Phases of the Moon, the newsletter of the Maine NVC Network
Volume Five, Issue Five:
Can NVC influence our physical health? (Part 2)

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.

Our feature article this month is the second part of a two-part radio interview. The first part was featured in our January issue.


Can NVC influence our physical health?

On February 5, 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 is a continuation of the interview which was featured in January. This interview explores Empathy within the context of NVC and how it can effect our physical, mental & spiritual 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.

Further Practice:

  1. Connect to the "How-to" of Empathy by reading this article, and incorporating its Further Practice section.
  2. Connect more specifically to self-empathy by reading this article.
  3. Consider participating in the fall workshop on Enhancing NVC Empathy with Inner Relationship Focusing. This workshop will be offered by Kristi Kirkham & Peggy Smith, both living in Lincolnville, ME. FMI: 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.

June 14-15, Lewiston, ME
Clear & Compassionate Communication

A two-day Level 1 training taught by Leah Boyd, Mediator/Facilitator/Trainer
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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 / pdf icon details and registration


November 7-9, South Portland, ME
From Conflict to Connection: the basics of NVC

Taught by Peggy Smith / pdf icon details and registration


Sept. 2014 – June 2015
Maine NVC Integration Program

Opening My Heart – Opening Communication
An Intermediate NVC Experience
Now open for enrollment!
Taught by Peggy Smith and Leah Boyd
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Feedback from current participants:
"This is FAR more than I imagined."
"This is just what I was hoping for and more so!"
"The practices are so accessible and I am getting so many insights already."
"I am so grateful and looking forward to the home practice."


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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Quote of the Month

"At some point, we need to stop identifying with our weaknesses and shift our allegiance to our basic goodness. It’s highly beneficial to understand that our limitations are not absolute and monolithic, but relative and removable. The wisdom of . . . our innate . . . nature is available to us at any time."
– Pema Chodron, No Time to Lose, p.334


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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