Author Archives: LANGUAGE THAT WORKS

Dates: 20 & 27 February, 6, 13, 20 & 27 March 2018 Times: 6-9pm Venue: TBC, Cape Town Cost: R1800 for 6 weeks Based on the practices and principles of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), this course is a unique opportunity to learn and practice new skills in a safe intimate space, with a small committed group. […]

By Sarah Dekker I suddenly found myself largely running our business on my own this year. My business partner Tara Wood went on an extended maternity leave and Samantha Wittenberg unexpectedly left for Australia to care for her daughter. For the first time I was going to be organising and facilitating Language that Works trainings […]

By Samantha Wittenberg Imagine experiencing deep connection with your colleagues, being seen and heard and understood by your employer, being free to express yourself honestly at work. Imagine your work environment being a safe, warm and nurturing space where everyone is empowered and encouraged to share, collaborate and co-create. Does this sound like an impossible […]

Empathy – freedom from suffering Retreating from the pace of our lives can open us to new possibilities. We’re inviting you to a journey of direct experiencing, sensing and being, witnessing the mystery of existence unfold. Join us for a time of deep self-connection at Grotto Bay Private Nature Reserve. The main focus of the […]

Personal and organisational skills development Dates: 17 & 18 October 2017 Times: 8.30am – 5pm Venue: Cape Town Cost: R3500 per person. 15% discount for NPOs. 10% discount for groups of 4 or more. Improve individual and team productivity Reduce workplace conflict and stress Be more efficient and effective in meetings Give and receive feedback […]

Empathy: presence without pressure  Find out more about online empathy sessions here. As a child and teenager, I longed to be listened to, without being judged, without receiving advice, without being interrogated, without comparisons to someone else’s children, without hearing frightening analyses of what happens to “people like me”. At a family dinner when I […]

THE LANGUAGE THAT WORKS TEAM Sarah Dekker, Tara Wood and Samantha Wittenberg were drawn together by their shared love and delight in being able to communicate openly, deeply and honestly using Nonviolent Communication (NVC). We have been able to celebrate together the juicy and exciting events, as well as receiving empathy for the prickly and […]

Online empathic listening sessions: How often does someone truly listen to you, without giving advice or trying to ‘fix’ you? Do you long to feel really seen and heard? Would you like a ‘sounding board’ to help you gain clarity at times when you are feeling confused? Is personal growth something you really care about? […]

“Successful companies combine the elements of a needs-based consciousness and empathic connection. Even in hierarchical systems… the more empathic the people were, the higher the level of leadership and manager performance.” Marie R. Miyashiro. The following is a list of needs for the workplace, as taken from Marie’s book, The Empathy Factor It is based […]