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Online Workshop on Nonviolent Communication (NVC), Lebanon Programme

Hamada Joumah and Catrin Froehlich are organizing an online workshop of six interactive sessions of 2 hours each on Nonviolent Communication (NVC). These sessions will be held on December, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11 2020 from 14:00 pm to 16:00 pm (UTC +2).

Do you want to learn more about honest and authentic communication? Would you like to understand others better? Would you like others to understand you better? Do you want to understand your own emotions and triggers? Do you want to know why and how conflicts develop? Do you want to know how to avoid misunderstandings and how to deal with conflict? Would you like to use conflicts to connect better with yourself and others?
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In this workshop you can learn…

  • About your own feelings and needs, and those of others
  • how to deal with challenging emotions
  • expressing your needs and requests without blaming others
  • the difference between needs (which are similar for all human beings) and strategies (the actions that people use to fulfill those needs)
  • the difference between observations and judgements
  • about preventing misunderstandings
  • how conflicts develop and how they can be addressed constructively
  • how to support others by ‘really’ listening

This workshop is not about ‘being nice’ or ‘giving in’. Much rather, it helps you to express yourself more clearly and honestly and to take responsibility for yourself and your actions. It will also help you to better understand the needs and actions of others.

Join us if…

  • you witness communication challenges or tensions in your life or around you
  • you are willing and courageous to make a change in your life
  • you want to create more understanding and less tension around yourself
  • you are ready and available to actively participate in all 6 sessions (with a good-enough internet connection to have audio and video running)

This workshop will be interactive and based on the real-life challenges of the participants. The final agenda will be co-created with the facilitators through a WhatsApp Group which will be set up in advance. You will have the chance to speak about communication challenges and conflicts which you experience in your community, family, with friends, at your workplaces or in any other situation.

Do you want to join? Just send us an email to by latest 25th November 2020 with your phone number and a few words on what you are particularly interested in learning. 

About Nonviolent Communication

NVC (also called Compassionate Communication or Collaborative Communication) is an approach to nonviolent living developed by Marshall Rosenberg beginning in the 1960s. At its heart is a belief that all human beings have capacity for compassion and empathy. We only resort to violence or behavior harmful to others when we do not recognize more effective strategies for meeting needs.

About the facilitators:

Hamada is a community organizer, trainer, facilitator, social worker, farmer, beekeeper, mentor and an activist. In 2008 he discovered Nonviolent Communication through a 6-month- training with Sri Lankan NVC- expert Sarri Batter. NVC helped him to better understand tensions within himself, within his family, friends and the community around him. In the same year he started training and mentoring youth groups. Since then he has trained staff of Ministries and NGOs, police personnel, teachers, parents, women groups, artists, and others. He considers NVC as a lifelong learning and practice which is particularly useful and challenging in a volatile environment like Lebanon, where people are constantly confronted with violence in different forms.

Catrin loves learning and sharing, particularly about psychology, conflict-dynamics and about fear, which she sees as a root cause of violence. When she rediscovered NVC in 2014 it helped her understand how violently she was communicating with herself and how important self-compassion is in order to be compassionate with others. Since then she has been enthusiastic about learning more and sharing it with others. Catrin is a project manager at forumZFD and enjoys spending her free time in nature and in the company of inspiring people.


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