NVC Santa Cruz

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We offer classes in interpersonal communication for home, workplace, and in the community. In addition, our trainers are available for mediation and coaching on an individual basis. We conduct trainings in workplaces and organizations, offering discounts to organizations that serve the community. You can read more about our approach on the About Us page.

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Upcoming Events

Note our new venue for workshops

As of February 1st, most (but not all) of our workshops will be held at the Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz. Get directions.


6-Day Retreat at Quaker Center in Ben Lomond     2/9-2/14

Saying Yes, Saying No: Creating Authentic and Compassionate Boundaries Four Tuesdays beginning 2/20 with Christine King

Art of Communication Festival, 2/24 9:30am-5pm


Introduction to the Art of Communication, 3/4 6:30-8:30pm with Christine King

Living Compassion, 3/11 2-5pm with Kristin Masters

What if Empathy Was/Is Your Superpower? with Jean Morrison and Deanna Zachary

Couples Resolving Conflict, 3/24 with Aviva and Rick Longinotti


Introduction to the Art of Communication, 4/8 6:30-8:30pm with Rick Longinotti

NVC to Support Addiction Recovery, 4/14 10am-4pm with Jean Morrison and Deanna Zachary

Living Compassion, 4/22 2-5pm with Kristin Masters


Introduction to the Art of Communication, 5/6 6:30-8:30pm with Kristin Masters




2018 NVC FUNfest: Living from the heart Retreat, 7/20-7/25



“I use NVC principles and strategies in almost every aspect of my work as Campus Ombudsman at UCSC: mediation, meeting facilitation, one-to-one interviews, and group interventions. I’m sure there was life before NVC, but I can’t quite remember what it was!”
— Laurie McCann, Campus Ombudsman, University of California Santa Cruz (now retired)

For more testimonials, click here.







Check out the Free Empathy table on Pacific Ave at Lincoln. Every Sunday from 2-4pm Bar Lowenberg is there to listen and empathize. Click on his photo below to read one person’s impression of Bar’s offering.

Bar Free Empathy

Meditations for These Times

Video: Thich Nhat Hanh with Opray Winfrey