Lake Oswego, OR
Robert Gonzales' work Living Compassion has emerged from a lifetime of inquiry into the intersection between spirituality and human communication. His influences include Dr. Marshall Rosenberg (founder of Nonviolent Communication), Stephen Schwartz (creator of Compassionate Self-Care), and other spiritual teachers.
His first formal spiritual practice occurred in Enlightenment Intensives, which he participated in and led for many years. Robert received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1989, and was a practicing therapist for many years, offering individual and couples counseling.
He met Marshall Rosenberg in 1985 and began teaching NVC in 1986. He is a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC). Robert’s work in Living Compassion has evolved as an integration of embodied spirituality and Nonviolent Communication.
His trainings offer ways to cultivate daily practices for living life fully, grounded in compassion for one’s self and others. Robert has contributed to the work of CNVC as a Certified Trainer, Certification Assessor, and Board President. He continues to serve as a lead trainer for International Intensive Trainings. He was a co-founder of the NVC Training Institute and in 2010, he founded the Center for Living Compassion, a nonprofit organization through which he shares his work.