to Aug 7

Connecting Across Differences, A Summer Book and Learning Study

Dian Killian and Jane Connor, both colleagues and dear friends, wrote a book some years ago entitled,
 Connecting Across Differences,

Finding Common Ground With Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime

Over the years, I've used examples from their book in teaching NVC. This summer, I invite you to join me as we explore the reading and practices offered throughout the 10 chapters of the book. 

I look forward to a summer learning experience and hope you will join me!

Connecting Across Differences
Wednesdays, June 5 - August 7

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Glendale United Methodist Church
900 Glendale Lane, 37204

Early Bird Discount:

$175 before May 23. $200 after May 23.

If another payment plan will support you in attending this summer read, please contact me!
To Register: www.carlenerobinson.com

Books may be purchased through Amazon or contact me to purchase through NVC Nashville at carlene@carlenerobinson.com

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to Aug 29

Ongo, The Summer Session!

The Ongo Group
Living Everyday Nonviolence

The Ongo Group is a weekly group that blends mindfulness and NVC practices in a 12 week session. Everyone is welcome to attend regardless of NVC experience or knowledge. Each week during the summer session, members will gather from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. and are asked to commit to the full 12 weeks to create consistency within the group. The practice is called Ongo as it becomes an ongoing spiritual practice. Many of our members have been in multiple sessions to deepen their practice!
I hope you'll join us!

The Ongo Group
Thursdays, June 6 - August 29
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Glendale United Methodist Church
900 Glendale Lane
Nashville, 37204

During the summer session, you’re invited to bring potluck dinners the 4th Thursday of each month. You may arrive at 5:45 and we’ll gather around a table beginning at 6:00 p.m. Bring your own dinner or something to share. Either way, we’ll enjoy being in community!

Donations are welcomed each week to support venue space and the holder of the group, carlene maginnis-robinson.

Books may be ordered through Amazon or purchased at local book stores. Receiving books are sometimes delayed so better to purchase sooner rather than later.

The Ongo Book, Living Everyday Nonviolence by Catherine Cadden and Jesse Wiens

If you’ve questions about absences or more information about Ongo, please contact me:

To Register: Please fill form out below.

Thank you! You will receive a confirmation from me.

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6:30 AM06:30

Introduction to Mediate Your Life

Introductory Evenings with John Kinyon

The evening consist of demonstrations and Q&A. Donations can be given. All are welcome!

John’s work combines nondual spirituality/consciousness, empathic communication, and mediating conflict. The mission of the work is to help people respond to challenges in their lives, and also to the tremendous challenges humanity now faces.

Nonduality, in this approach, is knowing ourselves as awareness, waking from identification with mind and thought, and experiencing connection with infinite, formless, and eternally present consciousness, being one with Life, the Sacred and Divine. The approach is Integral, seeking to integrate science, spirituality, and the social-political. It is also about the truth, vulnerability, and wildness of the human heart, our soul’s journey through the astonishing beauty and the harrowing depths, challenges and conflicts of life, relationship, and the world.

John’s work grows out of co-developing an international body of work called Mediate Your Life, a training program that integrates Nonviolent Communication/NVC (Compassionate Communication), a mediation framework, mindfulness/nondual awareness, and neuroscience. The training develops people’s ability to respond to conflict with empathy, compassion, and collaboration. John offers multi-day learning community intensives and coaching/mediation trainings in different parts of the U.S. and internationally, and online.

We hope you’ll join us for

An Introduction to Mediate Your Life!

When: May 2, 2019, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Where: Glendale United Methodist Church, 900 Glendale Lane, Nashville TN 37204

Fee: Donations Welcomed!

Please Register by filling out the form below. You’ll receive a confirmation your registration was received.

We’ll have a chair in the circle waiting for you!

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1:00 PM13:00

Free: An Introduction to Nonviolent Communication

Introduction to Nonviolent Communication

Each quarter of 2019, NVC Nashville will host a

 FREE Introduction to NVC.

This two - three hour workshop is for anyone new to NVC or for those wanting to brush up on already practiced NVC skills.

An Introduction to NVC
April 27, 2019, 1 - 4:00 p.m.
The Bellevue Library, 720 Baugh Rd, Nashville TN 37221

Facilitated by CNVC Trainer,
Carlene Maginnis-Robinson

Please register for this event below!

We’ll have a chair waiting for you! And Please, Invite a friend to come with you!

to Register:
contact: board@nvcnashville.org 
by filling out the form below.

You will receive a confirmation your registration has been received!

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to Feb 12

Mediate Your Life Coaching Training, 2 Days

When: February 11, 2019 to February 12, 2019

Where: Rau-Wood Camp and Retreat Facility, 8687 Old Harding Pike Rd., Nashville, TN 37221 USA (617) 673-7677


The Mediate Your Life Coaching and Mediation Program is for people who want to develop their skills and abilities to offer empathic communication coaching to individuals and to mediate conflicts and difficult conversations between people. The training is designed for people who have either attended John’s Choosing Peace learning community intensives or have been practicing Nonviolent Communication (NVC) for at least one year.

The 2-day MYL Coaching Training provides in-depth experiential learning and practice using the Mediate Your Life processes, or “maps,” to coach individuals dealing with inner and outer conflict situations and challenges in their personal and work lives. The MYL maps include: Internal Mediation, Self-Forgiveness, Preparing for Difficult Conversations, Practicing Difficult Conversations, Requests and Need Behind the No, Interpersonal Mediation, 3Chairs Process for Difficult Conversations, Debriefing for Resilience, and the Healing & Reconciliation process for making amends and healing role play.

You will be able to dial up and down the difficulty level to customize your learning, and maximize your growth by playing the roles of both coach and client, give and receive supportive peer feedback, and receive in-the-moment coaching. In the (optional) evening you will have the opportunity to watch longer demonstrations and engage in in-depth Q&A.


Philosophy of Money
The pricing below is what I (John) would like to receive to support this work and my sustainability. However, because I see this work being for the greater good of humanity and all people and communities, and because I want to support a monetary system based in giving and receiving from the meaning and enjoyment of contributing to one another’s well being, you are free to give what feels right to you. My request is that you stretch yourself to give as much as you’re willing and able to give. Not only will this support me and this work, I believe it will support you to receive the most benefit and value from doing the work. If you would like to give an amount different from what is listed below, email: connect@mediateyourlife.com, or call (510) 919-5847. Thank you for wanting to be part of this work in the world! 

Requested Tuition Pricing

  • $600 for the Feb 11-12 MYL Coaching Training

FOR QUESTIONS or to REGISTER email: carlene@carlenerobinson.com, or call (615) 347-4644.


  • Monday Day            9am – 5pm

  • Monday Evening    6:30 – 8:30pm (optional)

  • Tuesday Day            9am – 3pm

Hope to see you there!

Questions? email Carlene carlene@carlenerobinson.com, see contact and submit a message;

 or call (615) 347-4644.

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to Feb 26

Looking Through The Looking Glass of NVC.......Into All Our Relationships!

Through The Looking Glass....of NVC 
Into All Our Relationships!

An Online Zoom Class 
January 29 -February 26, 2019
Why is communication so hard sometimes? Especially with those closet to us? The residual affects of shame and guilt due to what we said or did impedes trust in ourselves and from others.
Oh! The violent cycle!
If you had a challenging time during the holidays with family and/or friends or perhaps there's a reoccurring difficult relationship you'd like to learn more about, take time to step back and reframe your experience through the lens of NVC. 

This 5 week class will utilize some of the basic skills of NVC, key distinctions, and several other longstanding NVC tools to bring clarity, build resilience, and learn a new way of looking at old problems!
Join me for Through The Looking Glass of NVC.... Into All Our Relationships
Tuesdays, January 29 - February 26
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Because I want to make learning NVC as financially accessible as I can for everyone who would like to participate, if the fee is more than you'd like to pay, would you be willing to contact me? I'd like to support attendance by mutually agreeing to a fee that meets both of our financial needs.
I'm also asking for payments to be made with a 5 week commitment to attend. Because life happens and some will miss a class, recordings of the class will be sent to everyone registered.

Once you register, you will receive zoom instructions.

I hope to see you as we learn together! 

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to Apr 4

A new Session Begins, JUNE 6! See Below! January - April: 2019 The Ongo Practice Group

The Ongo Group
Living Everyday Nonviolence

The Ongo Group is a weekly group that blends mindfulness and NVC practices in a 12 week session. Everyone is welcome to attend regardless of NVC experience or knowledge. Each week members gather from 6:30-8:00 p.m. and are asked to commit to the full 12 weeks to create consistency within the group. The practice is called Ongo as it becomes an ongoing spiritual practice. Many of our members have been in multiple sessions to deepen their practice!
I hope you'll join us!

The Ongo Group
Thursdays, January 10 - April 4
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Glendale United Methodist Church
900 Glendale Lane
Nashville, 37204

Donations are welcomed each week to support venue space and the holder of the group, carlene maginnis-robinson.
Books may be ordered through Amazon or purchased at local book stores.

For more information or to register by January 10, please contact me:

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to Nov 10

The Art of Setting Boundaries, Applying NVC Principles in All Our Relationships

In Time FOR THE HOLIDAYS and back by request!
The Art Of Setting Boundaries In All Our Relationships Through The Lens of NVC

Applying NVC Principles in our communication with others many times is the key to a developing the kind of relationship we most want.
Yet, often we say yes when we want to say no!

Other times, we don't even ask for what we want! Do we know how to ask for what we want in a way that sustains, even nutures, relationships?

Afraid of hearing the no and not voicing what's true for us leads to disconnection and confusion with ourselves and others. How then can we communicate clearly, honestly, and with compassionate clarity so that all needs are valued?

This class on setting boundaries by learning, practicing, accessing, and speaking from a needs based consciousness is an internal shift that is freeing and fun! 
We'll have fun, laugh, and learn. I hope you'll join me!

Friday November 9, 6:00- 9:00 p.m. 
 Saturday November 10, 2018, 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Fee: $100.00
Register 2 or more, Fee: $75.00, Great Deal for Couples!

To Register: click Here!


The Art of Setting Boundaries
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8:30 AM08:30

ARE WE GETTING THERE? A Compassionate Look At Ourselves and Our World

IF THE ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION IS NO, THEN WHY NOT? WHAT’S THE OBSTACLE TO CONNECTING ACROSS OUR DIFFERENCES? Are you afraid to dialogue about HOT TOPICS because it only creates more pain and suffering?

Why are we becoming more isolated, forming camps of right and wrong, verbally becoming accusatory, and less compassionate?

Nonviolent Communication, a modality created by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg over 60 years ago, is one way we can understand and connect without agreeing! By setting our intention to understand, it’s possible!

You are invited to attend this FREE 4 hour workshop on November 1, 8:30-12:30 at Vanderbilt Divinity School where we’ll learn, practice, and experience a consciousness that gets us THERE! 

Where’s THERE?

  • Developing Empathic Listening Skills;

  • Learning to ask yourself important questions before speaking;

  • Humanizing the “Enemy”;

  • Learning Important Key Distinctions in NVC Where Change Begins.

If you’ve attended an NVC workshop in the past hosted by Vanderbilt Divinity School and the Cal Turner Program, you’ll remember the liveliness of authentic dialogues! Please join us again for, 


To Register: Contact timothy.j.luther@vanderbilt.edu


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to Oct 29

CLOSED: A Learning Lab: The Foundations of NVC I and II


A Five Session Learning Lab: The Foundations of NVC, Part I, is for those new to NVC and those wanting a refresher in the basics of NVC! During Foundations Part I you will learn:

  • The Heart of NVC; Learning a Needs Based Awareness

  • Develop Life Enriching Consciousness and the Language of NVC;

  • The Components, Practices, and Applications of NVC;

  • The Power and Practice of Empathetic Presence.

NVC is often described as a spiritual way of being disguised as a communication practice! The internal shifts of perception that awaken our ways of thinking, listening, and expressing ourselves is a life changing transformative process. It affects all areas of our lives and relationships such as our professional and family relationships. NVC is currently being taught in schools, healthcare, corrective/punitive/judicial settings and conflict mediation.

WHEN: Mondays, October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29; 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

WHERE: Glendale United Methodist Church, 900 Glendale Lane, Nashville, TN 37204

FEE: $150 Foundations of NVC Part 1;  $150 Foundations of NVC Part 2; $250 Foundations of NVC Part I and II when registered at the same time.

This lab offers 15 hours that can be applied to CNVC Certification.

The Foundations of NVC Part II is a learning lab for those who attended Part 1 and for those wanting to refresh and expand their NVC skills and awareness. The learning in Part II will take you to the next level of working with topics such as:

  • Saying and Hearing a "No".....with Compassion;

  • The Power of Making Clear Requests;

  • Expressing Scary Honesty, How Do We Do It?;

  • Building Skills for Dialogue Using Role Plays and The NVC Dance Floors:

  • Handling Hard to Hear Messages;

  • And Deepening Your Empathy Skills.

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, March 23/24, 2019. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This 2 day workshop offers 14 hours toward CNVC certification.


FEE: $150 Foundations of NVC Part I; $150 Foundations of NVC Part 2; $250 Foundations of NVC Part I and II

To Register, Click Here!




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to Nov 29

The Ongo Group

"Ongo was created in  2010 as our answer to this call to bring spiritual practice home."

These words written by authors and certified trainers through The Center For Nonviolent Communication, Catherine Cadden and Jesse Wiens, aptly describes the experience of The Ongo Practice Group. Through this work we inhabit a daily spiritual practice bringing us home to ourselves. You are invited to be a part of the third 12 week session that will run from August 30 through November 15.  

Ongo will be an inclusive group of 12 members. I ask there be a "best-you-can knowing life happens" commitment to participate in the full 12 week session to meet needs for connection, consistency, and community. Each weekly session supports consecutive sessions toward inhabiting the spiritual practice intended by Ongo. 

If you're interested in being a part of Ongo, please contact me through this website or carlene@carlenerobinson.com. I hope you'll join us for the transformative experience Ongo offers in how we live the practice of Nonviolent Communication.

WHEN: Thursdays, beginning August 30 through November 15, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Glendale United Methodist Church, 900 Glendale Lane, Nashville, TN 37204

MATERIALS: Please purchase the book, The Ongo Book, Everyday Nonviolence through Amazon or a local bookstore.

FEE: Donations per meeting are welcomed to support venue and trainer costs. 

New Ongo Groups will begin in 2019.

To Register for Ongo in 2019, send your request via Contact at carlene robinson.com.


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6:30 PM18:30

The Ongo Practice Group


The Ongo Practice Group, named to remind the practitioner of the ongoing spiritual practice, is a weekly group studying daily practices in Mindfulness, Nonviolent Communication, and more. The group will meet each Thursday and use the Ongo Book as it's curriculum. 

When: Begins April 26,  2018

Where: Glendale UMC, 900 Glendale Lane, Nashville, 37204

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Materials: You may purchase The Ongo Book online at Amazon.com

Fee: Donations  per class will be received warmly each week!

Registration: We'll cap attendance at 10 people each 12 weeks. Please email carlene@carlenerobinson.com to register for this group. Thank you!

Jesse Weins and Catherine Cadden, colleagues through the Center For Nonviolent Communication, put together this study in an effort "to bring spiritual practice home." In their words,  "imagine living your spiritual practice in everything you do." This is the invitation Jesse and Catherine extend to everyone as a part of this group.

I hope you'll join me! I'm excited about this new practice group and what we'll experience in community!

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The Art of Setting Boundaries (THIS CLASS IS NOW CLOSED)

There is an art to setting boundaries and why? Because setting boundaries is often perceived as a way of separating ourselves from others. What if setting boundaries in relationships in family and work helped strengthen our connections, helped to create safety and trust for ourselves and with others? 

NVC provides tools that offer a reframe of how boundaries give us more of what we want in life; more freedom, more choice, and a more abundant life!

In this workshop, you will experience:

  • Why setting boundaries are challenging. 
  • What fears are activated when boundaries are set.
  • The high cost of not setting boundaries. 
  • How to be authentic in your yes and no.
  • And how setting boundaries are actually the glue to keeping relationships healthy and vibrant.



I hope you will consider scheduling The Art of Setting Boundaries Workshop a priority in your life. The opportunities for increasing our authenticity when asking for what we want is important in living a life of compassion with ourselves and others.


I hope to see you!


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6:30 PM18:30

Let's Talk! Real Questions About Real Life! A Monthly Round Table Discussion

Each first Tuesday of the month, Let's Talk!, explores a topic relevant to learning, practicing, and living the work of Dr. Marshall Rosenberg called Nonviolent Communication and Compassionate Communication. Everyone is invited to attend! The call is free and donations are also welcomed!

When: Tuesday, April 3, 2018 

TIme:   6:30 p.m. CT - 8:00 p.m. CT

Topic:  : What's Taxing You? Lessons From The Vortex of Submission

Learning how we submit to life is a valuable tool of awareness! Join us and find out more!

Fee and Registration for the calls:  Click the PayPal button to register and contribute a donation of your choice. Once registration for the call either by donation or free is received you will receive a Zoom invitation by email on how to join the call. Zoom is a video conferencing call available by phone and computer. 

Your Choice of Payment

I recognize that not everyone will have the ability to make a donation, if you cannot make a donation, but would still like to be a part of these amazing discussions, click here to register without payment. 

Let's Talk! is a monthly call. It's been part of my journey of learning NVC that through teleconference calls community is developed and individuals connect around similar situations that are shared. The learning from the collective wisdom of the group has been rich for me. I hope you'll make it a commitment in your life too.

I  hope to see you on Zoom! for Let's Talk!

Warmly,    Carlene


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9:00 AM09:00


We live in a climate today where our differences become the focus of our conversations creating more separation and polarization in all realms of our daily living. What if it were possible for our differences to become the very thing that facilitated CONNECTION

Because as humans we are created for connection, how much of our purpose in life are we missing due to unresolved CONFLICT?

In this workshop, we will learn how to listen to ourselves and others moving though our judgements. We'll learn how to express our opinions and preferences in a way that enhances everyones ability to listen and CARE about what is importent for each individual and group. Possible? YES!



This is a FREE Event!

To Register contact kat.baker@vanderbilt.edu

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to Apr 12

The Vortex of Submission, a 10 Week CourseTHIS CLASS IS NOW CLOSED.

The Vortex of Submission is a study designed by colleagues Jim and Jori Manske applying NVC principles and practices in how we submit to life choices. The study focuses on 9 vortexes;

1. How submission and disappointment can lead to a denial of responsibility.

2. How unspoken expectations can lead to demands of others.

 3. How resentment leads to the evaluation and diagnosing of others.

 4. How rebellion leads to punitive thinking.

 5. How guilt, depression, and shame has the opportunity of leading to beneficial regret, an NVC apology.

6. And, how the awareness of perceptual reorientation becomes a turning point in relationships.

This is an in-depth study of patterns conditioned by culture and how we employ them to our deficit rather than to living abundantly.

By the end of the 10th week, you will learn:

How to Transform Have To's to Choose To; Turn Demands into Requests; Employ the Practice of Self Empathy (no longer denying responsibility); Transform Enemy Images; Distinguish the Difference Between Punitive and Protective Use of Force Choices; and Learn the Art of Beneficial Regret.

WHEN: The  10 Week Course begins THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1 and ends APRIL 5. (Due to spring breaks, there is the possibility of adding dates.)

TIME: 6:30 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.


FEE: 175.00 ( for those attending Mediate Your Life, February 8-12, there is a $50 discount for this course.)  See mediateyourlife.com for details.  Please contact me: carlene@carlenerobinson.com for questions how to apply discount. (for anyone needing to arrange financial payments for The Vortex of Submission, please contact me.)

This course will give those considering certification with The Center of Nonviolent Communication 20 face to face hours toward certification!


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to Nov 18

NVC and The 12 Steps

In 2000, I walked into my first Alanon meeting. I've often said it saved my life. The 12 steps of AA, originated by co-founders Bill Wilson and Doctor Bob, serves families and friends of alcoholics affected by the disease of alcoholism. Just one word was changed in the 12 steps to be applicable in the rooms of Alanon.

Although each step has a mystery to it's own, it was the 4th step work that opened my eyes. I've found through my work in Nonviolent Communication, my 4th step work has deepened and it is with this experience I share the spiritual process of both Alanon and NVC.

This workshop is for anyone wanting to deepen their spiritual awareness through the lens of the 4th Step of The 12 Steps and the practices and processes of Nonviolent Communication. It's an experiential workshop where through community more of the inner journey is revealed. Our learning will focus on three practices in NVC and how each deepen our 4th step work. They are:

  • The Practice of Self Connection; What is it? Why is it important in my 12 Step work?
  • The Practice of Listening Empathetically to ourselves and to others: How does it work?
  • The Practice of Expressing Honestly with Compassion: How learning this skill is beneficial to our 6, 7, 8, and 9th steps.

If you, like me, believe there's always more to learn, please join me and others for this workshop, NVC and The 12 Steps.

I look forward to being in these rooms with you!

When: Friday, November 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m; and Saturday, November 18, 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Where: Glendale United Methodist Church, 900 Glendale Lane, 37204

Registration: $85 before November 7, $100 after November 7

Coffee and hot teas will be provided. Please bring a lunch/drink for yourself and/or to share.


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to Apr 1

Compassionate Communication, An Introduction to a Language For Life

Ever wonder how to connect across our differences in relationships with others? In our families? At work? And in the larger world?

In this introduction to Nonviolent Communication, also known as Compassionate Communication, Carlene Robinson, Certified Trainer with The Center for Nonviolent Communication proposes a new way of hearing  and expressing ourselves that makes understanding one another more likely to occur.

Join us, Friday evening, March 31 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, April 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bowling Green, KY., to learn and experience the practices of expressing ourselves honestly with compassion and listening empathetically. We hope to see you there!

Contact for Registration: Susan Webb, mshw6@aol.com.


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9:30 AM09:30

Navigating Challenging Conversations In The Workplace

Investigating what aids the lack of productivity in the workplace, you will find that 86% of employees and executives cite lacking collaboration and communication accounts for failures in the workplace! How then can experiencing new communication skills facilitate better collaboration at work? Come and join us on March 17th at Well Placed Smile in Nashville and hone your skills to greater collaboration through communication in your work, home, and relationships!

907 Gleaves St., Nashville, TN, 37203

Register here. 

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9:30 AM09:30

NVC In Everylife Life

Learning NVC is one thing; Applying NVC is another!

Come spend the day in community experiencing real life questions with real life humility!

To Register: Contact Carlene Robinson, carlenerobinson.com

Fee: $50

Venue: Glendale UMC, 900 Glendale Lane, 37204

Bring a lunch for yourself and/or to share!

See you on the 14th!

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