Transforming Conflict (Part 3) | Non-violent Communication with Mika Maniwa, Mahara Allbrett and Kerrie Charnley

Join us for Pt. 3 of our Transforming Conflict | in Non-violent Communication , From Self-Criticism to Self-Compassion, with Mika Maniwa and Mahara Albrett in this interesting, informative, interactive session.

“Improve the quality of your personal and professional relationships”
~M. B. Rosenburg

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2016

Have you ever wondered why it feels more “natural” to have compassion for others than it is to have compassion for yourself?

Do people ever tell you you’re very hard on yourself?  Do others see you as nurturing and are they mystified when you can’t see yourself with loving kindness and curiosity?  

There are many reasons why it’s hard to direct warmth inwards.  Join us as we explore attachment patterns and practice resonant empathy so we can strengthen the neural circuits for self-compassion.  

One way that we are healed by relationships with others is by having experiences of attunement and resonance.  This means that someone else turns their attention toward us, and wonders what things are like for us.  They focus on us, and let us know with words, facial expressions, gestures, sounds or a warm, caring non-verbal presence, that in some way they understand our experience.  When we are met with resonance, no matter how old we are, it’s like giving a plant the nutrients and the water that it needs to grow… it changes the way we hold memory.  It changes the way we see ourselves.  

– Sarah Peyton

Session Video

At this workshop we will:

  • Explore why it’s so hard to feel our own feelings and know what we need 
  • Review attachment styles and information about the brain – how we are designed as humans
  • Offer warm resonant support to each other through Nonviolent Communication-style needs guesses 
  • Brainstorm ways to support ourselves and ask for help

About the Presenters:


Mahara Albrett

Mahara Albrett, works as an Adult Counsellor for Vancouver Coastal Health’s Aboriginal Wellness Program and she is a member of the T’Sleil Waututh Nation. She also facilitates workshops and does spiritual healings as well. She’s a proud grandmother of two adorable children. Mahara has many years experience working with NVC.







Mika Maniwa has been teaching Compassionate Communication for 10 years, leading practice groups for parents, facilitators and individuals wanting to improve their relationships with loved ones and foster mutual understanding in groups.  She is a Japanese Canadian woman and currently a trainer-candidate with the Center for Nonviolent Communication (NVC).   She is passionate about supporting community leaders to hold themselves with as much care and kindness as they hold others  and shares NVC and information about the brain to cultivate self-compassion and resilience. 

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Reading material to read before the session:

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