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In Person NVC Immersion Program in Ann Arbor, Michigan USA

By Lisa Gottlieb


Saturday, Oct 14, 2023 1:00 PM —
Saturday, Jan 13, 2024 5:00 PM
722 Soule Blvd. Ann Arbor MI. USA
Recurring event
Timezone: America/New_York


Please join Lisa Gottlieb for an in-person NVC Immersion Program in Ann Arbor, MI beginning in October 2023, and finishing up with a final session in early January 2024. Share, learn and practice NVC in an empathic, welcoming and warm community with monthly meetings, empathy buddies and opportunities for optional empathy circle on-line gatherings. 

This 4-month NVC Immersion Program will focus on self-connection and acceptance, increasing comfort and ease in using NVC in daily life, and using practical tools to increase your NVC skills. Our gatherings will support the development of clarity for how to move forward in your life with vitality, joy, agency, choice, and taking a stand for what you value in ways that make it easier for people to hear and understand you. 

This program is geared for those with some beginning, very basic understanding and experience in NVC, and is also appropriate for those with more skills and experience to broaden their learning while connecting with the local NVC community. When you register you will receive a handout packet of NVC material we will use in our gatherings, and a copy of Lisa’s ebooklet, Introduction to NVC: How to Navigate Your Life With More Grace, Ease and Peace which is helpful for newbies to NVC.

We will meet monthly for Saturday programming, from 1p-5p to build on familiar and new relationships, increase our NVC skills, bring more understanding to how we got to where we are, and consider options for how to move forward.

Program Details:

Saturdays: October 14, November 11, December 9, 2023, and January 13, 2024: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm local time (ET)

Sliding scale based on ability to pay, with a suggested rate for the full program between $100-$300. Donations accepted if you would like to contribute more to a scholarship for someone else.

First Gathering: (Oct 8)

  • group connection
  • personal intention setting
  • effective boundaries
  • skills practice
  • empathy circle

Second Gathering: (Nov 5)

  • group connection
  • empathy with discernment
  • skills practice
  • empathy circle

Third Gathering: (Dec 3)

  • group connection
  • authentic
  • self-expression
  • skills practice
  • empathy circle

Fourth Gathering: (Jan 7)

  • group connection
  • repairs
  • fine-tuning requests
  • moving forward
  • empathy circle
  • closing

Note: COVID vaccinations are required for all in-person gatherings. Masks will be available.

Lisa Gottlieb, MSW, Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication.

Lisa is the founder of Compassionate Communication of Ann Arbor, and co-creator of Great Lakes NVC. Lisa is passionate about Compassionate-Nonviolent Communication 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 works with businesses, non-profits, faith-based organizations, schools and other groups to find effective methods to improve communication with participants, staff and customers, solve problems and increase productivity and worker satisfaction.

Lisa has lived and worked in Ann Arbor, MI since the mid 1970s, raising her children and working for 20 years as a school social worker for Washtenaw Intermediate School District in a variety of programs, including the Court Involved Youth Program, where she initiated the facility's first vegetable gardens, and taught yoga and mindfulness. Lisa is a co-founder of Selma Cafe, a non-profit local food and breakfast party that supported sustainable agriculture from 2009-2015. Currently Lisa is dedicating all her work time to NVC education and coaching. Lisa is an avid weaver and knitter, loves spending time with her family and traveling in Northern Michigan and farther afield.


  • Conflict Transformation
  • General NVC
  • Leadership (including organizational culture and executive coaching)
  • Social Change
  • Spirituality and Inner Work
The Ann Arbor NVC IP has been ongoing for nearly 10 years, and is offered twice a year Oct.-Jan and Feb.-May. Please consider joining our wonderful SE Michigan and Great Lakes IP gathering.