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Weaving Togetherness: Supporting Liberation while Facilitating Conflict Processes

  • Understand what it takes to create an experience of mattering, for all who are part of a conflict field
  • Find options for utilizing the many potential moves in a conflict field as ways of weaving togetherness
  • Develop practices for how to attend to situations where no one has capacity
  • Ground yourself in the deeper assumptions of NVC: that ALL actions are attempts to meet needs

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, December 18-21, 2023 (four sessions)
10:00am-12:00pm Pacific (California) Time
Online via Zoom

The live course is complete. You can register to receive access to the recorded sessions.


Listen to Miki and Alper discuss what this powerful trainer trio plans to bring to this course.

Conflict arises from some rupture in togetherness, a loss of trust that makes it nearly impossible to look at what is happening as a source of information and learning about how to care for all that matters to everyone in ways that minimize impacts and are within capacity. 

This is one of the core tasks for those of us who facilitate conflict processes: to support everyone to be able to identify and share all relevant information in ways that will support movement towards more togetherness. And, in turn, to increase capacity to attend to the conflict and learn from it. 

Within the context of declining collective capacity and the low trust that humanity is in now, facilitating conflicts also gives us a unique entryway into supporting liberation on a micro scale, as each conflict we encounter becomes an opportunity to restore capacity within the context in which the conflict occurs. In the absence of a visionary conflict engagement system, where  liberation is embedded, our individual orientation when we facilitate becomes all the more vital. 

In this course, the focus is on specific aspects of engaging with conflict that are particularly relevant to the journey of liberation rather than offering a general introduction to conflict facilitation.

Here are some of the core questions that have led to offering this course:

  • How can we expand our lens from “conflict resolution” to engaging with conflict fully to find what is possible in terms of both restoring trust and learning? 
  • What happens when we include ourselves as a human being within the conflict process?
  • What makes it possible to increase togetherness right from the start and every step of the way?
  • How can we support shifting from the story of scarcity, separation, and powerlessness that is the foundation of our societies to tenderness for self and others?
  • What happens when the conflict involves power differences?

Liberation is a lifelong commitment, and our hope is that through participating in this course, you can increase your capacity in the following ways:

  • Learning to show up, when facilitating, in a way that models the possible future we want to contribute to 
  • Understanding what it takes to create an experience of mattering, for all who are part of a conflict field, regardless of the outcome of the conflict
  • Finding vision-oriented ways to frame whatever arises in a conflict field which can then create a pull towards vision for everyone involved
  • Seeing options for utilizing the many potential moves in a conflict field as ways of weaving togetherness

Session 1: Conflict, Liberation, and Preparing the Field
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Session 2: From Neutrality to Transparently Caring for Everyone
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Session 3: Supporting People in Seeing Each Other’s Humanity
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Session 4: Attending to Power Differences as Liberation for All
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  • Video and audio recordings of every session
  • Forum discussion available in the classroom
  • Lifetime access to the classroom
  • Translated captions available in 30+ languages 

There is no set amount for this course. Though we offer below guidance to people in choosing how much to give, it is intended as support for you, not as specific requests. We invite people to register using a gift economy approach so that everyone can have access and our work can also be sustainable. We ask that you give the most that you can do without overstretching or resentment. You can learn more about our thinking and about choosing your amount here. 

  • Supporting Others to Attend: $310 (Many people will not be able to contribute at the sustainability level so we depend on some people having the capacity and willingness to contribute more)
  • Sustainability for Nonviolent Global Liberation (NGL) and NVC Academy: $210 (helps to support the trainers and NVC Academy to continue offering courses)
  • Installment Payments: Make 3 payments of $70 if registered by December 1
  • Increased Accessibility: $25 (if you are from a marginalized group; or part of the global south, regardless of where you live and would like guidance on how much to give, this amount is just over 10% of the amount that is sustainability level)
  • If the above options are still a barrier for you to join, or if you would like to contribute a different amount, please choose the amount you can give, even if it is $0. Restoring the gift flow means, also, stretching into receiving.

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About Miki Kashtan, Aurélia Saint-Just & Alper Süzer
Miki Kashtan, Aurélia Saint-Just & Alper Süzer

Miki Kashtan

Miki Kashtan is a co-founder of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication (BayNVC) and of the Nonviolent Global Liberation community (NGL). Miki focuses strongly on how, in times of global crisis, we can mobilize together to increase the chances of a livable future using collaborative tools based on the principles of Nonviolent Communication. Her latest book, The Highest Common Denominator: Using Convergent Facilitation to Reach Breakthrough Collaborative Decisions (2021) delves deeply into how collaborative decisions can be made within groups without having to wait for all of us to be transformed.

Miki blogs at The Fearless Heart and her articles have appeared in the New York...


The live course is complete. You can register to receive access to the recorded sessions.