WHEEL 2018-2019



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September 2018 - June 2019

Lead Trainer: Angela Walkley, NVC Certified Trainer

If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact us at farthestshoreNVC@gmail.com.

Early-Bird Tuition (Up to June 30th): $ 1,370 CDN 

Regular Tuition (Up to Sept. 1st) : $1,650 CDN 



A 9 month experience with people who share a commitment to self inquiry, integration and transformation through compassion, movement and empathy. It is based on the philosophy, processes, and practices of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and includes a somatic approach that you have likely not experienced before.

For those of you who have been participating in NVC workshops, practice groups and/or study groups over the last one or two years. We also welcome strong practitioners of meditation, conscious dance and yoga.

Inspired by Gandhi’s spinning wheel and has a dual focus on our individual learning and growth, and on service to the kind of world we want to live in. Being of service to the world and the people around you involves first being of service to yourself. And being of service to yourself means knowing yourself. While you strengthen, deepen and integrate NVC skills/understanding you will also explore opportunities to offer empathy in places where empathy is needed.

WHEEL Includes...

Four Three-Day Retreats

Our retreats are located on Gabriola Island in a private waterfront home 5 minutes drive from the ferry. We will start at 9:00am, accommodating commuters from Nanaimo on the 8:10 ferry. We will take a long lunch break for down time and walks on the trails. And we will wrap up before 5pm for our commuters to make it home on the 5:30 ferry.

  • Retreat 1: Sept 21-23, 2018

  • Retreat 2: November 2-4, 2018

  • Retreat 3: February  8-10, 2019

  • Retreat 4: June 7-9, 2019

* We will also have the opportunity to offer empathy support to Gabriola Community members for one day on the week of May 7-13th (Mental Health Week). See Group Project Below.

Bi-weekly Connection

We will have a regular 90 minute bi-weekly call. We’ll have a different topic, focus or practice for each session. These calls can be either via telephone or video-conferencing.

Empathy Pairs

You will pair up with individuals in the group and coordinate times to practice your empathy skills.

Personal Empathy Project

You will identify one or several people within your life to try your empathy skills with. You can dedicate as much or as little time to this in your life. Your experience with this will feed into our discussions in the program and may be something you process with your empathy pair.

Group Project: Offering Empathy

We support the Salish Sea Empathy Society with an afternoon of empathy for Gabriola's caregivers, Board Members and Volunteers.  This will include one-day of training the day before to roles and how to support people during the empathy afternoon. 

WHEEL is inspired by...

  • Gandhi’s spinning wheel. Through spinning, Gandhi encouraged a country of individuals to reclaim power from the British by making their own clothes. "We cannot visualise non-violence in the abstract. So we choose an object which can symbolise for us, the formless.”

In addition to nonviolence, the spinning wheel was a symbol for self responsibility, inward orientation, freedom, choice and service. Gandhi also believed that the spinning-wheel bound together the hearts of everyone in society with a common thread of social oneness.

WHEEL offers the opportunity to be a part of a common thread, to step into self responsibility for our experience in life and to be of service to others with the gift of empathy.

Mahatma Gandhi saw God in every thread that he drew on the spinning wheel; its music was like a balm to his soul.


  • The potting wheel, where we first begin to shape unformed clay. The artistry of creating our life. This links to our other year-long community, KILN, where we “fire” our pots and vessels to serve the world.


  • Circles, cycles, returning. Unity. Inclusion. Belonging. Shared power and holding of the community circle. The cyclical nature of life, community, systems and our natural world.


  • Simple technology. A return to the most basic forms of connection, to simplicity.


  • Intertwining Threads. During this program, we will be looking at the intertwining threads of spirituality (from all faiths), western knowledge/practices of neurobiology, eastern philosophy and how NVC is a tapestry that interweaves them all.


WHEEL Revolves Around the Themes of...


Inner Work:

  • Deepening self-knowledge

  • Integrating the practice of self-empathy

  • Accessing courage to speak and act our truth

  • Exploring our beliefs around purpose

Being of Service:

  • Being a source of empathy for those in your life

  • Being a source of empathy in your places of involvement (work/volunteer/etc..)

  • Offering empathy to individuals in need: ie via hospice, women’s shelters, John Hopkins, youth organizations, TBD...

Learning from Community:

  • Creating a community within the WHEEL experience

  • Using your interactions within the WHEEL community to form the basis for my learning

  • Creating practices and rituals with others in your community to support connection and learning

Making Conscious Life Choices:

  • How to align life choices around your deep sense of self and purpose

  • Where to put your focus and energy

  • How to best live the stage of life you’re in, and prepare for the next

Close Relationships:

  • How to seek and nurture the kinds of close relationships you want

  • How to work with those you have, let go of ones that don’t serve life, and find new ones



Tuition Costs:

  • Regular Tuition (Before Sept. 7th) : $1,650 CDN or $170 monthly x 10 payments*

  • Early-Bird Tuition (Before August 5th): $ 1,370 CDN or $140 monthly x 10 payments*

*Your last month's payment is needed as a deposit for those paying monthly

Discounts/Trades: WHEEL is intended to include all individuals, reflective of their individual circumstances and needs. Please get in touch regarding financial support or volunteer/trade opportunities (A form is included in the registration form regarding financial requests). 



Tuition costs do not include food or accommodations. Our retreats will be held at a private residence. There are a limited number of rooms that range from $35-$100 per night.  There is a full kitchen for people to prepare meals and a number of excellent restaurants on Gabriola for those from 'off-island'



(MA in Leadership, CNVC Certified Trainer)

Angela experiences and teaches NVC as a path towards consciousness. It is an approach that leads to greater inner freedom, connection with others and positive contribution in the world. She also sees it as a powerful tool for meditation, facilitation, leadership and collaboration. She believes that embracing the consciousness sharpens the tool allowing it to transform both the hearts and minds of people.

Angela has facilitated key decisions, conflict situations, collaboration and dialog among communities, First Nations, non profit, government communities and social change makers for over 20 years. She has led training in leadership, participatory/integrative land management, and of course Nonviolent Communication. She is passionate about creating positive change in this world through our own self awareness and shifts in the ways we relate to one another (and ourselves). She is particularly enchanted with sharing how increasing our consciousness of our breath and body responses can transform our experience of life.