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Mar 04, 2011

Advocates of Nonviolent Communication have scheduled a series of educational events in the Okanogan Valley, beginning with an introductory workshop Saturday and Sunday, March 26-27, at the Community Cultural Center (CCC) of Tonasket.

The workshop, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, will be led by Eric Bowers, from Nelson, B.C., and is co-sponsored by the CCC and Language of Life in the Okanogan (LOLO).

Nonviolent Communication, also referred to as "Compassionate Communication," is a process developed by Dr. Marshall B. Rosenburg, who has worked worldwide to resolve conflict on local and international levels. It focuses on shared human values and needs, encouraging use of language to increase goodwill while avoiding language that contributes to resentment or lowered self-esteem. Bowers is certificated by Rosenburg's organization to provide training.

Event organizers request $120 tuition per person for the two-day workshop, but they emphasize that participants are asked to pay no more than they can afford. Pre-registration is advised, and more information is available from Mary Koch, phone 826-6206, or e-mail marykoch@marykoch.com. Registration brochures are available at the CCC.

Three additional workshops are scheduled with another certificated trainer, Dow Gordon, who lives part of the time in Chelan and also trains internationally. His workshops are scheduled for Friday evenings and Saturdays, April 15-16 and June 3-4. He will also provide a back-to-school workshop Saturday, Aug. 20. Locations and times for Gordon's workshops will be announced at a later date.

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