The Sanctuary 4 Parents
Where Nonviolent Communication, Mindfulness, Self-Compassion and Practical Brainscience 
Inform and Support our Parenting Journey

In this course, Stephanie's abundant NVC mediation expertise is integrated with insight into recent brain science and experience working with children to offer a uniquely effective approach to mediating children's conflict.

Through didactic instruction, live demonstration and interactive practice, participants will learn how to navigate conflict within four contexts:

• Internal—When we are emotionally triggered as a result of working with children, or supporting children with their inner conflicts

• Interpersonal—When we as adults find ourselves in conflict with a child

• Informal—When we are stepping in to mediate a conflict that has arisen between children or between a child and another adult

• Formal—When children have agreed to have us mediate or support them in mediating their conflict

And gain more confidence to:

• Recognize when children are emotionally triggered and compassionately intervene before the fight/flight/freeze response overwhelms them 

• Transform your right/wrong response to conflict by recognizing the science behind stress 

• Efficiently mediate conflict between children, and between children and other adults 

• More effectively manage your own inner conflict when you are emotionally triggered by children
"The decision to parent with NVC is grounded in a commitment to nurturing trust and connection within the parent-child relationship." 

~ Inbal Kashtan
CNVC Certified Trainer and Coordinator of CNVC's Peaceful Families Peaceful World Project 

Parenting from Your Heart with the Brain in Mind
Bringing Peace to Kids in Conflict 
Stephanie has been sharing her expertise through a number of different in person and online courses, workshops and seminars, which are available for booking. 

Her facilitation style is largely interactive, allowing participants to incorporate the information in their “real life” and to create new neuropaths through practice and repetition. 

She engages participants in exercises and role plays to maximize integration of the concepts discussed.

She also includes a grounding meditation, Q&A time, opening and closing circles. 
"With an understanding of the brain, you can be more intentional about what you teach your kids, how you respond to them, and why."

~ Daniel J. Siegel, MD and Tina Payne Bryson, PhD 
Authors of The Whole Brain Child

Stephanie shares her experience with mediating conflict, parenting skills and study of brain science to offer this ground-breaking course on how to funnel your anger and your child’s anger toward mutual caring and peace in your family.

If you’re tired of exploding, stuffing your anger, or living in endless hopelessness, this course will support you in learning practical tips for using anger to fuel peace.

In this course, you will learn how to:

• Meet your own intensity with compassion and to find your way back to empathic self-connection by understanding basic brain functions such as the brain’s negative bias, the three motivation brain systems, memory and the spiraling of emotions.

• Meet your children’s intensity and gain more self-understanding, self- connection, and self-compassion by intentionally returning to presence and connection while working with ever increasing triggering statements. 

• Transform a cluster of judgments and to maintain an open heart while transforming your own enemy images.

Specifically, you will learn how to:

• Identify the early signs of anger in yourself and in your children (catch the spiral of anger and transform it into connection) 

• Meet your own intensity: understanding the phenomenology of reactivity (cool your own fires: activating the parasympathetic nervous system) 

• Meet the intensity of conflict with presence and effective action (capitalize on the principle of Interactive Co-Regulation) 

• Mediate conflict and anger 
Parenting and Anger: Walking the Ultimate Path to Peace 
“Experience shapes brain structure. Experience is biology. How we treat our children changes who they are and how they will develop. “ 

~ Dr. Daniel Siegel
This course is designed to help you integrate NVC skills and consciousness in your parenting while learning about the latest neuroscience research in order to support you in enhancing your self-connection, empathy and compassionate self-expression; clarifying how and why understanding brain development supports your relationship with yourself and others; increasing your own mental health; and enhancing your children's brain development and integration.

In this course you will learn to:

• Understand your child's behavior by identifying core needs and mental states underlying it.
• Support your child's foundation for social, emotional and mental health by learning about basic brain development, practical neuroscience and the impact of parenting on the developing brain.
• Develop skills for self-connection, affect regulation, identification of the spiraling of difficult emotions and confidently guide your children when they are experiencing "difficult” emotions.
• Offer your attuned, empathic presence and use parenting "survival moments" as opportunities to help your child thrive. 
• Empower yourself by learning strategies to help your child integrate the various parts of the brain and improve patterns of thinking.
• Parent from an authentic place of choice and a "whole-brain approach" rather than habitual reactivity due to stress and fear.
• Express yourself from a place of compassion and authenticity while fostering your child's brain growth.
• Explore the concept of "limits," and whether and how to use force in a paradigm of partnership parenting while understanding the social brain.

To enhance your learning and enjoyment of this course, we strongly encourage you to buy a copy of:
  • The booklet, Parenting from Your Heart by Inbal Kashtan. 
  • The CD, Connected Parenting: Nonviolent Communication in Family Life with Inbal Kashtan. Click here to place an order of the CD.  

No prior neuroscience research or training is required.
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“Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict -- alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence.”

~ Dorothy Thompson
"It is simply not the case that anger is stored in the brain and needs expression to avoid causing harm, and there is no evidence that it sticks around after you genuinely  change the way you view whatever provoked it or remove yourself from the situation and let it go."

~ Dr. Bruce Perry
"Our social connections with one another shape our neural connections that form the structure of the brain. This means that the way we communicate alters the very circuitry of the brain."

~ Dr. Daniel Siegel