Sara Hartmann – September 2012 Speaker

Sara Hartmann

Our speaker in September, Sara Hartmann, was born in Dublin, but has been living in Germany for over 30 years. She has worked mainly with Kindergarten children since the mid-‐eighties. She will be talking about non­‐violent communication.

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a tool which I’d love to distribute to everyone as early in life as possible. In conflict situations or circumstances where we think we’re either being threatened in some way or not heard, we generally either explode in anger, revert to sarcasm and criticism, or even repress all words and feelings in order to protect ourselves from further escalation.

Of course, responding like this does nothing to solve the problem on the contrary, it generally just makes things worse. NVC sees conflict as an opportunity to recognise our real feelings and needs and teaches us how to express them in such a way that increases the likelihood that no threat or criticism is heard.

If both sides are taken seriously through empathy and honesty then everyone’s needs can be miraculously met. The joy and relief this possibility offers is worth while sharing with everyone.

Club meetings always take place on the second Wednesday of the month at the Peace Church, Frauenlobstraße 5 (U3/U6 Sendlinger Tor) at 10:00, unless otherwise specified.
To reserve child care, contact Maria Klatt at maria.gabrielle@gmail.com with your child’s name, age and your mobile number.
Babysitting is 9:45 ­‐ 12:30, and costs 5 euros per child for the block of time, payable to Maria in cash. The babysitter will be paid directly by the MIWC, though you are welcome to tip the babysitter a euro or two if you like.
Babysitting at this location is in a fabulous child-­care room just inside the Peace Church entry (to the right) full of toys and things to do.

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