Weekly Practice Suggestions

A Twelve week Practice with a Partner

The purpose of this model is to engage in frequent and regular practice opportunities.

When: Starting on Monday 16th January – Monday 3rd April

For 12 weeks, messages sent out on Mondays

Who: Anyone who has completed an introductory training in restorative practice or Nonviolent Communication is welcome to join this group. Please sign up along with your partner. We can learn a great deal about communication on our own. But, to practise what we learn, we need a partner, preferably a “willing” partner. If you want to join but don’t have a partner, let me know and I will set you up with someone in a similar position.

Where: Comfort of your own home

What: This is an opportunity to bring your attention to your communication skills; and to practise repeatedly, and with ease and playfulness and brevity, skills with which you already have some familiarity. First, I will send out general guidelines for doing the practice to review with your partner. Next, you will receive an email each week with a practice suggestion for that week. Please note that there will not be any circles as part of this practice. And also, please note that this “Weekly Practice Suggestions” will be offered again later on during the year.

Similar to working in a Peer Practice group, participants will do the weekly practice alone, and later with his or her practice partner. You may want to support your practice by keeping a journal, or you may prefer to respond in a more spontaneous way to the weekly message.

How much for a pair: Sliding scale/pay what you can:  €40 – 80. 


Sign up closes on: Saturday, 14th Jan

“Train gradually and very gently without making it into a big deal”. – Pema Chodron



Here are two examples of a weekly practice suggestion:

  • Watching TV and practicing NVC

Next time you want to sit and watch a screen have your feelings and needs list handy.  Choose three characters, and name three feelings and needs related to each character. Later, see how easily you can do this without the feelings and needs list.


  • Jumping to Solutions

Can you think of a recent situation in which you might describe yourself as having “jumped to a solution”? Assuming that all our actions are driven my needs, can you name some of the needs you met, or did not meet, by jumping to a particular solution? Did you manage to take everyone’s needs into account, or just the “loudest” needs?