Kathleen Macferran

(CNVC Certified Trainer)

Kathleen Macferran

Certified Trainer and Assessor for the Center for Nonviolent Communication

Owner Strength of Connection in Seattle, WA

MMus in Conducting, Western Washington University; BA, Whitworth University

Kathleen holds a vision for a peaceful, just and sustainable world. She has worked as a Certified Trainer for the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) since 2003, is an assessor for CNVC certification candidates, and served on the Integration Council for the restructuring of this international organization. Community system building and conflict transformation exploration are passions of hers. 

Kathleen has worked with organizations and individuals including businesses, schools, colleges, community groups, faith-based communities, hospitals, families, prison inmates, and correctional and law enforcement employees. She serves as a lead trainer for the Freedom Project of Seattle, an organization that strengthens community safety by supporting the transformation of prisoners into peacemakers. 

Kathleen offers trainings, facilitation, system building and mediation using concrete, practical skills that lead to reconciliation with ourselves, our loved ones and our communities. For over 30 years Kathleen has explored ways to restore harmony to communities including two decades as a music conductor and leader of a nonprofit organization, and seven years as a public school teacher. Her website is www.StrengthofConnection.com.

(206) 780-1021 (ph)
K a t h l e e n AT DOMAIN StrengthofConnection~com

Upcoming Trainings

Wed, Dec 13, 2017

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Monthly NVC with Kathleen Macferran (Kathleen Macferran) (Vashon)

Once a month, Kathleen Macferran comes to Vashon to host a 2-hour NVC practice group. What happens varies depending on what is "alive" in the room.

Wed, Jan 10, 2018

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Monthly NVC with Kathleen Macferran (Kathleen Macferran) (Vashon)

Once a month, Kathleen Macferran comes to Vashon to host a 2-hour NVC practice group. What happens varies depending on what is "alive" in the room.

Wed, Feb 7, 2018

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Monthly NVC with Kathleen Macferran (Kathleen Macferran) (Vashon)

Once a month, Kathleen Macferran comes to Vashon to host a 2-hour NVC practice group. What happens varies depending on what is "alive" in the room.

Fri, Apr 20, 2018 -
Fri, Apr 27, 2018

SIT NVC -Slovenian International Training in Nonviolent Communication 2018 (Kathleen Macferran) (Ars viva hostel in Podcerkev, Slovenia)

Creating Communities of Care, Respect and Strength 7 day residential retreat for beginners and advanced practitioners of in NVC – Nonviolent Communication 20. – 27. April, 2018 – Slovenia Facilitator and Trainer: Kathleen Macferran, Certified trainer with the CNVC Event organisers and supporting trainers: Javor Škerlj Vogelnik and Dmitriy Kopina, both in the process of certification with the CNVC We would like to welcome you to this special retreat which we designed for people new to Nonviolent Communication as well as for advanced practitioners and trainers in the process of certification, who wish to deepen their already abundant skills and experiences with the Language of Life. You might wish to join this retreat if you are interested in achieving better understanding, cooperation, efficiency or mutual respect in communication and if you want to learn how to resolve conflicts in constructive ways. The process work will be facilitated by Kathleen Macferran who has abundant experience in holding spaces for learners of all levels participating in the same room and everyone getting learning. Participants who are new to NVC will also have additional support from supporting trainers Dmitriy and Javor. Please feel most welcome even if you have no experiences with Nonviolent communication whatsoever. Our group diversity will bring additional aliveness into the focused learning process and invite direct application of the teachings.

Practice Groups


VASHON ISLAND / 98070: NVC with Kathleen Macferran: Once a month, Kathleen Macferran comes to Vashon to host a 2-hour NVC practice group. What happens varies depending on what is "alive" in the room.

To learn more about Kathleen's experience and work please visit http://strengthofconnection.com/  Her latest TEDx talk "The art of listening" as well as  information about upcoming events and workshops can be found there as well.

The suggested donation for this session is $20. Your contribution is very much appreciated. Kathleen will use the money to go into prisons and in addition works with populations who do not have the resources to compensate her. However don't let money hold you back—your presence is more important.

We meet in a private studio at 10718 SW 232nd St., Vashon, 10am-noon, generally on a Wednesday. The date varies from month to month. so check for information on this website about particular dates. Upcoming dates include: Oct  18, 2017; Nov 15, 2017; Dec 13, 2017; (probably) Jan 10, 2018; Feb 7, 2018.

Special Interest: Beginning NVC, Intermediate NVC