History

A brief history of NVC in Auroville:

Nada Ignjatovic, a trainer from Serbia, first shared NVC with Auroville in 1995. Over the next year or two, NVC supporters, Simon Smaluhn (Germany) and Rosa (then long-term guest from Spain, now Aurovilian) offered different seminars in schools and in the community. An advanced NVC Supporter, Tewa Holloway, who was then a guest from S.Africa/Hawaii, also offered an Introduction workshop in April 2006. And finally, in August 2007, Dariya (Aurovilian from Slovenia) invited Aniruddha, a trainer from Pune, to give a 5-day Introduction to NVC workshop. Some 60 Aurovilians and guests participated, and in my opinion, this was the beginning…

Tewa (who moved here, but has since returned to Hawaii) kept the flame going with monthly Introduction and Deepening workshops. She also held a weekly practice group, and then Jivan, Dariya, and Jason and I started facilitating our own practice groups. It was clear that a group of us was inspired to live and share NVC consciousness in a deeper, more structured way. In December 07, Tewa started leading a facilitators’ training group (better known as Ohana – “family” in Hawaiin) with Abbey, Amarnath, Christiane, Daniel, Dariya, Jason, Jivan, Johan, Melisande, Rani, Rosa, Sina, Sumeet and myself). We met bi-weekly for 11 sessions. Our aim was to deepen our own NVC consciousness, while working on facilitation skills that modeled compassion and authenticity.

Since then, several others trainers and supporters have visited Auroville and offered trainings.

Trainers: Nicole Azincourt (France), Saleem Ebrahim (France), Charlotte Duprez-Mourman (France), Karl Steyaert (US), Karsten Schacht-Petersen (Denmark), Shantigarbha (UK), Nada Ignatovic (Serbia), Andreas Basu (Germany), and many more…

Supporters: Clayton Barker (US), Amanda Raine (UK), Shyla Rao (India), Alexis (France), Mohammed (France), Kay Rung (Sweden), and many more…

Our coolest-yet event was the grand 3-week “NVC Camp” Jason and L’aura organized in Dec 08 – Jan 09. 7 trainers, 21 days, and about 300 participants!

So Auroville has developed quite a solid NVC community, which includes workshops, practice groups, camps, a lending library, movies, an empathy heart/hot-line, and lots more…!