(Albany, NY) Nonviolent Communication: A Spiritual Practice and Act of Social Change [June 21-23, 2019]

Join us for this weekend workshop on Compassionate-Nonviolent Communication where you will learn how to artfully self-manage your reactions; empathize with others; and find solutions that restore harmony, are in integrity with your values, and hold everyone’s needs with care.  Register here.

If you have young children and want to learn NVC, this is an ideal opportunity for you! If you register by June 1, you can benefit from child care for an additional fee of $50 per child!


  • Dates:  Friday, June 21 (begins with dinner at 7:00 pm) – Sunday, June 23, 2019 (ends with lunch)
  • Location:  Powell House, 524 Pitt Hall Rd., Old Chatham, NY 12136 (directions)
  • Cost (includes two overnights and meals):
        Early bird discount (through June 7, 2019):  $295 for adults | $200 for ages 13-22
    Standard price (after June 7):  $310 for adults | $230 for ages 13-22
        [Commuters pay $220 (early bird) or $250 (standard)]
  • InstructorDian Killian, Ph.D.
  • Sponsor:  Powell House, the conference and retreat center of the New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).
  • Child Care:  Available if you tell us by June 1 ($75 per child); up to 12 years old.
  • REGISTER here.
  • Questions:  For questions regarding registration, logistics, scholarships, travel, or housing, please email the host (Powell House) directly.

Those around us can do or say things that we don’t like, disagree with, find hurtful, infuriating, or even plain wrong. So how do we, in these moments, find our common humanity and speak truth to power?

Join us for this engaging and interactive program that includes exercises, games, pair work, role play, and music.  We’ll explore the core practices of Nonviolent Communication as well more advanced practices such as Protective Use of Force and how the very way we communicate each day can be a radical act of social change.

Recommended reading for this workshop:

About the Facilitator:

Book Cover Connecting Across Differences

Dian Killian, Ph.D., has been a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication since 2005 and has offered training around the world.  She is a co-author of two well-loved NVC books, Connecting across Differences: How to Connect with Anyone, Anywhere, Any Time (in English and German) and Urban Empathy: True Life Adventures of Compassion on the Streets of New York.

Based in Brooklyn, Dian teaches regularly at Kripalu, the 92nd St Y, the New York Open Center, and the Omega Institute and has worked with diverse organizations including Americorps, the United Nations Development Program, the Peace Alliance/Department of Peace campaign, New York University, and Cornell University.  She is known for sharing NVC in a clear, down-to-earth, and engaging way with humor and stories.

Special Event for the weekend: Empathy Songs and Stories:

On Saturday evening, Dian will share music and stories with us.  A champion mountain dulcimer performer and singer-songwriter, she has performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, People’s Voice Cafe, Rockwood Music Hall, and many other venues.  Join us to learn more about empathy via song!

We’re delighted that you’re planning to join us for this in-person program! We invite you to care for the environment by offsetting your carbon impact in traveling to the event by making a donation to one of these organizations:

  1. Trees for the Future: Improving the livelihoods of impoverished farmers by revitalizing degraded lands. Donate.
  2. Tree Sisters: Planetary restoration at the grassroots level with a focus on women and tropical reforestation. Donate.

Work Collaboratively offsets any travel our trainers do by making donations to these two organizations to offset our carbon impact. In addition, we reuse materials, use recycled paper products, and reuse name tag holders. We also avoid using non-reusable, non-durable plastic products.