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Compassionate Communication of Waterbury Practice Group

Compassionate Communication of Waterbury aims to cultivate a consciousness of empathy and connection within our relationships, our communities and the world--- and within ourselves. We meet weekly on Thursdays from 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm at St. John's Episcopal Church, 16 Church Street, Waterbury, CT to help each other find authenticity in our communication through deepening connection and fostering the natural state of compassion when no violence is present in the heart. We are a practice group founded on the work of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) or Compassionate Communication as developed by Dr. Marshall B. Rosenberg.

It’s not enough to only study a new language. To learn it means also practicing it by talking and listening to other people who are using it as well. Learning Compassionate Communication or Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is no different.

Reading about it, watching videos or listening to people talk about it give a decent understanding. Workshops and journaling will boost your learning by providing opportunities to practice and reflect.

Most people find this is not quite sufficient and this is where the NVC Practice Group steps in. Participating in a Compassionate Communication Practice Group provides an invaluable opportunity for deepening one's skills in Compassionate Communication and for providing motivation to keep going.

The Compassionate Communication of Waterbury Practice Group welcomes anyone (including beginners) who has an interest in deepening their understanding and strengthening their usage of the intention and tools of Compassionate Communication. By "practicing" with each other, using such activities as readings, exercises and sharing personal experiences, our intention together is to improve on our skills to connect compassionately with other people and ourselves. 

We ask that attendees of our Practice Group meetings have some knowledge of or experience with Compassionate Communication.  Read one of the following books, attend an NVC training, or review one of the following videos.

Some books on Compassionate Communication (or Nonviolent Communication) include:

• Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall Rosenberg

• Speak Peace in a World of Conflict: What You Say Next Will Change Your World by Marshall Rosenberg

• Connecting Across Differences: Finding Common Ground with Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime by Jane Marantz Connor and Dian Killian.

Some online videos on Compassionate Communication (or Nonviolent Communication) include:

Marshall Rosenberg reviews Compassionate Communication (or Nonviolent Communication):

• Nonviolent Communication Part 1 Marshall Rosenberg

• Nonviolent Communication Part 2 Marshall Rosenberg

• Nonviolent Communication Part 3 Marshall Rosenberg

Marshall Rosenberg demonstrates Compassionate Communication (or Nonviolent Communication):

• Marshall Rosenberg Demonstrates Nonviolent Communication Part I

• Marshall Rosenberg Demonstrates Nonviolent Communication Part 2

Additional information on Compassionate Communication (or Nonviolent Communication) can be found at the Center for Nonviolent Communication.

St. John's Episcopal Church supports our independent practice group by providing a space for the dissemination of Compassionate Communication and the practice of nonviolence in our community.

A voluntary donation may be requested to cover additional costs of the practice group. Donations may be made by check made out to "St. John's Episcopal Church" or by cash. All are invited to attend our practice group regardless of their ability or inability to contribute towards meeting the costs of the practice group.

Please contact Mark or Rachana for additional information.

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