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 Center for Nonviolent Communication  

Download a flyer for the Sunday, November 5th  Introduction  to Nonviolent Communication (NVC) => here

Download a flyer for the Saturday, November 18 Workshop Communicating With Compassion => here

Sunday, November 5th Introduction ( Noon – 1:00 PM ): 

What is NVC? Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a unique approach to communicating that was developed by Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D, during the 1960s civil rights era. Since then, NVC has been used to mediate and resolve conflicts in a variety of settings and circumstances, from marriages to parenting to social issues, in the US and around the world. Would you like to learn more? Join us for a free introductory talk.

At the Unitarian-Universalist Meetinghouse, 245 Porter Lake Drive, Springfield. Presented by Jerry Koch-Gonzalez, founder of the Communicating with Compassion Project, a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading the tools and consciousness of NVC throughout the Pioneer Valley and beyond. 

A introduction to NVC will illustrate the key concepts: 
  > A language and consciousness of compassion that can improve your relationships 
  > Skills to support dialogue in the face of judgment, criticism, and anger 
  > Practice in honest expression and empathic listening 
  > Effective ways to bring more joy, ease, and connection into your life 
  > Support for parenting and teaching from your heart 
  > A nonviolent approach to social change

November 18th Workshop: 

Saturday, November 18, 9:30 pm – 4:30 pm PM at the Unitarian-Universalist Society of Greater Springfield 245 Porter Lake Drive Springfield, Massachusetts

Workshop led by Jerry Koch-Gonzalez

This workshop is based on the principles of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) as developed by Marshall Rosenberg and others. NVC is used to mediate and resolve conflicts in a variety of settings and circumstances, from marriages to parenting to social issues, in the US and around the world. For more information visit the Center for Nonviolent Communication web site at

Jerry Koch-Gonzalez has been organizing, educating, and consulting for social justice for more than 25 years. He is the founder of the Communicating with Compassion project and cofounder of its parent organization, the Institute for Peaceable Communities. Jerry first learned the skills of Nonviolent Communication from Marshall Rosenberg in the late 1970s. He rediscovered their importance in 2003 and has been learning more ever since to apply these skills to his own life and work and to become a certified NVC trainer.

Requested contribution: sliding scale $75-$40. All are welcome regardless of ability to contribute financially. Educational credits may be available for childcare providers and educators. Register online at or call Jerry at 413-549-1747. UUSGS members may contact Becca Bryer at or 413-598-8598.

Sponsored by the Institute for Peaceable Communities and the Unitarian-Universalist Society of Greater Springfield

Center for Nonviolent Communication

A global organization helping people connect compassionately with themselves and one another through Nonviolent Communication language, created by Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D.

What is Nonviolent Communication?

Imagine connecting with the human spirit, in each person, in any situation.

Imagine interacting with others in a way that allows everyone's needs to be equally valued.

Imagine creating organizations and life-serving systems responsive to our needs and the needs of our environment.

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) helps connect us with what is alive in ourselves and in others moment-to-moment, with what we or others could do to make life more wonderful, and with an awareness of what gets in the way of natural giving and receiving.

NVC language strengthens our ability to inspire compassion from others and respond compassionately to others and ourselves.

NVC guides us to reframe how we express ourselves, how we hear others and resolve conflicts by focusing our consciousness on what we are observing, feeling, needing, and requesting.

Nonviolent Communication language: It awakens empathy and honesty, and is sometimes described as “the language of the heart.”