Participants in our intensive programs have increased skills in Nonviolent
Communication and heartfelt, authentic connection through the use of
empathy, honest self-expression, and practical problem-solving tools.
Speaking, Living and Sharing Peace 
Multi-month Nonviolent Communication program in Ann Arbor, MI


Learn life-changing skills that can dramatically improve the quality of your personal and professional relationships by increasing harmony, trust, and creative problem-solving. Become part of an inclusive and respectful community to help you deepen peace within yourself, in your relationships, and in your world.


In this program, we will provide a place where we can learn and grow in community, and offer a different way to be in the world -- where we can be both honest and caring, fierce and tender, and where we can live authentically.


More than just a workshop, or even a series of workshops, this immersion program includes a rich combination of formats to help you create both inner and outer peace including:

  • Three remaining* in-person gatherings (2½ days each).

  • 1-on-1 support session with a trainer.

  • Ongoing empathy support from peers and repeat participants.

  • 90-minute webinar each month the group does not meet in person.

*NOTE: While the 1st of four gatherings in this program has already occurred, we design the program in such a way that people can join starting with the 2nd gathering and still learn all of the main skills (and we will orient you to what has already occurred).


View a color flyer. With over 200 people participating in our immersion program so far, we welcome you to join our growing NVC community by registering here!



  • December 5 - 7, 2019 (already completed)

  • February 6 - 8, 2020

  • May 28 - 30, 2020

  • September 17 - 19, 2020

TIMES: Thursday: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm; Friday &

Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

LOCATION: 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 above)


COST: (*pro-rated for those beginning with Feb. 2020 gathering)

  • $1,495/person - one person rate

  • $1,345/person - two people rate (registering with one other)

  • $1,275/person - three people rate (registering with two others)

*Note: The original cost of the program was $1,995/person; people starting with the 2nd of 4 gatherings in February 2020 receive a pro-rated price of 25% less.


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 program is an immersive experience that will be meaningful for people who are new to Nonviolent Communication and those with a lot of past experience.


This program is designed to help you:

  • Discover the art and science of deep listening and
    use empathy to increase trust and connectedness in
    your relationships.

  • Express yourself honestly and navigate conflict
    with grace and grit.

  • Dissolve blame you have for others and for yourself.

  • Set yourself up for success when you anticipate
    having a difficult conversation.

  • Decode hard-to-hear messages so that you can see
    the deeper meaning without being reactive.

  • Explore how shame and fear can hinder self-acceptance and creativity, and utilize strategies to release shame and fear and heal from their effects

  • Integrate the value of gratitude practice to support well-being and connection with self and others

  • Apply communication tools in a way that comes across as natural and where people see you as being authentic, rather than using a “technique.”

  • Learn how to ask for what you want in a way that inspires others to support you.

  • Develop a personal action plan to operationalize everything you learn.​



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




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