Workshops / Practice Groups

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I offer private and public workshops that vary in length from daylong to weekend, and sometimes nightly for several weeks.

For info about a local Gainesville communication practice group that is open to all, join our Meetup or follow on Facebook or go to  

Unstuck Parenting: Cultivating Confidence and Compassion

2-day Workshop, November 3 & 4, With Special Guest Trainer Jared Finklestein 

There are moments of ease and grace when parenting, but nothing seems more frustrating than when we’re stuck, or worse reacting in ways we know are out of alignment with our strongest ambitions. That longing for harmony and ease in our parenting is very powerful.

There are moments of ease and grace when parenting, but nothing seems more frustrating then when we’re stuck or reacting in ways we know are out of alignment with our values.  

One of the common assumptions parents make is that it's our job to make children behave in a certain socially acceptable way.  Unexamined, this assumption adds a great deal of stress as we exhaust ourselves struggling to find the right reward or punishment in order to get children to do what we want.  

Trying to get our kids to do what we want can be very frustrating, and often results in backlash. Either our kids rebel or they do want we want resentfully, which in turn damages the quality of connection we want with them.

Join us if you're a parent (or teacher) who would like to:

* parent in alignment with your values

* confidently communicate with compassion

* effectively help children work out their own conflict

* replace reactivity with mutual respect and open dialogue

This two-day workshop in Gainesville, Florida will be rich with experiential learning and role plays. 

Led by experienced NVC trainers Jared and Leif, please read more at 

Leif and Jared believe that raising children shapes the adults of the next generation, so working to transform these practices is of paramount importance to them.

** Single parents and one-parent attendance is encouraged.
** Teachers and daycare professionals welcome.

10 - 5 p.m. Saturday, November 3
10 - 5 p.m. Sunday, November 4

Cost $149 per person. Payment plans available.

Send questions and requests to or call 352.727.5417

Register at

Past Workshop

Four-Class Experiential Learning - May 24, 31, June 7 and June 21, 7:00-8:30 pm

Supporting Partners, A Course for Men

Some men are innocently struggling to support their romantic partners in the way that works for both of them. And many of their partners are frustrated and tired at continuously being missed.

THIS IS A SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY for men who want to:

I. understand why your partner gets angry or pulls away when it seems like you're just being honest and straight forward.
II. explore where you get stuck when it seems like your partner is just complaining and doesn't want any help.
III. learn everyday communication tools to take home and apply right away to your relationship for more ease and less arguing. 

You want to be closer to your partner and have confidence about showing up more for them.
You want more ease and harmony when talking with your partner about everyday life.

I have the strength and conviction to directly address men's conditioning with respect and tenderness, and I have endless compassion for many of the challenges you face. We'll laugh at ourselves a bit, be kind, and get vulnerable in small steps. 

We'll use real life examples and mock scenarios to role play, and you won't be put on the spot.

You'll learn how to make the art of Nonviolent Communication your own!

You must make at least three classes: May 10, 24, 31, Jun 7
$125.00 total
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* Limited to 8 men
* Open to men of all sexual orientations
* Located in Gainesville, FL. Address provided upon completed registration.

Past 2-day Intensive - 10/14&15/17 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

A Great Unmasking: A weekend immersion in compassion

ABOUT: This 2-day workshop explores the power of honesty and empathy for improving our relationships and seeing through the masks that are worn everyday. With Jared Finkelstein and Leif Stringer at Gainesville Retreat Center.

Past Workshop Series - Summer 2017, 6:00 - 8:30

The Compassionate Adventure

The Compassionate Adventure: a 3-part NVC Course will be a trek through the wild jungle of judgments, emotions, and communication. It's open-heartedness we're seeking!

All three classes will include the core principles of nonviolent communication (

Class 1 June 29: Self-empathy. Learn to shift your attention to your heart space and away from the other's behavior. Then develop a practice to be kind to yourself. No, really.

Class 2 July 6: Honest Self-Expression. In class two, we will uncover why it's so hard not to "tell someone off!" Said another way: learn the distinction between moral judgments and value judgments, and the two types of honesty.

Class 3 July 13: Extending Empathy. The final class will adventure through the hottest deserts. Then we'll climb uphill to see the ocean of love, something only viewable from atop your highest mountain.

Though it's not required, it is strongly recommended to attend ALL 3 CLASSES in the series. Each course will build on the next. 

6:00 - 8:30 PM each class. Located at Aurora 109 4th Ave SE, Gainesville, FL


Past Workshop - Saturday 5/7/17, 10-5

Fight Better. Love More.
A Daylong for Couples.

Past Workshop - Saturday 1/21/17, 10-5

Living in Love, a 1-Day NVC Workshop

Past 4-part Workshop Series - October, 2016

Why: To take a deep look at the syntax and consciousness that beautifully binds us to each other, and to create an exquisite art form of taking responsibility for our communication and our lives.

What: We will sense through that which is truly alive in us, and navigate toward a form that resonates directly with our hearts. We'll discover new treasures, polish them, and then give the shiny beauty to those real-life people we know. We'll use NVC dance floors, activities, challenging questions, and more.

When: Wednesdays October 5, 12, 19, 26, 2016 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Where: Infinity Hall, 978 SW 2nd Ave, Gainesville