Connecting Compassionately with Ourselves and Others

This four-class series invites the participants to begin to shift from habitual patterns of behavior toward authentic self-connection and compassionate relationships with others. The course is inspired by Nonviolent Communication (NVC) consciousness and practice, the work of Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, PhD.

The class will meet in the Junior Youth Room of Bull Run Unitarian Universalists (BRUU), located at Church & Main Streets in Manassas, VA. We will gather on Thursday evenings from April 23 to May 14 from 7 to 9 PM.

For more information, or to register for this class series, please contact class facilitator Greg Rouillard.

Session 1 (April 23): Making Friends with Ourselves. Raising our awareness of our deeply ingrained behaviors and beliefs, and examining what it's like to start to make friends with the messy parts of our lives.

Session 2 (April 30): Learning to Listen. Examining our habitual ways of listening that result in separation, and learning to listen empathically to nurture connection.

Session 3 (May 7): Transforming Habitual Reactivity into Self-Connection. Discovering how to embrace our highly emotional reactions to challenging situations as pointers to our heart's most precious longings.

Session 4 (May 14): Opening to Compassionate Connection. Celebrating self-connection and empathic listening as a path to deep, meaningful connection with the other people in our lives.