Portland, OR Nonviolence Skills Training
Trainers Preparing for the Day
(From L to R) Peter Dougherty, Alison Zacharias, Mary Hanna, Sheri Wander, Kim Redigan, and Ansel Courant compare notes. Not pictured is our our photographer, Craig Wing.
Eighty-six people from the greater Portland area, many of them students at PSU, participated in the day-long skills training. Here, Ansel begins the day (as all MPT activities do) with a centering.
One of our first activities involved all the participants at once: people physically move along an imaginary continuum to demonstrate whether they feel a scenario given is violent or nonviolent.
Learning what to watch for in body language....and what YOUR body is saying (intentionally or not).
Alison and Peter are demonstrating how to effectively use "I-messages", part of the communication emphasis in our trainings. The day ends with everyone participating in role plays, practicing the skills they've learned.