Announcement: The Center’s Nonviolent Communication Group is currently filled to capacity. We regret that we have temporarily had to close it to new members. We will make an announcement when the group reopens.

The Center’s weekly Zoom group is for Members and Friends who wish to learn and practice Nonviolent Communication (NVC).

What is NVC?

Nonviolent Communication is also known as compassionate communication or collaborative communication. For Zen practitioners, NVC offers a practical approach to Right Speech, strengthening our ability to respond more effectively to others and to ourselves, while developing the skill of compassion.

To learn more about the core of NVC, see:
– BayNVC’s Basics of Nonviolent Communication 
– An 11 minute video with Marshall Rosenberg, who started NVC

RZC NVC Group Leaders

The group is led by longtime RZC members Anna Belle and Alan Leiserson, joined by Fifi Johnson, an experienced NVC facilitator. All three have been practicing NVC since 2011.

Further Information

For more information, please email


* The RZC NVC groups does not meet on Thursdays when there are conflicts with major RZC events such as sesshin.