What is Nonviolent Communication™ or NVC?
Nonviolent Communication™ (NVC), also known as Compassionate Communication, is a simple set of language and communication skills developed by Marshall Rosenberg, PhD that help to resolve conflicts, create harmony in relationships, and build lasting peace. NVC is used by people throughout the world in interpersonal relationships, families, business and organizational structures, and in broader social change efforts.
With its focus on feelings and universal human needs, the practice of NVC stimulates deeper understanding of ourselves and others and provides a compassionate way to relate to one another, even in the face of conflict.
What Small Human Beings Can Teach Us!
Please click here to enjoy this casual conversation between Bren Hardt and Kelly Penrod where Kelly shares with us her experience as she connects with her grand-daughter Olivia.
Robert to return to Houston in 2021
An Intensive with Robert Gonzales, PhD. LIVING IN COMPASSION will occur in Houston in 2021. More information to follow.
"Nonviolent Communication (NVC) brought light to what was making me feel disconnected from my loved ones. It helped me begin to find myself, discover a deep and authentic connection with my partner, and to find a way to parent that honors everyone equally."
- Brooke Summers-Perry.
HoustonNVC in the News
We created a collection of radio and TV interviews in which you can hear HoustonNVC trainers sharing the ideas and practice of Compassionate Communication.
We hope you enjoy them!
Continuing Education Credits are available for those programs where this is clearly stated. Continuing Credits can be provided for:
Licensed Professional Counselors
Marriage and Family Therapists
For information regarding CEUs please contact the Board of Houston NVC.
Needs bath at the IIT (International Intensive Training) in Texas, October 2018
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EMBODYING NON-VIOLENT COMMUNICATION
with David Weinstock
March 21-23, 2020 Houston
We are very fortunate to welcome David Weinstock, CNVC certified trainer, back to Houston for three days in March 2020.
Practice embodying nonviolence through movement and play. Whole mind/body/linguistic practice, engaged over time, is where we come face to face with the history we've embodied, our deeper selves, our most profound gifts, and the motivation to connect more compassionately in the world.
· Develop your empathic listening faculties
· Cultivate a centered presence in stressful times;
· Make decisions and take actions that align with your values;
· Nurture intimate connections and cultivate community
David Weinstock is an international trainer of Nonviolent Communication, a Somatic Coach, Aikido instructor and author of "Becoming What You Need": Practices for Embodying Nonviolent Communication".
Rooms available for $40/ night (only 20 rooms-call Karen Starz for reservations 505-379-2771)
Free Introductions to Nonviolent Communication:
For those who would enjoy a refresher or a basics class on NVC, we (HNVC) are offering a free online class on Saturday March 14, 2020 (10am- 12pm CST) and another in person on Thursday night March 19, 2020 (7pm-9pm) at the venue. David will not be going over the basics. It is recommended that you join one of these classes if you are new to Nonviolent Communication.
with Susan Wildin
Facilitator: Susan Wildin, MD, Certified Professional Coach
Location: Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church, 17503 El Camino Real, Houston, TX 77058 under the water tower
Dates and Topics:
October 13, 2019, 1:30-3:30 Dialogues for Social Change, Part 2: Dialogues with Coaching
For the fall 2019 Living Peace, Susan Wildin would like to invite you to a 2 part workshop Dialogues for Social Change will be helpful to:
A Social Change advocate who would like to be more effective in communicating his/her point of view and influencing others,
Anyone who struggles to connect with friends and family members across barriers of belief,and
Anyone who has ongoing difficulties with communication with someone who matters in his/her life.
The workshops will serve best if both are attended and if you can only attend one of them, you will still learn some helpful skills. Practices will be based on Dr. Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication and Jim and Jori Manske’s 9 Skills for Navigating Conflict. Susan would enjoy a donation of $20/workshop if it would give you joy to contribute to her work.
Hone Your Skills in Facilitation
with Karen Starz
Facilitator: Karen Starz
Compassionate Communication Introduction
An 8-week online learning community facilitated by Todd Porter.
The journey begins on Tuesday, October 1, 2020 at 7:00 pm central.
What is it? This is a highly interactive, discussion-based exploration of Marshall Rosenberg's book "Nonviolent Communication: a Language of Life, 3rd Ed." (Puddle Dancer Press, 2015). Together, we will form an online learning community in which we can apply what we've read about with real people in real conversation. Reading, reflection, and review homework provide participants with the opportunity to make the most of the weekly online interactions, which will focus on practice and application.
Who is it for? This course is for people who have occasion to communicate with humans and want to be able to do so more effectively, especially in the conversations which are most important to us. The people who will get the most out of the experience are those who read along in advance of each week's session and come ready and willing to risk trying the things they read about in a real conversation with a real person.
What is unique about this course? Rosenberg's compassionate communication framework is a powerful tool we can use to make authentic, heart-to-heart connections. Being heard, understood, and accepted is one of the most powerful gifts we can offer one another. It is also a gift that those around us desperately need. This group provides an opportunity to create peace in the world by creating peace within ourselves, as well as between ourselves and all with whom we speak.
I'm in! How do I sign up? Just follow this link and click on the "Enroll" link to join the course. Suggested donation is $180 for access to the learning platform and 8 weekly, two-hour, live, group sessions. This course is offered by Kairos Collaborative, in partnership with The Missional Wisdom Foundation and Houston NVC.
Together, we're committed to making this course available to everyone, so if the suggested donation is a problem for you, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org for a discount code.
Professionals Training with Dian Killian
DATES: Wednesday, February 5 – Thursday, February 6, 2020
TIMES: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm both days
LOCATION: LifeWorks (East), 835 N. Pleasant Valley Rd., Austin, TX 78702
COST: Use Coupon Code SUPEREARLYBIRD by September 20 - $367; otherwise, $427 early bird (by Nov. 30, 2019); $497 standard (after Nov. 30).
INSTRUCTOR: Dian Killian, Ph.D.
CO-SPONSOR: Houston NVC
CEUs: 12 units available for an additional $25 (for mental health professionals licensed in TX; people licensed in other states or with other licenses should contact their licensing board to check eligibility)
QUESTIONS: For questions regarding registration, logistics, scholarships, travel, or housing, email the Registrar, Jeff Brown.
IIT in Texas - 2018
October 12-21st, 2018 was Texas’ first International Intensive Training, in Port Aransas, Texas and hosted by Houston NVC. The 9 days of training, submersion, play and fun was, as the title states, intensive. 42 people from different countries, states, cities and backgrounds joined in community to experience nonviolent ways of being even through conflict. There were many powerful moments and the biggest regret was not being able to be in more than one place at a time. Since the trainings are offered concurrently, choices must be made on where to go. With four accomplished trainers, choosing was challenging.
For me, I have highlights from all four trainers and the community. First, to celebrate the community, Giraffes Around the World highlighted the projects that individuals were creating or co-creating in their own communities. The night lasted three hours and could have extended even longer as people shared what they were doing. There was the Brazilian contingency with projects in schools, favalas and country-wide broadcasting on the importance of nonviolence. In Florida, two participants are running after school programs that facilitate skills to at risk youth, using NVC as the guide for integration. From the Northwest, The Freedom Project shared the percentages in which their program has affected the State of Washington in decreased imprisonments and increased numbers who reenter society with connective skills. The Canadian participants from both the East and West coast had projects that included social activism, awareness, art festivals and faith based conversations using NVC principles and values. The list could go on and I celebrate the people who are motivating and moving NVC into action.
The four trainers brought creativity, experience, strength, play and trust to their workshops. Kathleen and Mitch held a session on the labels of man/ woman which ran over its two hour time slot to come to closure at four hours. The level of trust participants had for the space was apparent in their shares and the process was impactful on everyone involved. Kirsten explored touch and how to be consciously intimate while honoring the needs of privacy, creativity and sharing. Many people reported an opening in their belief systems around intimacy. Alan ran the “deep basics” program of NVC and gifted beginners and experienced facilitators with simple and effective learning practices. Alan also blessed the community with some specific role-playing scenarios that participants volunteered from their own lives.
All in all, it was a one of a kind experience and almost too rich to speak of in a short article. So, I will leave you with some of the “first sentences” from the feedback forms:
“It was enlightening and it felt more safe and inclusive than any other large group I have experienced.”
“Liberating, validating, an experience of a beautiful world our hearts know is possible.”
“A string of pearl quickenings that grow resilience to be one with the world.”
“I think I get NVC now!”
“I would love yearly re-immersions.”
“I came here guarded and closed. .I am leaving open. It’s frightening! It’s good!”
“My mind is blown.”