Erin Merrihew (CNVC Certified Trainer)

Location: Zoom (link sent in welcome email)

   Zoom (link sent in welcome email)
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Date and Time:

   Mon, Apr 20, 2020

Mondays 7-9PM PDT on 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 6/1, 6/8 & 6/15


   Let me guess: learning Compassionate Communication has changed your life.

I’m guessing that you feel more grounded, present, and kind toward yourself. That you can get to the bottom of conflicts and arguments faster, and with less blame and judgment. That you have more ease in your professional relationships, and more depth and connection in your personal relationships. That you have more courage to speak your truth, and more resilience to hear others’ truth.

That said, I’m guessing you’ve also felt challenged and discouraged along the way. Bringing this new paradigm and language into your life has probably felt pretty lonely at times.

You’ve probably felt like you were doing it wrong (almost every day?). Maybe you’ve told yourself that you don’t know enough, or that you’re bad at NVC. Maybe you’ve slipped back into old reactive patterns (stubborn old things!) and felt shame, embarrassment and regret for doing so. You might have fallen out of touch with the tools and concepts you were so keen on practicing at first, despite your best intentions to keep them up. Or perhaps you’ve felt isolated in your search for likeminded community with whom to learn, grow and explore this work.

My friend, you are not alone. I know how discouraging it can be trying to live the concepts of Compassionate Communication in a society that mostly isn’t privy to this paradigm. I know how much perseverance and heart it takes. And I know how much practice it takes for these tools to become second-nature, for them to feel authentic and true and to actually serve the purpose they are intended for: connection, empowerment, dignity, love.

Embodying and living this work is not always easy, but we CAN get better at it, and it’s absolutely worth it. It takes a village (or a handful of willing, dedicated people), some perseverance, and some practice. Well, lots of practice. And you, dear human, are ready.

Join me for an 8-week deep dive into Advanced Compassionate Communication! Together we will dust off our basic Compassionate Communication tools and get tons of hands-on practice applying these tools to real-life situations. We’ll deepen our self-connection, listening and self-expression skills. We’ll support one another to stretch, grow, and stand tall in our authenticity. We’ll see where we’ve been getting stuck and find the way through with support. I can’t wait to have you.

In this virtual series you will gain:

- Resilience to find inner balance when faced with stressful or uncomfortable situations

- Greater insight about your personal triggers in communication, and opportunities to process and heal them

- Advanced practice in empathic listening—translating others’ judgments, criticism and blame into feelings and needs using everyday language

- Tools for responding skillfully in moments of challenge, misunderstanding or disconnect

- A deeper, more loving relationship to yourself and the full spectrum of your feelings

- Tools to express yourself with vulnerability and courage so you feel heard, understood and respected

- Skills to be genuinely accountable to your actions without shutting down, playing the blame game or falling into a shame spiral

- Concepts that support you to live from a place of courage, empowerment and self-love


Here is a sneak preview of the lesson topics for each week:

Week 1: Having Tough Conversations Like A Compassionate Badass
Week 2: Sharing Personal (Awkward But Honest) Feedback
Week 3: Embracing Uncertainty, Loss & Disappointment
Week 4: Transforming Self-Judgment: Befriending Our Inner Jackals
Week 5: Heartfelt Apologizing Skills
Week 6: The Art Of Respectful Interrupting
Week 7: Request-Making Bootcamp
Week 8: Tools for Dissolving Shame


Dates & Location:

We will meet on Monday evenings virtually via Zoom (link provided week prior in welcome email) from 7:00-9:00PM Pacific Daylight Time. The dates for this course are April 20, April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, (SKIP Memorial Day on May 25), June 1, June 8 and June 15.


Note: If you’re drawn to join and finances are the only obstacle to participating, please email me e r i n AT DOMAIN erinmerrihew~com and we’ll find a way to make this course accessible to you! If you have already taken this course and wish to repeat it, please email me e r i n AT DOMAIN erinmerrihew~com to inquire about discounted second-time student rates.


  • Erin is a Communication & Empowerment Coach and CNVC Certified Trainer in Nonviolent Communication, based in Seattle. For more info about her approach and style, visit
  • For any questions about this training, please contact Erin directly at e r i n AT DOMAIN erinmerrihew~com

Who is it for?

  All participants must be graduates of Erin’s 8-week Essentials of Compassionate Communication Series.

Tuition Details:


The tuition is: $497

Please send payment via check (mail to Erin Merrihew Consulting at 6019 Roosevelt Way NE Unit B, Seattle WA 98115), Venmo ( AT DOMAIN Erin-Merrihew), or credit card (3% fee, email e r i n AT DOMAIN erinmerrihew~com to request a digital invoice).