FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
 
What kind of art do you make?
I enjoy mediums of acrylic, watercolor and pastel in my drawings and paintings that range from the size of a postage stamp to mural /wall size. I enjoy drawing through the winter where I find the light from the angle of the sun condusive to the location of my drawaing table. In the summer, watercolors painted outdoors bring me joy.
My sculptures consist of concrete, wood and metal, and one of my favorite places to be is is in the wood or metal shops, cutting wood or welding. With the heat of welding and handling of supplies, I like to work on sculpture in the spring and summer when ease in transport and I can open workshop doors.
Where can I buy your art?
You can purchase my Art through emailing me at lip125@mail.usask.ca with your inquiry. Shipping and Handling fees will be applied as per your country of receipt.
What is Nonviolent Communication (compassionate communication)?
I enjoy the following description provided by the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) from cnvc.org:
  1. create human connections that empower compassionate giving and receiving
  2. create governmental and corporate structures that support compassionate giving and receiving.
NVC involves both communication skills that foster compassionate relating and consciousness of the interdependence of our well being and using power with others to work together to meet the needs of all concerned.

This approach to communication emphasizes compassion as the motivation for action rather than fear, guilt, shame, blame, coercion, threat or justification for punishment. In other words, it is about getting what you want for reasons you will not regret later. NVC is NOT about getting people to do what we want. It is about creating a quality of connection that gets everyone’s needs met through compassionate giving.

The process of NVC encourages us to focus on what we and others are observing separate from our interpretations and judgments, to connect our thoughts and feelings to underlying human needs/values (e.g. protection, support, love), and to be clear about what we would like towards meeting those needs. These skills give the ability to translate from a language of criticism, blame, and demand into a language of human needs -- a language of life that consciously connects us to the universal qualities “alive in us” that sustain and enrich our well being, and focuses our attention on what actions we could take to manifest these qualities.

Nonviolent Communication skills will assist you in dealing with major blocks to communication such as demands, diagnoses and blaming. In CNVC trainings you will learn to express yourself honestly without attacking. This will help minimize the likelihood of facing defensive reactions in others. The skills will help you make clear requests. They will help you receive critical and hostile messages without taking them personally, giving in, or losing self-esteem. These skills are useful with family, friends, students, subordinates, supervisors, co-workers and clients, as well as with your own internal dialogues.
What level of yoga do you teach?
I have trained and enjoy offering introductory/beginner, restorative, and gentle yoga to ages 10 to 100+
What kind of yoga do you do?
I have  taken trainings in Iyengar method with JoAnne Sutherland, Hatha and Astanga - my main personal practice centers on work I study from,
"The Path to Wholistic Health" by B.K.S. Iyengar. 
I deeply enjoy introducing people to a new practice and supporting their current practice with detailed information to insure a thorough experience.
Are you available to facilitate a group/lead a Yoga class? An NVC class? An Art class?
Yes to all of the above!

I currently enjoy teaching yoga with community associations in the Saskatoon area and have offered classes provincially in the summer in Regional and Municipal parks and Campgrounds.

I love groups! I love facilitating learning with NVC-A Language For Life book based study groups and facilitating NVC based Empathy practice groups. I have supported individual and interpersonal growth with coaching. I thrive on networking with other local NVC members in their areas of experience to support a collaborative and holistic support system for my community.

 I have enjoyed working in schools with youth facilitating drawing, painting, and theater costuming and makeup classes as part of larger projects they have had.

Please contact me (Loretta Iris) at
lip125@mail.usask.ca to discuss the possibility of creating and facilitating your next class!
What kind of work does your family do?
I have three adult children, Victoria, Jessica, and Deklan.

Victoria Iris enjoys Counseling for Youth Camps and retreats, where she can live her experience of NVC and shared values of inclusion and connection. Victoria has teamed up with Loretta to manage theatrical face paint classes, Art Exhibition promotion and co-present NVC based study groups. Victoria attended a NVC International Intensive Training in the fall of 2016 and she currently studies toward obtaining her Social Work degree at University of Saskatchewan.

Jessica Iris finds meaning in working with children and she particularly enjoys utilizing NVC to help them have the independence to peacefully express their feelings and needs. Jessica and Loretta have collaborated on parade float decoration projects, Theater Makeup, Costume and Construction projects, and NVC based study with groups. Jessica attended a NVC International Intensive Training in the fall of 2016 and was grateful for the opportunity to connect with kindred spirits and deepen her NVC practice. Jessica currently works as an Aide in a Montessori Casa classroom.

Deklan Iris-Hoscheit likes working with seniors, peers and kids. Deklan finds NVC supportive in self-connection and enjoys integrating humour and compassion in his communication. Deklan has joined with Loretta to create Art/Sculpture construction projects, photography /graphic editing projects and co-facilitated NVC based study for families. Deklan currently studies toward obtaining an English degree at University of Saskatchewan.

To discuss having us (Loretta, Victoria, Jessica and Deklan -or combinations thereof) present/ facilitate your next group or project,  email lip125@mail.usask.ca.
 
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