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Resolving Conflicts through Skillful Communication - Focusing meets Nonviolent Communication

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 Amona Buechler

The International Focusing Institute and Amona Buechler

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Online (Class will also be recorded)
4 Wednesdays August 4, 11, 18, 25, 2021 11am-1:15pm
Eastern (NY) time

Online Joining Information

Soon after registering for this course, an email confirmation will be sent to you with details on how to join the course.

Meeting Format
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An online, interactive 4-session course facilitated by Amona Buechler.

Four sessions on Wednesdays: August 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2021 at 11:00am-1:15pm Eastern (NY) time.

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The class size will not be limited. Recordings of each session will be distributed to all registrants prior to the next session (except in the case of technical difficulties).

Registration Note:  We strongly recommend that you attend this course live as practices will be the core and you will be sharing your experiences with others. Also it will be recommended to practice with another student in between sessions.

The sessions will build on one another. If you are not available to join one of the sessions, please listen to the recording so that you can develop your learning in the given sequence. Recordings will include Amona's presentation, Q&A, and group exercises/sharing. Exercises carried out via breakout rooms are not recorded.


Fruitful communication starts with owning our feelings when challenging situations present themselves to us. This means to go beyond right and wrong, to stop pointing fingers, at others in blame, or at ourselves causing shame. Instead, can we become interested in how differently each of us perceives what’s happening? Can we become interested in how each of us feels about it?

So, let’s get curious.

When this open and curious atmosphere has been established, this can enable us to more clearly recognize needs and wishes, our own and those of the other party involved. As we learn to truly listen to one another, unseen pathways toward resolving a conflict can be found.

But there is yet another step: How can we empathically, honestly, and self-responsibly communicate with one another so that we feel inspired to meet each other’s needs?

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and Focusing in combination offer a beautiful ground for exploring how to refine these delicate listening and communication skills.

This workshop provides a space to explore the following:

  •     Recognize, accept, and express our feelings and needs
  •     Identify what we hope to experience when our wishes are being met
  •     Learn to self-responsibly and empathically express ourselves
  •     Discover new possibilities of meeting each other’s needs
  •     Release the habit of judging and demanding
  •     Recognize unspoken needs behind the words of others
  •     Learn to respect everyone’s freedom of choice, including our own
  •     Give space and time for that which is (yet) without words
  •     Envision & sense into the joy of fulfilling each other’s wishes

We will benefit from useful shortcuts as used in NVC to identify what feelings we are experiencing and what needs are present. Explicitly recognizing our feelings, needs, and wishes can be very eye-opening and breath-opening.

We will benefit from learning the art of aimless inner listening into what’s initially vague and fuzzy, as practiced in Focusing…a way of freshly being with a felt experience for which we may not have words (yet).


Familiarity with Focusing or Nonviolent Communication. If you have neither Focusing nor Nonviolent Communication experience, please book an online session with Amona before this course begins. This way you get to know and experience the basic tools in a one-to-one guided setting. Contact Amona for details at

About Your Facilitator

Amona Buechler has been offering courses, workshops, and sessions on- and offline since 1998. She is a certified Focusing Trainer as well as a certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. Before starting her journey with Focusing she had a 15-year foundation of daily meditation and regular Feldenkrais practice, two approaches in which the inner inquiry is taken on one's own. The challenge of expressing that, which is noticed inside to another person, and the interactive component in Focusing added a precious value to her growth process and work. Currently, Amona offers Basic Focusing Skills Courses. She also offers a variety of courses inspired by Focusing, with themes such as finding ease and clarity in one’s professional life. In co-facilitation with her sister, she offers retreats combining Focusing with Authentic Movement. With great fascination, Amona explores how insights from the Focusing process find their way into our lives, leading to self-responsible and empathic communication and wholehearted action.


We use Zoom videoconferencing for our online classes. The class will be held in MEETING FORMAT so that all participants can see the presenter and each other. (There is an option to turn off your video if you prefer and technical instructions will be given at the class start). You will need to have a computer/mobile device. Calling in by phone is also possible but not preferred as participation in breakout rooms will be limited.


Refund policy: A full refund minus a $15 administrative fee for cancellations 14 days before the start date. Cancellations less than 14 days before the start date are nonrefundable. The International Focusing Institute reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule for insufficient enrollment or for other unanticipated reasons. In such cases you will be given a choice of applying your tuition to future programs, or having the full enrollment fee returned to you.

For more information:

Contact Elizabeth at [email protected] or (845) 480-5111.

Registration Details

Regular Price $175   Modified Price $125   Lowest Price $75

Three tier pricing. We welcome you to select the level right for you, while reminding you that if you have a reliable means of support and live in a country with a strong economy, we ask that you pay the regular price. By choosing the highest amount you are capable of paying you help make the sliding scale possible. Thank you!

Registration Details

TIFI reserves the right to cancel, change and alter the program if necessary. Participants authorize TIFI to use their name, statements and likeness without charge, for promotional purposes in publications, advertising, video, web, new media, or other formats.

At many of our events, we will end class by taking a screenshot. All those who don't want to be included will have the chance to leave. Taking screenshots for sharing (such as on social media) are not allowed at other times during the class. Thanks for your cooperation.

By registering for this course with the Institute, and in consideration of the right and opportunity to participate in and contribute to the Institute’s classes, for the purposes of its control of all video and/or audio recordings thereof pertaining to uses serving our purposes and goals, in enrolling in this session you acknowledge and agree to the Institute’s ownership of all rights in such classes, including all rights under copyright therein.  In no circumstance shall any portion or clip posted or displayed exceed 3 minutes in duration.  If you plan to use, post or display any portion or clips of these recordings, including posting these to a website or to a social media platform or portal, you agree that you will seek and obtain the prior approval of the Institute.

2021-05-14T12:00:00 - 2021-08-10T19:00:00

$ 175.00

Regular price

$ 125.00

Modified price

$ 75.00

Lowest price

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