NVC Santa Cruz


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  • We are adapting to the Covid 19 shelter-in-place restrictions by offering online classes and empathy groups (see below)
  • Our community liason, Kar Fraser will also link you up with an “empathy buddy” for regular empathy check-ins. Just contact Kar:  info@NVCsantacruz.org
  • Our trainers are available for mediation and coaching on an individual basis.
  • We conduct trainings for workplaces and organizations, offering discounts to organizations that serve the community.
  • To receive our twice-monthly email newsletter click here.





Upcoming Events

We are holding online classes. When you register, we will send you the information about how to log-in to the Zoom class.


Zoom Parenting Circle, Thursdays, 5:30pm, led by Michelle Leah Gomez

Fridays, 10am-noon, NVC as a Spiritual Practice



Introduction to the Art of Communication, July 12, 6:30-8pm

Communicating for Positive Outcomes,  July 6, 13, 20; 11-12:30;   Jean Morrison
GROK Party  July 11, 10-2, Jean Morrison and Christine King
Boogie with NVC Basics, for Couples and Individuals, July 14th; 11-12:30;  Jean Morrison


GROK Party  Aug 15, 10-2, Jean Morrison and Christine King



“I use NVC principles and strategies in almost every aspect of my work as Campus Ombudsman at UCSC: mediation, meeting facilitation, one-to-one interviews, and group interventions. I’m sure there was life before NVC, but I can’t quite remember what it was!”
— Laurie McCann, Campus Ombudsman, University of California Santa Cruz (now retired)

For more testimonials, click here.




Check out the Free Empathy table on Pacific Ave at Lincoln. Every Sunday from 2-4pm Bar Lowenberg is there to listen and empathize. Click on his photo below to read one person’s impression of Bar’s offering.

Bar Free Empathy



Meditations for These Times

Video: Thich Nhat Hanh with Opray Winfrey