Do you long to know how to create a deep sense of freedom, safety, ease, and joyful connection in your relationships with your loved ones and others? (partner, children, parents, neighbors, coworkers)
Do you long to know how to heal and release old pain and limitations from the past?
Nonviolent Communication (NVC, or Compassionate Communication) teaches a way of perceiving, understanding, and communicating that:
- transforms our understanding of our own and others’ pain, fear, anger, and other “negative” emotions in a way that creates tremendous clarity, joy, freedom, and safety
- creates a deeply safe, accepting, compassionate environment that leaves us feeling free to be everything we are — our real selves — with others
- clarifies what truly contributes to our well-being (=happiness), so that we can focus our efforts on what actually does make our life more wonderful
Our free introductions demonstrate and help you understand how to:
- Speak what’s true for you in a way that others are more likely to be able to hear
- Hear the pain that others express in a way that creates positive connection
We’ll use the situations you and others bring, to demonstrate Nonviolent Communication tools and how they transform our capacity to create and sustain our own and others’ well-being. (PLEASE NOTE: This is not a skill-building event. If you’d like to develop your NVC/compassionate communication skills, check out our classes!
Fred Sly PhD has a fifteen-year relationship with Nonviolent Communication (NVC); he became a certified NVC trainer in 2005. Currently, Fred provides NVC trainings to a broad diversity of individuals, couples, families, schools, and organizations. Fred provides coaching and mediation services, as well as NVC trainings throughout the greater Portland/Vancouver area through his teaching organization, Rose City NVC.
Fred has been offering NVC in prisons and jails since 2002. He founded the nonprofit Oregon Prison Project in 2009, currently offering NVC trainings in four Oregon Prisons, two Youth Authority facilities, and two post-release programs. Fred’s PhD research in psychology focused on the power of empathy in reducing violence and trauma in our lives, and is the basis of the curriculum used in Oregon prisons.