Tropical Leaves

We specialize in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) also called Compassionate Communication. Our focus is on training 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

  • Practice, Practice, Practice
    Sun, Dec 18
    Dec 18, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST
    Columbia, 9650 Basket Ring Rd, Columbia, MD 21045, USA
    December's meeting will be a practice group only. We will check in together and then break out in dyads or triads for reflection, empathy and role-plays. We'll have a break midway and then check out together. Bring snacks. What a gift!
  • Awakening to LIFE Intensive
    Sep 03, 2023, 4:00 PM – Sep 10, 2023, 4:00 PM
    Madison, 403 Pathwork Way, Madison, VA 22727, USA
    A 7 day residential intensive retreat, that focuses on the style of relational Dyads as previously offered by the late Robert Gonzales and Robert Krzisnik.

Upcoming NVC Academy Courses


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