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29 March 2022 @ 3:00 pm5:00 pm CEST


Date: 29 March, 3-5pm CEST
Location: Zoom
Language: English

Since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, there is a huge need to help and support those in need. There are many things which should be done as fast as possible, many requests for help and burning issues to get engaged in right now. Maybe you are wondering in the midst of all of that how you can take care of yourself? You have probably heard it before: “Put your oxygen mask first before you assist others”. But how to do it?

We invite you to take part in this workshop in which you will learn how not to get lost and how to take care of your own resources. You will get to know the concept of self-empathy based on NVC and see how empathy towards yourself helps you be present in the moment, understand yourself and your motivations better and make conscious decisions. 

Self-empathy supports us to have empathy for others. The less empathy we have for ourselves, the less empathy we can have for others. Self-empathy and awareness help us to give in freedom and not because we are obliged to do it. 

This workshop covers:

  • concept of self-empathy as basis for self-care and empathy for others
  • 4 step model of non-violent communication
  • reflection on daily situations, exchange and practical exercises
  • simple tools for understanding your emotions, motivations and needs in everyday life
  • simple tools to take care about your own resources and to make conscious decisions

The workshop is for you if:

  • you wonder whether you have the right to take care of yourself in the current situation
  • you feel it is difficult/impossible to take care of yourself while helping others
  • you feel anxious and constantly distracted by emerging calls for help
  • you want to take care of your own resources
  • you wish to give others your full attention and presence
  • you want to learn how to take care about yourself on a daily basis

This workshop is part of the workshop series #StandWithUkraine with which we  intend to raise awareness for pressing topics such as dealing with conflicts, working in uncertainty and media literacy. Instead of a participation fee, we ask you to contribute with a donation to MitOst’s Ukraine Solidarity Fund. All donations support MitOst partners and members in Ukraine and in neighbouring countries to secure people, provide protection, facilitate evacuations, and connect to temporary accommodation. You can find more information about MitOst and its Ukraine Solidarity fund here.

The workshop series #StandWithUkraine is implemented in collaboration with the BoschAlumniNetwork.


Please mind that places are limited. When you enroll for the workshop, make sure you can participate. Registration will be open until all places are taken.


Betka and Marta are a trainer tandem with experience working together on different topics online and offline. Besides theoretical knowledge of the topic of empathic communication and dialogue they are both practitioners of Nonviolent communication in their everyday life and work.

Bětka Wójcik’s focus fields are dialogue and empathic communication, youth empowerment, civic and non-formal education. At her work, she supports and co-creates projects and complex programs which empower young people and communities in Poland and Georgia. Several years ago Betka came across Nonviolent Communication and it was a real game changer for her. She developed her skills and competences at different workshops and trainings and it became the essential of her life and work with people. She observes at her work how it changes people’s lives, relationships and communities. The dream about creating a world where everybody’s needs matter drives and motivates her to work. She works with certified CNVC trainers and uses supervision and intervision at her work.


Marta Gawinek is a born cosmopolitan and lover of diversity, an educator and facilitator for 15 years now with very thorough experience in online facilitation and empathic communication. Her professional passions are diversity, intercultural communication and development of key competencies. She is an experienced project manager and team lead who has created spaces for empowering individuals and communities in Georgia, Central Europe and Germany. She gained confidence in non-violent communication thanks to a number of trainings attended in the past 6 years and by and practicing it first as a co-facilitator or training on empathic communication and offering own capacity building events. She is alumna of Train the Trainers on Dialogue organised by the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue (Norway)  and trainings of NVC Lab in (Poland). She enjoys accompanying individuals, groups and institutions in their way to creating more quality relationships and observing their growth



How to enroll?

Please sign-up for the workshop by selecting a free ticket under participation fees below. Instead of a participation fee, we ask you to contribute with a donation to MitOst’s Ukraine Solidarity Fund. After your enrollment, please make your donation by clicking on this button. Your contribution to MitOst’s Ukraine Solidarity Fund is a precondition to participate at the workshop.

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29 March 2022
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm CEST
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