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.
Great Lakes NVC Immersion Program 2021 
Navigating an Unknown Future with Support, Warmth & Grace


These are challenging times with events that have a daily impact on our well-being and security. Join us for our 6th annual 6 month NVC online immersion program. 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, warm and respectful community to help you deepen connection within yourself, in your relationships, in your community and out into the world.



In this program, we will provide an online space where we can learn and grow in community, and offer a different way to live our lives -- where we can be both honest and caring, fierce and tender, and where we can live authentically and act in integrity with our values.


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 skills including:

  • 6 day-long online gatherings, full of teaching, sharing and practice in real time

  • 6 two hour monthly webinars to move more deeply into topics offered during the day-long gatherings

  • 12 opportunities (twice a month) for Empathy Circles to be held with care by our community, while practicing giving and receiving empathy (this is an optional practice)

Focus of the program: In each day-long gathering of the program we will focus on foundational aspects of NVC, including empathy, honest self expression, addressing conflict, clear requests, and building connection through effective speaking and listening. We will use a variety of topics, demos and practice to support learning and integrating new ways of approaching how you communicate, while addressing real life situations that we all struggle with at various times in our lives. We will have small group practice, lots of shared conversations, as well as time for questions and answers.

Dates and Times are all ET:


Welcoming Webinar Sunday, January10

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Day-long gathering Saturday, January 16

10:30am - 5:00pm

Empathy Circle 1, Tuesday, January 19

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Empathy Circle 2, Sunday, January 24

2:00PM- 4:00PM


Interactive Webinar Tuesday, February 9

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Empathy Circle 1, Tuesday, February 16

7:00pm -9:00pm

Day-long gathering Saturday, February 20

10:30am - 5:00pm

Empathy Circle 2, Sunday, February 28

2:00pm - 4:00pm


Interactive Webinar Tuesday, March 9  

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Empathy Circle 1, Tuesday, March 16

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Day-long session Saturday, March 20

10:30am - 5:00pm

Empathy Circle 2, Sunday, March 28

2:00pm - 4:00pm


Interactive Webinar Tuesday, April 6

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Empathy Circle 1, Sunday, April 11

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Day-long session Saturday, April 17

10:30am - 5:00pm

Empathy Circle 2, Tuesday, April 27

7:00pm - 9:00pm


Interactive Webinar Tuesday, May 4

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Empathy Circle 1, Tuesday, May 11

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Day-long session Saturday, May 15

10:30am - 5:00pm

Empathy Circle 2, Tuesday, May 18

7:00pm - 9:00pm


Interactive Webinar Tuesday, June 8

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Empathy Circle 1, Tuesday, June 15

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Day-long session Saturday, June 26

(changed from June 19 in honor of Juneteenth)

10:30am - 5:00pm

Empathy Circle 2, Tuesday, June 29

7:00pm - 9:00pm

End of Program

TRAINERSCo-founders of  Great Lakes Nonviolent Communication

Lisa Gottlieb and Francois Beausoleil and special guest trainer Rehana Kaderali

(follow this Link for her Bio!)

COST: $1150. per person


• 3, 4, 5 or more PEOPLE REGISTERING TOGETHER 15% discount)













QUESTIONS:  If you have questions about registration, payments or other logistics please email Lisa Gottlieb. 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 past experiences and training in NVC. Additionally this progarm offers 10 days of supported training for those on the CNVC certification trainer track. 


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 with grace and open curiosity.

  • Explore how shame and fear can hinder self-acceptance and creativity, and utilize strategies to release shame and fear and begin to 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 ways that inspire others to support you.​ 






all photos by Lisa Gottlieb