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, Mar 7, 2017

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
FREE Intro to Nonviolent Communication (Amanda Blaine) (Vashon (20 min ferry from W. Seatte)l)

Join us for a fun and interactive introduction to reliable communication skills that can increase your confidence and competence in relating to others in your life.

Wed, Mar 8, 2017

Wednesdays March 8-15-22-29 6:30-8PM
NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION INTRODUCTION/REVIEW (Mair Alight) (Vashon (20 min ferry from W Seattle))

IN PERSON VASHON ISLAND What: Learn & Practice simple, basic, practical ways of interacting with others to increase understanding, harmony, ease. Tame your inner critics. Speak your truth without sounding like a robot or annoying others. :-) My experience (16+ years) is that we can have fun and enjoy learning together. Who: Mair Alight, Empathy Specialist and Nonviolent Communication Certified Trainer through the Center for Nonviolent Communication Please register in advance as this class may be cancelled if 6 people do not pre-register for the class. Thanks! If you want to take a chance that the class will "go" without pre-registering, you are welcome to come to the first class and pay at the end of the class only if you want to continue.

Thu, Mar 9, 2017

10:00 am - 11:30am Thurs. 3/9 - 4/20 SKIP 4/6
6 Week Series: FUNDAMENTALS OF NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION (Amanda Blaine) (Vashon (20 min ferry from W. Seatte))

Learn and practice the fundamentals of compassionate or nonviolent communication.

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 -
Fri, Aug 4, 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.

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.