This summer the Center began a weekly Zoom group for Sangha members to learn and practice Nonviolent Communication (NVC).  The group is currently closed to new members but plans to reopen by the spring.

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 compassionately to others and to ourselves.

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 ZC members Anna Belle and Alan Leiserson, joined by Fifi Johnson, an experienced NVC facilitator. All three have been practicing NVC since 2011.  In addition, Mitchell Greenwood has previously taken this class with Oren and would be glad to share how it has complemented their Zen practice.

Further Information

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