Phases of the Moon, the newsletter of the Maine NVC Network
Volume Seven, Issue Eleven:
NVC & Social Change, Part 5

Our newsletter appears approximately once a month. 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. Email: newsletter at

Continuing our Social Change theme, this month's feature is a film on youtube about a restorative event in Nepal (55 minutes).


Raamro Aakha Ma (In the Eyes of the Good)

"This documentary tells the story of former Maoist combatants, conflict victims, and government officials engaging in a restorative dialogue, following the aftermath of the 10-years armed conflict in Nepal. It shows what can happen when people are able to connect with one another across divides, beyond fear, stereotypes, and enemy images. The Nonviolent Communication training including the restorative dialogue, was organized by ZFD peacebuilding advisor Jeannine Suurmond, together with partner organization Pro Public. The goal was to offer those involved with the transitional justice process in Nepal an opportunity to experience a restorative dialogue first hand. The documentary was produced in order to support the various parties to the formal Truth and Reconciliation process in Nepal and to raise awareness about Nonviolent Communication and restorative dialogue as tools for healing, reconciliation, and justice."
Be inspired by how NVC can heal us as individuals and communities.


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.

Level 1 trainings


Level 2 trainings


Bringing Mindful Speech To Life
Sixth Annual Mindfulness Retreat
January 27-29, Nobleboro, ME

led by Dharma Teacher Peggy Smith, and Theodate Lawlor,
members of Thich Nhat Hanh's Tiep Hien Order
There are few openings left in this retreat.
Online registration, followed by online payment option here.
Printable pdf flyer with mail-in registration option here.


Transforming Adverse Childhood Experiences:
What Neuroscience and Nonviolent Communication Have to Offer
March 23-25, 2017, Hutchinson Center, Belfast, ME
with Sarah Peyton, CNVC Certified Trainer and internationally published author

Online registration, followed by online payment option here.
Link to payment page, if you need it at a separate time from doing the registration form: here.
Mail-in registration option (printable pdf) here.

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  • Monthly Empathy Circle:
    • Belfast, ME
      Second Friday of each month, 10am-1pm
      (formerly first Friday)
      Open Communication office, 243 High Street, Belfast
      You are welcome to come when you can.
      If this is your first time coming, please contact Linda beforehand:
      Phone 207-322-2122
      email: chezcote5 at

    • Authentic Communication Groups
      Falmouth, ME

      with Andrea Ferrante, trainer and coach
      Two groups meet biweekly, one on alternate Wednesdays; the other on alternate Mondays.
      Authentic Communication Groups are coaching groups designed to open you up to an approach to living that offers greater peace, personal empowerment, and conscious connection to that which sustains and enriches life.

    • See also the Practice Groups page.


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Poetry Corner:
The Place Where We are Right
by Yehuda Amichai, 1924-2000

From the place where we are right
Flowers will never grow
In the Spring.

The Place where we are right
Is hard and trampled
Like a yard.

But doubts and loves
Dig up the world
Like a mole, a plow.
And a whisper will be heard in the the place
Where the ruined House once stood.


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Announcing New Practice Groups

  • South Portland: Two new practice groups just forming after Peggy's latest Level 1.
    1. Tuesdays, 5pm-7pm
    2. Thursdays, 11am-1pm
    These groups will continue about every other week in January. Please contact Rebecca Stephans for location and other details: rebecca.stephans at


  • Norway, ME: Newly CNVC-certified trainer Leah Boyd leads a practice group
    1st & 3rd Sunday of each month 4-5:30 pm
    443 Main St, 2nd Floor, Norway
    Open to all; suggest new participants have at least read Marshall's book, Nonviolent Communication, A Language of Life
    Donations accepted, not required
    FMI: email Leah at

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Transition Zone, Further Practice

Following our October feature, we received some questions about items in the Transition Zone, so I decided to provide some elucidation and links for further information. - Betsy Terrell
For reference, here is a downloadable pdf of the chart.

  • What are triads?
    Triadic thinking is a tool for
    • becoming more aware of your OPTIONS
    • making more intentional CHOICES
    • taking more conscious ACTIONS
    Here are a couple of examples:
    • The three possibilities which exist in any situation for everyone are to PARTICIPATE, REDIRECT, or LEAVE
    • Another very basic triad of possibilities is GIVE, TAKE or SHARE, which tells you what any person approaching you is aiming (consciously or unconsciously) to do. Your choices of response are to ASSIST, BLOCK, or BE NEUTRAL (watch and wait).

  • What are restorative practices?
    By restorative practices I mean processes that build and/or rebuild authentic connection between individuals and within groups and communities, particularly during and after conflicts arise.
  • Forgiveness and self-forgiveness as restorative practices:
    In this context, I consider forgiveness as a personal spiritual practice for restoring self-connection and wholeness of spirit. It does not mean deciding the rightness/wrongness of another's actions, nor in any way imply how you choose to relate with another (or not). The manual I am sharing here is a powerful process which I have used personally many times, and also coached others in using, always with surprising, transformative results.
    Manual (printable pdf) / Background info on the author of this process

I hope these additional links and clarifications are helpful.
Please feel free to email me with any questions: betsy at

Paid Announcements

Clarity Services, LLC
Now Accepting Clients

Helping groups of people think together collaboratively and effectively. Free 30 minute initial consultation:
email: leah at


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:
email: peggy at


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