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Parenting for Beginners

May 15 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

4 Saturdays, 10:30am-12:30pm Pacific Time, 15, 22, 29 May & 5 June 2021 


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About Michelle Leah Gomez 

Whether or not you are new-to-parenting, this class supports your journey towards more peaceful parenting through nonviolent communication.

Do you long for more peaceful communication with your children? Do you seek collaboration over coercion and wonder what that means in practice? Do you long for a nonviolent world and wonder how that might begin at home?

Whether it is a two year old kicking on the floor, a 5 year old grabbing a toy from another child, a teenager slamming the door shut or a parent considering doing each of the above – how might one approach these scenarios from a nonviolent communication perspective?

This class is for parents new to nvc (whether new to parenting or not). The instructor requests that you have a basic understanding of nvc prior to taking the class (three easily accessible options are available from the instructor at MichelleLeahGomez@gmail.com).

Cost: The course is offered on a sliding scale of $80, $120 or $160 for the 8 hours of class. Parents/Caretakers are welcome to join at the single price rate.  Anyone who wishes to take the course, and is unable due to financial need, is welcome to email the instructor (MichelleLeahGomez@gmail.com) to request registration under the Scholarship option of $10 for the entire course.

Prerequisites: Some introduction to nvc is requested; this class will assume a basic understanding of Feelings, Needs, Observation and Requests (A list of suggested introductions is emailed upon registration or upon request here: MichelleLeahGomez@gmail.com).

This class will discuss concepts and use exercises from Inbal Kashtan’s Parenting From Your Heart to discuss basic concepts of nvc parenting. The bulk of class time will be exercises — applying these concepts to each parent’s real life examples and discussing the issues that arise.


“Michelle is a kind, compassionate, and excellent teacher . . . and the whole world needs to know that 🙂 . . . She is a great facilitator, effective not only in teaching but in building trust and compassion in the classroom. She encourages us to take time and slowly integrate the NVC strategies. Her classes helped open my eyes & heart to a new way of interacting with my daughter.”  Patricia C. / California, USA / 2020

“I was impressed with Michelle’s astute insights and articulation that were consistently on-point. It was an inspiration to witness and hear her examples of practising NVC as a mature, integral approach to daily life. So, when participating parents presented complex interrelational issues Michelle’s ready responses were practical and empathetic. I wholeheartedly recommend the services of Michelle Leah Gomez as an NVC facilitator.”   Collin / Germany/USA / 2021

“I have found that . . . stopping to check in with my own feelings, and then owning and sharing them with my 13-year-old daughter has helped create paths to genuinely connect with her, and re-connect after we have conflict.”  Kim / California, USA / 2021

“I am so grateful . . . for [Michelle] modeling NVC communication throughout . . . I felt myself soften the days after those Monday night sessions . . . What [she] provided was invaluable . . . I really loved . . . how [she] adapted the topics to questions raised . . . I loved hearing [her] process with parents and learning through live examples.”    YH / California, USA / 2021

Parenting is a journey. With learning and support, may the journey be one towards peace.


May 15
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
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