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GNVC Practice Group
On the 3rd Wednesday of each month in 2018, you can expect an excellent mini-workshop with a unique focus and a practice group, each taught by someone uniquely skilled. You will be provided handouts to support new concepts and learning, and we recommend you bring a notepad and pen. We often engage in role plays, and you are free and safe to participate as little or as much as you'd like. The format for these two hours is: Overview & Check-in, Empathy Exchange, New Learning, Skills Practice, Feedback, Closing You are welcome just as you are, and if you'd like to learn a little prior to joining an event check out tools at

Civic Media Center

433 S Main St · Gainesville

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Gainesville Nonviolent Communication is a community of folks seeking personal and collective transformation through the power of self-responsible, honest, and compassionate communication and listening. We aim to connect hearts across Gainesville using Nonviolent Communication ( and other tools. NVC is an exquisite form of taking responsibility for our lives, our communication, and our relationships.

It’s a language and set of tools for harmony where connection has been broken or lost, and for restoring a pathway to closeness, intimacy, and authentic expression with those around them.

We meet for those who want an introduction to the principles of nonviolent communication. Practice consists of teaching exercises, discussion, and role plays in which we apply NVC theory to our real lives. You are free to participate as much or as little as you would like.

Leif Stringer is a long-time student of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) currently pursuing his certification as a trainer with the Center for NVC. He works with individuals, couples, and organizations to deepen their capacity to weed through the language of disconnection and discover the beauty and power of our shared human values. He supports clients in strengthening their ability to express their joy and pain alike in ways that inspire healing, harmony, and closeness with those whom they care about. When not sharing NVC, Leif serves as a law school counselor and teaches communication and self-esteem skills to at-risk youth.

Marina Smerling is a life and communication coach who is committed to our evolution through the composting of shame into radical self-love, and the creation of a world where we no longer have to hide who we are, but rather, where our authentic and undefended selves can come out of the closet. She brings a decade of training in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and coaching to her work with women, couples, and families.

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