Northwest Nonviolent Communication Conference and Festival! Co-sponsored -the NVC trainers of NW Compassionate Communication & Strength of Connection


   Marcia Christen (CNVC Certified Trainer)
TCCP trainers Kathleen Macferran
Aimee Ryan
Gregory Rouillard
Sandra Amiry trainer candidates Mika Maniwa
Janice Eng
Michelle Madgett
Genevieve Keller
Kevin Spangenberg
Ariel Wrye

Location: West Sound Academy 16751 Creative Dr Ne

   West Sound Academy, 16751 Creative Dr Ne, Poulsbo WA 98370

Date and Time:

   Sat, Oct 1, 2016 - Sun, Oct 2, 2016

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


  The tuition is between $1.00 and $50.00.
Cost for 1 day is $30, cost for 2 days is $50.  Registration and payment helps us plan and cover costs of set up of the training, materials, advertising. You will be given back your fee and you may give a donation that works for you.


   Two days of exploration, training and practice of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), a time proven tool and consciousness for bringing for more understanding and connection to your relationships.  These two days will give each participant a chance to pick and choose what you want to learn and how.  There will be a variety of trainers and enthusiasts sharing the consciousness and tools of NVC in an open-space format. The festival format means there will be areas with different offerings where participants can move from booth to booth or into workshops.  Offerings for all ages.

Examples of offerings include:
- Self-awareness and self-empathy as a practice
- The Power of Empathy:  How to really listen with empathy
- How to foster connection in the classroom
- Making requests that work for everyone
- Basics of Nonviolent Communication
- How to give feedback, express honestly and have it received in the way you want
- Making NVC natural
- Collaborative decision making
- NVC in the workplace
- NVC in education
- Working with regret and how to express regret
- Exploring decision making
- Restorative practices for families and communities
- Connecting games for children and parents
- How to hold a compassionate listening circle
- Loving the inner critic
- Hearing no and saying no
- On blaming and being blamed
- Deep empathy and the power to heal
- Privilege and being an ally
- NVC for social change agents and social activists
- Attachment theory and how NVC can support gaining secure attachment

*** This is a nonresidential conference and festival.  We will send information on local camping options along with hotels and air B and B options.  Or you can commute.  You will be responsible for your meals. Lunch options are available nearby in Poulsbo which is a 5-10 minute drive or bus from the location.  We may be able to have food trucks there, yet this is unknown at this time. You can bring a sack lunch and a kitchen and microwave will be available.


  • NVC can help with:
  • Listening with empathy
  • Making collaboration easier
  • Navigating challenges and conflict
  • Speaking up and giving feedback in ways that people can hear
  • Gaining awareness of what is really important and moving towards it
  • Creating connection across differences
  • Fostering trust and cooperation

Who is it for?

  Who's it for?
- those who know a little of NVC and want support and growth on integrating it more fully into their lives.
- those who are new to NVC and want to learn about the consciousness and map that NVC can provide
- those who are NVC enthusiasts and want to gather with like minded folks to explore living in a way that cares for all needs equally and moves away from right/wrong, either/or paradigms and into compassion and authentic expression.  
So whether you are a parent, an employer, a youth, teen, young adult, grandparent, teacher, social activist, or in the helping professions NVC is a time honored practice to support connected relationships and efficient communication.

Registration and deposit info:

   REGISTER above under the address for West Sound Academy or at:
After registration you will receive information to send your desired amount to:Marcia Christen

Questions: M a r c i a AT DOMAIN compassionate-language~com

What to bring:

  Whatever will bring you comfort in sitting. Pen and paper if desired.  
Your lunch - Food will  not be provided. There are food options in Poulsbo about 10 minutes drive away.  We may also be able to get a food truck to stop by (it's in the planning stage now).  You are also welcome to bring a sack lunch. There will be a microwave available to use if needed.
Willingness to stretch or try something new.