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108 Empathy for Peace: Bridging Afghans & Canadians Together (WORKSHOP)

May 10, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Come learn empathy’s transformative power for personal & global peace via Nonviolent Communication (NVC) in this Introductory Workshop

**This is part of the Burnaby Festival of Learning that takes place on May 6-10, 2022**

In this introductory workshop, you will learn about Empathy Circles, a practical tool for creating deep connection and understanding among a group of people – even across differences in language and culture. In the process, you will be introduced to some of the fundamental principles of Nonviolent Communication. Led by Certified Trainers with Center for Nonviolent Communication and long-time mindfulness practitioners & educators who worked with indigenous groups, immigrant & refugee youth in Canada & the U.S., and led peace training in Afghanistan and beyond.

Workshop Presenters:

CATHERINE CADDEN is an educator, storyteller, and dancer with over 25 years of experience in bringing innovative programs in nonviolence, mindfulness, and conflict transformation to people of all ages, on six continents. In 1997, she founded the TEMBA School, a visionary K­–8 academic program which integrated nonviolent principles, mindfulness, art, and peace studies. In 2006, Catherine co-founded Play in the Wild! Initiations into Nonviolence for youth, families, and educators. Internationally recognized for her work, Catherine was a keynote speaker at the UNESCO Asia Pacific Education conference in 2012. Her work with her indigenous roots, elders, and teachers taught her to live interdependently with nature, which she shares with all who are willing to learn. She is the Programs Director at Baba Tree International, a Center for Nonviolent Communication Certified Trainer, and the author of Peaceable Revolution Through Education.

JESSE WIENS CHU is the founder of ZENVC, an approach to the practice of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) that integrates meditation, mindfulness, and inner work. He has a passion for bringing Eastern and Western wisdom to bear on the problems of today, supporting individuals, couples, and communities to come back into wholeness. In this, he draws from his own Chinese-American heritage, seven years of living and practicing in Zen monasteries, and training with NVC founder, Marshall Rosenberg, and Center for Understanding in Conflict co-founder, Gary Friedman. Jesse is the Executive Director of Baba Tree International, a Center for Nonviolent Communication Certified Trainer, and a former volunteer with BayNVC’s Restorative Justice program at San Quentin State Prison. He is also a contributing author to A Thousand Hands: A Guidebook to Caring for Your Buddhist Community.

Together, Catherine and Jesse are the coauthors of The Ongo Book: Everyday Nonviolence, a guide for daily practice in mindfulness and Nonviolent Communication for groups, couples, and individuals. support people around the world in the learning and real-world application of spiritual practices in a lively, experiential, and integrated way.

Supported by: SHERRY CHENYU SHEN – With roots in East Asian culture, she has been inspired by her parents’ peacekeeping mission in Latin America. Her encounter with Nonviolent Communication (NVC) as an immigrant and a parent in North America led her to integrate this empowering peace practice into public health, translation, teaching, and employment support with multicultural communities. Staffed at MOSAIC, she tapped into MOSAIC’s presence as the largest Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) in Western Canada to extend a fundraising campaign named 108 Empathy for Peace: MOSAIC Afghan Response Fund, which is the basis for the 2-part event that seeks to bridge Afghan and Canadian communities together, while introducing Nonviolent Communication (NVC)’s contribution to personal & global peace.

This is part 2 of 2-part event of Burnaby Festival of Learning (May 6-10, 2022).