My empathic communication journey began in Portland, OR where I was lucky enough to find Kathy Marchant for a facilitator and mentor. I took the introductory course to NVC and then participated in a weekly practice group for the next 4 years until I moved with my husband to Hawaii. Once there we facilitated in introductory course and then ran a weekly practice group for the next 2 years. During this time I also started blogging about empathic communication on our website, www.windwardempathy.com, and have also started an empathic blog at the LA Post Examiner, called the Giraffe Life. We have moved now to Eugene, OR and want to continue our passion of sharing this work of Dr. Marshall Rosenberg. I believe this isn't just a process, but a consciousness that leads to a happier, more free life.