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Thu, 08 Feb


8 x 2hr weekly Zoom

Words Matter

An 8 evening online course designed to shift beyond anger and blame and into connection in relationships

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Words Matter
Words Matter

Time & Location

08 Feb 2024, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

8 x 2hr weekly Zoom

About the event

"The quality of your relationships determines the quality of your life." Esther Perel

The way we speak and the way we hear what others say matters to our wellbeing, our relationships, and the  joy and we experience.

If you struggle with:

  • repeating the same old, painful patterns in conversations with your partner, friends, colleagues
  • having honest conversations without guilt, shame or blame
  • saying "no" when you mean it
  • asking for what you really want

Then join Anna for this eight evening online course. It’s designed for anyone who cares about having more harmony, joy and openness in relationships.

You will be gently guided to:

  • shift beyond anger and blame
  • listen with empathy
  • understand why you feel the way you do, and what to do about it
  • say 'no' and hear 'no' from others (then discovering the 'yes' behind these statements)
  • practice making effective requests
  • have difficult conversations
  • manage your own reactivity
  • implement Nonviolent Communication (NVC) into your life.

This is a hands-on course. We spend time learning new NVC concepts or processes and lots of time practising them in pairs, threes and small groups.

Expect to:

  • listen a little, practise a lot
  • discuss your home practice
  • reflect on what worked and what was challenging
  • feel recharged in the company of those who also seek connection

We meet weekly online, on Thursdays, starting on Thursday February 8th but please note there is no sessions on February 22nd.

About Anna:

Anna Banas is a mum, parenting consultant, lecturer and researcher.

For over a decade, Anna has consulted and coached parents, teachers and care-givers in workshops, courses and private sessions. Her work as a researcher and lecturer in Early Childhood Education and child development underpins all her trainings. Her unique skill is to combine the science of child development, with Nonviolent Communication skills and coaching experience - to create practical approaches anyone can use.

Previous attendees say:

"Having all the materials was so helpful to name what was going on for myself and other people. I was nervous about it in the beginning, but it's been so refreshing and connecting to be a part of a bigger group of people who can safely explore these things together." (Holly)

"I've thoroughly enjoyed this course. I'm finding that pausing before I react is a bit more accessible than it was, which is awesome. I'm feeling really proud of myself that I am able now to notice my anger and unpack it, rather than run the other way." (Sophie)

"Thanks to this course I've been really able to notice the dynamics in some of my relationships and reflect on that, as well as recognise and implement some boundaries.I really appreciated your knowledge, Anna, and everyone's vulnerability and authenticity. Also, the work I did within your course and the learning you provided  has been so beneficial to my clients in their counselling sessions with me and in their lives too." (Westerly)

"What a cool thing to be in a room with people doing their work - that fel really special and not at all what I was expecting, so it has also been a beautiful surprise for me. NVC feels like a tool that can give me power and courage." (Sarah)

"I signed up to this course because my friend was raving about it and now I understand why she was raving about it. I've learnt so much and am amazed how useful all of this is in my daily life." (Jess)

"I have been thinking lots about possibilities of using the skills we learnt, considering when I'm going to use them, and then I've been noticing 'oh I just used it without even realising it!' which is pretty amazing. It feels like all the things I thought were going to be really hard about implementing it are actually not that hard." (Tim)

"I could not believe how much intimacy, support and companionship can happen in an online course! I learnt heaps through being part of this, thank you!" (Emma)

"This course was life-changing. I can now change the way I speak to myself and others, and to pause before I lose my shit. And all learnt in such a great community. Thank you Anna for your gentle, humorous, honest leadership and guidance" (Helen)

Deposit today, pay later:

To reserve your spot, pay $100 deposit. That's all you need to do today.

After you've completed all 8 evenings, you'll be sent an reminder to pay the remaining amount.

You pay the remaining amount on a sliding scale from $220 to $580 - based on the value you received from the course.

If you still have questions:

Contact Anna here


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