Mary Mackenzie

About Mary Mackenzie

Mary Mackenzie is a certified CNVC trainer, the executive director of the Flagstaff Center for Compassionate Communication and co-founder of the NVC Academy. She holds a master’s degree in Human Relations and is a trained mediator and member of the Arizona Dispute Resolution Association.

Mary is the author of "Peaceful Living: Daily Meditations for Living with Love, Healing and Compassion".

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Mary’s first career was as a fundraiser in higher education, where her listening skills helped people realize their dreams and helped her raise millions of dollars for the universities where she worked. She ended this fifteen-year career to begin work with the newly-formed Flagstaff Center for Compassionate Communication.

Mary’s guiding vision is to help people fully connect to themselves and their world so that they may experience more joy. Toward this end, she teaches Nonviolent Communication to children, adults, families, couples, and adolescents, and she works with organizations by offering individual or group workshops and facilitating organization-wide restructuring.

Kathleen Macferran

About Kathleen Macferran

Kathleen Macferran is a Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication and offers Nonviolent Communication (NVC) 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 has been the Music Director of the Rainier Chamber Winds for the past 16 years. Kathleen views the music ensemble as a wonderful metaphor for social organization since the well being of one individual clearly depends on the well being of all.

Kathleen offers trainings in concrete skills of nonviolence leading to reconciliation with ourselves, our loved ones and the community.

Want to Listen More Deeply and Keep Your Heart Open?

Empathy as a Way of Being: Four Transformative Days of Learning to Live a More Compassionate Life

An In-person "NVC Academy on the Road" Workshop in Bainbridge Island, Washington with CNVC Certified Trainers Kathleen Macferran and Mary Mackenzie

Wednesday, April 28—Saturday, May 1, 2010 as follows:

Wednesday, April 28 - 1:00-6:00 PM
Thursday, April 29 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday, April 30 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday, May 1 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Fee: $350.00

Empathy As a Way of Being is designed for intermediate or advanced NVC practitioners who want to deepen their empathic presence.

Attend this workshop and:

  • Take your empathy skills to the next level

  • Increase your self-compassion

  • Deepen your own personal healing

  • Find out what prevents you from giving empathy and learn ways to maintain your presence

  • Enhance your skills for empathic connection

  • Explore street empathy for natural flow in your connections


Requested experience level: Significant facility using NVC in your daily life. Completed at least 20 or more hours of NVC training.

Information about Bainbridge Island:

Bainbridge Island is 35 minutes away from downtown Seattle by ferry. Once the ferry docks, all that you will need for your time on Bainbridge is within walking distance. Workshop sessions will be in Kathleen’s waterfront gathering space. Several restaurants and coffee shops are within a few blocks. Overnight accommodations are available at a 20% discount for workshop participants at the charming local Eagle Harbor Inn (To make reservations, go to and tell them you are with the “Empathy as a Way of Being” workshop. Townhouses are available for groups of four). Evenings may be spent nurturing yourself or building community with other NVC workshop participants at the local fitness center (enjoy a relaxing steam bath), movie theaters, walking near the marina, canoeing or just strolling the charming downtown.

Registration includes all training materials and snacks. Individuals are responsible for their own housing and meals (kitchen facilities are available at workshop sessions and townhouses).

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For more information contact:

Regarding housing, meals, information about Bainbridge Island, or workshop content - please contact Kathleen Macferran :
Phone: (206) 780-1021

Regarding course content – please contact Mary Mackenzie:
Phone: (928) 526-4796

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