What do you want from a NVC Class?

A  2-3 hour overview and learn several excellent connection skills


Foundations I: Choosing Connection over Correction

  1. The four components of attention (OFNR) & Recapping skills; 

  2.  Cultivating and understanding Universal Human Needs awareness

  3. Open hearted Giving vs. Violent Language and Power-Over

  4. Body awareness/ emotions, connecting feelings to needs/

Distinguishing thoughts from feelings; feelings, free of judgment

  1. Deep listening & 3 forms of empathy; what’s not empathy

  2. Observation as distinct from evaluation; translating evaluations to observations

  3. Connection requests and clear, positive and doable requests

  4. Practice of o/f/n/r; expressing gratitude

  5. Developing a Compassion Practice – personal plans



Foundations II – Living Peace

  1. Connecting With Ourselves so We can connect with others

  2. Empathy Practice – Multi-headed Giraffe

  3. Uncovering Limiting Beliefs or a core “jackal”

  4.  Hearing the “Yes” behind the “No” (Hearing and saying no with authenticity)

  5. Compassionate Interrupting

  6. Responding to anger (empathy guess matching pitch of expression)

  7. Expressing anger (& screaming in giraffe)

  8. Offering constructive NVC feedback

  9. Nine Skills for Effective Dialogue


Foundations III – Serving Life

  1. Using the NVC Dance Floors to prepare for difficult conversations

  2. Receiving gratitude, Translating approval, compliments, and praise

  3. Transforming Enemy images

  4.  Transforming Self-Judgment and blame

  5. NVC on the job (range of depth in responding to feelings and needs)/ Idiomatic/”street” giraffe

  6.  “Dogging” for our needs (persisting vs demanding; shift vs compromise)

  7.  Mourning and learning from our regrets; NVC “apologies”

  8. Group Requests

  9. Mediation

The Basics of Nonviolent Communication with Marshall Rosenberg, a 3 hour intro workshop where Marshall engages the audience with the puppets and uses his particular brand of humor, has been posted and I highly recommend it!!


What is NVC?  

Nonviolent Communication is the integration of 4 things:
1. Consciousness: a set of principles that support living a life of compassion,
collaboration, courage, and authenticity
2. Language: understanding how words contribute to connection or distance
3. Communication: knowing how to ask for what we want, how to hear others
even in disagreement and how to move toward solutions that work for all
4. Means of influence: sharing “power with others” rather than using “power
over others”


"Teach this triplet to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are things which renew humanity."-  M. Rosenberg


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