Mary Mackenzie

Mary Mackenzie

CNVC Certified Trainer from Long Beach, California, USA

Mary Mackenzie is a CNVC Certified Trainer, the executive director of the Peace Workshop International and co-founder of the NVC Academy. She holds an MA degree in Human Relations and is a trained mediator.

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

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 for whom she worked. She ended this fifteen-year career to begin work with the newly-formed Flagstaff Center for Compassionate Communication and thus started her journey in NVC.

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 (NVC) to individuals, families and couples, and she works with organizations by offering individual or group workshops and facilitating organization-wide restructuring. Her primary focus is to make NVC easy to understand and integrate, thus making it accessible to everyone.

Website: Peace Workshop International

Website: NVC Academy

Are You Living Your True Potential?

How can we live up to our true potential, a life filled with relationships and experiences that truly meet our needs? In this article, Mary offers us a way to bring about inner transformation that can lead to seeing ourselves, others and life differently -- for greater agency, empowerment and choice.
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Anatomy of a Trigger: Change Your Focus and Improve the Outcome

When you or anyone is upset, what could underneath it all?  There may be more than is immediately visible.  This article invites us to explore what it looks like to inquire deeper, take self-responsibility, examine our assumptions, attachments, interpretations, and "certainties" that could be hidden behind the needs that are aching to be attended to...
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Dharma not Drama: Meditations for the Holidays: Presence

Listen to this 20-minute meditation on presence to help you decrease stress and create authentic connection and peace during the coming holiday season.
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Self-Empathy: Healing From the Inside Out (2017)

This session is from the NVC Academy's 2017 Telethon. Listen in as Mary offers two experiential self-empathy exercises: I Love It When, and What Do I Want / Why Do I Want It. Deepen your ability to connect with self — novel and effective ways to engage the process of Self-Empathy!
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Facilitate NVC Groups with Joy and Confidence (2019)

What’s a powerful way of deepening YOUR NVC consciousness? Sharing it with others! Facilitating NVC courses is a richly powerful way of deepening your own NVC consciousness. It tends to continually remind you of the ways in which you’re living — or not living — your practice. This intensive has been designed to help you further develop your NVC teaching skills, augment your personal teaching style, rediscover ease and joy around sharing NVC, and fall in love with the process all over again!
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Facilitate NVC Groups with Joy and Confidence (2018, Session 5)

Ever wondered how to balance everyone’s needs when leading a group? Or struggled to format a Practice or Leaderful Group? Mary offers insightful and helpful answers to these questions and more.
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Dharma, Not Drama: Meditations for the Holidays (2018)

Yes, this popular series — designed around core needs — is back again! Once again we’re offering eighteen 20-minute recorded meditations you can listen to each day at your convenience, as well as four 90-minute sessions comprised of a 20-minute live meditation and 70 minutes of discussion, connection, and community. All has been thoughtfully designed to help you decrease stress and create authentic connection and peace during the coming holiday season
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Clarifying the Role of the Facilitator

People often want to be supportive of group process, but don't always know how. The facilitator's role is to help the group process move forward while simultaneously supporting every individual, so all move forward together.
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Using Anger as a Warning

Trainer Tip: If you are feeling anger, you are experiencing an unmet need. When you recognize it as a warning signal, it can be a life-serving tool.
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Forgiving Ourselves

Trainer Tip: Every single time you say or do something, even when you experience pain or regret, you are trying to meet a need. Forgiveness begins when we acknowledge the needs we were trying to meet in the situation.
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