Bob Wentworth (CNVC Certified Trainer)

Location: Ranier Valley, Seattle

   12108 S. Orchard Terrace, Seattle 98118 (details upon registration)

Date and Time:

   Wed, Feb 14, 2018

Wednesdays 6:30-9:00pm, Feb 14 - Apr 11 (8 classes; 1 week TBD we will not meet)


   Learn to relate to yourself and others with more kindness, clarity and effectiveness. Navigate challenging conversations with more ease and care, creating closeness rather than alienation. Cultivate warmth and aliveness in the relationships that matter most to you. This series of 8 weekly classes will provide a foundational understanding of the basics of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), also known as "Compassionate Communication" or "Collaborative Communication."

"Communication" is just the tip of the iceberg of what Nonviolent Communication (NVC) offers. Yes, NVC offers ways of communicating that can support addressing challenging situations in more satisfying ways. And beyond that, it offers ways of thinking about things, and orienting our attention, to create more peace, closeness, joy and understanding in our relationships with others and with ourselves, regardless of what sort of situation we find ourselves in.

People are sometimes misled by the name "Nonviolent Communication", thinking NVC must be mainly about addressing situations where anger and potential violence are present. While NVC can be very useful in such situations, that's not the main focus. The "violence" NVC invites us to address has to do with patterns of thinking and speaking that pervade most cultures, which lead to people feeling alienated from one another. NVC invites awareness of these patterns that create unnecessary suffering, and offers profound insights and skills to support us in making life better, for ourselves and those we interact with.

In this class series, we'll address the core ideas and skills of NVC, to support having a solid foundation for understanding and beginning to use this practice. Beyond learning concepts, you'll be supported in experiencing how things work, and in applying the ideas and practices to situations in your life.

While NVC is sometimes taught via some "recipes" for how things can be done, attempts to use recipes can backfire unless people understand the underlying principles. Principles, on the other hand, can often be usefully applied even when clarity about formulas is lacking. So, my own approach focuses on understanding concepts and principles, and building up practical experience in working with these.

Among other things, we will work with:

  • Orienting towards seeking mutuality.
  • Going beneath the surface, to what motivates and connects us.
  • Learning to be kind (rather than "nice"), in ways that allow us to address issues we might otherwise avoid (inside ourselves, and with others).
  • Honoring and expressing what is most important to us.
  • Developing empathy and compassion for others' experiences, and for our own. Really "getting" what goes on for people.
  • Empowerment through taking responsibility for our own feelings and needs, while recognizing the reality of our interdependence.

NVC supports us in moving towards living in a "healed world." It involves a shift away from the dominant paradigm of trying to create "a world that works for the good people" (which leads to perennial battles over who the "good" people are who get to be included) to creating "a world that works for ALL."

Contact Bob (b o b AT DOMAIN nwcompass~org) if you have questions that might affect your choice to participate.

Bob Wentworth, Ph.D., is a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication.  He likes to combine the clear thinking of a scientist (being trained as a physicist) with compassion and  support for living out our deepest human aspirations. Students inspired by his teaching have brought him to teach in Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic. He has also taught in India and around the U.S. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the international Center for Nonviolent Communication, and has been instrumental in supporting significant organizational change, based on new models for how evolutionary, empowered organizations can function.

Who is it for?

  This training is suitable both for those new to NVC, and those who would like a refresher from a new perspective.

Tuition Details:


The tuition is between $310.00 and $620.00.

Please choose your own price, in the indicated range. Paying more will support Bob in being able to make a living and will support others in being able to benefit from this work even if they can't pay as much.

If price is a barrier to your being able to participate, please contact Bob (b o b AT DOMAIN nwcompass~org), as special accommodation might be possible.