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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).

(We have a steady group of 4-5 of us that attend regularly - and don't always RSVP).

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.

• TUESDAY NVC Practice Group is hosted by Katy Dawson and 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.

SATURDAY NVC Practice Group is co-facilitated by James Prieto & Alara Tiernan. This group combines a regular empathy practice with exploration and practice of various dimensions of NVC.

We created a public Trello board of possible topics for each week and to keep track of what we've covered so far.

ps. We have a friendly cat named Oakley the Maverick!

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  • November 12 · 10:00 AM

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