Maine NVC Trainings and Workshops


Both certified and non-certified trainers are invited to list their NVC workshops & events on this site. Please see our listings guidelines.

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     Nonviolent Communication gives us skills to develop internal and external compassion and nonviolence as it helps us:
  • Develop honesty and empathy in our communication
  • Identify the ways of thinking and speaking that characterize the downward spiral into conflict and disconnection
  • Learn ways of thinking and speaking that lead towards connection, nourishment, and continuing growth in relationship
  • Recognize and value the needs behind all our actions, seeing them as gifts
  • Make requests that meet our need for love, and that invite the joy of giving
  • Engage in a healing process for transforming the pain of the past
  • Celebrate the beauty of what is alive in ourselves and in each other

Trainings listed here take place in the Maine region. 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 is not an endorsement of the trainer or the event by the Maine NVC Network.

Special Opportunities

  • July 28-August 1, Belfast, ME
    Sustainable Communication: the theory and practice of Nonviolent Communication

    This three credit university course consists of one week of in-class and two weeks of home-study. This is an excellent opportunity for teachers, social workers and other professionals to learn a powerful skill while earning credits.
    Taught by Peggy Smith / pdf icon details and registration

  • Monthly Empathy Circle
    First Friday of each month.
    No meeting in August of 2014. Resuming in Sept.
    Open Communication office, 243 High Street, Belfast, ME
    10 am-1 pm
    You are welcome to come when you can. If this is your first time coming, please contact Linda beforehand:
    Phone 322-2122 / email

Maine NVC Integration Program
NOTE: Registration
for the Integration Program
CLOSES on Aug. 18, 2014.

The 2014-15 Integration Program will take place on these dates:
Sept. 5-7, 2014
Oct. 24–26, 2014
Jan. 30–Feb. 1, 2015
April 10-12, 2015
June 5–7, 2015
Taught by Peggy Smith and Leah Boyd
pdf icon details and registration

Level 1/ Introductory Offerings
     A Level 1 workshop typically begins Friday evening with an introductory talk which is free and open to the public. The workshop itself, on the following 2 days, creates a foundational understanding of NVC. Topics include:
  • historical background; key foundations and assumptions;
  • the 4 Steps: observation, feelings, needs, and requests;
  • empathy, the energy that allows the process to work.
This level is for the beginner, as well as those who have read books and seen tapes of the process and now want to have an experience trying it out with others.
Introductory NVC is also offered at various times as an evening course of several weeks duration.

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Level 2/ Intermediate Trainings
     These workshops are for participants who have completed a Level 1 workshop and want more personalized practice integrating NVC skills into real life situations. These experiential workshops deepen our understanding and use of NVC in our everyday lives. A variety of empathy exercises and role-plays from the participants’ current life situations enrich this process.

Contact the Maine NVC Network to schedule a Level 2 workshop in your area.

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Other Maine Events:
  • Contact the Maine NVC Network to schedule an NVC event for your area!
Examples of Past Offerings
  • NVC Training Institute 7 day Intensive
    with Robert Gonzales, Susan Skye, Wes Taylor, Towe Widstrand

  • Empathy Circle Weekend

  • Maine NVC Network Gathering
    Periodically, we plan a day of NVC fun and connection to build and strengthen our NVC community in Maine; to provide opportunities for NVC sharing, networking, and community building among all those in our area with an interest in practicing NVC and making it a part of our lives individually, in our families and in our communities.
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