The Center has recently started a weekly* Zoom group for Sangha members to learn and practice Nonviolent Communication (NVC).  Currently it’s a closed group, but we plan to open it back up in the fall.

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

The Framework for the NVC Group

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.  The first 12 weeks* have been structured around The Ongo Book: Everyday Nonviolence.  In the fall, we plan to reopen the group and will probably focus on Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life.

Further Information

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* There aren’t meetings on Fridays where there are conflicts with major RZC events such as sesshin.