CAtherine Cadden

CATHERINE CADDEN is a certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication bringing over ten years of experience practicing, living and teaching Nonviolent Communication (NVC) internationally to participants of all ages. She honors her teachers Jack Kornfield, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Ram Dass, and Marshall Rosenberg as well as Stephen and Ondrea Levine for supporting, inspiring and influencing her spiritual path with a daily mind and heart practice in being nonviolence. In 1997, she founded the TEMBA School, a visionary K - 8 academic program rooted in nonviolent philosophy, NVC, sustainable living, and artistic expression.

Jesse Wiens

JESSE WIENS, CNVC certification candidate, works as a Nonviolent Communication (NVC) facilitator internationally. He studies NVC by living it, drawing inspiration from 7 years of Zen monastic life and 6 years of dedicated NVC training, including 2 years in Robert Gonzales’ LIFE program and a year with BayNVC’s Restorative Justice Program at San Quentin Prison. In 2006, Jesse founded ZENVC, a holistic approach to NVC, which includes transformational inner practices and an emphasis on “being” nonviolence.

Lessons from the Elders: Zen, Tai Chi, Zenand the Art of Nonviolent Communication
A ZENVC Introductory Telecourse Recording with CNVC Certified Trainer Catherine Cadden and Jesse Wiens

MP3 Audio Download: 118 Minutes(1 hours & 58 minutes)

Fee: $10.00 USD

The wisdom which Nonviolent Communication is based on is as old as humanity itself. This telecourse draws insights from NVC’s elder siblings of Taoism, Buddhism, and indigenous culture to offer new ways of approaching common NVC ‘stuck’ places, including topics such as:

  • Why intention is the fundamental principle of NVC, and how to cultivate its power
  • The other NVC: non-verbal communication
  • How to end the illusion of ‘my needs’ and ‘your needs’
  • How to walk in the dark, when NVC forms aren’t creating connection

Catherine and Jesse bring a beautiful blend of NVC and Zen practice to their work and life. Together they bring an experiential style of integrated practices to support learning NVC in a way that is lively, engaging and deeply enriching. To learn more about Jesse, Catherine and their work, visit

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