Training Details

Speaking, Living and Sharing Peace: an 11-month program in Nonviolent Communication (NVC)


All Levels


General NVC


In Person




Beausoleil, Francois
Gottlieb, Lisa
Bowers, Irene

Date and Time

Thu, Feb 14, 2019 to Sat, Feb 16, 2019 — (3 out of 4 in-person gatherings remain: Feb 14-16, May 16-18, Sept 19-21, 2019) — Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5)


Builders and Remodelers Association

179 Little Lake Dr.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103
United States


The trainers for this program: Lisa Gottlieb (left),
François Beausoleil (center) and Irene Bowers (right).

   Would you like to develop a stable and reliable experience of peace in your life?

   If so, then this program is designed for you! Join us to deepen peace with yourself, in your relationships and in your world.

   This 11-month program combines the main skills for peacemaking inspired by Nonviolent-Compassionate Communication, the Language of the Heart. The four main components of the program are:

1) Being Peace: Opening your heart.
2) Speaking Peace: Speaking from an undefended heart.
3) Living Peace: Living open hearted.
4) Sharing Peace: Inspiring others to open their hearts.

Elements of this Program:

   More than just a workshop -- or even a series of workshops -- this program includes a rich combination of ways to support your learning and integration including:

• Four 2 1/2-day in-person gatherings in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Thursday 6:30 pm - 9 pm / Friday 9:30 am - 6 pm / Saturday 9:30 am - 5 pm)
• 1-on-1 support meeting with one of the trainers between the 2nd and 3rd gatherings.
• 90-minute webinar in the months we don't meet in person.
• Coaching, mentoring and empathy support provided by Assistants and other experienced practitioners who have completed this program previously.

Meet the Trainers:

Lisa Gottlieb, MSW, SSW (Ann Arbor, MI) is passionate about NVC and is deeply invested in supporting individuals, couples and families by teaching skills and offering tools to bring more ease, peace, connection and empathy into their lives.

    Lisa also works with small businesses, non-profit and faith-based organizations to find effective methods to improve communication with staff and customers, solve problems and increase productivity and worker satisfaction. She is a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication.

    Lisa has lived and worked in Ann Arbor, MI since 1977, raising her children and working for the last 18 years as a school social worker for Washtenaw Intermediate School District in the Court-Involved Youth Program, where she initiated the facility's first vegetable gardens and teaches yoga and mindfulness. Lisa is a co-founder of Selma Café, a non-profit local food and breakfast party that supports sustainable agriculture. Learn more about Lisa here.

François Beausoleil, MBA (Quebec, Canada), trains, coaches and supports individuals and organizations throughout Canada, U.S., Mexico, Europe, Costa Rica, Japan and China. In addition to his engaging approaches on how to share the foundations of NVC with others and developing trainers, François brings a strong business and coaching focus to his work.

    With his expertise in business and working with organizations, François supports participants to clarify their vision, articulate what they want to contribute to the world and identify strategies of doing this that are designed to attend to their needs. François is highly skilled at helping participants discover and transcend internal and external barriers so that they can live from a more fully empowered state.

    François' previous career was as a musician with Cirque de Soleil – he brings creativity and music into the rooms and hearts wherever he shares his work. He has an MBA from Sherbrooke University in Quebec and has been a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication since 2008. In 2014, he wrote the book, "The Blame-Free State," and has been helping people move out of blame for others and themselves in several countries since then. Learn more about François here.

Irene Bowers (Avon Lake, OH) has years of experience as writer, editor and communication consultant. With a Communication degree from Purdue University, Irene began her career writing and editing for consumer and trade publications, later working as a communication consultant in an international management consulting firm. In this role, she developed complex communication and training projects.

    In 2004, Irene discovered NVC and began integrating and sharing it, and is pursuing Trainer Certification through the Center for Nonviolent Communication. Irene is a member of the Oberlin College Center for Dialogue which provides mediation and facilitation to the College and community. She taught a popular full-semester NVC class at Oberlin and continues to offer workshops by request for student groups and departments at the College.

Who is it for

The program runs from November 2018 through September 2019. While the first of four in-person gatherings has already occurred (Nov. 8-10, 2018), we have designed the program so that people can join up through the beginning of the second in-person gathering on Feb. 14-16, 2019. (at a pro-rated tuition request).


  • Dissolve blame you have for others and for yourself.
  • Set yourself up for success when you anticipate having a difficult conversation.
  • Discover the art and science of deep listening and use empathy to increase trust and connectedness in your relationships.
  • Decode hard-to-hear messages so that you can see the deeper meaning without being reactive.
  • Express yourself honestly and navigate conflict with grace and grit
  • 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.
  • Find a stable place of contentment by moving beyond the pain of unmet needs.
  • Develop a personal action plan and mission statement to operationalize everything you learn.

Registration Investment

• $1,495/person

MULTIPLE PERSON DISCOUNT: When 2 register together, both save 10%. When 3 or more register together, each saves 15%.

Registration, payment and deposit info.

PAYMENT PLAN: A non-refundable $100 deposit at the time of registration, plus 4 installments over the subsequent 4 months. After deposit, the remaining amount due will be divided into four equal parts.

If you have questions about registration, payments or other logistics, email Jeff Brown at If you have questions about the program or content, contact Lisa Gottlieb at

33 CEUs available for licensed social workers for an additional fee of $105.


Flier (view or download: 8.5x11)
Article written by Lisa Gottlieb: "Connecting to Compassion with Nonviolent Communication"

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