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CHOOSING COMPASSIONATE COMMUNICATION
 with Rusty Thomas & Tanya Lasuk
   



SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, MAY 11-12, 2019

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties 401 N. Young St.
Kennewick, WA 99336
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This workshop is for:  

  • Folks curious about Nonviolent Communication and how they can use this tool in their daily life
  • New Freedom Project volunteers and those interested in volunteering inside prison
  • Current Freedom Project volunteers seeking a deeper dive into the foundations of this work
  • Helping professionals interested in honing communication skills

This workshop will explore the powerful principles of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), a language and consciousness of compassion that is used worldwide to help people transform blame, anger, and criticism into understanding, connection, effective communication, and peaceful resolution of conflict. By focusing on our observations, feelings, needs, and requests, we can increase the empathy and honesty we give both to ourselves and to others.   

Freedom Project layers a social justice & racial equity lens to our practice of Nonviolent Communication, emphasizing "empathy before education" and "connection before correction". 

Freedom Project operates on a gift economy. Your contributions to this event support our programs in prisons and in the community and are greatly appreciated.

No one will be turned away for lack of funds.  Suggested donation: $150; Sliding scale: $30-$300

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Rusty Thomas (shown here with Freedom Project co-founder Lucy Leu) is a seasoned trainer with nearly two decades of NVC and mindfulness experience. While incarcerated in 1998, he met Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, the creator of Nonviolent Communication, and was profoundly moved by the methods and insights. This interaction led Rusty to study NVC in depth and to eventually found Freedom Project, a 501c3 which has provided thousands of hours of mindfulness and NVC training in prisons across Washington State. A study by Antioch University found that Freedom Project’s work results in over $5,000,000 in savings for the state of Washington each year through reduced violence and recidivism.  Rusty holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spirituality from Antioch University and has taught NVC to individuals, companies, nonprofits, as well as government entities.
 
Tanya Lasuk facilitates meditation and NVC groups at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center (CRCC) in Connell, WA and Benton County Justice Center in Kennewick WA. After retiring from a 30-year career in technology in 2013, Tanya attended several residential NVC retreats including three nine-day International Intensive Trainings over the next year and began several community NVC practice groups in the TriCities.  In 1974, Tanya earned an M.Ed. in Counseling and Guidance and became a Buddhist practitioner. Tanya was drawn to volunteering with the incarcerated people by Chris Murray who founded the CRCC meditation group. After meeting Fred Sly of Oregon Prison Project during a weeklong NVC program in Portland, Tanya began an NVC group at CRCC in 2016. In 2017, Tanya joined Freedom Project and recently became a Board member.  Tanya was drawn to Freedom Project not only because of NVC but also because of a mutual passion for racial and cultural equity as well as emptying the prisons.
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Suggested tuition: $150
Sliding scale: $30 to $300

Free for current and new prison volunteers. Freedom Project operates on a gift economy. Gift economy asks participants to receive the gift, and to contribute an amount of their choice that honors and reflects the value they received and their capacity to give. Your contributions towards this event are greatly appreciated. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. 

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