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Upcoming Spring 2024 Events in the San Diego Area
Conscious Communication
Date: July 8 - August 26, 2024. 8 Monday evenings. Zoom meeting
Time: 7 - 9 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time - Los Angeles
Location: Zoom Online

Contact: Ron Punit Auerbacher at punit_92103@yahoo.com

Fee: By donation

Description: "Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a mindfulness practice of attending to the way we use language -- not just in speaking, but in how we listen and the meaning we make of what people say, especially when they express blame, pain and anger. Incorporating NVC into our worldview involves learning both to connect to the deep longings and values that lie within our words, thoughts, and actions, and learning what core beliefs and common habits of speech create disconnection.

As we become familiar with these concepts, we learn to notice them everywhere, and to understand the relationship between our body sensations, our emotions (feelings) and our needs. In NVC we learn to translate our & others' judgments, blame & criticism into unmet needs, helping us connect to the humanity of others instead of blaming them for the flawed strategies they might use to express distress. A committed practice of NVC takes on-going long-term learning and immersion to change deeply wired habits of language and habitual behaviors."
(Sarah Peyton)

No previous experience is required. This is an 8 week class, not a drop-in practice group. Enrollment will close after the first 2 classes.

Please purchase a copy of "Nonviolent Communication" by Marshall Rosenberg or (for more in depth learning) "Say What You Mean" by Oren Sofer.

Ongoing Practice Groups and Workshops in the San Diego Area
Cardiff-by-the-Sea NVC-Compassionate Communication Practice Group
Date: Every Monday
Time: We Start Promptly at 4pm and end at 6 pm. We are not a "drop in" group
Location: Zoom group
Contact: Charles Pulcrano at (760) 840-7782 or charleslove2008@gmail.com for information.
Fee: Participation is free except for minor costs for supplies.

Description: Our group was initiated 15 years ago. We are a supportive community of NVC friends. We coach each other in respect to understanding & integrating NVC (compassionate communication) skills into our daily lives. Our group members use NVC skills in their relationships, families, negotiations, marriages, businesses, schools, and community groups. Please note we are an NVC practice group and the group is not intended for therapy.

Member agreements: a strong intention to learn and practice and skills, attend weekly meetings, read “Nonviolent Communication” by Marshall Rosenberg before attending our group.
Clairemont Compassionate Communication Practice Gathering
Date: Second Thursday of the month
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Western Clairemont, near Clairemont Mesa Blvd. and Regents Rd.
Contact: John at: john.san.diego.nvc@gmail.com 858-877-3243
Fee: Free. And, if you'd like, we appreciate donations of food or money for snacks.

Description: We gather to:
• Form a circle of NVC facilitators, enthusiasts and newcomers
• Create an opportunity for participants to share life situations and give and receive empathy (100% voluntary)
• Host a space where we endeavor to learn together in joy, in respect, in privacy, and safety
Please RSVP. If you are new to NVC, please let us know if you'd like to come early for an introduction. If you have questions -- please contact us!
Clairemont Nonviolent Communication Practice Group
Date: 1st & 3rd Mondays of the month
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Clairemont area home (near the 5 & 52 freeways)
Contact: Tera Gardner at (858) 270-8202 or cell (858) 344-0898 or email teraggg@gmail.com for further info & directions
Fee: $love offering (gratefully received when gratefully given)

Description: Facilitator guided NVC practice group. Starts at 7:00 p.m. sharp. Introduction or equivalent familiarity with the model is a must!
Clairemont Relationship Communication Coaching
Date: By appointment
Time: By appointment
Location: Clairemont area home (near the 5 & 52 freeways)
Contact: Tera Gardner at (858) 270-8202  cell (858) 344-0898 or email teraggg@gmail.com for further info & directions
Fee: Sliding scale available
Description : Tera Gardner has a San Diego Community College Credential in Communication and has taught for 22 years She is also a San Diego Certified Life Coach
North County Nonviolent Communication ( NVC ) Group 
Date: Last Wednesday of the Month 
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm 
Location: private home in Encinitas
Contact: Pat Kurtz, pykurtz9@gmail.com
Fee: Free, we accept donations for costs of tea and snacks if you are inspired to give.

Description: We are a drop in group.  We practice “giraffe talk,” going over a communication difficulty one may have, or simply use this time to give and receive empathy or role play.  Whatever serves in the moment.  Each person has a different level of exposure and practice of NVC, and all are welcome.  Come join! 
Bay Park NVC Practice Group
Date: First and Third Thursdays of the month
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Location: Bay Park area of San Diego. Email to receive address

Contact: Marcella Ribeiro at 858-967-5326 or marcellayogini@gmail.com

Fee: Donation from heart

Description: This practice group is based on Nonviolent Communication process by Marshall Rosenberg, and we meet every other week on Thursdays from 6pm - 8pm. Expect dynamic exercises and activities to practice key elements of the NVC process such as empathy, honesty, observations, feelings, needs and requests. The intention is to practice a language that supports connection, and therefore improves our relationships. The more we live in harmony with our values, the easier it is to create a peaceful world. What to bring? A camping chair or pillow to seat, wattle bottle, and warm layer. Plenty of parking available off street - Arrive 10 min early to find parking. Limited space available. MUST RSVP to confirm space and receive address.
Spring Valley Individual, Couples and Group Coaching
Date: By appointment
Time: By appointment
Location: Spring Valley
Contact: Adam Paulman at  (619) 846-5356 or email adam@paulman.com for info.
Fee: Negotiable.

Description: Private lessons, consultations, support and mediations for individuals, couples and groups
Saturday Empathy Group
Date: Every Saturday
Time: 11 am to 1 pm
Location: Open to the world
Contact: Charles Pulcrano charleslove2008@gmail.com for information.
Fee: free

Description: NEW Beginners NVC Saturday group starting February 27, 2021
We'd like to explain how our group membership works. We are keeping the group size small so that we can safely get to know one another. This will give us time to practice our new communication skills. The group includes people from all parts of our world. At this time we are accepting new members. We meet every Saturday, Pacific Standard Time from 11 am to 1 pm. This is important: We ask that all who are serious about joining our group please contact our host Charles at: charleslove2008@yahoo.com so that we can get a sense of whether our group will be a good fit for you. We do hope to hear from you and look forward to getting to know you, learning and growing together.

Ongoing Practice Groups and Workshops in the Orange County Area
Newport Beach NVC Practice Group
Date: Starting October, 2009
Time: TBA
Location: Newport Beach (call for directions)
Contact: Ellen Shiro at (949) 293-3890 or ellenshiro@roadrunner.com
Fee: $25-$30 per 2 hour class (Some scholarship available, depending on need.)

Description: Practice the intent and language of NVC using your own real life examples. Ellen Shiro, facilitator, has been practicing NVC for the last 18 years, has participated in over 200 hours of NVC training, and has facilitated groups for the last 16 years. Ellen is also licensed as a Marriage/Family Therapist and Educational Psychologist.
Newport Beach Individual, Couples, and Family Communication Skills Coaching
Date: By appointment
Time: By appointment
Location: Newport Beach
Contact: Ellen Shiro at (949) 293-3890 or ellenshiro@roadrunner.com for address and other information. Since my introduction to NVC eighteen years ago,  I continue to be deeply committed to learning, living, and sharing the NVC process.I am a licensed Marriage/ Family Therapist.
Fee: Negotiable (I like to dialogue to choose a fee that meets both our needs)
Lake Forest / South Orange County NVC Practice Group
Date: By appointment
Time: By appointment
Location: Lake Forest / South Orange County
Contact: Lori Yost at 949-422-4944 or email LYostDesign@cox.net 
Fee: Sliding scale / negotiable
For Los Angeles and Santa Barbara area events click:
Choose Connection with Compassionate Communication
For San Francisco Bay area events click:
Bay Area Nonviolent Communication
NVC Santa Cruz

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