Greater Intimacy and Trust with Compassionate, Nonviolent Communication

By February 1, 2018Local

Learn how to deepen ways to understand and attain greater openness, intimacy and trust with others and more during a three-day weekend retreat from an expert who shares her advice on a worldwide basis. Dian Killian, a certified trainer with the International Center for Nonviolent Communication, life coach and co-author of the popular book, Connecting Across Differences, will lead the Authenticity, Intimacy and Trust: Creating the Relationships You Want with Nonviolent Communication workshop from February 23 through 25 at LifeWorks, in Austin.

The training, starting with an introductory program Friday night, will be highly interactive, including exercises, games, demonstrations and role playing. It’ll also include steps to know that you’ve been fully heard and have heard others; understanding what matters most on a core level, in any situation; and finding win-win outcomes and resolving differences in a mutually satisfying way—without demand, guilt or shame.

“Most of us long to be fully authentic in our personal relationships,” attests Killian. “It’s where we most want authenticity, because we want love and acceptance for who we are. Love on any other term is not really love.” She also believes the principles can improve the workplace as, “Most people want to experience at work a sense of meaning and that their contribution matters. But many lack confidence about speaking up, or being heard. That has serious impact in terms of valuable lost information, engagement and effectiveness.”

Killian, who has also wrote Urban Empathy: True Life Adventures of Compassion on the Streets of NY, and Connecting across Differences: How to Connect with Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere, will also be offering programs at LifeWorks for licensed therapists, counselors, social workers, pastoral care professionals and graduate students in MA-level counseling programs: Empathic Presence: How to Create Transformational Shifts with Your Clients by Accessing Core Needs, March 1 and 2; and the related practicum Skillful Presence: Honing Empathy for Deeper Client Transformation, March 3 and 4.

Location: 3700 S. 1st St. To register, go to For more information, call 718-797-9525 or email The specific link for the general public weekend is:; for the therapist training: