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Compassionate Communication in Community using NVC in 2021 with Steve Torma at Earthaven Ecovillage

(Transcript from video)

Hi! Steve Torma again and today I want to talk to you about my upcoming class being sponsored by School of Integrated Living.  It’s going to be September 2021 and it’s called Compassionate Communication in Community.

This is one of my very favorite topics. I’ve been in intentional communities for about 40 years now.  I’ve been part of Earthaven since the beginning. What I love to share is that how we relate to each other and how we communicate makes all the difference between whether our communities are sustainable or whether they go under. And if they are staying alive, how enjoyable are they.

So I’m going to be sharing the things that I learned through some of it. Through a lot of pain and learning the hard way about the things that that we do and how we can do them in ways that better meets our needs.

A lot of it’s going to be focused on non-violent communication because that’s one my favorite tools. I think it’s the best tool for creating sustainable relationships and inner peace.

So I’ll be bringing a lot of those tools and practices, but in some ways even more important than the tools and the practices, is the consciousness or the spirituality of NVC. It’s like a you take all the core wisdom of the world’s religions and you distill it down and you put it in a like a post-modern kind of more psychological language and that’s how I think of NVC. It takes the best of these world religions and puts it in language that most of us can really identify with.

So come and join the class. Even if you’re not necessarily in a community right now, but you just like to learn more skills for your own relationships, and especially if you are involved in some kind of a community.

Doesn’t necessarily mean even an intentional community…the community of your school, the community of your workplace, any place where you want to build more meaningful nourishing connection with the people in your life.

Come and join us! I think you’ll get a lot out of it.

Thank you.

Compassionate Communication, NVC, Steve Torma


Courtney Brooke

Courtney Brooke (she/her) is an ancestor who was a Social Ecologist, Regenerative Designer, and educator whose work aims to reconnect people with a sense of belonging to place. Her work in the world aims to address the root cause of today’s overwhelming ecological challenges – that humans are starved of a sense of belonging to the places they live. Courtney Brooke was raised on a small farm in North Georgia, and has been guided by a lifetime of living close to the land. Her greatest teachers have been the Appalachian Mountains, the land of Aotearoa, and Selu, the Corn Mother. She holds a degree in Ecology from the Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia, and has 10 years of experience facilitating earth-based education, ecological landscape design, women’s rites of passage, and cultural healing. Courtney Brooke has taught and facilitated environmental education curriculum, Deep Ecology, Permaculture Design Courses, hands-on craft and farming workshops, and Holistic Management to a wide range of audiences in nine countries from toddlers to adults and everyone in between. Deeply committed to spreading the healing that comes from belonging to the places we live, Courtney Brooke is passionate about designing learning opportunities that celebrate life. She lives at Earthaven Ecovillage where she tends the land, raises food, participates in communal ritual agriculture, swims in wild water, enjoys the mysterious blessing of being alive, and tends her own wild Hearth. She loves cooking home-grown and wild foraged foods, playing her flute to the sunrise, running on mountain trails, making compost piles, crafting from natural materials, and bringing people together to create beauty that feeds the holy.

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