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The Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) is an international nonprofit peacemaking organization that shares Nonviolent Communication around the world. It helps people peacefully and effectively resolve conflicts in personal, organizational, and political settings.

Every day around the world, CNVC supports the transformation of how we speak to ourselves and one another; one empathic conversation at a time by speaking the “Language of Life” known as Nonviolent Communication (NVC) by Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD.


The Center for Nonviolent Communication envisions a world where:

  • Everyone's basic human needs matter and people live from an awareness that connects with the universal life energy and natural oneness of all life;
  • Every individual embraces self-compassion and self-acceptance;
  • People are attending to conflicts peacefully through dialogue and creative problem solving;
  • Our institutions in economics, education, justice, healthcare, are designed to meet the needs of the people involved in them.
  • People are expressing one of our most important human needs, which is contributing to the well being of others.


CNVC’s mission is to contribute to more sustainable, compassionate, and “life-serving” human relations. This contribution is in the realms of personal change, interpersonal relationship, and in social systems and structures, such as business/economics, education, justice, healthcare, and peace-keeping.


  • NVC trainer certification process: comparable to an independent study master’s degree program. This rigorous NVC certification process helps protect the integrity of NVC teaching. 
  • More than 900 Certified Trainers who offer workshops and seminars in over 65 countries on six continents, touching the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world. You can find some of these events here.
  • Newsletter that helps to connect the movement, celebrate progress and continue to spread NVC. 
  • Store with books, videos, and learning materials in English and Spanish. 


  • Since 1994, CNVC has sponsored more than 240 International Intensive Trainings (IITs). More than 13,000 people have already experienced the profound change that our retreats offer.
  • Support NVC-related research initiatives to develop scientifically based, peer-reviewed research studies to identify the measurable impact of NVC training;
  • Create and assist others in the creation of NVC educational materials;
  • Promote connections between the general public and NVC community.


The Center for Nonviolent Communication is governed by seven individuals who are elected by the Members to serve on the Board of Directors. The Board creates policies, creates a governance system, exercises fiduciary responsibility, and hires and oversees the Executive Director.


Empathy in action

There's a lot of talking going on, often divisive and violent. How many of us experience conversations with the heart of understanding, empathy, and transformation? At CVNC, we believe every conversation counts. Explore all the ways you can contribute to empathy in action.

Learn. Practice. Stretch. Like any language, to become fluent in nonviolent communication it will take time, intention, and practice. Explore all our programs from novice, practitioner, to earning your CNVC certification.

Your donation counts. Help us reach the tipping point where nonviolent communication becomes fluent around the world! Contribute today to one of the campaigns that connects with you most.

800+ Certified Trainers

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