Moving toward Empathy and Honesty Through the Lens of NVC – Non-Violent Communication Workshop

with Kristin Masters

Every criticism, judgment, diagnosis, anger is the expression of an unmet need.

                      — Marshall B. Rosenberg

When: Saturday, November 10, 2018, 10:00AM – 5:00 PM

Where: Cypress Community Center, 403 Cypress Avenue, Room 5, San José, CA (Map/Directions)

Fee: This event is free

Registration Required, e-mail:

Important Note: This is a Zero Waste event.  Please bring your own mug and containers for drinks and snacks. 

We will spend a day together applying the principles, skills and tools of Nonviolent Communication to our lives and relationships.  Expect to engage in practice, to explore listening for values, ours and other’s, and to let those values guide us a field of less defense and more trust. Kristin will apply the steps of OFNR (observations, feelings, needs, requests) without falling into formulaic speech, but instead into language that reflects our heartful connection to one another across differences.
This workshop hopes to bring those effective communication tools to help creating a safe space, resolving conflicts and building compassionate relationship.

Kristin Masters has long been a group facilitator and diversity trainer, and loves helping groups find ways to move toward the goals of their good work more easily. She is currently engaged in learning, teaching and sharing compassionate communication, and is a certified NVC (Non-Violent Communication) trainer through CNVC.

NVC came to Kristin via Jean Morrison early in their friendship and collaboration on the Alternatives to Violence Project at San Quentin Prison. NVC seemed like a smart addition to the conflict resolution work Kristin was already engaged in, and she incorporated it into staff trainings in her long time work as the director of the City’s community center. NVC took on more meaning when it saved her relationship from a harsh stuck place. She happily took on the role of board chair for NVCSantaCruz upon its formation, and never looked back.

Kristin finds great interest in the inner work of NVC, drawing on Robert Gonzales’ Living Compassion work to support greater self responsibility and freedom from the kind of suffering that stems from victim thinking. This kind of awareness of our inner world allows for an empowered approach to partnering, parenting, working and social change.

For nearly twenty years, Kristin has been a leader in diversity issues and believes that we can heal the hurts we’ve suffered in our domination society.  She anticipates great joy in the future of applying NVC to social change and healing. She also utilizes Joanna Macy’s Work That Reconnects – incorporating empowerment, mourning and action.


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