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Nonviolent Communication Two-Day Training

  • New Unity @ Newington Green 39A Newington Green London, England, N16 9PR United Kingdom (map)

This two-day training provides a strong introduction to the process of Nonviolent Communication. 

Hosted by New Unity, a non-religious church in north London working for love and justice in community and in the world.

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What is Nonviolent Communication?

Nonviolent Communication (NVC), also known as Compassionate Communication, is a simple, profound, learnable process that offers specific tools to support a more human, respectful way of relating in any situation. NVC helps us to stay connected to our and others humanity whilst communicating, even in the most difficult circumstances, and inspires a more compassionate response from both others and ourselves. Discover why this ‘language of the heart’ is recommended by communication experts worldwide and why approx. 200,000 people are learning NVC annually in more than 95 countries.

NVC Foundation Training:

This 2-day foundation trainings present all the basic concepts and tools used in NVC. They give you sufficient information and practice to start using NVC effectively in your daily life - professional or personal. Participants often find attending this training to be challenging, moving, supportive and fun!

Over the two days we will cover all the basic concepts of NVC. Learning each of the basic concepts will be supported by practice exercises. The exercises are very simple to begin with and gradually become more complex and challenging as the training progresses and your understanding deepens.

Day one focuses mainly on developing your clarity regarding the basic elements of NVC. We will explore the themes of: the intention of NVC; three levels of empathic listening; four main elements of the core NVC process; and the four ways of hearing messages. Sunday morning will include a presentation at New Unity's non-religious Sunday Gathering. Participation in the presentation is completely optional but attendance is an important part of the overall training.

On day two we will go deeper with NVC, with longer and more challenging exercises, which will help you to experience the depth and power of NVC. We will practice using NVC to: clarify our inner experience; empathise with another person; and dialogue with someone whom we are in conflict with. In 

You can view a full outline of a representative two day workshop here (PDF)

At the end of the training you will receive a certificate of completion of the training (12 hours CPD).

This foundation training will be led by Daren De Witt. Daren is a London-based certified trainer with, and senior UK representative of, the Centre for Nonviolent Communication. Daren has been practicing and teaching NVC since the year 2000, and he trained personally with Marshall Rosenberg, the creator of NVC, during the years 2000-2006.

Daren's website, NVC Resolutions, provides a wide range of further information including an excellent introduction to NVC and what it can do for us.

Basic info

Location: The training takes place at New Unity, 39A Newington Green, N16 9PR

Food and drink: Please bring a packed lunch and, ideally, food to share. Tea, coffee, water, and snacks will be provided during the day

Accessibility: Sadly, this is not an accessible venue. There is one flight of stairs to access the training room

Timing: Saturday 4th November 10:00-17:30 and Sunday 5th November 9:30-17:30

Cost: £140 per person, £40 per person for New Unity members and friends. (We do not want anyone to be unable to attend because of cost. If you need a lower priced ticket, please contact Andy Pakula directly on


It will support your learning to read 'Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life' by Marshall Rosenberg (Puddledancer Press), which is available from here and from other booksellers. 

Or view the 3 hour video of Marshall Rosenberg, the creator of NVC, in seminar in San Francisco in the year 2000, which you can view on Youtube here.

There are two other YouTube video interviews with Marshall Rosenberg we can recommend, and which give some background to him and Nonviolent Communication:
1. A short 10 minute intro to Marshall Rosenberg and key elements of NVC.
2. A 23 minute interview with Marshall Rosenberg, which summarises many elements of his thinking.

Earlier Event: October 31
Later Event: November 5
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