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Peggy Smith

Peggy Smith is a certified trainer with the International Center for Nonviolent Communication, with over four decades of teaching experience. She has a particular interest in integrating the current neuroscience of relationship into her NVC teaching. She brings her extensive teaching skills, humor and presence to her work.

Peggy has done international NVC work through Seeds of Peace International Camp, working with educators from the Middle East and South Asia. She continues to develop NVC opportunities in a wide range of venues – public workshops, private coaching, schools, jails and workplaces.

With a life-long interest in spiritual traditions and fostering compassion, Peggy has been ordained as a Dharma teacher by Zen master and peace activistf Thich Nhat Hanh. Peggy enjoys designing and implementing programs that support empathic thinking and communicating as part of systemic culture change.

Latest NVC Library Resources with Peggy Smith

Awareness of how we're holding our own and others' needs is important to our development. In learning to value needs, we often go through three stages: passive, aggressive/obnoxious, and assertive/mutual. As we learn and grow, we may relate to the following differently: Whose feelings and needs are important, who is responsible for what, how our choices impact others, and consideration for ourselves and others.


Sometimes when we regard needs as something that could be met or unmet by another person or by a situation we unconsciously hold the belief that our needs should be met. Or we end up holding blame or implying wrongdoing. People are more likely to resist a request made from this stance. Instead, here are practices to increasingly losen any remaining attachment or demand energy -- and open our hearts to ourselves and others while we make requests.


This article explores ways of starting and maintaining NVC study groups and practice groups. It offers recommended reading support materials and poses questions to consider for structuring and organizing the group.


Here are some guidelines and agreements for creating empathy buddy sessions. Includes a list of blocks to empathy.


Print-and-cut these 56 feelings cards for one-on-one, partner or group activities, to help support the pratice of empathy. Includes eight blank cards for you to customize.