Our Relationship with Conflict

explore your relationship with conflict & begin to
develop practical, compassionate & life-serving responses

We all have conflict in our lives. Sometimes we don't see it as conflict when it’s subtle, like our unpleasant internal voice reminding us what we did wrong or an uncomfortable disconnection in a relationship. Overt conflict is more readily identifiable as tense conversations, raised voices, bullying, arguments or even aggression or physical violence.  Conflict, it seems, is unavoidable, so developing skills to gracefully and powerfully navigate challenging situations is essential for healthy relationships and well-being.  

Nonviolent Communication asserts that our every action is an attempt to satisfy, consciously or unconsciously, an important internal value or need. How would our response to conflict change if we were able to see the actions that create conflict as simply someone's ineffective (or sometimes harmful) attempt to meet their needs?  When we move beyond judging and blaming to see a shared humanity underneath the offending actions or words, we begin to transform conflict.

Moving beyond judging and blaming can be a big ask when we are upset, angry or shut down.  When our internal alarm system has been activated, identifying basic human needs underlying offensive words or actions can be hard, if not impossible. What if there were effective strategies for moderating our alarm system, so we could be more effective in the face of conflict?

In this one-day experiential workshop, Our Relationship with Conflict, you will have the opportunity to begin to transform your experience of conflict by:

  • better understanding conflict in your life

  • unpacking your habitual ways of responding

  • learning strategies for maintaining your 'cool' when things get tense

  • exploring skills for responding to conflict with more grace & efficacy  

Through individual and group inquiry, exercises, and skills practice, we will explore the origins, responses to and transformation of conflict in our lives. Based on the principles and consciousness of Nonviolent Communication plus illuminating brain science, restorative practices and somatic awareness, you will come away with practical, compassionate and life-serving ways to address conflict in your life.

To register, please fill out the form below.

This workshop is ideal for those who:

  • Have a basic understanding of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) (see prerequisites below)

  • Want to address conflict in a way that considers all involved (think win-win-win)

  • Are open to transforming limiting habits or ways of communicating

  • Want more fulfilling, authentic, compassionate connections

Please note, this is a communication course that focuses on skills to address interpersonal, non-physical conflict.  We will touch on, but not focus on, the NVC principle of protective use of force. For skills to address physical conflict, search for ‘violence prevention’ support in your community. 

Workshop Details

Facilitator: Jenna Card, Certified Nonviolent Communication Trainer, Coach & Interpersonal Mediator, see bio

Prerequisite: None, all are welcome!
However, you may benefit from reading Nonviolent Communication, A Language of Life by Marshall Rosenberg or attending our one-day Fundamentals of Compassionate Communication workshop (in-person or online) or equivalent introduction to NVC training.

Tuition: Regular: $140; Early Bird $100

Registration: complete the form below and etransfer payment to jenna@heartspring.ca.



Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: West End - Gordon Neighbourhood House - 1019 Broughton St, Vancouver, BC

Early Bird pricing until Sunday, October 13

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