Nonviolent Communication: Making Peace with Ourselves and Others

Nonviolent Communication: Making Peace with Ourselves and Others - 5 week course, Wednesdays & Saturdays, Starting January 22, 2020“This is one of the most useful processes you’ll ever learn!
– William Ury, author, Getting to Yes

Most of us have been educated to think and communicate in ways which promote guilt, blame, avoidance, and stress in our relationships. Nonviolent Communication (NVC) offers a way out of these patterns of disconnection, through a combination of practical skills and time-tested ancient wisdom. The NVC approach builds connection, safety, trust, and respect; within oneself, with others, and within groups; opening the door to unexpected, creative and collaborative solutions that address everyone’s needs.

LEARN concrete tools for navigating difficult conversations

EMBODY and ACT from a consciousness of interdependence

EXPLORE the power patterns of thinking & speaking have to:

  • Create or end stress and conflict
  • Support our connection to compassion
  • Create a deeper sense of choice & freedom in our daily lives
  • Make the field of relationship a place of joyful learning


Wednesday’s from 6 to 8pm, starting January 22nd and ending February 19th. The course will meet at the Burlington Friends Meeting House at 173 North Prospect Street in Burlington.


JESSE WIENS is the founder of ZENVC, an approach to the practice of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) that integrates meditation, mindfulness, and inner work. He has a passion for bringing Eastern and Western wisdom to bear on the problems of today, supporting individuals, couples, and communities to come back into wholeness. In this, he draws from his own Chinese-American heritage, seven years of living and practicing in Zen monasteries, and training with NVC founder, Marshall Rosenberg, and Center for Understanding in Conflict co-founder, Gary Friedman. Jesse is a Center for Nonviolent Communication Certified Trainer and a former volunteer with BayNVC’s Restorative Justice program at San Quentin State Prison. He is also the coauthor of The Ongo Book: Everyday Nonviolence, and a contributing author to A Thousand Hands: A Guidebook to Caring for Your Buddhist Community.


5 Week Course (30% off individual class rate): $125 covers all 5 classes and includes all learning materials. To sign up for the full course, click the “Sign Up Here” button below and fill out the online registration form.

Individual Class Drop-in: $35 per class. To sign up for a drop-in class, click the “Sign Up Here” button below and fill out the online registration form. Signing up ensures that we will have learning materials available for you when you come.