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Laughing Giraffe NVC Practice Group
MEDITATION STARTS PROMPTLY AT 7:05. This is a weekly event offering an opportunity to gather, connect and practice the principles of Nonviolent Communication developed by Marshall Rosenberg within a container of mindfulness. No experience is necessary but familiarity with NVC theory is helpful to participate. Reading "Nonviolent Communication, A Language of Life" by Marshall Rosenberg is highly recommended. An offering basket is placed out to support Aaron in managing expenses. $10-$20 is the requested amount. No one is turned away for lack of funds. The group starts with a short meditation, followed by opportunities for all members to check in and then participate in deeper work. Formal exercises and creative activities may also be a part of the group on any night. Mindfulness of thoughts, emotions and needs is emphasized as an important foundation for the practice. NVC is about authenticity and sometimes authenticity is uncomfortable and scary. This is sometimes a component of the work as well.

Laughing Giraffe Therapy

100 O'Connor Drive #14 · San Jose, CA

What we're about

The purpose of the group is to learn and practice communicating compassionately through Nonviolent Communication (NVC). People with an interest in improving their communication skills in all contexts would benefit from this group (relationships, parenting, leadership, coaching, organizations, etc).

NVC is a non-judgmental paradigm of relating that includes introspection, deep listening with empathy, and honest expression. NVC was started by Marshall Rosenberg (, PhD in the 1960s, and has been used throughout the world as a tool for conflict resolution, community building and peace. For more information on NVC, please go to the Center for Nonviolent Communication at

When joining this group, please include a picture that clearly shows your face.

About the "Giraffes" - the giraffe is used within the NVC community as a living metaphor for NVC consciousness because of its long neck for great visibility and hearing, for its ability to eat thorns for nutrition, and for its very large heart.

• Another practice group not listed in our meetup meets TUESDAY and is hosted by Katy Dawson; it has been meeting in San Jose since 2001. This group is a great place to experience empathy in action, allowing participants to be supported in real life communication challenges. For more information, join the Yahoo group (

ps. The “Casa de Jirafa” location has friendly cats named Oakley the Maverick, Professor McBean, and Woozle Doozle Allowicious Flufenutter!

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