Beyond Punishment and Reward workshop

NVC in Parenting & Education workshop

Dates: 25 & 26 April 2020, 10am – 5pm
Venue: Kairos School of Inquiry, Randburg
Cost: R1800 p.p. 


How can we be with children even in the most difficult moments?

How can we care for ourselves as parents and teachers to show up as healthy role models?

How do we increase our well-being and create a stronger community in class, at home and with our colleagues?

Parenting or teaching might be one of the most challenging experiences in life, especially when we long to do it in a way that will nurture life in our children as well as ourselves. And yet we often respond reactively, full of frustration, hopelessness, anger, regret, pain and loneliness.

The purpose of this interactive workshop is to provide you with more tools to deal with the challenges you encounter in raising children and adolescents in a way that fosters empathy for all parties, opens up creative solutions and enhances relationship skills in both children and adults.

Using the Nonviolent Communication methodology, we will be exploring our visions as parents and educators. We will investigate how we can create enough safety, companionship and mutual respect in the relationship with children, parents and colleagues.

This workshop is suitable for teachers, educators, parents, grandparents, uncles & aunts.

Join us for this introductory two-day Nonviolent Communication (NVC) workshop in Johannesburg. Get a taste of this methodology which is infused in the teachings and social aspects of the Kairos School of Inquiry.

People who practice NVC have found greater authenticity in their communication, increased understanding, deepening connection and conflict resolution. We know of hundreds of schools and universities around the world that have been introduced to NVC. Teachers, administrators, parents, and students have put it to practice with the following reported results:


  • fewer conflicts
  • increased skill in mediating conflicts that arise
  • more listening to one another
  • mutual respect among all members – no coercion
  • students take responsibility for their learning
  • more engaged learning, motivated by intrinsic values, needs, and desires
  • less resistance & more cooperation
  • more fun for everyone
  • students and teaching staff feel safe


Click here to watch a video of a school using NVC in Sweden.

Watch this video of a past 2-day introduction workshop with Language that Works

Register for the workshop here:

Register form: Beyond Punishment & Reward - 2-day NVC workshop JHB



photo of Sarah DekkerSarah Dekker

Sarah heads up Language that Works and works fulltime as a CNVC certified Nonviolent Communication trainer and coach.  She was first introduced and drawn to practicing NVC in 2003 and has actively facilitated practice groups, mediations and workshops in South Africa since 2012.

She is currently based in Belgium where she offers NVC trainings for teachers and after-school care staff and in organisations. She also offers personal development workshops, deep process work and one-on-one coaching sessions.

Previously Sarah worked in communications and marketing in Europe and Africa, in both the corporate and non-profit sector. She studied Language & Cultural Studies at the University of Utrecht, including Conflict and Gender studies. Sarah is also a certified workshop facilitator for Gender Equity & Reconciliation International.


“Working with Sarah is extremely empowering. I feel very seen, heard and understood. I gain so much clarity, in our sessions together, from her insights and empathy and perspective. She has a gift for teaching and sharing this wisdom which she embodies. I learn so much from her each time. I am grateful that I feel less and less afraid of conflict situations. Thank you, thank you, and thank you! I am FOREVER changed.”

Jacqueline du Plessis

“I arrived at the workshop feeling angry and hurt, I had an unresolved situation that had been troubling me for a few days. During the workshop, I connected with how I truly felt and what my needs were around this situation, and received empathy. When I left, I was ready to communicate with the person involved and express my needs. Although I did not use “perfect” NVC language, the person responded and I felt hugely relieved and able to let go of the situation.”

Claudia Micelli