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Introduction to NVC

What is NVC?

"Nonviolent Communication is based on the principle of Ahimsa — the natural state of compassion when no violence is present in the heart." ~ Marshall Rosenberg, founder of NVC

Nonviolent Communication is a way of being in the world that has the purpose is to serve life and to create connection in such a way that everyone’s needs can be met through natural care. Learn more about the principles and the process of NVC.


Empathy in action!

Portrait of Marshall B Rosenberg
Founder of the Center for Nonviolent Communication

"Empathy is a respectful understanding of what others are experiencing. Instead of offering empathy, we often have a strong urge to give advice or reassurance and to explain our own position or feeling. Empathy, however, calls upon us to empty our mind and listen to others with our whole being."

Portrait of Marshall B Rosenberg
Founder of the Center for Nonviolent Communication

"While we may not consider the way we talk to be ‘violent,’ words often lead to hurt and pain, whether for others or ourselves."

    How do you respond to the question, “How are you?”

    In just 14 minutes, Yoram Mosenzon offers a fun, personal, taste of Nonviolent Communication.

    A TEDxAmsterdamED Talk by CNVC Certified Trainer, Yoram Mosenzon


    Throughout this site and on our YouTube channel, you will find many videos on NVC that are thought provoking, heart warming, and offer a glimpse into the transformative power of Nonviolent Communication.

    Here are some videos from our certified trainers. To find more videos, perhaps in your language, please explore our trainer page.

    Giraffes Around the World

    Over 200 videos available on our YouTube playlist affectionately called "Giraffes Around the World." Many from Marshall Rosenberg and a handful in languages other than english. We hope you find more NVC information and inspiration!

    What is with giraffes and Nonviolent Communication?

    Of all land mammals, giraffes have the biggest hearts, measuring up to two feet long and weighing about twenty-one pounds. In Nonviolent Communication, the giraffe symbolizes the intention to receive and speak with compassion and empathy — a big heart!

    Do you know about CNVC's supporting membership?

    One of the benefits of CNVC's Supporting Membership is access to our video library. Many exclusive to CNVC.

    Here are two full-length videos from members affectionately called “First Generation NVC'ers.” Enjoy!




    1. Official alignment with the global home of Nonviolent Communication
    2. Invitation to a free online annual membership event
    3. Opportunities to shape the future of CNVC
    4. Video library of exclusive full-length, live recordings from Certified Trainers from around the world


    1. Receive a 10%* discount on tuition at CNVC’s immersive trainings
    2. Priority consideration for financial assistance for immersive trainings

    Our gift to you

    Thank you for your interest in nonviolent communication and spending some time with us today. We hope you feel inspired, attend a training, and will share the gift of nonviolent communication in whatever capacity you are able.