Non-violent Communication


About Non-violent Communication

This group follows the work of Marshall Rosenberg. Nonviolent communication is a unique model of communication based on human needs and feelings that underlie all behavior. This model seeks to teach a means of developing empathy as a basis for communication rather than models of blame, judgment and criticism. If you are interested in joining this group or would like more information, please contact Annie Lunt.

Nonviolent Communication seeks to teach us how to:

  • Change patterns of thinking that lead to depression, arguments, anger and violence
  • Resolve conflicts peacefully, whether personal or public, domestic or international
  • Speak in ways more likely to be heard and understood by others
  • Set healthy boundaries and say “No” with strength and compassion
  • Express anger fully, safely and respectfully
  • Translate criticism, judgment, blame and other hard-to-hear messages into feelings and needs

Some basic premises:

  • All actions are attempts to meet needs
  • Human needs are universal - we all have the same needs
  • Feelings result from needs being either met or unmet – when needs are met we feel happy,pleased, etc. – when needs are unmet we feel sad, hurt, anxious, scared, angry, etc.

The UUCC NVC Practice Group is for those who have taken at least Level I training and/or been in a practice group or have engaged in study of various resources. We encourage people who wish to join the Practice Group to take a training as soon as possible.  See Meetings for the Practice Group activities, as well as other events.

For an overview of Nonviolent Communication/Compassionate Communication see the presentation at the Power of One event, February 7, 2016. 




 Rosenberg, Marshall B., PhD. Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life. 2nd Edition, 2003. Puddle Dancer Press

 Leu, Lucy. Nonviolent Communication: Companion Workbook: A Practical Guide for Individual. Group or Classroom Study. 2003

 Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, 3rd Edition: Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships (Nonviolent Communication Guides) by Marshall B. Rosenberg (Author), Deepak Chopra (Foreword) (Paperback Sept. 2015)

Hart, Sura & Hodson, Victoria Kindle, M.A. The Compassionate Classroom: Relationship Based Teaching and Learning.

OTHER Official website of the Center for Nonviolent Communication. Has links to articles, Bookstore for ordering books, videos, etc. and training opportunities. Website of the Maine NVC Network with links to information about upcoming trainings in Maine.  LEVEL 1/ Introductory Offerings are for the beginner, And those who have read books/seen tapes of the process and now want to have experience with others.  LEVEL 2/ Intermediate Trainings arefor participants who have completed a Level 1 workshop and want more personalized practice in real life situations.

Google Puddle Dancer Press + NVC it should lead you to the Puddle Dancer site that has an articles archive. Many articles can be downloaded.

Meeting Information

Meeting Information

The Nonviolent Communications (Also known as Compassionate Communications) Practice Group meets on the First and Third Fridays,  10:15-12:15pm, in the Robbins Room. The First Friday will be a more informal meeting, with extended check-in and/or an Empathy Session. The Third Friday will be a specific topic related to NVC.