“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.”--- Ger


   Pam Orbach (Independent Trainer)
Marisa Hendron

Location: Greenwood Seattle

   Greenwood NW Seattle ( Address will be sent after registration).

Date and Time:

   Sun, Mar 4, 2018

10 Meetings will happen monthly over a year (4 seasons)


   “Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.” ---May Sarton

NVC teaches us to listen for and value our own and others needs, and make compassionate conscious choices .  Can we apply these principles to the physical world around us, to all that lives.

Pam Orbach (Independent Trainer), and Marisa Hendron (Horticulturalist and NVC practitioner), have formed a partnership to offer an ongoing once a month 6 hour hands-on series that will create ongoing community for a year, (all 4 seasons)

We will work together to co-create a farm/garden, developing tangible practices  with permaculture-based horticulture skills, that you can take home to your own garden,
We’ll take an NVC-based approach to making decisions in the garden, and develop experiential understanding of how plants and soil communicate and how we can establish partnership in our surroundings.
As we learn and work, we will explore our internal landscape and sensory experience.  We’ll uncover ways that plants can serve as guides and teachers in all areas of our lives, and explore the challenge of learning to co-create with plants in a culture that sees plants as objects rather than agents.

This is a year-long community project with 10 sessions spaced throughout the year.  Each session will be held on a weekend day from 10-4 pm, and include time for getting our hands dirty as well as individual and group exploration/reflection on our work.  Each session will include lunch.

          Marisa's Bio:
I have been gardening professionally in Seattle since 2009.  I use regenerative practices drawn from permaculture and related fields to restore vitality to urban land while helping my clients deepen their relationship with their surroundings and non-human neighbors.  I’m delighted to share the richness and sense of belonging-to-the-world I receive from creating nourishing spaces for beings of all sorts. As my practice deepened, it became clear to me that healthy, resilient ecological communities can be understood through the depth and complexity of relationships between participants.  I became a dedicated practitioner of nonviolent communication in 2013 to support my purpose of cultivating life-enhancing relationship between all life forms.  

If you have any questions, or would like to process whether this is for you, please email Pam at:  P a m . O r b a c h AT DOMAIN EmpoweringConnection~com

We are very excited to offer this opportunity, if it speaks to you, please join us.


  • Tea will be available throughout the day.
  • Lunch will be provided
  • Please let us know if you have specific dietary requests.

Who is it for?

  This is for people who are willing to commit to a majority of 10 sessions in order to create the community we long for. We will be working the land, and we appreciate there are those of us who would want to join and are not able to do heavy work. We welcome you to show up as you are, and we trust there will be a variety of ways to contribute to the community.
We request participants have a basic understanding of NVC.

During the first session we’ll discuss commitments to our work together.  We’ll invite reflection on the needs being served for each of us through this project, and how to honor your contributions of time, energy, money, or other resources that are abundant in your life.
We will calendar future dates
We are excited to co-create this project with you.

What to bring:

  Prepare to be comfortably outdoors and active, (people of all physical abilities welcome).