Community Life-Skills Workshops

Community Life-Skills Workshops

Four-Week Summer Workshop  July 1, 8, 22 and 29, 2015

Become Your Own Best Friend and Guide



If you sometimes:

  • Get overwhelmed or stuck in painful self-guilt and blame
  • Say or do things that seem to block you from connecting with people in ways you most want
  • Find yourself making choices that get in the way of you reaching your goals

Then this workshop is for you.

During the four, two-hour workshop sessions you will learn how to develop compassionate inquiry of yourself and others so that you are able to:

  • Let go of blame while embracing responsibility and leaning into new actions in your life
  • Be open and genuine in your connections with people
  • Make choices with integrity and power that support you in achieving your dreams

The workshop will be offered at the Blacksburg home of the instructor Patricia Bevan, who is a certified trainer with the international Center for Nonviolent Communication. It will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on the Wednesdays noted above. A $70.00 fee is requested for the full workshop. Inquiries or registration is requested by June 24th to allow for optimal workshop planning. (Contact Directions to the workshop will be provided upon registration.

This new workshop is the latest in the new community service offered by Compassionate Connections, begun in the fall of 2014. The Community Life-Skills Workshop Series replaced the community practice group that met for over six years and was available for residents in the New River Valley and surrounding communities to learn to connect compassionately as an integral component of powerful, authentic, living.

The goal of the new workshop series is to provide residents with concentrated learning opportunities that fit easily into their lives. Workshops consist of four or five weekly two-hour sessions during which participants will learn grounding concepts and practice skills that will guide them in ways to communicate with themselves and others that will reduce conflict, increase cooperation, diffuse anger, and increase understanding.

Each workshop stands alone as a learning opportunity. At the same time attending several or all of the workshops in the series will allow participants to deepen both (1) their understanding of what it means to communicate from a place of powerful compassion and (2) their skills in communicating with everyone in their lives, including family, friends, colleagues, and organizations, with greater satisfaction.

The first workshop in the series was held October 15, 22, 29 and November 5 and was entitled What Am I Thinking? It explored how our thoughts influence our clarity of mind and our ability to be compassionate with ourselves and others.

The second workshop, entitled Un-Wrap You Heart for the Holidays, was designed especially for the holidays. It  explored ways to bring more happiness (and thus less frustration, distress, sadness and exhaustion) to this time of family and festivities.

The third workshop entitled Take Charge of Your Life with Response-Ability supported participants in investigating how to embrace their personal power and understand their moment-to-moment choices to take charge of their lives.

Flyer to download: Become Your Own Best Friend and Guide