Nonviolent Communication
Sylvie Hörning, Basel

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Portrait Sylvie Hörning


cnvc-logoHello my name is Sylvie Hörning. After having grown up in Mexico and Switzerland I studied law in Zurich. Thereafter we moved to the US, Brazil and back to Switzerland. Learning new languages and communicating with people has always fascinated me.
When I first met Marshall Rosenberg in 2006 I was equally fascinated by his approach to communication from heart to heart, where empathy for the other AND for myself is a key element. I had heard of offering empathy to others, but the concept of offering it to myself was NEW and EXCITING.

Since then I have become a certified trainer with the Center for NonViolent Communication and offer workshops, seminars for groups and individuals. The fields I mostly work in are education, family matters and parenting. And as I evolve in life, it is clear to me that at the core of any communication are individuals who want to be heard and express themselves with honesty.

I started practicing NVC at home with my husband and three children. It wasn't always easy and it never worked when I had the subtlest hidden agenda to make them do what I wanted! When I made the conscious decision to talk about my needs and hear what their needs were something shifted. We could connect at the heart level.

I am so inspired by that way of having human interactions that I enjoy passing it on and accompanying people on their own path of discovery.

"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lie our growth and our freedom." Viktor Frankl