Tropical Leaves

specializes in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) also called Compassionate Communication. Our focus is on transforming and healing ourselves, our relationships, structures of oppression, and our home, the Earth.

"The primary purpose of Nonviolent Communication is to connect with other people in a way that enables giving to take place: compassionate giving. It’s compassionate in that our giving comes willingly from the heart. We are giving service to others and ourselves –not out of duty or obligation, not out of fear of punishment or hope for a reward, not out of guilt or shame, but for what I consider part of our nature. It’s in our nature to enjoy giving to one another.”


-Marshall B Rosenberg, Ph.D.


Our Trainers

Upcoming Events

  • Trauma and Our Broken Fields: Projection and What Others See – In-Person Workshop with Sarah Peyton
    Jun 03, 6:00 PM EDT – Jun 05, 4:00 PM EDT
    Wellspring Conference Center, 11411 Neelsville Church Road, Germantown, MD, 20876
    In-person event with Sarah Peyton!
  • SPEAK*Teens
    Mon, Jun 20
    Jun 20, 9:00 AM – Jul 01, 4:00 PM
    Vienna, 9701 Farmside Pl, Vienna, VA 22182, USA
    Using NVC principles as a touchstone, we encourage teenage participants to express themselves through prompts in writing, movement, visual arts, and songwriting. The two week program includes a capstone public performance.

We are dangerous when we are not conscious of our responsibility for how we behave, think and feel.
― Marshall B. Rosenberg

Testimonial 01.

"Thank you for all the spectacularly life-enhancing workshops you and Barbra have led or organized over the past year that I have been able to attend.  I cannot put into words how thrilled I am to be part of this community and to learn from everyone these ways of being that have given me hope again. You and the other facilitators, Chris, have created a place that for me is safe, engaging, supportive, warm.  These events are life-saving for me - truly - as they provide me with real, genuine contact with people.  Otherwise, I am socially isolated. What a gift you and the other lovely facilitators have brought to life."

-Sasha Alexander