Practice Groups provide a cost-effective and supportive space for ongoing NVC training to build skills for authentic expression and to engage in empathic connection. The list below is not a comprehensive list of practice groups. However all of the groups listed below are open to new members.

Some groups have requested NVC past experience, as noted in the description. Please note ending dates where they are posted.

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ParentingGroup: NVC Parenting is a forum for parents who want to live the principles of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) with their families. Through offering empathy and sharing experiences, this group seeks to support parents to raise children with the values and tools of NVC.
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BELLEVUE, ISSAQUAH, REDMOND / 98007 EASTSIDE PRACTICE GROUP:   We're looking for new members. We meet every other Monday evening from 6:30pm til 9:pm when scheduled at the Redmond or Bellevue Libraries and 7:pm til 9:00pm when scheduled at Unity of Bellevue or current member's homes (TBA).

   We would love for you to come to our meetings and see if we're a fit. If you have read Marshall Rosenberg's book -Nonviolent Communication [A Language of Life] and have the Nonviolent Communication Companion Workbook by Lucy Leu, we would love for you to come join us as we continue to learn through practice.

Upcoming Dates: April 13,27th  May 11,25  June 8,22  July 6,20 Aug 3,17,31  September 14,28 of 2015

Please contact: Leala Sanders  email- or cell# 360-507-0509

Special Interest: Intermediate NVC

OTHER / 98034 Kirkland Practice Group: Looking for those who want to support each other in practicing NVC.  Parents only some sessions and including children with NVC practice games at times.  This willl be a self directed practice group.  Email if you would be intrested in meeting with us to practice.
(Updated Jan 2011)

Special Interest: Beginning NVC, Intermediate NVC

Occurs First/Third Sundays from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

CENTRAL SEATTLE / 98102 NVC Deepening Integration Group: *** WE REGRET TO SAY THAT THIS GROUP IS CURRENTLY FULL AND THEREFORE CLOSED TO NEW MEMBERS. If you are interested in joining this learning community when space opens up, please send an email to describing your NVC and personal growth background, and your interest in exploring joining this group. ***

This learning community is for people dedicated to personal and collective transformation, and will be a rigorous exploration of how we can each live a full and meaningfully engaged life. It will draw on and further develop core NVC skills, yet will also integrate other approaches to personal development and group interaction, drawing on movement practices, Joanna Macy's Work that Reconnects, Core Energetics, the work of Thomas Hübl, etc.

All are welcome regardless of financial resources. There is a requested contribution of $20 per session to cover facilitation and space use, but we ask people to contribute only what they are able to give joyfully.


We're looking forward to seeing you!

Special Interest: Intermediate NVC, Advanced NVC

Occurs Weekly on Tuesdays from 7:15 pm to 9:15 pm.

NORTH SEATTLE / 98103 Mastering the ART of NVC with Elana Sabajon: ... hardwire yourself to be a powerful communicator!

Are you looking for ways to implement your learned skills and expand your NVC consciousness?  Are you committed to changing your world, one dialogue at a time?  This is not your every day NVC practice group – Communication is not just a mental exercise, but it does take exercise to build your capacity for love and gratitude.

There is a difference between “practicing NVC” and fully integrating it into your mind and body.  There is a physical process that happens in the brain that strengthens our ability to fully express ourselves and fully receive others as we stay centered and connected with ourselves.

In this drop-in group, we will develop the "muscles" (myelin) in the brain that enable a richer experience of life, both within ourselves and in the outer world.

Participants are encouraged to bring their growing edges and experiences to share and work on in class.

"Greatness isn't born. It's grown. Here's how." from 'The Talent Code' by Daniel Coyle.

Investment: $28.00

Special Interest: Beginning NVC, Intermediate NVC, Advanced NVC

Occurs Third Thursdays from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm.

NORTH SEATTLE / 98113 Radiant Relationships: Living NVC Practice Group: If you have taken Holly Eckert's Basics course, or another 12 hour basic NVC class, you are welcome to join this group. Facilitated by Evan Gorsline, content will be based on the teachings of Marshall Rosenberg and Holly Eckert, with material gleaned from many other sources as well. Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesday mornings, 9:30-12:00 at My place: 860 NE 86th Street, 98115 in the Mapleleaf neighborhood in North Seattle. $5-20 donation per meeting requested but not required, drop-in welcome. For information on dates and content please contact Evan at or 206-351-8220
(Updated Dec 2010)

Occurs Second/Fourth Tuesdays from 09:30 am to 12:00 pm.

VASHON ISLAND, WEST SEATTLE / 98116 I would like to join a practice group: Beginning or Intermediate. I am in West Seattle all summer.

Special Interest: Beginning NVC, Intermediate NVC

CENTRAL SEATTLE / 98119 Queen Anne Practice Group: Currently on hiatus!  

In the meantime please feel free to contact me about one-on-one NVC practice!

Are you interested in deepening your NVC skills in a supportive environment.  Are you looking to grow in your ability to connect through NVC practice?  OF COURSE YOU ARE!!!!  This practice group is your next great step to building more fulfilling relationships!!!  Facilitated by Stephanie Phillips MA, LMHCA content is based on Marshall Rosenberg's book, Holly Eckert’s Basics, and emerging compassion-related  advances in science, attachment theory, and cognition.  Meetings will be held on alternating Wednesday evenings (except for holidays and any day with snow) from 7:00-9:00pm at my Queen Anne office at 1811 Queen Anne Ave N Suite #202.  Upcoming dates include.  I’m requesting a $5-20 donation per meeting, drop-ins welcome.  For more information on dates, content, or anything else please contact Stephanie at or visit my website at  

Directions: My address is 1811 Queen Anne Ave N. Suite 202.  It's located above the El Diablo Coffee shop and across the street from Bethany Presbyterian Church at the top of Queen Anne Hill.  There is free back in angle parking on Queen Anne Ave N for up to 2 hrs.  If you're standing on the sidewalk looking at El Diablo coffee shop, there will be stairs to your right that will take you up the the 2nd floor catwalk.  My office is the second to last door.  

I’m looking forward to seeing you there!
(Updated Oct 2012)

Special Interest: Beginning NVC, Intermediate NVC, Advanced NVC, NVC for Parents, NVC at Work, NVC for Teachers, NVC in Health Care

Occurs Second/Fourth Wednesdays from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

NORTH SEATTLE / 98125 North Seattle/Sandpoint: A new group is forming now with various levels of experience in practice. We are are a leaderful group in that we rotate leadership while always being willing to coach each other. We use a curriculum piece each meeting and leave time for empathy work. Please call Karen at 206-914-0567. There is no fee for this group.
(Updated Dec 2010)

NORTH SEATTLE / 98133 Empathy and Self-empathy: Small group meetings in North Seattle home.  Includes empathy skills, role plays, and any requests of group members.  Led by Patty Zeitlin, MA, 14 years experience teaching NVC.  Fees on a sliding scale.  Call Patty at (206) 367-3840 or e-mail with your phone number at

Special Interest: Intermediate NVC

Occurs Second/Fourth Mondays from 6:45 pm to 9:15 pm.

NORTH SEATTLE / 98133 Shoreline Giraffes: New practice group~!  Please join us to practice NVC and create a spot of clear communication and compassion - weekly on Thursdays from 7-9pm at 198th & Bagley (email for exact location).
We're looking forward to meeting you!

Special Interest: Beginning NVC, Intermediate NVC, Advanced NVC, NVC for Parents, NVC at Work, NVC for Teachers, NVC in Health Care

Occurs Weekly on Thursdays from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

WEST SEATTLE / 98166 Normandy Park Group: Multi-cultural families looking to explore all aspects of communication, work related, families; whatever is alive with you. 6 - 8 members preferred. Husband is family doctor with Group Health and I am a consult in customer and staff retention. Call me, Bonnieclare, at 206-878-2086 for answers and directions.

Special Interest: Beginning NVC, Intermediate NVC, NVC at Work, NVC in Health Care

Occurs First/Third Tuesdays from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

OTHER / 98201 SNOHOMISH COUNTY Workbook Practice Group Begins NOV 5th, 2013:
Everett Dispute Resolution Center, 2208 Broadway Ave, Everett, WA 98201

All levels welcome! We will be studying Marshall Rosenberg’s book, Nonviolent Communication ~A Language of Life~ as well as practicing & working exercises from the Companion Workbook. This group will meet from 6:00 to 8:00pm every other week on Tuesdays BEGINNING NOVEMBER 5TH, 2013.

There are no fees for this group but attendees will need to purchase & bring their own copy of the book and workbook (both may be purchased at or or

Contact Kimberly & Grace at for more information.

Special Interest: Beginning NVC, Intermediate NVC, Advanced NVC, NVC for Parents, NVC at Work, NVC for Teachers, NVC in Health Care

Occurs First/Third Tuesdays from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

OTHER / 98225 Bellingham practice group: 2 times per month on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 5:30-7:30pm (Fairhaven neighborhood/S. Bellingham)

Cat J. Zavis, J.D.
“Helping People Communicate, Collaborate and Resolve Conflicts”
Cat is an attorney, mediator, and educator.
She has taught Nonviolent Communication to lawyers, parents, teachers, kids, and individuals wanting to improve their communication skills.
In addition to teaching NVC, she offers private sessions, conducts mediations and represents individuals in Collaborative Divorce
(Updated Dec 2010)

Workshops also available
Call Cat Zavis, 360-820-9955,,

Special Interest: Beginning NVC, Intermediate NVC, Advanced NVC, NVC for Parents, NVC at Work, NVC for Teachers

Occurs Second/Fourth Tuesdays from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

OTHER / 98282 Camano Island / Stanwood / Mount Vernon Practice Group: I'm a local independent NVC trainer holding a practice group in Mount Vernon (folks in Everett, Camano Island, Stanwood, La Conner, Arlington, and Marysville may be interested)

We meet every other Monday evening from 7pm to 8:30pm.

If you're interested in joining us, please contact Jesse Watson:, 206-856-4308

Updated: 4/23/2015

Special Interest: Beginning NVC, Intermediate NVC, Advanced NVC, NVC for Parents, NVC at Work, NVC for Teachers, NVC in Health Care

Occurs Weekly on Mondays from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND / 98310 Kitsap County, Bainbridge, Poulsbo, Silverdale, Bremerton: We have a mixed group of intermediate and beginning practitioners. We have an open format where we sometimes practice giving and receiving empathy and other times where we have more of a lesson on a topic requested and an exercise. We do role plays, use floor cards, use NVC Grok cards, or whatever is supportive.
Email Marcia Christen before attending if possible.
First and Third Monday of the month, Bainbridge Island, 7-9pm.
New group forming in Port Orchard.  email with a request to join this group.  New groups forming all the time. See website for current schedule.
Facilitated by Marcia Christen, CNVC certified trainer,

Special Interest: Beginning NVC, Intermediate NVC, Advanced NVC, NVC for Parents, NVC at Work, NVC for Teachers, NVC in Health Care

Occurs First/Third Mondays from 7:15 pm to 9:15 pm.

TACOMA / 98406 Tacoma Giraffes: A South Sound community of do-it-yourself groups of multi-level giraffes who completely embrace the essence of NVC - the vital heart connection - and want simply to get better at unlearning our old communication habits and learning these new ones.  Our format varies from group to group. One model we use is a 3 hour Wisdom Circle format in which we Dialogue about how NVC does and does not work in our lives and practice our NVC skills using "real life" situations.  There are no "trainers", no fees and no "doing it wrong".  We laugh a lot and embrace the mystery of change. We are always open to new members.  Contact Mark Backus at 253-759-5978 or for more information.  Come on down!!  (Updated 03/22/10)

Special Interest: Beginning NVC, Intermediate NVC, Advanced NVC, NVC for Parents, NVC at Work, NVC for Teachers, NVC in Health Care

Occurs First Saturdays from 09:15 am to 11:00 am.

TACOMA / 98407 Tacoma NVC Practice Group: We have an NVC practice group open to people of all ages and backgrounds who are looking for connection and meaning.  We learn and practice a needs-based consciousness using shared leadership, a simple format, role plays, and discussion.  Our covenant is "nothing but play." We typically meet in people's homes. Please contact Mark before attending:, 759-5978.  Updated: 4/23/15

Occurs First Saturdays from 09:15 am to 11:00 pm.

OTHER / 99206 Spokane Valley NVC practice group: Our group has been going for 3 months, and we are looking for additional members that have at least some NVC experience.  We meet every other Wednesday evening in Spokane WA.  Contact Max Johnston at or call 509-710-3240
(Updated Dec 2010)

Special Interest: Beginning NVC, Intermediate NVC, Advanced NVC

Occurs Weekly on Wednesdays from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

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