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ONLINE Communication Dojo: “Intimate Relationships”, 4-week Coursewith Newt Bailey

January 11 @ 7:00 pm - February 1 @ 9:00 pm


We’d love to help you improve your communication skills and set yourself up for greater connection and ability to resolve conflicts in 2022!


Live online classes: Tuesdays Jan 11**, 18, 25 & Feb 1, 2022. Online Classroom open Jan 14, 2022 – Sept 14, 2022

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.

**The first class has already happened, but it’s not too late to join us for the remainder of the series! You’ll be able to catch up on what you missed by using our online classroom. We’re holding registration open until Jan 18th at 7pm.


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.



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

REGISTER FOR “SELF-PACED COURSE” HERE INSTEAD For you if you cannot make it to the live sessions

Please email info@communicationdojo.com if you have questions about registration or to put your name on the waitlist if in-person registration has sold out or 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 location, parking and public transit information if applicable, and other details.

Couple in connection holding hands“Nonviolent communication (or connected communication) has helped me and my partner speak in a much more conscious and effective way. It was a perfect transition and supplement to our prior couples therapy. It helps in every way, at work, with friends, with family, etc. I can’t recommend these classes and Newt as a teacher enough. I wish we all had to take NVC classes in school, it would change the world.”
~ Elise H., San Francisco

Course Description

Communication in Intimate Relationships

Fighting and arguments in couples / intimate relationships

“It may be most difficult to empathize with those we are closest to” ~ Marshall Rosenberg, PhD., Founder of the Center for Nonviolent Communication

Now, as many of us are spending more time with our partners as a result of the corona virus, effective communication is perhaps even more vital than usual.

We know that intimate relationships can become fertile ground for highly disconnected modes of communication. There can be fierce fights where we resort to the usual tactics of blame, judgment, criticism, demands, threats and “the silent treatment.” Fueling the fire we have the well-known hot-button topics between primary partners: money, children, physical intimacy,  jealousy & attachment, priorities, religion & politics, etc.

I hear variations on the following comments often:

“I don’t like how we communicate, but we don’t seem to be able to change it, and it’s maybe getting worse”

“Our issues are not really about communication.”

“If only my partner would change, I think we’d get along much better.”

Regardless of who starts it, it takes two to continue a fight or to engage in disconnected, frustrating and ineffective communication. So, even if just one of you becomes more open to dialogue, and less willing to fight, positive change happens. If you both want this change, it will happen even more quickly.

In this series we’ll be covering the essentials of healthy communication within intimate relationships. Even if you don’t believe that your issues are really about communication, you will not be able to address them effectively unless you have a way of communicating that works for you both. We invite you to take the plunge and join us! Our workshop participants are often surprised by how much fun they have as they work together on improving their communication!

Communication Dojo: Working Together to Connect!

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

Dancing couple in harmony, connection and communication

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.

Details of the Communication Dojo 4-week online course workshops with weekly live classes (if you’d like details of what’s offered in the self-paced course please click here)

  • 4 X 2-hour live online workshops
  • Unique online classroom for each series with:
    • Audio recordings of classes
    • Additional class notes
    • Handouts
    • Weekly practice requests
    • Extra videos and materials
  • Daily email (optional opt-in) for the duration of the series with bonus material:
    • “Lifescripts” i.e.examples of specific dialogues and wording to bring the principles more alive and help you to integrate them
    • Videos
    • Articles
    • Quotations/Poetry/Readings to capture the essence of the topic
  • Same cohort of students for the whole 4-weeks
  • Homework/Practice requests each week
  • Opportunity to form ongoing practice relationship with other students
  • More week-to-week support in overcoming obstacles and forming new communication habits
  • Class size typically between 12 and 30

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?

It’s not just for couples – Many people attend this series with a partner, but some people attend without their partner, and we also invite “anyone who’s been part of a couple in the past or intends to be again in the future.”

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.”


Online Course – accessible through Zoom and phone


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January 11 @ 7:00 pm
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