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2022 Online NVC Conference

April 29–May 1, 2022
Specific schedule below

Registration fee: $150 

The conference is complete. You can register to receive access to the recorded sessions.

Listen to Conference Cofounder Rodger Sorrow share about the conference.

Resolve Conflict. Increase Compassion. Deepen Connections. Inspire Cooperation.

Looking to strengthen your communication skills to be able to live life more fully with greater ease and enjoyment? Join us for the 15th Annual NVC Conference.

This year’s conference will be held online via Zoom so you can attend, learn, and practice from the safety and comfort of your home. Our host and sponsor, for the third time, is the NVC Academy, the online, world-wide hub for learning NVC concepts. 

Learn and practice skills to communicate better at home, work, and school.  Gain tools to listen with ease and care, speak with clarity, act with integrity, and inspire cooperation. Find others who share your passion for communication to support your ongoing practice. 

All skill levels are welcome!  

We are delighted to offer a Spanish track featuring six sessions, that will be available in Spanish and English, so we can all learn together, even if we speak different languages.

Get ready to walk away with skills for conflict resolution and collaboration AND discover a deeper connection with yourself through acceptance, curiosity, and compassion.

Extend your learning further by joining harvest sessions where participants share their take-aways from the day and through discussions with fellow participants in the community rooms!


Topics & Trainers

The NVC Conference brings together experienced and engaging trainers from across the world, each with their own unique teachings. Further sessions will be announced in the upcoming month.  Please check out what we have in store for you so far this year:

    Day 1 – Friday, April 29
 Times Session 1   Session 2 Session 3 - Offered in Spanish and English
Block 1

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

jim jori manske 075Jim and Jori Manske – Introduction to NVC

Learning the basics of NVC is fun and simple. Join the Manskes for an interactive session and take away skills to immediately begin practicing.


rodger sorrow 100Rodger Sorrow – Empathic Listening

With a basic NVC step-by-step worksheet, you can begin to hear others’ needs and requests. Begin practicing immediately at this highly interactive session. 

lorraine aguilar 075Lorraine Aguilar
Presented in English with simultaneous interpretation to Spanish
The Serenity Prayer, NVC Style
Deconstruct each line of the Serenity Prayer into NVC-based activities to step into your power, into discernment, and into peace. Intermediate-advanced focus; all levels welcome.
Listen to Lorraine talk about her session. 

La Oración de la serenidad, estilo CNV
Deconstruye cada línea de la Oración de la Serenidad en actividades basadas en la NVC para dar un paso hacia tu poder, hacia el discernimiento y hacia la paz. Enfoque intermedio-avanzado; todos los niveles son bienvenidos.

    Day 2 – Saturday, April 30
  Times  Session 1   Session 2 Session 3 - Offered in Spanish and English
 Block 2

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

mary mackenzie 075Mary Mackenzie – Free Yourself from Limiting Self-Beliefs

Soften your critical self-talk. Tap into the greater truth of your inner beauty so you can get unstuck and live life more compassionately and fully.

shoshama wheeler 100Shoshana Wheeler – Parenting With Compassion: Creating a No-Fault Family

Discover the steps to building the family of your dreams.

magiarí díaz díaz 150Maya Díaz Díaz 
Presented in Spanish with simultaneous interpretation to English
Vitaminas de jirafa
Taller multinivel. A menudo nos enfocamos en lo que "falta" y nos olvidamos de celebrar cada paso recorrido, de agradecer cada regalo recibido. En esta sesión exploraremos el poder de la celebración, la apreciación y la gratitud para renovarnos, fortalecernos, sanarnos y ser más felices. 

Giraffe Vitamins
Explore the power of celebration, appreciation, and gratitude, and how noticing each gift brings renewal, strength, healing and happiness into your life. All levels welcome.

Block 3
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

lorraine aguilar 075Lorraine Aguilar – Empathy Dojo

Play a simple kinesthetic game based on four physical postures to translate triggering criticisms into empathic reactions. Spar in teams to practice avoiding “career-limiting" reactions.
Listen to Lorraine talk about her session. 

Mika ManiwaMika Maniwa – The Pitfalls of Nonviolent Communication                         Has classical NVC ever fallen flat for you or resulted in 'power-over or under' dynamics that shocked you? Come receive empathy and   learn ways to initiate repair.
Listen to Mika talk about her session. 

rodger sorrow 075Yuri Haasz
Presented in Spanish with simultaneous interpretation to English 

¿Siempre ”tengo” que ser empático?
¿Qué puedes hacer para vivir la conciencia CNV, incluyendo la atención al autocuidado, cuando estás dividido entre una llamada intelectual a empatizar y tus sentimientos y la resistencia de tu cuerpo a hacerlo? Para participantes con experiencia en la escucha empática de la CNV.

Do I always "have" to be empathetic?
What can you do to live in NVC consciousness, including attending to self care, when you are torn between an intellectual call to empathize and your feelings and body’s resistance to do so? For participants with NVC empathic listening experience.
Listen to Yuri talk about his session. 

Block 4

3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

jared finkelstein 075Jared Finkelstein – Self-Acceptance: Wow I’m Glad I’m Me

Break out of tragic acculturated limitations and learn specific tools for translating inner-criticism into self-acceptance and growth.
Listen to Jared talk about his session. 


jim jori manske 075Jim and Jori Manske – The Zero Step: Connecting to the Spirit of NVC

Your intention prepares the ground for self-empathy and honesty. Let the empathic clarity of the zero step set the tone for your warm, caring words.

Rodger SorrowRodger Sorrow
Presented in English with simultaneous interpretation to Spanish

Empathy Buddies and NVC Practice Partners
We all need a good listening to! See and experience how you can powerfully practice self-empathy, empathy, and scary honesty with a partner. 

Compañeros de empatía y parejas de práctica de CNV
¡Todos necesitamos una buena escucha! Ve y experimenta cómo puedes practicar poderosamente la autoempatía, la empatía y la honestidad aterradora con una pareja.

Day 3 – Sunday, May 1
 Times Session 1  Session 2 Session 3 - Offered in Spanish and English

Block 5
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

mary mackenzie 075Mary Mackenzie - Make Sense of the Spiritual Significance of Big Life Changes

We have all been in the throes of change this past couple of years with the COVID pandemic, not to mention other transitions that many of us are experiencing such as relationship/marital shifts, job changes, illness and grief, working status and more. There is a natural rhythm to all levels of change and when you understand the phases of it, you can move through it with more ease, peace and self-direction. Transition does not have to be so scary. Attend this session and learn how.

rodger sorrow 075Mika Maniwa – Dealing with Defensiveness 

How can you stay in empathy, nurture connection, or mourn the gap when experiencing defensiveness, for example when seeing events differently and engaging in ways to protect self- images?
Listen to Mika talk about her session. 


magiarí díaz díaz 150Maya Díaz Díaz
Presented in Spanish with simultaneous interpretation to English
Mi anhelo: mi superpoder
Taller Multinivel. En esta sesión utilizaremos la creatividad y la imaginación para explorar la belleza de las necesidades y su poder para transformar conflictos. Volveremos a lo simple. Conectaremos con el cuerpo a través del movimiento y la música. Conectaremos con los superpoderes de nuestros anhelos vivos para crear respuestas nuevas a retos viejos.

My longing: my superpower
Connect to the superpower of needs through movement, music, and your body.  Explore how awareness of your longings transform conflict. All levels welcome.

Block 6
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

jared finkelstein 075Jared Finkelstein – Scary Honesty

Being honest, authentic, and transparent can often be quite frightening. Paradoxically, we risk a great fear of separation from others when we attempt to bring our whole selves to our relationships. This session will offer you an opportunity to step into that vulnerability, test it within your chosen limits, and build your capacity for deeper and more empowered revealing.
Listen to Jared talk about his session. 

shoshama wheeler 100Shoshana Wheeler – Understanding Anger: My Own and My Child's

Anger alerts us to what matters to us. Explore how anger can help you understand yourself and your children so that you can grow your quality of connection through peaceful self-expression.

rodger sorrow 075Yuri Haasz
Presented in Spanish with simultaneous interpretation to English 

Viviendo el Debate Interno
¿Cómo puedes escapar de la parálisis, causado por vivir en el pensamiento "el uno o el otro" y cuidar todo lo que es importante para ti? Explora la posibilidad de dar plena  y auténtica voz a las polaridades dentro de ti y transformarlas en la acogida de un pensamiento y otro. Todos los niveles son bienvenidos.

Thriving in Internal Debate 
How can you escape the paralysis that can come from living in “either/or” thinking, and care for everything important to you? Explore giving full, authentic voice to polarities within you and transforming these into welcoming one thought and another. All levels welcome.
Listen to Yuri talk about his session. 

You can also enrich your experience with the community room which will be open daily before, during, and after each session. The community room offers space to gather in community, seek and offer empathic support, play games, continue session discussions, and so much more. Join us and help create community connections!

  Community Room 
 Friday  Saturday Sunday 
 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM  7:00 AM – 8:30 PM  7:00 AM – 6:00 PM


In addition, there are opening sessions and end-of-the-day harvest sessions with the full community. Opening sessions provide an opportunity for the trainers to share their session descriptions and intentions, and for the full community to gather briefly. Harvest sessions are a space where we can share celebrations and mournings. This highly valued time supports connection and community.

   Opening & Harvest Sessions
 Saturday  Sunday
Opening Session: 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Harvest Session: 5:45 PM – 6:30 PM

Opening Session: 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Harvest Session: 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM


What is Nonviolent Communication?

Nonviolent Communication, also known as Compassionate Communication, is a process that was developed by Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D. in the 1960s. It is the integration of 4 things:

  1. Consciousness: a set of principles that support living a life of compassion, collaboration, courage, and authenticity.
  2. Language: understanding how words contribute to connection or distance.
  3. Communication: knowing how to ask for what we want, how to hear others even in disagreement, and how to move toward solutions that work for all.
  4. Means of influence: sharing “power with others” rather than using “power over others”.

NVC develops a consciousness that promotes clear communication, deep understanding, and genuine, respectful connection between individuals and teams. Educational institutions, businesses, law enforcement, medical organizations, and governmental bodies across the world have attested to the effectiveness of NVC training.

  • Direct messaging with the trainers
  • Video and audio recordings of every session
  • Forum discussion in the classroom
  • Lifetime access to classroom
What Happens After I Register?

When you register, you will receive an email with complete instructions on how to access the conference.
Note that conference recordings display images of active speakers only, and are made available to all registrants.

Dates & Times

The conference is complete. You can register to receive access to the recorded sessions.

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About NVC Conference

This is the 15th year of the NVC Conference, which started in person in southern California. Established and managed by Rodger Sorrow, it has always been beloved by the southern California NVC community.  Now, due to Covid, it is available online to an international