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Advancing Nonviolent Communication (online)

November 20 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on October 23, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on November 20, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on December 11, 2020 at 9:00 am

|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on October 23, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on November 20, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on December 11, 2020 at 9:00 am

| $385

This four-day online workshop will bring clarity on how what you think, say, and do impacts your relationship with yourself and others. Bring your nonviolent communication skills to a new level as you transform habits and patterns that are not serving you and those you interact with at work, in your family and in your community.

Participants will deepen their understanding and application of nonviolent communication (as developed by Marshall Rosenberg) in everyday life. Each day will include a small amount of theory and a lot of practice, practice, practice, guided and supported by instructor, Peggy Smith. The workshop will be an interactive experience. You’ll leave with practical concepts and skills you can put to immediate use.


Program Benefits 

This dynamic interactive workshop teaches ways to bring our innate empathic capacities to the experiences of daily life with fun and connection. Using 32+ years of teaching experience, Peggy Smith creates a learning environment that fosters safety, depth and fun.    

  • Appreciate how living in harmony with nonviolent communication values and skills leads to increased connection with yourself and others
  • Understand triggers and how they connect with underlying needs
  • Clearly differentiate needs and strategies
  • Identify feelings and needs more easily and increase feeling and need vocabulary
  • Recognize the value of celebration and explore the dynamics of mourning


Topics Covered

Day One:  Empathy for Transforming Conflict

We will investigate the power of resonant language to support regulation, both our own and other people’s. Specific exercises will use Nonviolent Communication to reframe conflict from an experience of disconnection to a vehicle to better understand and have compassion for all involved.

Day Two: Requests ~ the Art of Mutuality and Community

Transforming our hesitations and fears about asking for what we want, we will investigate strategies that empower everyone as a vital step in building strong resilient families and communities. We will delve deeply into the components of both connecting and action requests and practice, practice, practice. We will discover the power of both giving and receiving a “No” and how that can lead to even stronger connections.

Day Three:  Healing the Past and Preparing for the Nonviolent Future

Using a process developed by neuroscience educator and author, Sarah Peyton (Your Resonant Self,) we will utilize time travel empathy to bring healing to our past and reduce anxiety about our futures. We will also practice connecting even when we don’t agree, in order to enhance our ability to communicate across divides of all kinds.

Day Four: Dialogue When Everyone Matters

On the final day of this program, we’ll bring all the skills experienced together to practice difficult conversations in a safe space. Whether we want to “re-do” or “pre-do” conversations there will be ample opportunities to try Nonviolent Communication with situations that really matter to participants.


Who Should Enroll

Advanced nonviolent communication is recommended for those interested in exploring and improving their relationships with themselves, their families, coworkers or community. Social workers, counselors, therapists and teachers can find this work enriches both their professional offerings and personal well-being. Parents, guardians, and caregivers will benefit from doable strategies for self-care and concrete ways of communicating compassionately and authentically with children (and partners).

Participants are welcome if they have completed a minimum of two days of Nonviolent Communication with either of Maine’s two certified Nonviolent Communication trainers, Peggy Smith and Leah Boyd. This class is not for people just beginning their nonviolent communication journey, it is for people who have already completed any of the Nonviolent Communicationlevel one offerings below, including:

  • Beginning the Journey to Nonviolent Communication
  • Past Trauma, Current Relationships
  • Connecting Across Differences
  • Speaking Peace in a World of Conflict
  • Bringing Mindful Speech to Life
  • Nonviolent Communication Level 1 by any other name

This class could also be of benefit to people who have taken more advanced Nonviolent Communication classes in the past and want to reconnect with the vibrant nonviolent communication community.

If you’re interested in this course and have taken two days of Nonviolent Communication training with other certified trainers, please contact Peggy Smith to determine if you meet the prerequisite.


Peggy Smith holds a master’s degree in literacy and language arts from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a certified trainer with the International Center for Nonviolent Communication with over four decades of teaching experience. A co-founder of the Maine Nonviolent Communication Network, Smith is at the forefront of bringing empathic thinking and communicating to midcoast Maine. Since 1991, Smith has studied with Zen teacher and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh and is a dharma teacher within his tradition. Smith lives in Lincolnville, Maine and greets the day watching the sunrise over Islesboro. Learn more about Peggy Smith here.


Program Dates and times

A four-part program: Sept. 18, Oct. 23, Nov. 20 and Dec. 11

9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. (with breaks every two hours or so)

9–11:30 a.m., 12:30–2:30 p.m., 3:30–5:30 p.m.


Class Capacity



Program Fee


Need-based scholarships for Knox and Waldo County residents who plan to use the skills gained in the course to benefit their community. More information about need-based scholarships is here.


Continuing Education Credits

2.6 CEUs/26 contact hours

Certificate for completing the entirety of this course

For more information or to request an accommodation contact Michelle Patten, Conference and Professional Development Coordinator,; 207.338.8002.




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