<Thursday, January 30th 2020> Compassionate Communication

Compassionate Communication

with Lyndsey Harrington
Thursday, January 30th

Exchange: $40


Compassionate Communication, which is commonly known as Nonviolent Communication (NVC), is a practice that was originated by American psychologist and peace activist Marshall Rosenberg in the late 20th century. It provides us with the tools to live from the heart, transitioning from a world of judgement and blame to one of empathy and understanding . With NVC, we are invited to live in connection to the feelings and needs that drive our every word and action, and to become curious about what might be driving the words and actions of others. We can learn to understand and advocate for ourselves on a deep level, cultivate more harmony and connection in our relationships, and approach the world with an increased spirit of generosity.

In this introductory workshop, here are some of the topics we'll cover through an NVC lens:

  • The Compassion Map: Why do humans do and say what they do?
  • Introducing the Feelings & Needs lists.
  • Acknowledging why we might be blocked from feeling our feelings.
  • Why we get triggered by others' words and actions, and what to do about it.
  • What slowing down before responding can look like, and why it's important.
  • Introducing the NVC approach to "Empathy".
  • Microcosm & Macrocosm: How our shift in perspective can impact our view of the world.
  • A helpful compassion exercise to put the concepts into practice (that you can do on your own at any future time).

For this workshop, no prior Compassionate Communication or NVC experience is necessary. Participants are encouraged to bring fed bellies, and a notebook & pen.


Lyndsey Harrington has been dedicated to the path of communication since she first encountered Marshall Rosenberg’s book, “Nonviolent Communication” in 2012. Growing up with a deep love for meditation and alternative healing, she found herself yearning for a practice that could bridge the sense of loving unity she felt with the world during her meditations and maintaining that sense of connection in her everyday human life. For her, this practice is that bridge. After developing a practice on her own for several years, in 2015, Lyndsey began studying with the New York Center for Nonviolent Communication and then, in 2017, joined their team as a workshop facilitator/trainer. She has facilitated several NYCNVC intensives, supported the organization as a course coordinator, and has led and co-led communication practice groups in Brooklyn and the Hudson Valley.