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Foundations Series: Community Class

Course Title:

The Heart of Resilience: Nurturing your child’s self-understanding, self-compassion and emotional intelligence while caring for your own needs.

Course Description

The Heart to Heart Families Starter Class brings a holistic approach to understanding your child’s behaviors and gives you the tools and awareness to address situations with far more clarity about what’s important to you and what’s a fit for everyone involved. This program is based on the Nonviolent Communication (NVC) approach of Communication for Connection, a teaching style developed over the past decade of extensive work with parents and educators by our lead Families trainer Filipa Hope.  Filipa is an international parent educator whose unique blend of child development and Nonviolent Communication provides a framework of growth for you and your child. 

Join Heart to Heart with Filipa as she guides you through the process of building relationships based on compassion, connection and trust with your child. You will also develop an awareness of language that builds connection, collaboration, empathy, and empowerment.

“A well delivered, empowering, encouraging and engaging workshop, that will profoundly affect my quality of life.” - Father


“As a result of this learning I can avoid the use of punishment at home and begin to find new strategies which meet my son’s needs and my own.  I can see my son’s behaviour as an expression of his needs and respond from a place of non-judgment.” - Mother

You'll Experience

  • An opportunity to add significant skill to your toolbox for yourself and your family

  • Reduced parenting stress and a sense of satisfaction in your parenting choices.

  • Greater cooperation, harmony and enjoyment in your family!

  • Learning in a supportive community with opportunities to continue skills practice

Course Dates:

  • 7 consecutive weeks on Tuesdays from 7-8:30pm EST.

  • Feb 16th - March 30, 2021.


$225 for one parent; $375 for two parents.

Full Course Details 


What does the course cover?

In this course, you will learn practical tools that, used together over time, will build closeness and cooperation with your child while developing and modeling skills for life.

You will learn tools to:

  • Respond to your child's needs rather than reacting to their behavior

  • Handle stressful situations with a calm presence

  • Create an environment where children feel heard, valued and supported, even when you’re saying ‘No’

  • De-escalate conflict while building trust and connection

  • Cultivate your child's internal motivation to encourage cooperation

  • Develop your child’s emotional intelligence

  • Respond to self-disappointment with understanding and care rather than inner criticism

  • Understand and communicate limits with confidence and empathy

  • Say ‘No’ without feeling guilty

  • Cultivate an empowering relationship with all emotions and new confidence to support intense reactions

  • Balance your needs with the needs of others

  • Discover blind spots in the use of language that keeps us trapped in habitual stereotypes, bias and limiting beliefs.

More about Filipa:

Filipa Hope is the parent of 18 year old and 20 year old daughters.  A native of New Zealand, she lived in American Samoa until age 7 and then relocated to Southern California for the next 21 years. Filipa returned to New Zealand at age 28.  She has been an educator for 15 years through her work, Communication for Connection, providing trainings based on the principles of Nonviolent Communication to both parents and educators.  Filipa is a professional learning development contractor for educators with the Ministry of Education in New Zealand.  Since 2015 Filipa has been supporting Nonviolent Communication programs in the US in-person with visits every six months. She is now working internationally online including joining Heart to Heart and bringing her work to launch the Families program.  She is excited for this opportunity to continue sharing  this work, supporting many more parents and educators - in service of all of our children and generations to come.  

One of Filipa's underlying perspectives and motivations behind her life’s work is 'People don't need to be saved or rescued, they need knowledge of their power and how to access it'.  Nonviolent Communication has been a blessing for helping her discover this in herself, and grow to enable sharing these essential life skills in empowering ways with others.

What parents have to say about Filipa and the Foundations class: 

“Please bring Filipa back.  Excellent, challenging, powerful learning. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”  - Mother


“This course allowed participants to reflect on their emotional state and define what they are ‘needing’ to feel whole and complete.”  - Mother


“I have been strengthened to be calmer and more in tune with myself - see how judgments do not address needs.” - Father


“Thank you so much. An amazing workshop – growing strong in myself!” - Mother


“I am strengthened in ways to interact that are positive, empowering, non-judgmental and based on observations.”  - Mother


“This workshop was amazing – I developed such personal growth not only as a teacher but as a mum, partner, and member of a community.” - Mother


“I feel a major shift...  Going from blame, fight, flight, freeze to understanding, connection and presence.  We will definitely be able to love our babies more.  Thank you.  I feel empowered, optimistic, secure, excited, restored, grateful!” - Mother & Preschool Director


What is the Starter Class?  How is it presented? 

  • This is the foundation course for Heart to Heart Families.  Through this 7-week class you will learn skills and awareness in: the use of communication that enhances understanding and connection; and the  habitual use of language creates disconnection and stimulates reactivity. Delivered live online via Zoom, the classes are presented in 2-hr sessions. Once you have registered and paid you will receive an invitation to the Zoom calls.


What do I need in order to access the class?

  • You will need high speed internet access to participate in the Starter Class, as well as access to a printer for printing handouts and pen and paper.  It helps if you can organize some dedicated child-free time for the 2-hour sessions. 

How much does it cost?

  • 1 parent - $225; 2 parents - $375. 

(Repeating participants will receive a 50% discount.)

***If the cost is prohibitive, please contact Heart to Heart to inquire about scholarships. 

Who is the class for?  

  • Fathers, Mothers, and other caregivers of children.

What ages of children does it apply to?  

  • The Heart to Heart Families tools work with all ages of children as well as adults.

How long is the course?

  • The Starter Course runs for 7 weeks.​

  • Dates: Tuesdays from 7-8:30pm EST. Feb. 16th - March 30th, 2021. 


Will there be opportunities to further learning after the course?

  • YES! Opportunities to continue learning include:

    • Creating or joining an ongoing practice group for mutual support among parents and caregivers​.

    • Additional classes and learning opportunities are available to those who complete the Starter Class. 

**Additional details on continuing your learning will be provided during the class. 


How do I register?

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