Empathy Day School

April 15, 2016 - April 17, 2016
9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Aeryn Boyd

Chelsea Studios/Theatreworks USA
151 W 26th St, Fl 6th
New York, New York, 10001
United States

Training Categorie(s):

Tagged with: New York Center for Nonviolent Communication


This training is intended to support participants in having a deeper integration of empathy. In a supportive, community environment, participants experience challenge, guidance and support in the practice of empathy and seeing our world emphatically.

Throughout our time together we will learn to increase our capacity for being present, learn to focus our awareness, and develop the ability to work with our own capabilities and humanity, in real-time situations.

Going Deeper

Feelings and needs are the focus of empathy, so our relationship to them directly influences the quality and depth of our empathy. At this intensive, through practice and exercise, we will broaden and enrich our understanding and experience of these “life energies” thereby deepening our practice of empathy.

Throughout the retreat, we will build on that work with well-defined empathy processes to bring a fruitful, sustainable practice of empathy into your life.

It is my honor and inspiration, to share and practice this vital practice that gives us the ability to create connection… within ourselves, our relationships and our world. I am profoundly grateful to be a part of that.


-Experiencing and practicing empathy
-Your personal relationship to feelings and needs
-Distinguishing needs from strategies
-Working with “non-feelings”
-Distinguishing and translating “should/shouldn’t” thinking
-Understanding and practicing focus
-Understanding and practicing presence
-Understanding and noticing our intentions


– Feeling feelings
– Practice “being”
– Connecting to the energy of needs
– Mindfulness practices
– Empathy demonstrations
– Empathy sessions
– Empathy role plays and exercises
– Emergency self-empathy
– Connecting to deeper needs
– Embodying needs

Days and Times

April 15-17, 2017
Friday to Sunday

Fri – 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
Sat – 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
Sun – 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
(NOTE: Food or lodging is not provided for Empathy Day-School)

Experience Level

This training is designed for people with an intermediate to advanced experience level. This usually includes a minimum of 9 weeks NVC Practice Group experience, or A Discovery Weekend, or of 12 – 18 hours NVC training with a NVC Trainer, or equivalent.