NVC resources that include exercises and/or practices
Robert Gonzales

Robert Gonzales

CNVC Certified Trainer from Portland, Oregon, USA

Robert’s passion is in the spirituality of the Nonviolent Communication (NVC) process. He sees NVC both as a process that helps people connect more authentically with themselves and others, and as a spiritual practice and way of living.

Robert Gonzales received a PhD in Clinical Psychology in 1989. He met Marshall Rosenberg and was introduced to NVC in 1985, and has been offering NVC training in some form since 1986. His original professional background and training was as a licensed psychotherapist.

Robert is one of a team of NVC trainers who comprise the NVC Training Institute, which offers in-depth and continuing NVC training in the United States and Europe.

He has offered NVC training for community colleges, high schools, churches, social workers, psychologists, mediators, teenagers and public groups. He has taught psychology, counseling and communication at Prescott College. Robert opened the Prescott Center for Nonviolent Communication in Prescott, Arizona in June 2000. He is now the director of the Center for Living Compassion located in Portland, Oregon, USA.

Robert has worked with the Center for Nonviolent Communication in a number of capacities, including: past President of the Board, CNVC Certified Trainer, International Intensive Training (IIT) trainer and North American Assessor.

Listen to Leo Sofer speak with Robert Gonzales about NVC & spirituality in this 2010 interview:

Website: Center for Living Compassion

Integration of Inner and Outer: Our Relationship to ALL of Life (Complete Course)

During this course, you'll deeply examine this process of blending and integrating your inner and outer selves. Not only will you explore various states of being, such as defensive / protective and being / essence, you'll:

  • Delve into the primary levels of relationship: to others, to the world and to Life;
  • Acquire tools for transforming resistance into unconditional acceptance;
  • Experience the inherent order of living fully and freely through the model of "Being to Doing;" and
  • Embrace the vital essence of compassion: that ever-expanding inner space that includes all levels of relationship!

The introductory session of this course is available for all to listen to and enjoy:

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Clarity, Compassion and Empowerment (Complete Course)

Living Compassion, for Robert, represents the spirituality that resides in every aspect of Nonviolent Communication. Its foundational principles are represented by three primary qualities or states of being: clarity, compassion and empowerment.

In this course you’ll explore – and practice – how the unfolding of inner clarity opens your way to compassion, which further unfolds into empowerment. Throughout this unfolding process, Robert will include maps and tips for shifting your everyday life from one that is relatively limiting to a life that is both transformative, healing and liberating.

The introductory session of this course is available for all to listen to and enjoy:

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Living Compassion in Challenging Times: Building Skills in Resilience and Connection (2019)

The current social and political climate can make it feel difficult to find your center and get clear in regard to what’s going on in. You may have wondered how you can engage in working on these challenges in a way that is empowered and effective – not motivated by fear, anger or judgment.
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Life Force and the Spirituality of Human Needs (Complete Course)

Your needs and your values are your Life Force: the river that flows through your spirit and your life, giving life and light to your being. Explore this river with Robert, and map out routes that support your growth. Listen In.

The first session of this course is available for all to listen to and enjoy:

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Diving Deeper Into the Spiral of Life (Complete Course)

We invite you to dive into this voyage, where you and Robert will swim ever deeper into the Spiral of Life, coming face-to-face with your divine Life Force – that essential living energy that permeates all.
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Letting Go and Being Free(2018): Session 2

Listen in as Robert guides people through the process of transforming resistance. Daily practice of this transformational process develops your capacity to be with your inner experience and live free of the experience of the pain of life.
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Working with a Difficult Counseling Situation

Clinical psychologist, Robert Gonzales, Ph.D., uses an open dialogue with a practitioner to explore effective, compassionate methods to handle a volatile counseling situation. This resource has been newly remastered to a larger, higher quality video.
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Living the Self-in-Life (Part 1)

During this very moving session, you'll dive into Robert's exercises for supporting connection to your true self as opposed to your conditioned self.
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Cooperating with the Life Principle: Living the Heart of Life Unfolding (Complete Course)

If you're interested in learning specifically how and what you can do to live compassionately – with plenty of hands-on practice time – this course is for you. Observe actual demonstrations of Robert guiding participants through the transformational territory of healing and integration.

The first session of this course is available for all to listen to and enjoy:

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Five Core Principles of Living Compassion and the Relationship of Needs to Spirituality

Listen to Robert describe the five core principles of Living Compassion and the relationship of needs to spirituality. Great material for reflection and reference!

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