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Nonviolent Communication: Building with the Basics (February-March 2019)

  • JustFaith Ministries office 224 Woodbine Street Louisville, KY 40208 United States (map)

How can we communicate from the heart, from a place of empathy for ourselves and others?  Nonviolent Communication (NVC) draws from the wisdom of many traditions:

“NVC is founded on language and communication skills that strengthen our ability to remain human, even under trying conditions... The intent is to remind us about what we already know – about how we humans were meant to relate to one another – and to assist us in living in a way that concretely manifests this knowledge…Through its emphasis on deep listening – to ourselves as well as others – NVC fosters respect, attentiveness, and empathy and engenders a mutual desire to give from the heart.”  

- Marshall Rosenberg, developer of NVC

In this 6-session class, you will learn the basics of NVC, which some have called “a spiritual practice disguised as a communication technique.” The primary goal of NVC is connection - with self and others - with the secondary goal of both realizing and addressing the needs of all parties, thus contributing to each person’s thriving. NVC is very much a practice, and like any practice, there will be leaps forward, stumbles, successes, mistakes, and lots of learning.

The class is highly participatory, with an emphasis on exploring and practicing different aspects of NVC each week:

- the basic building blocks of NVC 
- “feeling literacy”: noticing, connecting with, and naming our feelings
- recognizing, appreciating, and addressing your needs and those of others
- different ways of responding to difficult messages
- making requests, NVC-style
- practicing self-empathy

The most useful tools to bring to class will be curiosity, openness, and humility. A notebook and pen are also handy!

Note that this class is a 6-week class, but there is one week the class won’t meet- March 21, so the class runs from February 14- March 28. Class dates are February 14, 21, and 28, March 7, 14, and 28.

In order to make the class accessible to more people, it is offered on a sliding scale from $60 to $240 ($60, $100, $140, $180, $240). Please consider mindfully what you are able to invest.

A $20 nonrefundable deposit is required at the time of registration. To pay $60, $100, $140, or $180 in full at the time of registration, use coupon code, CLASS60, CLASS100, CLASS140, CLASS180. No coupon code is required to pay $240. The balance is due on or before the workshop day. 

If you are in a position to support others who have fewer financial resources, you are invited to contribute support to their participation in the class, by adding $30, $60, $120, or $240 to your own registration. This option is available on the registration page. If the funds aren’t used, they will roll over to support someone at another class or workshop until they are used.

Read full Refund and Cancellation Policy here.