Joining an NVC practice group is a highly effective way of deepening your practice of NVC, and is also likely to offer satisfying interpersonal connections. These practice groups are independently organized. Capital NVC is not responsible for their operation. Information on practice groups is provided here as a service to the community.
This Baltimore group is a hybrid - a core group that meets usually on the third Sunday afternoon each month in the Charles/Cold Spring area of Baltimore for an NVC workshop and practice. We sometimes help orient "newbies" with a handout on the basics of NVC. Please email us for that.
All are welcome. It's no surprise to "oldies" that new faces and insights add depth to our understanding too. We meet every 3rd Sunday of the month.
The workshop fee is $15-40, requested only if given with comfort.
For more information, please contact Barbra: or (410)360-3534 or Chris: email@example.com/(443) 834-8590.
District of Columbia / Maryland
We meet a few blocks from the Takoma Metro every Tuesday from 7:30 pm - 9:30 p.m. This is an open, weekly drop-in group. Our usual format is to have short check-ins, then an NVC teaching piece for the whole group, and some time for work in pairs or triads, either empathy or practice related to the learning piece. We often use role plays or worksheets and also have used the Empathy Labyrinth and Dance Floors. This group is facilitated by Kathy Carroll. For more information and directions, contact: Kathy Caroll (202.723.2233) or Mary Liepold (301.593.4999).
For notices about the group, you may want to sign up for the Yahoo! group takomanvc. [Weekly groups are held via Zoom due to COVID]
District of Columbia
The Forest Hills NVC empathy group meets on Sundays from 5:30 - 7pm by Zoom. Gatherings are casual and usually include an empathy circle and often a practice dialogue using Nonviolent Communication. The group is recommended for practitioners familiar with NVC who want to practice using empathy skills. For more information, contact Kristen Wall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
District of Columbia
Meeting on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 6:30pm-8:30pm, we are a small, close-knit NVC practice group. We meet at a group member’s home a few blocks from Tenleytown metro station. We admit experienced NVC practitioners from time to time. If you’re interested in our group, please request to join on our Meetup page or contact email@example.com.
Start a new group! If you have a group of individuals who would be interested in forming an NVC practice group, we would like to support you in getting started. Please contact us.
Our Northern VA Empathy Practice Group continues to meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Currently we meet virtually on Zoom.
This practice group was established around 2010. We practice skills around the NVC concepts of Observations, Feelings, Needs and connecting Requests, along with NVC Mourning and Self-forgiveness. We begin with a silent meditation to center ourselves and raise self-awareness. Then, everyone who is willing briefly checks in to acknowledge what is alive for him/her. We support balanced sharing and mutual examination of our stories with true empathic presence. We practice this quality of support and connection — while fully holding the sacred space for all of our emotions — to identify any unmet needs. Sometimes a reflection is enough, other moments we welcome a supportive feelings or needs “guess“ or other NVC technique to enable the enlightened spirit within each person to emerge.
Prior experience and/or training with NVC is highly encouraged and welcomed. We value the intimacy of this small group. We find that no more than eight ensures a higher quality of connection and exploration. Currently we have one spot available. For a continued dialogue, and information and / or questions, please contact Sam Lee at SamLee@millertoyota.com or Michael Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join an ongoing practice group on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 7:15 to 8:45 pm. The group, which is currently full, is presently meeting by Zoom. The intention is to return to in-person, 2 hour meetings beginning at 7 PM in Old Town, when it is safe to do so. Contact Vicki Doran at email@example.com, if you are interested in being placed on a wait list.
Empathy Exchange intends to co-create a nourishing community and safe and creative space to practice and experience empathy, relax into exploring what is alive for each of us (whether on personal or important social issues of the day), and meet others willing to share and practice compassionate listening in the tradition of Marshall Rosenberg, author or Nonviolent Communication: A Language for Life.
A monthly pop-up event, there will be guidance on empathy and practice in holding precious space for one another, all while developing skills in empathic listening and deepening connections with yourself and others.
The Empathy Exchange offers warm and welcoming space to:
Explore what matters to you in a supportive, structured environment;
Build skills in holding space for yourself and others;
Experience and explore empathic listening;
Practice communicating difficult and joyous feelings;
Express yourself to get more of what you and others in your life may need;
Expand your tools for making empathy and self-empathy easier and more natural-feeling; and
Meet with others who want to practice.
RSVP interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. [CURRENTLY SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID]