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Discovering the Essence of Nonviolent Communication: An Open-Hearted Practice Group

  • Feel empowered in your personal growth
  • Transform your communication skills
  • Foster a culture of compassion and understanding
  • Free, weekly, online group to practice Nonviolent Communication one skill at a time

Weekly on Mondays, March 11-December 16, 2024
7:00-9:00PM Pacific (California) Time
• What time is it in your location?
Changing to 6:00-8:00pm Pacific (California) Time from November 4-December 16, 2024
Online via Zoom


Together, we will foster a culture of nonviolence and interdependence, one skill at a time.

This is a weekly, online practice group aimed at fostering a culture of nonviolence and personal growth.

Are you:

  • Confused about how to apply Nonviolent Communication (NVC) in real-life?
  • Wanting to go deeper in your Nonviolent Communication practice? 
  • Just starting out and wanting to find out what Nonviolent Communication is all about?
  • Running your own group and wanting ideas for things to share, and how to share them?
  • Wanting to connect with people who get that there is a different way to do things than conventional life has taught us?
  • Wanting a way to keep your NVC momentum going, while you navigate day-to-day life?

There’s a place for everybody here.


Regardless of how much you do or don’t know about Nonviolent Communication,
from complete newbies to Certified Trainers

You are welcome.


Here’s what you could experience through discovering Nonviolent Communication with Jim and Jori:

  • Enhance your understanding of yourself so you understand why you react the way you do, what you are feeling, and what all of this is telling you about what really matters to you
  • Improve your communication skills so you can learn to express yourself with clarity, using language that fosters mutual respect and understanding.
  • Deepen your capacity for empathy through small group practices.
  • Increase your awareness of how another person’s actions impact you and how to express heart-felt gratitude
  • Strengthen your ability to resolve conflict, by learning how to apply Nonviolent Communication to find mutually satisfying solutions, and transform conflict into opportunities for connection.
  • Improve your emotional regulation through regular practice to help you respond to life’s challenges with greater awareness of what’s really going on for you (and others).
  • Explore new (or hidden) aspects of yourself as you discover the essence of Nonviolent Communication, skill by skill.


Here’s what you can expect:

  • Each week the group will take a deep dive into one Nonviolent Communication skill
  • Each session stands alone, yet all of the topics are interconnected
  • Topics focus on the basic processes of Nonviolent Communication
  • Skills support a wide variety of applications and interests
  • Sessions include little “teaching” and lots of opportunities to practice 
  • Lots of opportunities to interact with other group members
  • From Nov 4 to Dec 16, the group shifts into a special holiday series to focus on gratitude, giving and receiving


Each week, you’ll get the opportunity to take part in:

  • A self connection exercise designed to awaken the skill
  • A lesson to clarify an important NVC concept
  • Small breakout groups to practice your skills and connect with others on a journey with NVC


These are “drop in sessions”

You can come to as many or as few sessions as you choose. Meeting weekly, there are lots of opportunities to join in, but with no obligations. So feel free to come along as it suits your personal schedule.


A little about the history of the group

Since moving to Maui in 2010, Jori and Jim Manske - CNVC Certified Trainers since 2003 -  have been hosting weekly Nonviolent Communication practice groups in Haiku. 

When the pandemic began, they moved this and other events online. 

Now people from all over the world come together virtually to explore the skills and consciousness of NVC! 

Each week they celebrate the opportunity to connect with friends in Asia, Oceania, the Americas, and beyond.


A message for those that run their own NVC practice groups

If you offer your own practice groups, feel free to use what we do each week.


A note from Jim and Jori about the session recordings

Part of our mission is to make NVC available to everyone who wants it without charge. All session recordings will be uploaded onto the NVC Academy’s YouTube channel: @nvcacademy, so the weekly classes will be available on the public internet to give free access to those interested in learning NVC. They will also be uploaded to the classroom. 

We encourage participants to care for their own needs in terms of cameras on/off, the name they use, if and when to speak up etc. 


What some of Jim and Jori’s students say about learning with them

The following testimonials were collected from various workshops hosted by Jim and Jori:

“It has been a transformative experience…Thank you for sharing both your expertise and yourselves.”
-Clem Wings, Educator, Albuquerque

“I am changed by this workshop. I have a new way of being, relating, communicating. Thank you.”
-Lisa Collins, College Student, New Orleans

“Thank you. You have changed my perspective forever.”
-Jason, Inmate, Bernalillo County Metro Detention Center


Common questions

Is a practice group the right fit for me? Or would it be better for me to take a structured course?
That is entirely up to you! It just depends on your learning preference. A practice group is great if you're looking for active participation in a more free-flowing and changing environment. Each week there are different groups of people, a new topic to explore, and sometimes even a different trainer. If you're looking for a more structured, in-depth learning opportunity with the same group each week, a clearly defined learning path, and the same trainer throughout, you might want to consider taking a live course.

 Want a deep dive into one of these skills? Here are a couple of upcoming courses we recommend!

Is it really free? 
Yes! Jim and Jori freely offer their classes in the spirit of compassionate giving & receiving. You will be given opportunities to donate to the NVC Academy, who hosts this program, and Jim and Jori if you would like to. Making a donation is not required for registration.

Do Jim and Jori host every session?
Jim and Jori are usually there, but when life calls them to other things they find other Certified Trainers of NVC to cover the session. 

How is this group different from Taste of Compassionate Leadership?
These are "drop-in" based sessions with little "teaching" and lots of opportunities for interaction among group members. They are similar to Jim and Jori’s previous offering, A Taste of Compassionate Leadership. 

Do I need to commit to every session?
Not at all. These are “drop in” sessions, so just come along when it works for you.


  • Video and audio recordings of every session
  • Forum discussion available in the classroom
  • Lifetime access to the classroom
  • Translated captions available in 30+ languages
  • Jim and Jori provide copies of their handouts and slide shows to all registrants
  • Plus you’ll get links to hundreds of hours of previous classes

We invite you to register using a gift economy approach, so that everyone can have access and our work can also be sustainable. 

  • Choose your amount, even if it is $0.
  • Payment Plan: 5 monthly payments of $15
  • Payment Plan: 5 monthly payments of $30
  • Payment Plan: 5 monthly payments of $50
  • Increased Accessibility: $75
  • Sustainability for NVC Academy: $250 (Supports NVC Academy to continue offering courses)
  • Supporting Others to Attend: $500 (Supports sustainability of NVC Academy and increases accessibility)

When you register, you will receive an email with complete instructions on how to access the weekly sessions.
Note that course recordings will be posted on the public internet. Please see note above about session recordings.

About Jim & Jori Manske
Jim & Jori Manske

CNVC Certified Trainers from Maui, Hawaii, USA

For more than 43 years, Jim and Jori Manske have been partners both in life and work. As co-creators of peaceworks, they offer training, mediation, facilitation, organizational development, consulting and mentoring. They have been working with a variety of businesses, community groups, government, NGO's, private groups and individuals for decades. They are both Certified Trainers for the Center for Nonviolent Communication (cnvc.org) and have been leaders in offering NVC to the world.

They co-authored Pathways to Liberation: A Matrix of Self-Assessment along with two colleagues, a tool used globally by those seeking...


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