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September Newsletter 2015


I trust the summer has brought you the enjoyment of radiant sunshine and happy activities outdoors. Foster and I took advantage of my own ‘patio patisserie’ with friends and family, big garden salads, day-trips to enjoy farmers markets and much more. Below you can see photos of my flower garden before – and after – the hail of August 4th and 5th.

The highlight of my summer was an 8-day June retreat in San Francisco with the spiritual teacher, Rupert Spira, see photo below. In guided meditations and Q & A sessions, we explored the nature of our own experience. And, yes, knowingly experiencing the awareness of thinking, feeling and perceiving simplifies, clarifies and illuminates! See video below.

I continue to enjoy integrating and sharing Nonviolent Communication, NVC. As see it, the approach of Dr. Marshall Rosenberg’s NVC dovetails with the spiritual practice of self-inquiry, “Who am I?” In practicing NVC we investigate our beliefs – and the actual experience of our observations, feelings and needs (our inner guidance). This awareness liberates us from living as captives of the old storyline of how life ‘should’ be. We discover how it is that conditioned thinking brings suffering. And we open to living in the present moment of experiencing. This spells freedom! Fulfilment and contentment take the place of confusion, stress and suffering. Our actions fall in alignment with “our true nature of giving and receiving compassionately,” quoting Marshall Rosenberg.


I’m excited to let you know about the fall line-up of Conscious Communication events. Get a taste of life-changing communication practices, be supported in meeting everyday challenges, have the joy of contributing to a culture of empathy and connection. Together we can open the door to healing and harmony, freedom and fulfillment for ourselves and others, sanity on planet Earth!

Please consider these opportunities for you to fast-forward your personal growth. Be nourished in communication workshops and coaching for transformation. You can find more details, and flyers, regarding these events on my website,

  1. Communication for Trying Times – Tools for Transformation, a three-part series of workshops at Yoga & Meditation Centre in Marda Loop.
    Saturday afternoons, October 3rd, & 10th, and November 14th
    Learn how to resolve conflict, build understanding, trust and respect, transform yourself, your relationships and your life. The three sessions focus on:
    1) The Art of Authentic Self-expression
    2) The Art of Empathic Listening
    3) The Art of Parenting – Communication that connects!workshops/cwwm or 403-251-9642.
  2. Conscious Communication, a day-long workshop to explore practical ways to fine-tune your relational skills, how to bring mindfulness into all your interactions.
    Saturday, October 24th U of C, Continuing Education or 403-220-2952.
  3. Art of Empathy, a day-long workshop to empower your capacity for empathy. Be supported in making way for healing and harmony with communication that connects heart to heart. Are you discovering that criticism doesn’t work? Empathy does! Maximum 12 participants.
    Saturday, November 28th or 403-242-9747
  4. Coaching for Transformation I have space for some additional clients this fall. Enjoy a sample free coaching session, find out how to dissolve mental loops that bring strife, struggle and suffering. You can create a life of meaning and purpose. or 403-242-9747

Over a year ago I discovered the work of Rupert Spira, contemporary spiritual teacher, author of The Transparency of Things: Contemplating the Nature of Experience. I love the wisdom and clarity in this 4-minute YouTube video, Right Conduct in Daily Life

At workshops I sometimes share this short video of Marshall Rosenberg (1934-2015) founder of Nonviolent Communication, NVC: An Introduction to Nonviolent Communication

Here are some books by Marshall Rosenberg, books that I regard as very useful for fine-tuning our relational and communication skills:



March 2015 – Remembering Marshall Rosenberg, 1934-2015

As many of you may know, I had the privilege of training with Marshall Rosenberg, founder of Nonviolent Communication, NVC. In 2007, and again in 2009 together with Foster, I attended the 10-day NVC International Intensive Training in Santa Barbara, CA. This inspired our on-going immersion in NVC and my joy of sharing workshops and coaching based on NVC.

On February 7, 2015, Dr. Marshall Rosenberg – international peacemaker and creator of Marshall-Rosenberg-1934-2015Nonviolent Communication  – died at age 80 in his home in Albuquerque, NM, surrounded by family members.

The third annual Alberta NVC Conference, March 7th & 8th, was an inspiring weekend of cultivating compassion through communication – with a full house in the Calgary venue. Stay tuned for the next NVC conference in March of 2016… See photo below. And please visit the Alberta NVC Facebook page.

I am honored to share the principles and practices of Marshall’s life work and I invite you to join upcoming events to carry on his passion for personal and social change.

January Newsletter Excerpts 2015

What would you like to see in 2015? Is there a gap between your deepest intentions and how you actually live?

Be supported in implementing the powerful tools and perspectives of NVC, Nonviolent Communication. The events below offer a variety of ways to learn how to live in full choice and deeper integrity with your values.

Save the dates for the 3rd Annual Alberta NVC Conference Cultivating Compassion through Communication, coming up March 7-8, in Calgary. Enjoy multiple trainers, two days of concurrent sessions, practice skills, and have fun. Keep an eye out for updates here:

Workshops and life coaching with Barbara Wiebe, BEd, CPC:

KEYS to CLARITYNVC Practice Group
Wednesdays, 7:00-9:30pm, Feb-May

Practice, experience, and integrate the power of Nonviolent Communication – transform yourself, your relationships, your life!

  February 12 & 26: Intention  Open the door to mutual well-being
March 12 & 26: Presence – Access your full resourcefulness
April 16 & 30: Authenticity – Empower your innate humanity
May 14 & 28: Action – Contribute to a future we all want
More details on

“I just wanted to say thank you for putting on such an excellent course. NVC has truly changed my life, and I feel grateful for the opportunity to practice with you and the group.”
Amanda Kingsmith, participant in Keys to Clarity – NVC Practice Group.


HEART-to-HEARTRealizing Freedom and Fulfillment
Saturday, March 28th, 9:30am to 4:30pm

This interactive day-long workshop will focus on empowering our innate capacity to foster connection in daily interactions, how to transform reactivity into receptivity and openness. For more details about this day of going deeper with Conscious Communication visit

“I just wanted to let you know how much I have appreciated your passion for NVC, Nonviolent Communication. I learned it from you and I have NEVER outgrown its utility. Thank you for being that champion.”  Carey M, workshop participant
“With passion and grace, she will guide you through the NVC process (Nonviolent Communication) in a way that moves and satisfies the soul. Well worth it!Trevor T, workshop participant


If you prefer private sessions, as an individual or a couple, consider coaching with certified life coach, Barbara, and create the life you want in 2015. More details on
“… a truly transformative experience working with you. Your presence and your methodology make a perfect container for growth to occur.” Sherene St. Cyr, client

“It continues to be a joy working with you on our journey to communicate with compassion. Your sessions are always heart-felt; we so benefit from your guidance and insight.” Kathleen O’Neill, client

22886203-6ca1-4e04-96d1-99d30a738b72Looking for a good read to help you fine-tune your communication skills? I love how this book, published in 2012, takes a fresh look at the model of NVC and its transformative power in establishing healthy relationships.
Connecting Across Differences: Finding Common Ground with Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime, by Jane Marantz Connor PhD and Dian Killian PhD.


And, here’s a picture of my two-week adventure in La Manzanilla, Mexico, in December. Plus 32  degrees, sunny, humid and so very tropical…


September 2014 – Newsletter excerpts

Are you enjoying summer weather after the devastating snowfall? Here are some photos for you, a day before and a day after the unseasonal dump of snow, September 8th and 9th…
newsletter-image-2014fall“Kiran, Mystic Girl in the City on Tour” author of Tools for Sanity will be in Calgary this month, September 26–28, 2014 Theme: Live Your True Nature in the World
Check out this video clip, Authenticity, the Path to Freedom”

I’m very happy to have recently discovered, and to sharebookcover_the-transparency-of-things-contemplating-the-nature-of-experience
with you, the work of Rupert Spira, a contemporary spiritual teacher, author of The Transparency of Things: Contemplating the Nature of Experience. I especially love the wisdom and clarity in this YouTube video, 7 minutes,
“The Cause of Conflicts in Relationships”

Wishing you well this fall equinox and the entire autumn season.

June 2014 – Newsletter excerpts

I’ve just returned from a ten-day Meditation Intensive with Mada Dalian in Vancouver, BC. This was a liberating experience for me… I’m including some pictures and video clips for you to get a taste of the exquisite flavour this held for me.I’m grateful to support you in accessing and dismantling the root causes of emotional and relational obstacles. Together we can transform self-sabotaging thought patterns hard-wired in our body’s cellular memory – and find strength, clarity and understanding in our everyday living.

Mada video clips: …Mada on going into the body, 3 minutes …on being authentic, honouring consciousness, taking action, 7-minutes  …on thought and emotion, 10-minutes

Vancouver Meditation Group Photo

Have a safe, happy and sunny summer!

Love and gratitude,

April 2014 – Newsletter excerpts

Dear Reader,

The amazingly huge icicles hanging off the eaves-trough have finally melted, so I’m thinking SPRING…  I want to share a few photos of my garden last year… Could it ever have looked anything like these pictures?



Great books!  I’m often asked about reading material. I read a lot of books and would like to share a few titles I highly recommend for added inspiration, insight and practical help in the journey of being more conscious in our everyday living.

  • When the Past is Present: Healing the Emotional Wounds that Sabotage our Relationships, David Richo
  • Perfect Love – Imperfect Relationships: Healing the Wound of the Heart, John Welwood
  • Parenting Without Power Struggles: Raising joyful, Resilient Kids While Staying Cool, Calm and Connected, Susan Stiffelman
  • Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, Marshall Rosenberg

 “People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have living things about us.” Iris Murdoch


Love and gratitude,
Barbara   xo

January 2014 – Newsletter excerpts

Hello Reader,

I’m happy to invite you to NVC events here in Calgary this spring. More and more I regard NVC, Nonviolent Communication (also called Compassionate Communication) as a most effective way to integrate relational skills for meaningful daily living. Dr. Marshall Rosenberg’s internationally acclaimed approach opens the door to healing and harmony, freedom and fulfillment. I’m discovering how, in deed, acting on the awareness of needs is fundamental to our well-being.

“This exploration of NVC has spoken deeply to my desire to transform my own consciousness and to enlarge and deepen my connection with others. I feel supported, heard, and warmly connected… and open-hearted. I appreciate your skill and the safe container you offer.” – Heather Compton, workshop participant 


Additional notes:

1. 17th Annual Season for Nonviolence (SNV) commenced on January 30th, 2014 in cities across the globe. It is an educational, media and grassroots awareness campaign spanning the January 30th and April 4th memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For Calgary events,

2. Please check out “Conscious Community Event Series,” February through June, hosted by Eily Aurora,
. I’ll see you there!

3. Last month a friend gave me a wonderful book, Tools for Sanity, by Kiran, an awakened teacher who recommends the communication tools of NVC. Here’s the link to a brief video clip:

4. Another beautiful spiritual teacher is a woman in Vancouver, author of In Search of the Miraculous. Here’s a taste for you:
Eliza Mada Dalian explains how our repressed thoughts & emotions create pain.  Your responses?

I look forward to seeing you at some of the events mentioned here. Together, with conscious intention, we are co-creating a world we want to live in!

Love and gratitude,
Barbara   xo

November 2013 – Newsletter excerpts

Barbara+FosterConvI continue to be inspired in my on-line study with Thomas Huebl on Transparent Communication, an exploration of practices to embody our spiritual potential. Please enjoy this 4-minute YouTube video clip of Thomas on Natural Flow

And… I celebrated my 65th birthday last month, a lovely gathering with my family and friends. Here’s a photo of myself with Foster at the event.

Article in Womanition Magazine, 2013-2014

Barbara Wiebe

Coaching for Transformation
Article in Womanition Magazine, 2013-2014

 Transformation: the miracle of the bud becoming a blossom; a human being flowering as love.

I am passionate about empowering myself and others in the exhilarating – and challenging – journey of self-transformation. My recent training to be a certified Coach for Transformation has expanded my awareness and resourcefulness in contributing to personal and social change, bringing skill and beauty to our togetherness…

 For full article, click to view PDF

September 2013 – Newsletter excerpts

And finally, I’d love to share a very special 3-minute video clip on Compassionate Listening, where Thich Nhat Hanh brings clarity on the power of listening: “You listen with only one purpose. Help him or her to empty his heart. And if you remember that, you are helping him or her to suffer less.”