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Facilitate NVC Groups with Joy and Confidence

  • Learn how to create a sense of safety in your groups
  • Gain strategies for balancing all the needs in the room
  • Learn how and when to be transparent to your group
  • Develop compelling teaching activities

Thursdays, September 12-November 21, 2024 (nine sessions)
Skip October 10 & 17
12:00-2:00PM Pacific (California) Time • What time is it in your location?
Online via Zoom


This is a 9-week course intended for those wanting to improve their facilitation skills.

This course is aimed at NVC enthusiasts who are:

  • already facilitating their own NVC group and would like to improve their skills
  • thinking of starting their own NVC group and would like some practical guidance before they start

While much of the content is aimed at facilitating an NVC group, it would also support anyone that finds themselves in a facilitator's role in other fields. 

Improving your facilitation skills could help you:

  • confidently share NVC in a way that keeps students engaged, intrigued and keen to keep practicing 
  • create a safe space for your group members to learn
  • enjoy the challenge of helping others learn and live NVC
  • deepen your own understanding of the concept you are sharing

However, when people first set out to facilitate their own NVC group, they often feel:

  • 😕 doubtful of their ability to facilitate a group
  • 🤔 confused about how to keep track of who has shared
  • 😟 anxious because they aren’t prepared with a topic 
  • 🤷 puzzled at how to embody NVC while leading a group

They might have questions like: 

  • ❓My group tends to get dominated by one or two people — how can I make sure everyone has the chance to share?
  • ❓I know what topic I want to focus on — how do I turn that into a practice exercise? 
  • ❓How do I structure my sessions so I can share my knowledge while still leaving room to flex?
  • ❓How can I keep us on track, so we can cover the planned materials?
  • ❓How can I keep my sessions engaging week-to-week?
  • ❓What can I do when something in the session triggers ill feelings in me?
  • ❓How can I respond when people don’t agree with what I’m sharing?
  • ❓How do I know when it’s appropriate to interrupt someone? Or point out when they could improve their NVC skills in what they’ve just said?
  • ❓How do I explain what I do to those curious about it?

When you combine your NVC practice with some knowledge about facilitation and tips to help you prepare, running an NVC group can be a truly fulfilling and FUN experience.


Over 9 information-packed yet spacious sessions, you can expect to hear about: 

  • ✔️ what the facilitator’s role is so you know what to do
  • ✔️ creating a sense of safety in your groups so participants feel comfortable to speak up
  • ✔️ creating a welcoming workshop space to help participants feel at ease from the moment they walk into the room
  • ✔️ improving your tracking skills so everyone has a chance to be heard (with a 2-page download)
  • ✔️ 12-step guide to creating a winning workshop outline - plus you’ll create one during a session using Mary’s template
  • ✔️ Mary’s favorite strategies for balancing all needs: yours, individual members, and the group as a whole
  • ✔️ an 8-step process to develop compelling teaching activities to help keep your participants interested - plus you’ll create one during a session using Mary’s template
  • ✔️ how to keep sessions engaging so participants stay interested
  • ✔️ dealing with your triggers so you can stay focussed on the session 
  • ✔️ three simple self-empathy methods to help you connect to what is going on for you as you lead your own group sessions
  • ✔️ 7 tips for responding to non-believers and hecklers to help you stay peaceful amidst potential conflict
  • ✔️ 9 tips for deciding when to interrupt to help participants fine tune their NVC skills
  • ✔️ promoting your work so you can increase your earning potential 
  • ✔️ deciding how much to charge and whether to give discounts
  • ✔️ how to use transparency to increase connection and trust
  • ✔️ Mary’s top 12 tips for hosting engaging online courses

Mary provides a printable set of notes to accompany each session.

This is a longer version of Mary’s 4-week introduction to facilitation. 

Reasons to learn with Mary

With over 20 years NVC practice and even more years of facilitation experience, Mary can draw on real life examples that bring her teachings to life. 

While Mary has a clear itinerary for each session, it’s likely you’ll learn twice as much just by watching her facilitate. This course is more than the list above - Mary shares her facilitating methodologies as she’s using them! 

You’ll witness her in-the-moment facilitation techniques as she explains how the particular question she’s just asked the group will build a sense of safety, or why this check in question suits the needs arising this week, and why she asked a different one last week. She’ll demonstrate how to help quieter members of a group share, and her transparency about when she’s being transparent will bring the theory of transparency to life.  

Testimonials from past students of this course: 

“Part of the magic of Mary’s course on Facilitating Workshops is that she models her teachings…with Mary, you’ll get the benefit of her decades-long online training experience!”
Nancy, 2022

When I signed up for this class, I had the willingness to start sharing NVC but I wasn't feeling ready to. I'm celebrating that I'm going to start teaching NVC next week.”
Fumiko, 2022

“I've felt more empowered since your class.“
Akil, 2022

“I’ve learned how to organize and prepare everything I need for different kinds of workshops and practices, taking care of all details; and also how to prepare myself for the interactions with presence, self-connection, connection to others and care for the whole. I feel safer and more confident, and I take with me all the support I’ve received from Mary.”
Renata. 2022

“Each week, I’m blown away and excited from the discussion in the class.”
Chris, 2020

“I'm loving your anecdotes, examples and how you explain why you're doing things a certain way at certain times during the session.”
Victoria, 2019


🎁 A 2 page download of Mary’s best check in/out activities
🎁 A sample participant handout, created by Mary for a real-life event
🎁 A selection of poems and meditations to help you (and your future students) re-center
🎁 5+ NVC group session outlines created by students during this course
🎁 5+ NVC teaching activities created by students during this course

PLUS this optional bonus:

Build your NVC network by joining the list of other want-to-be facilitators that attend this course so you can keep in touch and support each other — you don’t need to do this alone!

AND all these standard bonuses:

  • Video and audio recordings of every session
  • Forum discussion available in the classroom
  • Lifetime access to the classroom
  • Translated captions available in 30+ languages 

Registration Fee:
Early Bird 20% discount: $502 until August 22 ($627 after)
NVC Library members: $402 until August 22 ($502 after)*

Payment Plan:
Make 4 monthly payments of $130 if registered before August 22*

*NVC Library members get 20% off their registration fee using code NVCL at time of checkout


When you register, you will receive an email with complete instructions on how to access your course.
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About Mary Mackenzie
Mary Mackenzie

CNVC Certified Trainer from Long Beach, California, USA

Mary Mackenzie, M.A., is an author, trained mediator, and CNVC Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication. She holds a master's degree in human relations from Northern Arizona University and is the CEO of the NVC Academy, the only online school for learning Nonviolent Communication.

Mary teaches Nonviolent Communication and other spiritually-based programs to individuals, couples, families, organizations, and spiritual communities through a wide variety of workshops and retreats. Her book Peaceful Living: Daily Meditations for Living with Love, Healing and Compassion (translated to ...


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