Phases of the Moon, the newsletter of the Maine NVC Network
Volume Two, Issue Six: An interview about NVC with Marshall Rosenberg

Our newsletter appears once a month around the time of the new moon. Our purpose is to contribute to the NVC learning of people who have taken at least an NVC Level 1 workshop, and help us stay connected as we endeavor to deepen a culture of peace within ourselves, our families and the world. We believe a Level 1 offers so many new ways of thinking that additional support for learning and integration could be helpful.

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blooming tree against a blue skyThis month we share with you an opportunity to watch & listen while Marshall Rosenberg himself teaches the basics of NVC.



Marshall Rosenberg, creator of Nonviolent Communication:

"Our training centers on the literacy of feelings and needs, which is quite different than that which people have been trained in. Instead of speaking a language of life, a language of feelings and needs, most people have been taught a language of criticism, moralistic judgments, analysis and diagnoses. They're trained to say to other people, ‘the problem with you is. . .,’ and they have a wide vocabulary for telling people what wrong with them. Any language that sounds to other people like a criticism, we suggest is a tragic way of expressing that your needs aren't getting met. Another form of communication that contributes to violence and which makes it hard for compassion to take place is any language that denies choice. Language of ‘have to’, ‘should’, ‘ought’, ‘must’, ‘can't.’

"Nonviolent Communication says, get good at expressing two things: what's alive in you right now and what would make life more wonderful. Learn how to say just that without any criticism or demand. Just say what's alive in you, how you are in other words, and what would make life wonderful. And no matter what other people say, hear only what's alive in them and what would make life wonderful."    View or download the entire interview with Marshall

Upcoming Trainings

Trainings listed here are in the Maine region. If you wish to list an event, please follow our guidelines for submission. Please note that both certified and non-certified trainers, (who are willing to follow certain requirements of the Center for Nonviolent Communication, may be leading the posted trainings. Listing here does not imply endorsement by the Maine NVC Network of the trainer or the event.

June 11–12, Newburyport, MA
Deep Listening & Compassionate Speech:
the basics of NVC

Taught by Peggy Smith / pdf icon details and registration

August 8–12, Hutchinson Center, Belfast, ME
PAX 495: Sustainable Communication

NVC 3 credit course in UMaine Peace Studies Dept.
Advanced Topics in Peace & Reconciliation
Combined NVC level 1 & 2 with full 3 credits

Do you know of students home in Maine for the summer who would enjoy getting 3 credits for a week long course in NVC? Do you know of educators, counselors, social workers or health care professionals looking for credits for recertification? Please let them know about this opportunity.

Taught by Peggy Smith / pdf icon details and registration

Facilitated Intermediate Practice Group with Peggy Smith, certified NVC trainer.

3rd Sunday of each month starting in September, in Belfast, ME area.
Pre-requisite a minimum of 4 days of NVC training with a certified NVC trainer.
9:00 – 1:00 each session
First series Sept. thru Dec.
FMI: Peggy 207-789-5299


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