The Giraffe Business School with Marie Miyashiro (2nd Edition)



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Marie Miyashiro with Anna Schulz and Hanna Kozłowska (seasoned HR professionals and leadership trainers and coaches with NVC at the heart of their work), together with Empathic Way Europe are pleased to announce: 

The Giraffe Business School will begin in May 2024! 

All sessions will be presented and facilitated by Marie Miyashiro, author of The Empathy Factor Business book.


“…businesses are some of the most violent places on Earth.”

Marshall B. Rosenberg

The second edition of the Giraffe Business School is even more tailored to the needs of today’s challenges faced by trainers and facilitators, and this was possible thanks to the engaged community of the first edition of GBS.

Taking part in GBS opens up the opportunity to learn the Integrated Clarity® model and become a certified trainer in a unique working method created by Marie Miyashiro 3×3 Empathy Factors™.

For this reason, we encourage you to SHARE THIS EVENT with those who you think would be interested and fit the description below. The larger our learning community of fellow practitioners is, the more the contributions make our program sustainable and whole.

For whom:

The Giraffe Business School is for NVC Trainers / Facilitators / Coaches / Consultants who want to bring NVC to organizations (schools, NGOs/nonprofits, government agencies, associations, businesses, etc.) and:

  • are Intermediate to Advanced in their work with NVC practices and consciousness;
  • work as external support to organizations (newer NVC trainers are welcome so long as they have at least 20 hours of delivering NVC trainings);
  • work as dedicated internal support to teams;
  • desire to work with organizations more deeply or joyfully in 3-5+ years of cultural change engagements with the same clients;
  • have experience working within organizations as a team or meeting leader;
  • are responsible for supporting leaders and their team in personal and professional development;
  • long for a more sustainable living doing meaningful work that expresses their unique voice, style and passions with/through NVC;
  • want to take the necessary first step to the 3×3 Empathy Factors™ certification process.

Exceptions to the above will be made based on your desire and background.

About the Course:

Each week blends professional development with personal growth. We learn from first-hand success case studies and stories along with research-based knowledge of organizations and business. We grow into our success in a conscious way with personal growth exercises based on research and wellness. We alternate between bite-size information presented by Marie followed by spacious time for questions. Then we work in small and large groups. A weekly Study Buddy assignment accelerates application and learning. We use online collaboration platforms for real-time visual representations of all voices and what we are learning.

The eight-week curriculum builds momentum and gives us time to integrate the tools and concepts into our real-world work. The program includes coaching from Marie to study buddy pairs with their own client situations. Spirit of the Course: We take our work seriously but ourselves lightly in the spirit of gratitude, humbleness and creativity.

Sessions are supported by orderly and experienced facilitation by Marie with the needs of respect, clarity, learning/growth, competence and encouragement as our guiding stars.

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The Objective of the Course:

To support you as an individual professional practice or as a collective enterprise of practitioners to work in a high sustainability model in bringing NVC to organizations.

“High Sustainability” = A living income that sustains you and your family now and into the future with clients experiencing significant, repeatable results and “who adore you and who you adore” – all with you enjoying time freedom.


The course will last 8 weeks and consists of 16 meetings. We will meet twice a week: on Wednesdays at 17:30-20:30 CEST and on Thursdays at 18:00-20:00 CEST

Here are the exact days: 8-9 May, 15-16 May, 22-23 May, 29-30 May, 5-6 June, 12-13 June, 19-20 June, and 26-27 June 2024.

Sessions will be recorded.


We will meet online on Zoom (we will send you the link to the meeting a few days before the first session – check your email!).
To participate, you need a stable internet connection, your preferred device with a microphone and camera, and a pen and notebook, if you like taking notes.

Draft Curriculum:

Week 1: Ways to Make Sense of Organizations

Week 2: Relating to Organizations in Empowered Ways

Week 3: IC Life-Affirming Purpose and Direction

Week 4: IC Expression: ”The Flower” vs. The Busy Bee

Week 5: Putting It All Together for The Client

Week 6: Facilitating Organizational Needs along with Human Needs

Week 7: Needs-Based Meetings: The Key to Culture Change

Week 8: The Client Project Debrief Meeting

Additional information:

  1. You will receive a Certificate of Completion for the course if you attend live.
  2. All sessions will be recorded and available for six months. For privacy purposes, the request is that the recordings are not shared with anyone outside of the course participants.
  3. The course handouts will be available for six months to download for your own personal learning. 
  4. Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions live because the format is heavily Question & Answer. If you miss a session, please watch the recordings before the next week’s sessions.
  5. By joining the Giraffe Business School you agree to sign a document called „Use agreements: handouts, templates, presentations, materials”. The materials presented during GBS will be made available for you only after you send the signed agreement (you will receive it before GBS starts).

Course fee:


Early bird: If you decide to join us by the 15th of April the fee we request is 900€ – 1400€.

The price after the 15th of April will be 1400€.

Please, choose the amount that best fits your economic situation. If you need some tips, please, have a look at the graphic below where you can find some questions that will guide you:


Early bird: If you decide to join us by the 15th of April the fee we request is 1200€ – 2000€.

The price after the 15th of April will be 2000€.

Please, choose the amount that best fits the size and possibilities of the organisation you work for. 

Joyful Giving & Receiving

In the spirit of joyful giving and receiving, we welcome all who are interested and qualified without regard to their actual access to financial resources. If you cannot pay the requested amount now, please contact us

At the same time, we would like sustainability for this program in the future, so if you have the capacity to contribute more than the suggested fee, we welcome this. This would help balance participants who may be contributing a fraction of what is requested. 


Register and pay the fee here:

In case of questions/doubts or if, for financial reasons, you cannot pay the whole fee at once, contact us at the following address: to make the payment in installments. 

After registration, please, fill in the questionnaire (the link will be sent to you in the email after registration).


Other links:
– Marie’s QUALIFICATIONS and Slides from Empathy in Workplaces Session with Marie Miyashiro:
– Zoom Recording of Empathy in Workplaces Session – 8 March 2023:


About Marie:

Marie Miyashiro

Marie writes, talks and teaches and now trains NVC and communication trainers on how to bring empathy to organizations. She wrote The Empathy Factor business book and co-authored with Marshall Rosenberg a chapter on NVC in organizations in The Change Handbook – Today’s Definitive Methods for Engaging Whole Systems. A product of a working class family, Marie spent 10 years working for over 10 labor groups and unions organizing and communicating the needs and voice of workers to government groups and the community. Since 2005, she has brought NVC and empathy to over 60,000 people in over 30 countries from small family-run businesses or government agencies to dozens of American universities and multinational corporations. Recognized as a Master Facilitator, she designs and delivers uncommonly transformative and enjoyable learning events and multi-stakeholder strategic conversations. Her client ratings range consistently from 93 to 100 percent satisfaction within multi-year contracts of three to seven years. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in organization communication and interpersonal psychology from Northwestern University in the United States. She mentors Organization Development Ph.D. candidates at Bowling Green State University and is on the faculty of the CrossKnowledge digital learning group, one of the largest online learning platforms for organizations in the world.



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