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Communication Dojo: “The Gift of Empathy – Giving it, Inviting it”, 4-week Serieswith Newt Bailey

January 5 @ 7:00 pm - January 26 @ 9:00 pm



Live online classes Jan. 5, Jan. 12, Jan. 19, Jan. 26 (every week, Tue). Online classroom accessible Jan. 8 thru Sept. 8

We’re holding registration open until Jan 12th at 7pm, so you can still register if you missed the first class. You’ll be able to catch up on what you missed by using our online classroom.


Sliding scale financial request for the series: $340 to $170 – this means we’d love to receive $340 for the series for our own sustainability, and would like to receive a minimum of $170. Let us know if money is an obstacle for you.


We’re holding registration open until Jan 12th at 7pm, so you can still register if you missed the first class. You’ll be able to catch up on what you missed by using our online classroom.

(If you’d can’t attend the live online Zoom sessions, you can REGISTER FOR THE SELF-PACED SERIES INSTEAD)

Please email newt@communicationdojo.com if you have questions about registration.

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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 location, parking and public transit information and other details.

“The course is taught by a fantastic instructor from whom I’ve taken multiple classes in the past, Newt Bailey. Newt’s classes are engaging, interactive and packed with actionable tools and insights. I always get a ton out of the practical exercises which cement new learnings right during class time. The material is approachable and taught in bite-sized chunks; plus Newt actively tailors the course to what the class participants are most interested in. During the practice sessions there is even the chance to work on real issues.”
– frequent Communication Dojo participant, 2019

“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. 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

Learn and deepen empathy and empathic communicationThe Gift of Empathy

Have you had the experience of someone really listening to you and giving you a sense that they understand not just what you’re saying, but what you’re going through? This kind of listening is often in short supply, but it is a vital component of the most effective, enjoyable and connected communication. Listening with empathy is a skill you can learn and develop, and that will be a one focus area in this series.

We’ll also give attention to how you can ask for empathy, and even improve your experience of being heard even when you don’t explicitly ask for empathy. This is a chance to learn or deepen the powerful skills of “reflective listening” and “empathy guessing.” And…we’ll also introduce some lesser-known skills to use in situations where the person you’re talking to does not like reflective listening, or is generally uncomfortable with anything that sounds like Nonviolent Communication.


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

Communication Dojo: Working Together to Connect, 4-week committed series with Newt Bailey
The Communication Dojo is a learning environment designed for everyone, regardless of prior experience with Nonviolent Communication. Now the Communication Dojo approach is being taught as a four week committed series – it’s a great recipe for building skills, knowledge, and community from week to week!

The Communication Dojo approach is inspired in part by teaching from martial arts. Class participants watch a brief demonstration of this structured approach to dialogue and then break into pairs and “learn by doing.”

Participants simply follow a few guidelines while having a conversation on topics of their choosing. Most seem to become quickly at ease with the basic dialogue structure, and can then start to incorporate new skills, principles and awareness at their own pace.

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 Newt Bailey

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.


“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.”


Online course – accessible by Zoom and phone


Email newt@communicationdojo.com


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