(Albany, NY) NVC as a Spiritual Practice and Act of Social Change [August 7-9, 2020]

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.

Watch Dian overview what this weekend program will be like and what you will learn [1:59].

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.


  • DATES:  Friday, August 7 (begins 5:00 pm) – Sunday, August 9, 2020 (ends 2:00 pm)
  • LOCATION:  The Powell House, 524 Pitt Hall Rd., Old Chatham, NY 12136 (directions)
  • COST: $325 early bird (by July 25); $350 standard (after July 25). Includes 2 overnights and all meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch.
  • 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).
  • QUESTIONS: For questions regarding registration, logistics, scholarships, travel, or housing, please email the host (Powell House).

If you have young children and want to learn NVC, this is an ideal opportunity for you! You can have childcare for an additional fee of $100 per child if you register by July 17 and call the Powell House’s office manager, Bryant at 518-794-8811.

Recommended reading for this workshop:

About the Facilitator:

Dian Killian, Ph.D.
Dian Killian, Ph.D.

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.

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.

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