NVC Skills in Communication

Free Weekly Practice Groups
Mullumbimby,  Lismore,  Coorabell,  Lennox Heads

NVC is a communication process developed by Dr Marshall Rosenberg who in 1961 received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison where he studied under Carl Rogers, a major proponent of Humanistic Psychology.

NVC is based on a realisation that solutions to interpersonal problems tend to present themselves more readily if we aim to foster connection.

NVC considers that human beings resort to behaviour that harms others when they don't recognise more useful strategies for meeting needs. NVC practice is about learning effective ways of identifying and communicating our needs, the needs of others, and the feelings that surround these needs, so that harmony in relationships can be achieved.

Before or after the practice meetings we may share meals. These informal and relaxed gatherings are an additional opportunity to exchange ideas and further strengthen our sense of community spirit.

NVC Practice Groups are an excellent way of learning from each other as we refine our understanding and skills. Rotating facilitation is an empowering and confidence building approach that enriches the learning experience for all participants. Facilitating and holding space for others is also a very effective way of learning for ourselves. Subject to group consensus and observing some basic guidelines any regular participant in our groups is welcome to volunteer to facilitate a meeting.

To assist in generating an atmosphere of mutual confidence, respect and trust it feels good if participants arrive on time and facilitators arrive 5-10 minutes early. The general format that has evolved so far is a short check-in sharing, focusing on feelings and needs, followed by an empathy swap session. After the empathy swap it is up to the facilitator's discretion
what is being presented and how it is being presented. The meetings conclude with a check-out sharing, once again focusing on feelings, needs and possibly requests.

Generally the meetings are flexible as we learn to practice the basic principles of NVC. We try to look beyond mere words and sense the underlying feelings and needs. Awareness, empathy and authenticity are
of equal importance during the meetings.

NVC focuses on a number of aspects in communication: 
• Self-empathy -  a deep awareness of one's own inner experience.
• Connection -  a fundamental and universal human need.
• Observation
- a dispassionate point of likely agreement.  
• Feelings - identifying and expressing feelings.
• Needs - identifying and expressing needs.
• Requests - asking in clear, positive action language for what we want.
• Empathy
- openhearted listening to another's feelings and needs. 
• Authenticity - genuineness, realness, truthfulness.
• Integrity - adhering to standards of decency and fairness.

The practice groups below have been inspired by the principles developed by Dr Marshall Rosenberg, however they may also incorporate additional sources of inspiration and insight.

Ocean Shores: Private Home
Tuesdays 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Contact: Majida,  majidahawkins@gmail.com   04 0854 7654  

Lismore: Communities Hub Art Space, 88 Keen St.
Wednesdays 4.00pm - 6.00pm
Cost: Free or (small donation to cover venue hire)
Contact: nvcnorthernrivers@gmail.com

Mullumbimby: Private Home
Thursdays 2.00pm - 4.30pm
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Contact: nvcnorthernrivers@gmail.com 

Coorabell: Private Home
Tuesdays 11.30am - 1.30pm
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Contact: Paulette,  paulettenvc@gmail.com   02 6684 7262

Lennox Heads: Private Home
Thursdays 3.00pm - 5.00pm
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Contact: Sharon,  withsingingheart@hotmail.com


NVC in Australia


Centre for Nonviolent Communication



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