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Thriving Communities

Using Nonviolent Communication to build strong, connected, resilient groups

2 days or 8 sessions


In person or online via zoom

About the Course

Whether you are a workplace, team or a community group, having caring, supportive relationships can be crucial for your ability to work together and effectively meet your common goals. Unfortunately, so many of us have experienced frustration in trying to make this a reality. Often conflict, disagreements over how to address challenges, lack of shared vision or purpose or lack of connection can lead to challenges. How can we maintain the strong, healthy, cohesive groups we long for over the long term?

In this special workshop, tailored specifically for your group, we will show you how to use the principles and tools of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) to create communities where:

❀ There can be honesty about our feelings and our differences.

❀ Everyone’s voices are heard.

❀ There is kindness, compassion and respect.

❀ There are respectful and compassionate ways to deal with conflict and differences.

❀ There is a shared vision, purpose, and understanding to guide your decisions and all of you interactions.

Course Duration

2 days or 8 sessions

Course Content

A special introduction to the core elements and principles of Non-violent Communication (NVC), designed specifically for community groups. We will cover:
❀ How to express yourself authentically with care.
❀ How to hear what others are really saying (no matter how they say it).
❀ How to connect with ourselves when we are triggered.
❀ How to use NVC as a “shared language” for your group to make decisions, navigate challenges and deal with conflict.
❀ How 'NVC consciousness' could support your group to create a shared vision, purpose and goals.
❀ How to invest in relationships to build a strong “container” for your community.

Materials provided

❀ A written summary of each session, including a "Community Visioning" booklet to support your group to create a shared vision.
❀ “Homeplay” practices to take home and apply
❀ A zoom recording of the session to view available for three weeks after each session (see Terms and Conditions)
❀ Lifetime access to all written course materials in a private Google drive

How to Register

If you would like us to run this course for your group, please contact us to talk about your particular needs: We are able to run this course for a group of between 8 and 20 people.
Financial contribution

At Peace Talks, we operate from a gift economy perspective; we would love for our offerings to be received as a gift and we hope that people can likewise see their financial contribution as a gift. Your contribution helps us to meet our needs so we can live, give, and teach from a resourced placed. It is our hope that you can find an amount that really feels comfortable to offer without stretching into hardship, while also supporting us to continue doing this work we love so much. 

Our current request of $320 per participant for this course gives some indication of the amount we hope to receive in order to support our families and allow us to continue to offer this work. It takes into account the amount of time and resources involved in creating a course like this. This figure is offered as a guideline only, however, and we are very open to you nominating an amount that works for you and your family (we are also happy with a payment plan). 

We make the following requests about financial contribution to this course:  

1) We request a deposit of $100 (or another figure you nominate) when you register to secure your place in the course. This gives us some certainty about the number of people intending to join the class so that we can move forward with planning.   

2)  We request payment of the balance of your financial contribution before the start date of the course. This gives us some ease in planning and, in our experience, creates a more relaxed and harmonious learning environment. If this is likely to be challenging, or you would like a payment plan, please let us know and we can discuss a plan that works for both us.  

3) We don't want money or financial stress to prevent anyone from learning NVC! If cost is a barrier that would prevent you attending, please contact us and we will endeavour to reach an arrangement that works for us all. We welcome open discussions about how we can support you to attend!     


Sally Prebble and Jorinde Rapsey

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