The Center for Violence-Free Relationships has a seven-week workshop underway called “Communicating from Your Heart” and designed to teach individuals communication skills that will help them improve their relationships at home and at work. The workshop is on Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m. and started on Nov. 5. It will continue until Dec. 17.
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Some of the topics that will be covered include: getting beyond assumptions, resolving conflicts with respect and care, breaking patterns of thinking that lead to arguments and self-judgment, moving beyond power struggles to cooperation and trust, dealing with difficult people, the practice of listening and empathy, and transforming conflict into opportunities to get everyone’s needs met.
The workshops will focus primarily on teaching participants Nonviolent Communication (NVC), founded by Marshall Rosenberg over 40 years ago. NVC has been used around the world to mediate conflicts, nurture relationships, and promote peace. NVC is also known as giraffe language because the giraffe has a large heart. It is considered the language of compassion and/or the language of the heart.\
“Communication is an essential ingredient to resolving conflict,” says presenter Eddie Zacapa, who uses giraffe ears and puppets to illustrate giraffe language in his workshops. “The words we use greatly determine the quality of connection we have with others. Learning to use words that are life affirming can make all the difference.”
The Center for Violence-free Relationships is dedicated to building healthy relationships, families and communities free from sexual assault and domestic violence through education, advocacy and services in western El Dorado County.
The “Communicating from Your Heart” workshops will be held at The Center for Violence-Free Relationships at 344 Placerville Dr., Suite 11, Placerville, CA 95667. The cost ranges from $20 to $35 per weekly session and assistance is available to individuals in financial need. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. To sign up or for more information contact Eddie Zacapa at 530-295-4210 or 916-916-939-4464 or EddieZ@thecenternow.org.