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Art of Communication Festival

March 21 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Register online here.

Sliding scale tuition: $60-$120  or $30-60 for a half-day. In addition we offer scholarships because we want to make these workshops accessible to all. For scholarships, contact info@nvcsantacruz.org

Join us for a day to explore compassionate communication in the variety of settings: family , friendships, workplace, and the political realm. We’re very happy to have a variety of teachers joining us. Scroll down to see their workshop descriptions and click their name to see their bio’s. Scroll further for the schedule for the day.

Mary Goyer Workshop

Introduction to the Art of Communication

Kara Bowman, certified trainer

Kara Bowman Workshop

Practical Strategies for Parenting with NVC

Join us in learning some practical strategies for using NVC to parent all ages of children. We’ll work on examples so you can see and hear NVC in action.


Kristin Masters Workshop

Dropping the Defense

NVC  has a set of powerful guides to dropping our defenses so we can have more contact with trust. We’ll explore experientially and with words how things can go when we let go of our defendedness.





Rick Longinotti

Rick Longinotti Workshops

De-Polarizing Community Conversations

How can we speak passionately for the things we care deeply about without stimulating alienation in those who disagree?

Couples Getting Closer

We can enrich everyday living when we become more aware of what gets in the way of our natural generosity.

Jean Morrison

Jean Morrison Workshops

New Perspectives on Old Conflicts and Wounds ~  Our ‘stories’ based on true experiences can stay embedded in our brains and re-told to ourself and others countless times. We will interrupt and re-work these neural pathways, ‘translate your story’ compassionately in to NVC language, and experience the reduction of your suffering and the stress in your body/mind.
5 Sneaky Ways We Shut Down our Compassion and Vitality – (and the Easy Way to Open Up) ~
 Come discover how these sneaky habits can take over and influence our reality and functioning. With increased awareness of how they operate in our mind/body we can then invite the the easy way to shift into compassion and experience more vitality.




Bar Lowenberg, NVC as Spiritual Practice

NVC as a Spiritual Practice

Bar Lowenberg leads this version of our regular Friday morning group. The group begins with an inspirational reading and meditation, followed by a supportive practice circle.




9:30: Meet and Greet; Registration, Snacks, and Coffee/Tea

10:00: Opening Circle with Conflict Improv

11:15-12:30  Choice of 3 workshops:

  • Introduction to NVC  with Mary Goyer
  • New Perspectives on Old Conflicts and Wounds, with Jean Morrison
  • Dropping the Defense, with Kristin Masters

12:30 – 1:30: Lunch, Please bring your own or we can tell you about local restaurants

1:45-3:00: Choice of 3 workshops:

  • Practical Strategies for Parenting with NVC, Kara Bowman
  • Couples Getting Closer with Rick Longinotti
  • 5 Sneaky Ways We Shut Down Our Compassion, with Jean Morrison

3:15-4:30: Choice of 3 workshops:

  • NVC as a Spiritual Practice, with Bar Lowenberg
  • De-polarizing Community Conversations, with Rick Longinotti

4:30-5:00:  Closing Circle

Learn more about our sliding scale structure

Register online here.


March 21
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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NVC Santa Cruz


St. John the Baptist Church Aptos
125 Canterbury Dr.
Aptos, CA 95003 United States
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