Participants in our intensive programs have increased skills and mastery of
communication and connection through shared understanding, through the use of
empathy, authentic self-expression, shared goals, and practical problem-solving tools.

Speaking and Listening from the Heart

Introduction to Nonviolent Communication

Join us for this daylong workshop in Ann Arbor, MI on Sunday, September 22, 2019, (register here) to:

  • Discover life-changing skills that can improve the quality of your personal and professional relationships.

  • Find your authentic voice when you want to take a stand for what you believe in.

  • Increase harmony, shared understanding, and creative problem-solving


Watch Lisa Gottlieb and François Beausoleil, trainers for this event,
describe what the workshop experience will be like and what you will learn.

Based on the principles of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), this workshop will be fun and interactive, giving you a chance to practice the skills that you are learning in an inclusive and respectful setting. We'll share the main elements of communicating through the lens of NVC with Empathy, Honest Self Expression, Gratitude, and Creative Problem Solving:


  • Listening to others with empathy whether we agree with them or not.

  • Distinguish Empathic from Non-Empathic Communication.

  • Increase self-awareness and self-acceptance by practicing Self Empathy.

  • Connect with what matters most to you with care and understanding.


  • Explore the value of gratitude for ourselves and others in our lives.

  • Practice how to effectively share gratitude through the lens of NVC.

Honest Self Expression:

  • Learn to share what you value in ways that are easier for people to hear.

  • Utilize self-empathy to be ready to engage in a difficult conversation.

  • Practice the basics of how to effectively have difficult conversations. 

Creative Problem Solving:

  • Learn how to ask for what is important to you in ways others that can easily hear.

  • Increase collaboration with others through mutual understanding and effective requests.


DATE & TIME: Sunday, September 22, 2019 (10:00 am - 5:30 pm)


LOCATION: Ann Arbor, MI: Builders and Remodelers Association,
179 Little Lake Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48103 (

TRAINERSLisa Gottlieb, François Beausoleil, and Irene Bowers,
founders of Great Lakes Nonviolent Communication (pictured right)


COSTEarlybird: $110 (by August 22); Standard: $135 (after Aug. 22)


MULTIPLE PERSON DISCOUNT:  When 2 people register together,

both save 10%; when 3+ register together, everyone saves 15%!


QUESTIONS:  If you have questions about registration, payments or other logistics, email the Registrar (Jeff Brown). If you have questions about the program or content, email François Beausoleil.


AUDIENCE: Everyone is welcome -- this workshop is designed for people who have no prior experience with Nonviolent Communication and will also help people with prior experience deepen their skill level.

This workshop is the first offering and preview for our year-long immersion program in Ann Arbor, "Speaking, Living, and Sharing Peace" beginning in December 2019, with four in-person weekend gatherings. This workshop can either be enjoyed on its own, separate from the immersion program, or as a preview of that program.



Our aim is to give you an unforgettable experience of understanding yourself; communication skills to build trust and goodwill with others; and the tools to make a difference in the world.

Our style is to show you how to bring compassion in both of its dimensions (gentleness and fierceness) through demonstrations, give you a chance to experiment in small groups, and then help you to harvest what you learned and attend to any questions that arise.


View or download an 8.5x11 PDF flier for this event.

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