Workshop offers guide to great relationships

Eric Bowers will present a weekend workshop in Vernon, based on the Nonviolent Communication method

Men and women are playing a “get-to-know you” game amidst shrieks of laughter —this is a participation workshop in communication skills conducted by Vancouver based certified Nonviolent Communication trainer Eric Bowers.

He will be in Vernon Nov. 7 to 9 to present “Your Guide to Great Relationships.” He also has extensive training in attachment theory and interpersonal neurobiology, all of which will be blended into the captivating workshop.

The workshop promises calming tools that will help participants have less conflict and fighting, and more connection and fun, all of which leads to love that deepens instead of disintegrating.

Bowers will explain how the emotional and relationship brain works and, through interactive exercises, games, stories and original songs, he helps participants to strengthen their autonomy and deepen intimacy. Participation in any part of the workshop is completely voluntary.

“He had all sorts of fun games that got us up and moving while also learning a particular skill around empathy and compassion,” a previous participant enthused. “He was really patient with our questions and was wonderful at taking his time to ensure we all understood a particular concept.”

Through experiential learning and lots of practice, the workshop attendees will discover communication that resolves conflict effectively, strengthens bonds, and builds healthy emotional brains. Bowers also highlights the reasons why relationships get into trouble and what to do about it. For some this will mean focusing on how to integrate unresolved pain and trauma that keep you from having the relationships you want.

Prior to his work in communication and counselling, Bowers was a musician, and he carries his love of creating music into his workshops.

The weekend workshop in Your Guide to Great Relationships will take place at the Centre for Spiritual Living, 2913-29th Ave., Vernon. The Nov. 7 session goes from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday is 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and Sunday is 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

This is a pay-what-you-can workshop and no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. All are welcome; however, space is limited. Please pre-register by contacting Eric Bowers directly at eric@roadtocompassion.com. For expanded information see http://roadtocompassion.com/events/