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Embracing the Body: A Six Week Program on Somatic-Self-Empathy for Greater Empowerment, Insight, Freedom, and Choice

Deepen Your Self-Empathy Skills and Gain Mastery!
Enjoy greater empowerment, insight, freedom, and choice.

  • How skillfully do you respond to what is arising within you?
  • How fully are you present to what is?
  • How well do you manage blocks, collapses, anger, and fear?
  • How well are you managing yourself?

Wednesdays, May 5 - June 9 (six sessions)
6:00 - 8:00am Pacific (California Time)
(Timed to support greater accessibility for our global community)

Registration Fee - $427
NVC Library Member - $342
Enter coupon code NVCL at time of checkout.


When Dian works with managers, they often ask how they can manage others more effectively. She almost always asks them: how are you managing yourself?

This question applies to all aspects of life, both at work and at home. How are you: 1) gaining clarity around your needs; 2) managing your internal reactions; and 3) clarifying your requests before you open your mouth (or judge) others? This is why self-empathy – which I call "self-management," now a buzzword in business – is central to the practice of Nonviolent Communication.

Yet self-empathy is not always easy, especially if events in your life stimulate old, "fossilized" needs. These "fossilized" needs are often precognitive and connected to trauma, and as a result, "live" in your muscle memory. In order to fully release this "stuck" energy, it is necessary to engage your felt-sense while learning to empathize with your body and deeply connect with your younger parts.

Dian calls this process Somatic Self-Empathy (SEE).

Do you:

  • Retreat, collapse, or shut down in the face of push-back or conflict?
  • Notice the same situations and stories are occurring again and again?
  • Hit blocks internally when practicing self-empathy, and get stuck in your head?
  • Want more skill in getting clear about your needs?
  • Desire new, more powerful ways of practicing self-empathy?
  • Want to create real transformation and change in your life?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then Embracing the Body: Somatic-Self Empathy, is for you!

During this course, you will learn how to:

  • Deepen your felt-sense
  • Discover and practice the "missing step" in the NVC process (somatic awareness)
  • Listen deeply to your body and understand its "language"
  • Draw on your senses to more deeply practice self-empathy and get past blocks
  • Create transformational shifts in your life and with others
  • Develop your empathy toolbox with emergency self-empathy "hacks"

This intermediate level course will be of interest to anyone who wants freedom from consistent triggers and blocks… more self-connection and empathy (including with your body)… better understanding of what your body is telling you… greater insight, self-mastery, choice, and more. (Note: If you are new to NVC, please be familiar with the four basic steps (observation, feelings, needs and requests) and with making NVC empathy guesses.)

By listening closely with deep empathy to your body and your younger parts – who often have been waiting for decades to be heard –  you will free up energy, gain new insight, and enjoy more freedom and choice.

  • Video and audio recordings of every session
  • Forum discussion available in the classroom
  • Lifetime access to the classroom

Bonus for Mandarin Speakers

Are you a Mandarin speaker? If so, you will have an opportunity to join a FREE group dedicated to Mandarin speakers that will meet between sessions and be led by Susan Xiujin Su. This group will allow you to discuss and practice the concepts learned in Dian's class with other Mandarin speakers. Register for Dian's course now and Dian will let you know how to sign up for this special FREE group during her first session.

What Happens After I Register?

When you register, you will receive an email with complete instructions on how to access the videoconference. All registrants will receive access to all recordings.

Dates & Times
May 5 6:00am – 8:00am Pacific (California) Time
May 12 6:00am – 8:00am Pacific (California) Time
May 19 6:00am – 8:00am Pacific (California) Time
May 26 6:00am – 8:00am Pacific (California) Time
June 2 6:00am – 8:00am Pacific (California) Time
June 9 6:00am – 8:00am Pacific (California) Time
Dian Killian

About Dian Killian

Dian Killian, PhD, is a Certified Trainer with the international Center for Nonviolent Communication, a certified life coach (a graduate of the Coaching for Transformation program) and author of two books, Urban Empathy: True Life Adventures of Compassion on the Streets of NY, and Connecting across Differences: How to Connect with Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere (now in English, German, and Chinese). Founder and former director of the Center for Collaborative Communication, she now offers coaching and training via her company, Work Collaboratively, to diverse organizations from small and large NGOs to multinational and Fortune 100 companies.

She also founded and co-leads the...