Upcoming Events

Speaking Peace:
Introduction to Compassionate Communication

Session 1: Sunday, March 11, 2018, 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Session 2: Sunday, March 25, 2018, 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Session 3: Sunday, April 8, 2018, 1:00 – 5:00 pm

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Learn the powerful foundations of  Nonviolent (Compassionate) Communication

  • Engage in challenging or difficult conversations with more ease and confidence
  • Create more possibilities to hear and honor your own and others’ true needs
  • Feel understood and be able to offer understanding
  • Build trust, cooperation and empathy in your interactions

Irene BowersPeople who learn these skills celebrate new insights and say they wished they had learned these tools years earlier.  They value having a more calm presence in the face of conflict, greater ability to dissolve blame and resentment and say that they now experience more freedom, more creativity, more energy and more joy.


Led by by Irene Bowers, who has practiced and shared NVC since 2004, this workshop offers an experiential learning process that support participants in learning and practicing these skills. The class is open to anyone who wants to develop their communication skills.


Where: Winchester Thurston School, 555 Morewood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (corner of Morewood and Ellsworth)

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Introduction to Compassionate Communication Workshop

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This workshop will introduce you to the key concepts of Compassionate Communication through participatory exercises where you experience the concepts in action. The seminal book on Compassionate Communication is Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall Rosenberg, which provides a framework for establishing empathetic connections between people that can support deep conversations supporting collaboration and defusing conflict. At the conclusion of this workshop you will know the basic ideas of Compassionate Communication and will have experienced it for yourself. The intention is to provide you with enough information so you can decide if you want to invest the time to learn the skills needed to use Compassionate Communication in your life.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Mt Lebanon Public Library  16 Castle Shannon Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15228

More information about this FREE workshop can be found on the event registration page.


Compassionate Communication Monthly Gathering

We gather to explore a Nonviolent Communication theme  (for example: honest expression,  deep listening, self-connection). This usually includes doing an exercise or role play,  plus opportunities to reflect about ways the theme relates to our own life situations.  Each gathering concludes with expressions of gratitude.

  • First Saturday of every month, 1:00-3:00 pm
    •  Meeting Room 2, Homewood Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
    • 7101 Hamilton Avenue Pittsburgh PA 15208
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NVC Academy


The NVC Academy offers hundreds of affordable online personal growth courses and resources to learn Nonviolent Communication from home.