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CONNECTING COMPASSIONATELY: The Fundamentals of Nonviolent Communication

Zoom video conference

Presenter: Gary Baran

About the workshop leader: Gary has been a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication since 1996 and served as executive director of the Center from 1998 until 2006. He is a Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, was a California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (1974-2018), and is president of the board of directors of the Oregon Network for Compassionate Communication.


  • Saturday, December 12, 2020
  • 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • (lunch break from 12:30 to 1:30 pm)

This will be a virtual training conducted via Zoom. Participants will need to have audio and video capacity.

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) was developed by Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D. (1934-2015), a clinical psychologist and founder of the Center for Nonviolent Communication. The process of 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 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 on what we are observing, feeling, needing, and requesting.

As a result of participating in this interactive training you can expect to be able to:

  • Identify and avoid some common blocks to compassionate connection
  • Distinguish between needs and wants
  • Make clear requests in positive action language
  • Say “No” in a way that will increase the chances of it being heard by another
  • Express (and receive) gratitude in a fuller way than most of us have learned to do

FEE: Sliding scale $25-75. Registration/payment options:

No one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you would like to register but won’t be paying anything, please send me an email to that effect at:

When I receive your registration I will email you a link to the Zoom meeting and some handout material for the training. I would like to begin the training promptly at 9:30 am so please sign in to the meeting between 9:15 and 9:25 am. Questions? Please email or call me at 541-868-6750.

Sat, Dec 12, 2020 - 9:30am to 4:30pm
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I envision a world in which the needs of all people are honored, in which the abundant resources of our planet are both respected and also flow freely so as to reliably meet those needs, and in which people resolve their conflicts peacefully. I strive to live in harmony with the principles of NVC and to offer NVC training to the public and to those organizations and institutions that resonate with those principles. I also provide counseling and consulting services to individuals and groups, and help to contribute to the spread of NVC by serving as a member of the board of directors of the Oregon Network for Compassionate Communication. I have a special affinity with educators, having been a professor of philosophy for 35 years; with parents and mental health professionals, having been a marriage and family therapist for the same length of time--and a co-parent of two for over 25 years; and with those who are responsible for organizational leadership, having served as executive director of the Center for Nonviolent Communication for nearly 8 years. I am also especially eager to contribute to the work of social activists.

Sliding scale $25-75.

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