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Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is also referred to as compassionate communication. Its purpose is to strengthen our ability to inspire compassion from others and to respond compassionately to others and to ourselves. NVC is a clear and effective model for communicating in a way that is cooperative, conscious, and compassionate with your family members, friends, students, supervisors, co-workers, and clients.

The NVC process encourages us to focus on what we and others are observing, how and why we are each feeling as we do, what our underlying needs are, and what each of us would like to have happen. These skills emphasize personal responsibility for our actions and the choices we make when we respond to others. Communication can serve as a meaningful connection with self and others rather than habitual patterns that block presence and understanding (i.e., needing to be right, anger, confusion about who is responsible, etc.).

Please join our warm, supportive group where you can learn and apply your knowledge of nonviolent communication (NVC) with two to five other women. We begin each meeting with a five-minute silent meditation and brief check-ins. The check-in is an opportunity to connect with one’s self and to be heard about what is alive in the moment without response. Then we will discuss one chapter from Marshall B. Rosenberg's book "Nonviolent Communication." After the group discussion, we will practice NVC by focusing on one or more of the following: exercises from the "Nonviolent Communication Companion Workbook," current life issues of our members, giving and receiving empathy, making neutral observations, expressing feelings and needs, making requests, and role plays. We end with short check-outs and a five-minute silent closing meditation.

We welcome all skill levels. It is helpful if you have some exposure to NVC, such as reading "Nonviolent Communication" by Marshall B. Rosenberg, attending NVC Foundation classes and/or workshops, listening to NVC tapes.

This unique Practice Model provides participants with a positive and supportive environment for learning and practicing. Come experience this lovely Community of Practice approach.

Facilitator: Valerie Lee, M.S.

Day and Dates: Third Sunday of every month
Times: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (except for holidays)
Location: Martinez, CA (address will be sent to members who RSVP)
Cost: $5 per meeting to cover cost of refreshments and Meetup subscription

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