Please check your inbox for an email with information about how to access Conversations from the Heart, along with detailed guidelines for participating. A general overview and some FAQs are included below.
Conversations from the Heart is an open learning forum with that meets every Wednesday from 10am to 11:30am Central Time via Zoom. You’re welcome to drop in whenever works for you.
Participants from around the world come together to engage with a vibrant community of diverse individuals looking to enrich their personal development journey. We have some regulars attending almost every week, and then there are always some new people too.
All participants should be familiar with our Community Guidelines and Recording Policy. Here are some key points to remember:
- By participating, you’re agreeing to the educational purpose of this gathering and the understanding that this is a public forum.
- If you share during the large group time, you are consenting to the use of your voice and contribution for common learning though the group recordings.
As a practicing, licensed psychologist, I facilitate the meetings and respond to your questions, drawing from my training in mind-body medicine, somatic experiencing, diversity and inclusiveness, nonviolent communication, and integral-relational-cultural psychology.
Conversations from the Heart FAQs
What is the purpose and intention of these groups?
Conversations from the Heart is a space for you to experience inspiration, encouragement, and support on your personal development journey through developing conceptual clarity with meaningful human connection.
This is a psycho-educational learning forum that focuses on information and understanding. It is not an emotional processing group, a despair work group, an empathy group, or a therapy group. I will help you in getting clarity for that journey with general roadmapping and opportunities for cognitive understanding.
You have the opportunity to ask questions and explore how various concepts might help unpack or reframe sticky interpersonal situations in your life. You’re also welcome to just sit and listen and take it all in. The calls are learning-focused, and then your practice takes place between the sessions.
How does the call work?
The 90-minute meeting begins with a general welcome and then moves into breakout sessions where you can check in with others on the call in small groups. You may opt out of the breakout session and use that time for self-connection and journaling. The group comes together again for the majority of the time, during which you’ll have opportunities to ask questions and explore how various concepts might help you unpack or reframe sticky interpersonal situations in your life.
If you want to be anonymous on the calls, you can join with a pseudonym for your screen name and keep your video turned off. Whether your video is on or off, you are welcome to bring questions and participate in discussion (verbally or through the chat) or just listen and learn.
Is this an "NVC" group?
Many people who engage with my programs are interested in how to apply Marshall Rosenberg’s model of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) to their personal development. As a result, we often refer to the principles and practices of NVC. The scope of exploration also includes broader principles of nonviolence, compassion, and mindfulness, as well as insights from relational and integral psychology and spiral dynamics.
In my facilitation, guidance, and teaching, I draw from whatever resources seem relevant or useful to the moment, such as archetypes, shadow work, and polarity theory, as well as the work and teachings offered by various NVC teachers.
Conversations from the Heart is not offered as a training in NVC, per se, nor does it focus on the “correct” application of NVC tools. Instead, it is deeply aligned with the consciousness of NVC and has a broader, playful focus on personal development that both transcends and includes the practices of NVC.
We focus on supporting the personal development work needed to help cultivate a just, peaceful, and sustainable world in which everyone’s needs matter, suffering is alleviated, and conflict is transformed into connection. We come together to self-reflect, learn, and grow in our ability to nurture empathic, heartfelt connections with one another. We learn to be attuned to the impact that we are having on one another and to care about that.
What about privacy or confidentiality?
These are public, drop-in calls. You’re invited to share at a level that feels safe and appropriate for you, being mindful of choices that will contribute to your own and others’ learning without leaving you too emotionally vulnerable.
Video recordings are made available to registered users of this student portal and audio recordings are made available to Patreon subscribers. If anonymity is important to you, you can join the Zoom calls with a pseudonym and keep your video turned off. You can ask questions and participate verbally or through the chat, or you can remain silent through the call if you don’t want your voice or contribution included in the recording.
By participating, you agree to keep information shared by others during the call private and confidential. That said, please remember that this is a public forum. If you share during the large group time, you are consenting to the use of your voice, question, or contribution for common learning through the session recording. Furthermore, while everyone is asked to keep information private and confidential, there is no guarantee that this will always be implemented perfectly by people on the call. Please participate keeping these risks and benefits in mind.