Phases of the Moon, the newsletter of the Maine NVC Network
Volume Three, Issue Two: the Maine NVC Network

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.

We endeavor to make each edition informative, connecting, inspiring and fun. Please let us know how the newsletter might contribute to your NVC well-being.

This month's theme is the Maine NVC Network itself, an update from the Network's Steering Committee and a survey to glean feedback from you, our readers. We are eager for your responses.


Looking Ahead with the The Maine NVC Network

by Howard Evans on behalf of the
Network Steering Committee

The Steering Committee would like to share what we have been doing over the past few months. We’re aware of much growth in the NVC community in Maine and trust that, together, we can add energy to the matrix in 2012. How we move forward in the years ahead, as individuals and as communities, seems to have a lot to do with how we take responsibility for our experience and how we communicate with other beings. The personal is political.

The Steering Committee is now comprised of five members: Pat Cannon, Andrea Ferrante, Eileen Liddy, Peggy Smith and Howard Evans. Working with this committee are another five taking a variety of roles on the outreach, media, funding, and volunteer committees. We see this group of coordinators for the Network as permeable, meaning that there are always opportunities for others to join in. Please email to offer ideas or to volunteer.

The big news, of course, is that there are plans afoot for a Fun Day & Gathering of the Maine NVC Network Community, April 7 at Meadow Wind Center for Holistic Arts in Falmouth. This is for and by all of us. We hope to see many there, both old and new faces, for a time of sharing, fun, practice and a short meeting. More details will be posted soon on the Network website News page as well as in our next newsletter. If you want to help with the planning, email Pat Cannon.

At our December meeting we moved from meeting monthly to a structure that would bring the Steering Committee together quarterly with phone and e-mail communications in between. Howard agreed to put energy into keeping the flow of energy happening between meetings. This seems to fit with our energies and the present needs of the Network.

We also created a leadership training session last fall for people wanting to give short talks or presentations to groups, schools, or individuals on behalf of the Network, a resource that we can draw on when someone writes or calls wanting an introduction to NVC. Requests for speakers are handled through the Steering Committee: email.

We are becoming aware of others in Maine who offer NVC kinds of events and programs in a variety of settings. We are linking with such folk for sharing information and resources. Andrea is holding this piece: email.

We continue to publish the monthly Phases of the Moon newsletter. We are happy that it keeps receiving such good reviews from people near and far. Also the website continues to be a source of valuable information and ideas. We hope you too read each newsletter and visit the website from time to time.

Because we want to know what you value about NVC in Maine and about the Maine NVC Network in particular, we have created a short survey that we hope you will complete. All responses received before March 6, 2012 will be collated and reported in the March newsletter.

Please take a few minutes to
complete our brief

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That’s all for now. Stay warm and keep in touch.

Written by Howard Evans on behalf of the Maine NVC Network Steering Committee

Contact the Steering Committee: email

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.

February 27 and also repeated on April 23, South Portland, ME
Evening presentation: Bringing Mindfulness Alive in Every Conversation

offered by Peggy Smith, certified NVC trainer
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3rd Saturday of each month, March-June, Falmouth, ME
AND 3rd Sunday of each month, March-June, Camden, ME:
Keeping Our NVC Practice Thriving:
Intermediate Immersion Group led by Peggy Smith

This once a month experience is intended for people with a minimum of 4 days
of NVC training with a certified trainer. A four month commitment is requested to
build a sense of NVC community as we delve deeper into the practices that keep
needs-based consciousness alive in us.
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REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: pdf icon Camden / pdf icon Falmouth


March 3-4, Bangor, ME
Building Bridges of Communication: Introduction to Nonviolent Communication®

Fundraiser for WERU Community Radio
taught by Peggy Smith, certified NVC trainer
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March 24-25, Falmouth, ME
Expanding Open Communication

Saturday March 24: Transforming Power Dynamics in Relationships
Sunday March 25: The Art of NVC Dialogue

Together they constitute a Level 2 training.
offered by Peggy Smith, certified NVC trainer
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May 4-7, Bar Harbor, ME
Living Compassion: Building Practices & Processes
An NVC workshop with Robert Gonzales

Because the workshop content will be determined by the skill level and experience of the participants,
we request that applicants have a minimum of 20 hours experience with an NVC trainer,
or have been a part of an NVC practice group for a year, or are in an NVC practice group currently.
pdf icondetails and registration
Last year this event sold out.


May 26-27, South Portland, ME
Building Bridges of Connection:
NVC as a practical tool to bring Mindful Speech to all relationships (Level 1)

offered by Peggy Smith / pdf icon details and registration


June 2-3, Bangor, ME
Expanding Open Communication

Sat., June 2: Transforming Power Dynamics in Relationships
Sun., June 3: The Art of NVC Dialogue
You may register for either or both of these days. Together they constitute a Level 2 training.
offered by Peggy Smith / pdf icon details and registration
Please note that the dates for this workshop have been changed, from April to June.


August 6–10, Belfast, ME
Sustainable Communication: The Theory & Practice of Nonviolent Communication

3 credit course through the Peace & Reconciliation Department of the University of Maine.
taught by Peggy Smith / pdf icon details


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Desiderata from R Smittenaar on Vimeo.


by Max Ehrmann (1872-1945)

Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.

Text version taken from Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations edited by Suzy Platt. Note that this reproduces Ehrmann's original, unformatted text; many later reproductions break it into lines of blank verse.

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Invitation to a
Monthly Empathy Circle

You are invited to participate in a monthly empathy circle. We will gather the first Friday of each month
at The Start Center, 37 Start Rd, Camden

You are welcome to come when you can.

FMI contact Linda:
Phone 563-6712 / email



Do you want to receive emails about upcoming NVC trainings and other NVC events in and near Maine?

Join the Maine NVC Network
Yahoo Group

The group is moderated and is only used for announcements of regional workshops and other Maine NVC Network events. Inclusion in list serve announcements does not imply endorsement by the Network.


Marshall Rosenberg, founder of Nonviolent Communication, has retired from the board of directors of The Center For Nonviolent Communication as of December 31, 2011.

His wife Valentina wrote, "We both long to use our energy to take care of our well-being with ease and joy."

To nourish the needs of gratitude, acknowledgement, celebration and community I invite everyone reading this newsletter to send a Thank You card to Marshall. I think it would be a great joy for him to see how strong the Maine NVC community is – and to hear how his life’s passion has benefited soooo many people.

If this idea appeals to you, please send a card to Marshall Rosenberg, c/o The Center For Nonviolent Communication, 5600 San Francisco Rd, NE Suite A, Albuquerque, NM 87109

Suggested by Peggy Smith, in the hopes of Marshall receiving hundreds of Thank You cards.


a cloud of rosy colored mist rises from the river at sunrise

Call for Volunteers

The health of the Network depends on the joyful efforts of all who yearn to bring nonviolent consciousness to our region.
To learn more, email our volunteer coordinator.



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