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Connection: Holding Courageous Conversations


  • Ya-Ya Network 224 W. 29th St., 14th Floor New York, NY 10001 (map)

While this upcoming Non-Violent Communication (NVC) retreat led by Yuri Hassz and Sandra Caselato from Brazil is not specific to restorative justice, we think practitioners will find it highly relevant. Some restorative justice practitioners see NVC in direct support of RJ principles of speaking and being with one another. While many RJ trainings provide a solid format and frame for fostering acceptance and connection, they don't always teach us specific ways to speak and listen non-judgmentally, and more importantly, to be in non-judgment.

Some of you may know of existing work linking RJ and NVC (i.e., Dominic Barter in Brazil), and the synchronicity between the two. NVC offers a pragmatic alternative to the binary thinking of good/bad, right/wrong, either/or - that is so present in conventional justice and our societies as a whole. For RJ practitioners, integrating NVC language can raise our awareness of the binaries that exist in each of us, which we may unconsciously impose on our restorative spaces or any part of our life. Like racism, judgmental, competitive and binary language is the water we swim in, making it necessary for us to consciously cultivate ways of speaking and listening that foster connection instead.

Friday, April 20 to Sunday, April 22, 2018
Ya-Ya Network (Youth Activists-Youth Allies) 
224 W. 29th St., 14th Floor
New York, NY 10001

There is some flexibility in attendance on specific days and a sliding scale for fees is available.

For more information and/or to register, CLICK HERE.