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Communication is at the heart and soul of every relationship. The quality of our lives depends on the quality of our communication. Through using tools of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), we can go beyond the oft-taught elements of collaboration and compromise and step into the power of connection and compassion. This can provide greater trust, intimacy and clarity for our lives and relationships.

Developed by Ph.D. Marshall Rosenberg, Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a simple yet powerful methodology for communicating in a way that meets both parties’ needs. With NVC we learn to hear our own deeper needs and those of others. Through its emphasis on deep listening—to ourselves as well as others—NVC helps us discover the depth of our own compassion. This language reveals the awareness that all human beings are only trying to honor universal values and needs, every minute, every day.

NVC can be seen as both a spiritual practice that helps us see our common humanity, using our power in a way that honors everyone's needs, and a concrete set of skills which help us create life-serving families and communities. Through the practice of NVC, we can learn to clarify what we are observing, what emotions we are feeling, what values we want to live by, and what we want to ask of ourselves and others. We will no longer need to use the language of blame, judgment or domination. We can experience the deep pleasure of contributing to each others' well being.

NVC creates a path for healing and reconciliation in its many applications, ranging from intimate relationships, work settings, health care, social services, prison staff and inmates, to governments, schools and social change organizations.

We provide workshops, practice groups, mediation, as well as one-on-one coaching in NVC to support you to gain these life long skills and to help create or restore a relationship.