and feedback
Applied Projects throughout the year that dovetail with your certification process
KILN Program Elements
This program includes a variety of different settings and experiences for your learning, some of which may be “edgy” for you. While we absolutely value the workshop/retreat setting, we want to create as many applied, experiential, and real-life opportunities as possible. This is an intentional approach to “raise the heat” for our work together.
KILN Program 2020
Gathering #1: Fall 2020
Gathering #2: Winter 2021
Gathering #3 Late Spring 2021
Personal Project: Fall 2020
NVC Sharing Project: Winter 2021
Weekly Group Calls - online - ongoing
Support Triads - online - ongoing
Mentorship and feedback - two calls per participant
Also included in KILN are:
Registration with the CNVC;
Access to Certification Templates and other resources;
Online Community Platform;
Organizers - Trainers
Angela Walkley (MA in Leadership, CNVC Certified Trainer and Assessor)
Angela facilitated key decisions, conflict situations, collaboration and dialog among First Nations, non profit, government communities and social change makers for over 20 years. Angela has led training in leadership, participatory/integrative land management, and of course Nonviolent Communication. She is passionate about creating positive change in this world through our own self awareness and shifts in the ways we relate to one another (and ourselves). She is particularly enchanted with sharing how increasing our consciousness of our breath and body responses can transform our experience of life.
Angela sees NVC as a path towards consciousness. It is an approach that leads to greater inner freedom, connection with others and positive contribution in the world. She also sees it as a powerful tool for mediation, facilitation, leadership and collaboration. She believes that embracing the consciousness sharpens the tool allowing it to transform both the hearts and minds of people.
Angela also offers organizational development and facilitation support through her company Cambio Consulting (www.cambioconsulting.ca)
Mitch Miyagawa (MFA, CNVC Certified Trainer)
Mitch’s “magic” as a facilitator is his blend of insight, humour, empathy, and humility. He brings creativity and depth to groups and individuals, and believes passionately in the promise of more interdependent relationships and cultures. Mitch has extensive experience facilitating for individuals and organizations across Western Canada, as well as online.
Mitch brings his NVC into active use as a creative events programmer and Festival producer. He is also a diversity educator, an award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker. He received the 2013 Writers Guild of Canada’s Screenwriting Award for his documentary A Sorry State, about tragic choices made by the Canadian government with people of Japanese, Chinese and First Nation decent.
Mitch and Angela live on Gabriola Island, BC, with their sons Tomio and Sam, and various other creatures.