Rena Patty to present workshop “Empathy for Parenting”

Rena Smile NVC - Version 2A Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication and recognized for her mediation and workshop facilitation through the Orcas Healing Arts Center, Rena Patty will lead our second “Strengthening Island Families” presentation.

10 AM – 2:30 PM, Sat., Jan. 10
Lundeen Room, Orcas Senior Center:
“Empathy for Parenting”

Empathy can provide precious companionship for the stresses, challenges and joys of parenting.  Empathy gives children a stable foundation of knowing that they matter and are loved through all the opportunities and challenges they face in life.  And empathy offers families predictable pathways to deeper connection, closeness and creative cooperation.  Fortunately, with practice, empathy is an easily learnable, doable skill.

Would you like more empathy in your family life?  This “Empathy for Parenting” workshop will include hands-on learning activities. Join us to practice “listening with empathy,” and to learn to “transform conflict into empathy for self and others.”

Children’s House, Kaleidoscope, Montessori and Salmonberry have agreed to provide child care free of charge for students whose parents will be attending the workshops.  Lunch will be served to students at the centers and parents or guardians attending the programs will be treated to lunch and refreshments.

The programs, care and lunch are free, but reservations are required to ensure adequate food and caregivers are available.  Reservations can be made to any of the Preschools.

The programs , care and lunch are free but reservations are required to ensure adequate food and caregivers are available. Join us for this exciting and fun-filled day of parenting education.

About our speaker:
Rena Patty is a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication, parent of two young adult sons, and a life-long resident of Orcas Island.  She been practicing and sharing empathy skills with others since 1997.  For the past four years, Rena has been volunteering as a workshop facilitator for the Freedom Project, successfully teaching empathy skills to men in prison.  Rena has volunteered on staff at a Nonviolent Communication Family Camp on Vashon Island, sharing empathy with parents and children.  Rena facilitates weekly empathy practice groups and is available for individual, couple and family consultations, mediation, and workshop facilitation through the Orcas Healing Arts Center.