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Connecting Communication

Weekend Workshop

28th & 29th October 2017

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Our Upcoming

Classes & Workshops


Nonviolent Communication 



Kathy Simon Ph.D & Yannai Kashtan

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Connecting Communication




Deepen your understanding of your own and others emotions and needs, learn to ask for what you want in a way that maintains connection and choice, develop the skills to foster collaborative and connecting partnerships, learn to disagree and remain in connection.


Location: Tauranga

9am-4.30pm Saturday and Sunday


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Phone Toni Ph 027 868 1987

Email: toni@restorativerelationships.co.nz


$280 for Individuals or $490 for couples (Maximum 8 Couples)

Weekend Workshop

28th -29th  October 2017

•Are there places in your life where you know you’d like to speak up, but haven’t found a way that you feel good about?  

•Are there times where you see yourself close down, even when you would like to stay open-hearted?  

•Do you notice that you have inner voices of criticism that drag you down?

•Are there times when you just don’t feel empathic, but you think you should?


Building on the foundational ideas of “self-expression,” “self-empathy,” and “empathy,” most of the content of this workshop will be based on topics and issues brought by participants.  No matter whose issue we’re working on, you will have an opportunity to work on similar challenges in your own life, building confidence in your ability to bring NVC skills into more and more situations in your life.


We have the special opportunity to have Kathy’s 19 year old son, Yannai Kashtan, with us for part of the day. During that time, if participants are interested, we will focus particularly on using NVC in the family.


While this workshop is primarily for people with some NVC background, people new to NVC are welcome as well.

When the Going Gets Tough

Kathy and Yannai pic

              13th & 14th January 2018


Kathy Simon, Ph.D., has been practicing NVC for more than 20 years.  She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she has led BayNVC’s annual Living Peace retreat and year-long Immersion Program since 2009.  Kathy also works privately with individuals, parents, and couples to integrate NVC into their personal lives, and she leads workshops for schools and other organizations. A former high school English and drama teacher, Kathy taught at the Stanford University School of Education and co-directed the Coalition of Essential Schools, a nonprofit school reform organization. Kathy is the author of Moral Questions in the Classroom and co-author of other books on education and school reform.  Kathy is a certified trainer with the international Center for Nonviolent Communication.


Yannai Kashtan grew up with two moms who both were immersed in NVC and wanted it to be foundational to family life.  One of his moms, Inbal Kashtan, was a co-founder of BayNVC, the NVC organization in the San Francisco Bay Area.  His other mom, Kathy Simon, is an educator who also teaches NVC.  Yannai was home-schooled for all of elementary and high school, and “living NVC” was at the core of decisions about schooling.  Yannai, now 19 years old, is a second year student at Pomona College in southern California, majoring in chemistry and physics.  Yannai is happy to share his experiences growing up in an NVC household

Rhonda & Toni Sonja Davies Peace Award (2)

Toni McErlane BS.c