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Nonviolent Communication: Skill-building (March-April 2019)


  • St. Paul United Methodist Church 2000 Douglass Boulevard Louisville, KY 40205 United States (map)

Prerequisite: Intro to Nonviolent Communication workshop

“[Nonviolent communication] guides us in reframing how we express ourselves and hear others. Instead of habitual, automatic reactions, our words become conscious responses based firmly on awareness of what we are perceiving, feeling, and wanting. We are led to express ourselves with honesty and clarity, while simultaneously paying others a respectful and empathic attention.”

Marshall Rosenberg, developer of NVC

In this 6-week class, you will learn the fundamentals of nonviolent communication (NVC). 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. To be clear, NVC is very much a practice, and like any practice, there will be leaps forward, stumbles, successes, mistakes, and, with some self-reflection, lots of learning.

The class is highly participatory, with an emphasis on learning key assumptions of NVC and practicing different skills each week. Themes for the week are as follows:

March 6: Fun with Feelings: How can we notice, name and connect with our feelings?

March 13: Honoring Needs: How can we cultivate awareness and appreciation of our needs?

March 27: Receiving Difficult Messages: What are the four ways to receive difficult messages and how can we move from responses that disconnect us to ones that connect us?

April 3: Intentional Intentions: How can we develop greater consciousness around the intentions guiding our actions?

April 10: Making Requests to Meet Needs: How can we make requests to meet our needs?  

April 17: Self-Empathy: How care we nurture self-connection and compassion?  

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

Note that this is a 6-week class, but you may register for the entire series or for individual sessions.

The class runs from March 6-April 17 and won’t meet March 20. Class dates are March 6, 13, 27 and April 3, 10, 17.


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) for the full 6-week series or $10-$40 per class. Please consider mindfully what you are able to invest.

A $30 nonrefundable deposit is required at the time of registration for the full class. To pay $60, $100, $140, or $180 in full at the time of registration, use coupon codes CLASS60, CLASS100, CLASS140, CLASS180. No coupon code is required to pay $240. The balance is due on the first day of class.

Registration for single classes requires full payment at the time of registration. Use coupon codes CLASS10, CLASS20, or CLASS30 to reflect your level of investment. No coupon code is required to pay $40.

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.