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

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

Upcoming Events

  • Back to the Basics with Robert Gonzales: The Embodied Spirituality Tapes
    Oct 09, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Many years ago, Robert produced a DVD set: "Embodied Spirituality". We will review these DVDs together - to go back to Robert's basics and practice together. These talks represent a fresh glimpse of a period when Robert was newly exploring these concepts.
  • Introduction to Compassionate Communication:  Seven Week Series
    Thu, Nov 03
    Zoom link sent with registration
    Nov 03, 7:00 PM – Dec 22, 9:00 PM
    Zoom link sent with registration
    Are you interested in learning how to listen and speak with heart and build your empathy muscle? Then this series may be for you.

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