Phases of the Moon, the newsletter of the Maine NVC Network
Volume Five, Issue One: Can NVC influence our physical health?

Our newsletter appears once a month around the time of the full 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.


Can NVC influence our physical health?

On January 1, 2014, Peggy Smith, CNVC certified NVC trainer, and Dr. Terry Cookson, ND, LAc (Naturopathic Physician, Licensed Acupuncturist, Certified Chinese Herbalist, & Homeopath) were interviewed on WERU-FM Community Radio’s talk show Healthy Options. This interview begins to explore NVC for the general listener and how it can influence our physical health as well as our relationships with others. The interview is archived and we offer it as this month’s feature. You can listen to it here.

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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 21-23, 2014, Nobleboro, ME
Bringing Mindful Speech To Life

Third annual weekend of mindfulness with Peggy Smith and Theodate Lawlor,
Members of Thich Nhat Hanh's Tiep Hien Order
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March 22-23, 2014, Belfast, ME
From Conflict to Connection: the basics of Nonviolent Communication

A fundraiser for WERU Community Radio
Taught by Peggy Smith / pdf icon details and registration


April 12-13, Unity, ME
April 12: The Healing Power of Empathy
& Transforming Power Dynamics in Relationships
April 13: The Art of NVC Dialogue
These days can be taken individually, or combined for a powerful NVC weekend.
The two days together are equivalent to a Level 2 workshop.
Taught by Peggy Smith / pdf icon details and registration


July 28–August 1, Belfast, ME
Sustainable Communication: The Theory & Practice of Nonviolent Communication

A three-credit course offered by the University of Maine System at the Hutchinson Center, Belfast. This course is part of the Peace & Reconciliation Program at the University. No pre-requisites. Perfect for professionals seeking recertification credits while learning a specific, powerful process.
Taught by Peggy Smith / FMI: email Peggy


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A newsletter reader sent the following quote, with her thoughts after reading it.

Avoiders. It was part of their particular gulag language, stemming from a teaching given in their barracks by an old monk, in his twenty-fifth year of imprisonment, just before he died. Guns were avoiders, he said, and bombs and tanks and cannons. They allowed the users to avoid talking with their enemy, and allowed them to think they were right just because they had more powerful technology for killing. But those who could not speak with their enemies would always lose in the end, because eventually they lost not only the ability to talk with their enemy but also with their inner deity. And losing the inner deity was the greatest sin of all, for without an inner deity a man was an empty shell, nothing but a lower life-form. *

I found that paragraph very powerful when I read it, and thought of Peggy Smith and of NVC, and how it has given me the courage to see people who have a radically different perspective as people instead of enemies.

* from Eliot Pattison’s mystery book, Bone Mountain



Invitation to
Monthly Empathy Circle

First Friday of each month, 10am-1pm
at Open Communication office
243 High Street, Belfast, ME
You are welcome to come when you can. If this is your first time coming, please contact Linda beforehand:
Phone 322-2122 / email

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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.



Paid Announcements

Clarity Services, LLC
Now Accepting Clients

Helping groups of people think together collaboratively and effectively
Free 30 minute initial consultation:
1-877-833-1372 / email


Open Communication

welcomes individuals and couples who want NVC-based support to meet with them at their new office in Belfast, ME
Please contact Peggy:
207-789-5299 / email


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