Kathleen Macferran

Kathleen Macferran is a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC, http://www.cnvc.org). She has offered Nonviolent Communication training to schools, community groups, churches, hospitals, families, correctional officers, and prison inmates. She is one of the trainers for the Freedom Project, an affiliate organization of CNVC that strengthens community safety through supporting the transformation of prisoners into peacemakers. In addition to working with the Center for Nonviolent Communication, Kathleen founded and was the Music Director of the Rainier Chamber Winds from 1990-2008. Kathleen views the music ensemble as a metaphor for social organization since the well-being of one individual clearly depends on the well-being of all. 

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a practical, learnable process for communicating with empathy, honesty, power and compassion. It integrates personal development with social change. The purpose of NVC is to ensure everyone's needs are valued equally and fulfilled in ways that contribute to connection, harmony and peace. It develops people's ability to listen to and transform blame, anger and criticism into respectful, constructive communication, and to resolve conflicts peacefully.


Giraffe Tales

An Introduction to Nonviolent Communication for Children through Music and Storytelling

Produced by CNVC Certified Trainer Kathleen Macferran

Here’s a great way to introduce children to the consciousness of Nonviolent Communication or to simply give them heartwarming stories they’ll love to listen to again and again. “How Giraffes Found Their Hearts” and “How Giraffes Got Their Ears” are stories interwoven in a rich musical landscape and narrated by enchanting voices.

Giraffe Tales evolved from a playful metaphor sometimes used in Nonviolent Communication trainings referring to NVC as “giraffe language.” The giraffe is the land animal with the largest heart. The heart represents the place of universal feelings and needs. The giraffes’ height affords views of the distant horizon and the consequences of actions. The neck also is a reminder of the courage it takes to stick out one’s neck in service of one’s values.

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How Giraffes Found Their Hearts
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(track 1) How Giraffes Found Their Hearts (19:29)
(track 2) How Giraffes Got Their Ears (9:05)

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Giraffe Tales

© 2009 Kathleen Macferran, Strength of Connection

Music composed by Adam Stern
Stories by Kathleen Macferran
Conductor: Kathleen Macferran

“How Giraffes Found Their Hearts” narrated by Bonnie Showers
“How Giraffes Got Their Ears” narrated by Laurence Cole

Recording and Editing by Al Swanson

Original art and graphic design by Kenneth Schrag http://www.kennethschrag.com 

Rainier Chamber Winds’ Musicians:

Flute: Susan Telford
Alto flute/piccolo: Kirsten James
Oboe: Janet Putnam
Clarinet: Mary Kantor
Bassoon: Ann Kosanovic-Brown
Percussion: Beth Lenz
Trumpet: Jerry Oram
Trombone: David Ritt 

Thank you to the Rainier Chamber Winds’ Board of Directors: Julie Wieringa, Jill Skinner, Gregg Miller and Nate Glissmeyer 

For my family, with love

Kathleen Macferran

Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication


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