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Robert Gonzales

CNVC Certified Trainer from Portland, Oregon, USA (1949-2021)

Robert’s passion was in the spirituality of the Nonviolent Communication (NVC) process. He saw 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 offered NVC training in some form from 1986-2021. His original professional background and training was as a licensed psychotherapist.

Robert 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:


The worldwide NVC community mourned when Robert died in 2021. He is greatly missed and his work is dearly appreciated.

Latest NVC Library Resources with Robert Gonzales

Embodying Compassion Exercise

Grow your compassionate presence with this 3-process exercise. The processes include: Connecting to and feeling the Life Impulse meditation, Creating your own inner space of compassionate presence exercise, and the Compassionately Embracing visualization. These processes will guide you toward deeper self connection and compassionate presence.

The Illusion of Conflicting Needs

This exercise will help you resolve situations in which you have two needs which seem to be in conflict with each other, transforming inner conflict into peace.

Clarity, Compassion and Empowerment (6 Session 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.

Cooperating with the Life Principle: Living the Heart of Life Unfolding (8 Session 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.

Integration of Inner and Outer: Our Relationship to ALL of Life (5 Session 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, and much more.