Nonviolent Communication

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a powerful framework to communicate based on respect, compassion and authenticity. It has the power to change your relationship with yourself, your beloveds and the wider world.


What is this workshop?

In this dynamic training, we use our own real life situations to explore the four elements on NVC to support more satisfying and powerful communication.

These elements, though simple, take some re-framing in order to understand and apply them. We endeavour to use everything that happens in the training, as an opportunity to practice and explore this work. Often, these four foundational elements are eclipsed by many of our cultural habits, the ones that may have served us at sometime. We also discover some more helpful scaffolding to bring to all our important dialogues – especially the hard ones.


NVC Skills

In the course we:

  • Use different formats – you will have the opportunity to work on your own, in pairs, small groups and the whole group.
  • Look at the dynamic between empathy and honesty, how we can carry the 2 in a balanced way to increase satisfaction in all our communicating
  • Ask questions of ourselves about what are our true yearnings and how we might name and represent these in more and more situations in our lives.

Using these simple skills increases our chances of hearing others and being heard in a way that fosters understanding, connection, satisfaction and a pathway forward.

You will leave this training with practical tips and experiences of how to carry what you’ve learned back into your life.

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Note – whilst it says May 25 above, the course runs for a full weekend, 9:00am – 4:00pm each day. Please see event listing for full details

What is NVC?

Nonviolent Communication (NVC), also known as Compassionate Communication, is both a style of communication and a framework for understanding how to communicate based on empathy, respect and deep listening. It allows us to:

“express ourselves with honesty and clarity, while simultaneously paying others a respectful and empathic attention. In any exchange, we come to hear our own deeper needs and those of others

(Marshall B. Rosenberg in Nonviolent Communication: A language of Life)

It helps us understand ourselves and others better, as well as helping us move past conditioned patterns such as judgements, criticism, attacking or withdrawing – in short, any and all of our communication pitfalls.

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The NVC workshops are run in collaboration with Kate Raffin.

Kate is an accredited Mediator under the Australian National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS), an experienced NVC Mediator and a Certified Trainer with the Centre for Nonviolent Communication. Kate is a passionate communicator who is deeply committed to social justice, inclusion and respect. Kate is the illustrator and local supplier of the ONGO book. You can find out all about her at her website: Heart Talk Matters