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Anger, Judgments & Self-Connection, 4-week serieswith Newt Bailey

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Live online classes: Apr. 27, May. 4, May. 11, May. 18 (every week, Tue, 7pm to 9pm (PDT) ). Online classroom accessible Apr. 30 thru Dec. 30

If you cannot attend these live classes, or prefer not to, but you’d still like to participate, please use the “Self-Paced” registration link below to find how you can do that.


Sliding scale financial request for the series: $340 to $170 per person – this means we’d love to receive $340 per person for the series for our own sustainability, and would like to receive a minimum of $170 per person.

If money is an obstacle please write to us at info@communicationdojo.com to ask about partial or full scholarships.


PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR 4-WEEK SERIES WITH LIVE SESSIONS For you if you’d like to attend the live online Zoom sessions

READ MORE AND REGISTER HERE FOR “SELF-PACED COURSE” For you if you cannot make it to the live online Zoom sessions

Please email info@communicationdojo.com if you have questions about registration or to put your name on the waitlist if live session places have sold out or if you find registration has already closed closed.

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Note: We encourage you to register soon to ensure your space. When this class has reached its capacity, we will begin a waiting list. After registering you will receive a confirmation email with parking and public transit information.

“The content of Communication Dojo classes and the trainers are incredible. NVC has brought this bright sense of presence and reflection to all aspects of my life… amazing. I’m happier because I see people as curious beings. We are all doing our best out there. NVC allowed me to peel off a layer I didn’t know was there. NVC is a powerful tool everyone has access to. It is the simplest way of communicating yet for some reason it isn’t obvious until you take a moment to learn and discover. We tend to overlook these needs inside us and inside other people. Check it out, you will be amazed and inspired. ”
– K. Kittinger, San Francisco

Course Description

Dealing with Anger and Negative Judgments – Your Own and Other People’s – and Creating a Practice of Self-Connection

When others speak while angry you might have a hard time hearing them, even though they really want to be heard. The same is true when you speak while angry – it almost certainly means that you’ll experience less connection, more conflict, and the frustration of knowing that the way you’re communicating is really unlikely to lead to the outcomes you want. If I speak while angry I’ll probably end up even more angry about how my anger is affecting my ability to communicate!

In this series we’ll practice ways to make it easier to listen and stay connected, even when there is a lot of anger. We’ll also practice methods of self-connection and self-understanding that help you figure out the true message of your own anger and that of others, and to extract meaning and direction from even the most painful judgments.

This is not an “anger management course.” Rather than trying to manage our anger when it happens, or trying and manage it out of existence, we find that we can allow our anger, without allowing ourselves to direct our anger at others, or inward at ourselves. Giving our anger “room”, and getting the true message it’s trying to give us seems to result in the anger coming back less often. We’ll also look at ways to express anger “safely” when it arises rather than stuffing it inside.

“As soon as you concern yourself with the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ of your fellows, you create an opening in your heart for maliciousness to enter. Testing, competing with, and criticizing others weaken and defeat you.” — Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido

The 4-week committed series format:
The Communication Dojo is a learning environment designed for everyone, regardless of prior experience with Nonviolent Communication. The 4-week committed series format is a great recipe for building skills, knowledge, and community from week to week!

Some features of the Communication Dojo:

*Efficient use of class time to maximize learning
*High proportion of practice time in pairs – learning communication by communicating.
*Minimal reliance on “jargon” i.e. language that might be confusing or alienating for those not familiar with NVC.
*Little likelihood of people developing any sense of “Doing it wrong” or “Trying to do it right.”

Who’s it for?

Experienced with NVC? – Do you sometimes find that your attempts to use NVC do not lead to the connection you want? Perhaps they even lead to greater disconnection? Or are you looking for a different kind of NVC learning environment for friends, family members, or colleagues you really want to introduce to the power and potential of NVC.

New to NVC? – Come try out the Communication Dojo. You’ll find that whatever your current approach to communication, you can start from that point and expand your range of options from there at a rate that suits you.

About the Training Team

About Newt Baileynewtbailey
Newt’s passion is to help people communicate with each other more deeply, to experience greater intimacy, and to find the potential for mutually-satisfying change that lies within conflict.

From his first training in 2005 Newt has set out to understand and share with others the essential core of NVC. He believes strongly in teaching the principles of NVC in a way that frees students from specialized language, and allows facility with connected communication to grow in small, quickly assimilated steps. The Communication Dojo has been Newt’s testing ground for his latest ideas and approaches, and he is now bringing it to BayNVC.

Since 2006 Newt has been facilitating NVC groups, and leading intro classes and class series like Foundations 1, Foundations 2, and his own Communication Dojo classes, in public and organizational settings, and with prisoners and parolees. He is also on the teaching team of John Kinyon’s NVC Mediation yearlong programs, most recently co-leading a yearlong program in Poland.


About Leah Sheldon
Leah G. Sheldon is a communication coach, mediator, and trainer based in San Francisco. She brings a deep sense of presence, balance, and humor into all of her work, along with a focus on mindfulness practices and body awareness.

Leah especially enjoys working with clients in preparing for difficult conversations, conflict coaching, and NVC skills development. The practice of Nonviolent Communication has enriched Leah’s life since her first introductory course back in 2010 with Newt, and she is delighted to help others find more ease and choice in the way they talk and think.


“I really enjoyed the instant feedback telling me how my words were impacting my partner.”
“The real power point is reporting on what’s happening in the moment.”
“I think I just broke through my habit of being hard on myself!”
“I saw how mistaken I often am about whether I really ‘get’ the other person, or they get me – this process allowed us to see that and really get each other.”


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April 27
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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