Northwest Compassionate Communication - Vashon

Vashon Island, Washington, is currently host to five NVC trainers, eager to support people on and off the island:

  • Amanda Blaine (Independent Trainer)
  • Barbara Larson (CNVC Certified Trainer)
  • Bob Wentworth (CNVC Certified Trainer)
  • Doug Dolstad (CNVC Certified Trainer)
  • Mair Alight (CNVC Certified Trainer)

Trainings offered on Vashon are listed below. To reach Vashon NVC trainers by email, write to v a s h o n n v c AT DOMAIN nwcompass~org.

Trainings on Vashon

Tue, Apr 4, 2017

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Free Introduction to Nonviolent Communication (Mair Alight) (Vashon (20 min ferry from W Seattle))

Learn and practice reliable communication skills that can increase your confidence and competence in relating to others in your life. Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a powerful tool and awareness practice to help gain power and insight in our relationships. While we usually experience conflict (within ourselves and with others) as something to avoid, NVC helps us use conflict to connect with each other while giving us greater clarity about our deepest values

Sat, Apr 15, 2017

10:45 AM - 5:30 PM
ONE-DAY INTRODUCTION TO NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION (Bob Wentworth) (Vashon (20-min ferry from W. Seattle))

"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.

Sun, Apr 16, 2017

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
FROM STUCK TO SHIFT: NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION-BASED FAMILY CONSTELLATIONS (Amanda Blaine) (Vashon (20 min ferry from W. Seattle))

Family constellations help shift what feels stuck in your life, and transform blocks between you and what you want to create. Using the resonant language of Nonviolent Communication, this is a powerfully efficient pathway to manifest what you want. (date changed to support the Black Lives Matter March)

Wed, Apr 19, 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.

Fri, May 5, 2017 -
Sun, May 7, 2017

Friday evening through Sunday afternoon
Teen/YA Gathering (, Johnny, Elana, Doug, Gloria) (Vashon,)

THIS COURSE IS BY INVITATION ONLY. NOT OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC If you are an invited participant, please register so we can connect with you with greater ease. If you are inviting a friend, check in with Doug, Johnny or Elana first.

Wed, May 24, 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.

Sat, Jul 29, 2017 -
Sat, Aug 5, 2017

Arrive after 2 pm on the 29th, Leave after noon on the 5th
13th Annual International Vashon Island Family Camp Village (NCC-Family Camp) (Cedar Spring Farm and Training Center)

Family Camp is where fun, connection, support, adventure, learning and transformation come together in a unique immersion training/family vacation experience. Join families and staff from around the world on our 26-acre family heritage farm with nearby beach access on beautiful Vashon Island, WA.

Sun, Aug 13, 2017 -
Fri, Aug 18, 2017

August 13 - August 18th
INTERNATIONAL NVC FAMILY CAMP: Welcoming Families from China (NCC-Family Camp, Team of Certified and Independent NVC Trainers) (Cedar Spring Farm, Vashon Island, WA, US)

After welcoming 8 families from China to Family Camp last year, we're thrilled to have built a whole camp around those who want to return, and their friends, plus English-speaking families who would enjoy the cultural enrichment of living and learning tools for family connection along with families from China. All sessions will be fully translated into Mandarin by a team of translators.

Practice Groups on Vashon


VASHON ISLAND / 98070: NVC and Empathy Practice: Participants co-create our experience. Role plays, empathy dyads, small groups, games, exercises....Check in and check out. We meet indoors  in inclement weather and outside when weather is agreeable for us.
Facilitated by Mair Alight, Empathy Specialist & Certified Trainer/Mediator.    $10/session
Contact Mair Alight: 707-367-3432 or m a i r AT DOMAIN mairalight~com

Occurs Weekly on Mondays from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM


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.

Special Interest: Beginning NVC, Intermediate NVC




Some Vashon events are held at Cedar Spring Farm.