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Nonviolent NZ Communities

Bringing Authentic and Compassionate Communication to Individuals, Communities and Organisations 

Based on the work of Marshall B. Rosenberg and the Centre of Nonviolent Communication and

Daniel Goleman and Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations

Level 2 NVC Training Programme

Self Empathy Sessions

4 weeks, 3 hour workshop/weekly 


Self-Empathy - When the mind tends to fill with self-critical thoughts, especially when we ‘make a mistake’ or ‘fail’ at something, or procrastinate, if we ask what feelings and needs are suppressed in this self-critical language, we are on the way to discover self-empathy.

Mourning and Forgiving - We know that we have made a mistake when we experience feelings of regret after doing or saying things we wish we hadn’t. We often judge ourselves and feel shame, guilt, or anger towards ourselves.

Reclaiming Power of Choice - Freedom comes from the recognition that there is a choice in everything we do or say, that nothing or no one can coerce us into doing something we do not or choose not to do.

Appreciation and Celebration - NVC model encourages the expression of appreciation as a way to celebrate life when our needs are met. This awareness of fulfilment brings joy and gratitude in our lives.


Camelia PETRUS

(PGDip. Psychology, NVC, NLP, Counselling), Member of NVC Aotearoa

Who is this seminar for (not limited to):

  • Police Commanders and Area Managers
  • Department of Correction
  • School Principals and Administrators
  • Organisations dealing with Domestic Violence
  • Executives in the public sector

Group Size:

Maximum 12

Choose a date:

Please contact us to discuss dates and times that suit you and your organisation.


In-house. We will come to you.



$3,360/group if all attendees belong to the same organisation. Minimum 8, maximum 12.


People taking this course:

  • How to take their inner-witness stance and cultivate mindfulness of this moment experience;
  • Learn how to notice their thoughts of self-judgment, self-demands, self-blaming;
  • Learn how by identifying and connecting with our feelings and needs in a particular situation will replace old habits of judging, blaming, or criticising ourselves.
  • How to relate to our mistakes, using a process that fosters our ability to learn and grow from past mistakes and allows us to experience regret without blaming or hating ourselves;
  • How to practice mourning and self-forgiveness to heal past events in their own lives.
  • How to free up the energy we use to protect ourselves from painful past events, and make the energy available to meet present needs;
  • Understanding that if there is a gap between their intentions and how they actually live their lives, then they know that their choices along the way were not authentic;
  • Replacing the oppressive words ‘have to’, ‘must’, ‘should’, supposed to’, ‘can’t’, and ‘got to’ with the empowering awareness of choice.
  • Recognising the availability of choice, especially in difficult moments, and in connecting with their needs;
  • Cultivate awareness of how we are affected by something we enjoy.
  • Practice expressing and receiving appreciation;
  • Learn how to differentiate expression of appreciation from positive judgments;
  • Use the learning from the previous modules to craft appreciation and gratitude towards themselves and others.