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Practice Groups

Practice Group Intro

Practice Groups provide opportunity for learning, growth and connection within a supportive group. You may find increased comfort and ease with applying and integrating NVC awareness in your everyday life with consistent practice and support. We hope so.

Practice groups are self-forming and found in many local communities. Leadership may be shared by participants or offered by a single facilitator. There may be an associated fee or donation. They may meet in public places, private homes or community centers. They may be organized around a particular method of practice such as using a particular text or workbook; a skill level; or a particular interest (role play, social change, peaceful communities, parenting, mediation, gender, couples, empathy practice).

Group format and structure vary widely depending on the needs and experience of participants. We encourage you to find a group that meets your needs or start your own group.

Creating an account (from the top right corner link) will enable you to add your Practice Group here.

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Bend/Sisters/Redmond

Bend
Facilitator/Host:
Bryn Hazell

Weekly format varies. Phone contact for Bryn, 541-350-6517

Tuesday 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Requested Fee:
Donation
Location: Contact Bryn for information
Prerequisites:
Some familiarity with NVC, including reading, videos, workshops, etc
Group Maximum:
12 Members
Bend
Facilitator/Host:
Bryn Hazell

Long-time practice group varies format. Phone contact for Bryn, 541-350-6517

Wednesday 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Requested Fee:
Donation
Location: Contact Bryn for information
Prerequisites:
Some familiarity of the concepts of NVC, which includes reading, videos, workshops, practice groups, etc.
Group Maximum:
12 Members
Bend
Facilitator/Host:
Bryn Hazell

Format varies, empathy practice, skill-building.

Wednesday 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Requested Fee:
Donation requested
Location: 803 SW Industrial Way, Suite 200
Prerequisites:
Some familiarity of the concepts of NVC, which includes reading, videos, workshops, practice groups, etc.

Corvallis/Albany

Corvallis
Facilitator/Host:
Tina Taylor, RN, MS

Our Cafe is a chance to hone your skills, build community by giving and receiving support, work on NVC fluency and real-life applications, and deepen your understanding of how to think and speak with compassionate consciousness. Tea may well be served...

Began April, 2013; on pause since mid-2016. SOON TO START UP AGAIN! PLEASE ENCOURAGE ME IF INTERESTED!
Contact: Tina at 541-753-2255

Tuesday 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Requested Fee:
$10 suggested donation
Location: Tina's Homey Office, 2255 NW 25th St.
Prerequisites:
Some introductory experience, whether workshop, audio course, YouTube course, book reading; familiarity with the basic model (O-F-N-R, etc.).

Eugene/Springfield

Eugene
Facilitator/Host:
Lisa-Marie DiVincent

Empathy Cafe is a safe, structured, cozy environment to explore listening and being listened to. Practice dealing with difficult situations. Express yourself to get more of what you and others need. Expand your tools for making empathy and self-empathy easier and more natural-feeling.

Brand new through experienced will be warmly welcomed and nurtured.

We're looking for folks who want to commit to attend every week for at least a few months -- to support continuity, familiarity, community building. Call to tell me about yourself and your experience, to hear more about our...

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Monday 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Requested Fee:
$20-25 per evening or part cash/part work exchange.
Location: Cozy home in the South Eugene Area
Prerequisites:
Nothing except for the intention to support the needs of your fellow members, your own needs, and those of the group-as-a-whole. All are welcome after a phone visit with Lisa-Marie to co-assess mutual compatibility.
Required Materials:
Your current empathic and self-empathic presence, just as you are!
Group Maximum:
20 Members
Eugene
Facilitator/Host:
Steve or Dorothea

This is a group for people who have "some acquaintance with NVC." The location varies, contact Facilitator for more info. Contact Steve at 541-686-3056 or Dorothea 541-731-9105

Level:
Intermediate
Thursday 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Requested Fee:
Free
Location: TBA- varies
Prerequisites:
some familiarity with NVC
Eugene
Facilitator/Host:
Tom Happy

Drop-ins welcome, no experience necessary, free of charge.
1st + 3rd Thursdays.

Thursday 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: McNail Riley House, corner of 13th + Jefferson

Portland/Vancouver

Portland
Facilitator/Host:
Sandra Amiry - Rose City NVC

We will practice our NVC skills with the challenges you are experiencing in parenting and partnering to parent. This compassionate working group is intended to grow skills and confidence so that you can spread peace, calm, and cooperation in your family relationships.

Level:
Basic
Tuesday 10:00am to 12:00pm
Requested Fee:
By donation, suggested offering $10 - $20/session
Location: SE Uplift, 3534 SE Main St, Room 1
Prerequisites:
Complete a Foundations series or read Nonviolent Communication: A language of Life by Marshall Rosenberg
Group Maximum:
12 Members
Portland
Facilitator/Host:
Sandra Amiry Certified Trainer- Rose City NVC

Would you like to sharpen your NVC skills with a friendly and welcoming tranformative learning community? Our Tuesday Night Practice group has been meeting since 2009 and we would like to welcome you to our developing learning community. All skill levels are welcome.

Level:
Basic
Tuesday 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Requested Fee:
Suggested donation $10 - $20/session
Location: 3534 SE Main St.
Prerequisites:
Complete a Foundations Series or read Nonviolent Communication: A language of Life by Marshall Rosenberg
Group Maximum:
18 Members
Portland
Facilitator/Host:
Vika Miller, MA

NEW to Presence Practice?  Come begin your exploration at an Introduction to Presence Practice event.

Having trouble "doing NVC" when you're upset (like the rest of us humans)?

Our Presence Practice group is a genuinely safe place where you can connect with yourself and develop the "presence muscles" you need to be able to witness and hold your own and others' discomfort, distress, and reactivity with compassion, awareness, and response-ability -- the...

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Thursday 7:00pm to 9:15pm
Requested Fee:
$15-$35 per session, to cover our expenses & to appreciate the time & energy we put into creating, developing, & offering this experience for you. Please message us ahead of time if the cost is prohibitive. We want everyone to be able to participate!
Location: Inner SE Portland (Hawthorne District)
Prerequisites:
Visit our Presence Practice website for prerequisites, which include participating in an Intro to Presence Practice event.
Group Maximum:
8 Members
Portland
Facilitator/Host:
Vika Miller, MA

NEW to Presence Practice?  Come begin your exploration at an Introduction to Presence Practice event.

Having trouble "doing NVC" when you're upset (like the rest of us humans)?

Our Presence Practice group is a genuinely safe place where you can connect with yourself and develop the "presence muscles" you need to be able to witness and hold your own and others' discomfort, distress, and reactivity with compassion, awareness, and response-ability -- the...

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Friday 11:00am to 1:15pm
Requested Fee:
$15-$35 per session, to cover our expenses & to appreciate the time & energy we put into creating, developing, & offering this experience for you. Please message us ahead of time if the cost is prohibitive. We want everyone to be able to participate!
Location: Inner SE Portland (Hawthorne District)
Prerequisites:
Visit our Presence Practice website for prerequisites, which include participating in an Intro to Presence Practice event.
Group Maximum:
8 Members
Beaverton
Facilitator/Host:
Beth Astarte / Jean Doane / Patti Matson

Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ is hosting a community-wide Compassionate Communication (Non-Violent Communication/NVC) Practice Group which will meet on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month from 7-8:30 pm. Beth Astarte, Jean Doane and Patti Matson will take turns facilitating.

This practice group is open to anyone with a desire and willingness to practice speaking and listening with a compassionate heart with the intention of connection and understanding. Each week we will review some of the concepts and then practice using them. You are encouraged to...

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Level:
Basic
Monday 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Requested Fee:
Free
Location: Bethel Congregational UCC, 5150 SW Watson Ave, Beaverton

Salem Area

Salem
Facilitator/Host:
Tim Buckley, Elaine Hultengren

Salem NVC Couples' group meets at different homes, 1st and 3rd Thursdays.

Level:
Intermediate
Thursday 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Salem
Facilitator/Host:
Tim Buckley

Meets 2nd and 4th Thursdays.

Level:
Intermediate
Thursday 6:45pm to 8:45pm
Location: Pringle Creek Community center
Salem
Facilitator/Host:
Mark Babson/ Robin Grupper

This group meets at St Mark church in downtown Salem, 2nd and 4th Fridays.

Level:
Intermediate
Friday 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Location: St Mark Church, corner of Winter & Marion Streets
Salem
Facilitator/Host:
Tim Buckley

Group for those engaged or interested in teaching NVC. Meets 2nd Saturday, every other month.

Level:
Advanced
Saturday 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Virtual

Video Conference
Facilitator/Host:
Vika Miller, MA

This practice group takes place via ONLINE GROUP VIDEO. Yes, it's amazingly wonderful!

Having trouble "doing NVC" when you're upset (like the rest of us humans)?

Our Presence Practice group is a genuinely safe place where you can connect with yourself and develop the "presence muscles" you need to be able to witness and hold your own and others' discomfort, distress, and reactivity with compassion, awareness, and response-ability -- the foundations of authentic choice.

Perfect for anyone longing for:

  • authentic connection with self, Life, and others...
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Monday 1:00pm to 3:15pm
Requested Fee:
$15-$35 per session, to cover our expenses & to appreciate the time & energy we put into creating, developing, & offering this experience for you. Please message us ahead of time if the cost is prohibitive. We want everyone to be able to participate!
Prerequisites:
Visit our Presence Practice website for prerequisites, which include participating in an Intro to Presence Practice event.
Group Maximum:
6 Members
Phone
Facilitator/Host:
Vika Miller, MA

"This meditation helps me understand the feelings and needs that can be hidden behind the words others say." -- Aurelien C., Portland, OR

"It's so, so powerful for me to do [Compassionate Noticing]. I'm usually on such alert mode, and with this I relax in a way that's almost impossible for me to do on my own. I have such a feeling of wellness afterwards, like a glow. This feels amazing, it works! Thank you SO much, this is so healing for me." -- Christina C., Portland, OR...

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Thursday 11:00am to 12:30pm
Requested Fee:
$10-$20 per session, to cover our expenses & to appreciate the time & energy we put into creating, developing, & offering this experience for you. Please message us ahead of time if the cost is prohibitive. We want everyone to be able to participate!

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