Upcoming Trainings

 G r i e f    W i n t e r   W e e k e n d s

– two special upcoming learning opportunities . . . please share with people in your community who may wish to know about them –

Saturday 30 & Sunday 31 January 2021
11:00-17:00 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
in Dutch & a live setting
(ask us about the possibility for English translation)

Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 March 2021
11:00-17:00 CET (Amsterdam time)
in English & online

“Grief is a door to vitality”

Each weekend will be all about togetherness, welcoming life, sharing, learning and growing our own personal relationship with mourning.

We consider grief to be a very important part of life, and yet so few of us have actually learned about it. Grief is not just about the loss of a loved one, but involves any unwanted change or loss in our life. Here are a few examples we have heard during past workshops:

  • unmet needs in my childhood
  • the inner critic I live with
  • the end of a relationship
  • physical/emotional distance with someone or people I care about
  • loss of health
  • loss of job
  • loss of hope (e.g. concerning the environment)

Most of us know loss, sadness, grief and yet very few of us have ever learned how to mourn. What we do learn is to put our pain to the side and continue on with life . . . as if everything is “normal” when it is all but that. We hide our tears for ourselves and others. We do not learn that unpleasant emotions and pain have a very important role in our lives.

A few themes and practices that we will address:

  • loss of hope (e.g. concerning the environment)
  • tools to deal with your own mourning due to loss or change in your life
  • the wisdom and meaning of emotional pain and how grief functions
  • what holds us back from grieving
  • the difference between pain and suffering
  • how celebrating and mourning are interconnected
  • building support that really helps when you mourn
  • supporting others with little or big mourning
  • practicing and connecting in duets & trios
  • body connection
  • group sharing

From the trainers, Mirjam Schulpen and Cara Crisler:

“Next to our personal experience with mourning, our 20+ years of supporting others to be with and benefit from their emotions and needs gives us great satisfaction and pleasure. We look forward to giving you inspiration and practical tools (deriving from Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication model and others) that you can apply and move in the direction of vitality.”

To register, please send an email to info@connectingcommunication.nl with:

  • your full name
  • the date of the weekend you wish to join
  • any questions you may have

We will then reply with further information and a payment request (250 euro).

Learn more about the trainers by clicking on their names above (their websites) and visiting our in the media page.