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Now Deceased

Robert Gonzales

United States
Certified Trainer from 1998 to 2022

Message from CNVC

CNVC is saddened by the passing of a beloved colleague, Robert Gonzales, and we honor the many contributions he has brought to the community. Robert served many roles in CNVC over his years of involvement and we will miss him.

Trainer's profile

Robert’s passion was introducing spirituality to compassionate communication and the development of living compassion as a living practice.  He saw compassionate communication both as a process that helps us connect more authentically with ourselves and others and as a spiritual practice and a way of living.

Robert received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1989. He met Marshall Rosenberg and Nonviolent Communication (NVC) in 1985 and has been offering NVC trainings in various forms since 1986. He began developing Living Compassion in 2000. Robert was a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication and served as a trainer at many International Intensive Trainings around the world.

Previously, Robert was an Assessor for certifying NVC trainers in North America. He was a past President of the board of directors for the Center for Nonviolent Communication.  He was a co-founder of the NVC Training Institute, a team of trainers who offered in-depth and continuing NVC training in the United States and Europe from 2000-2012.

In 2000, he established the Prescott Center for Nonviolent Communication. In 2010, he relocated to Portland, Oregon and changed the organization’s name to Center for Living Compassion.  Robert's work with Living Compassion met a deep need and took him to many countries throughout the world where he was consistently met with gratitude for the life changing teachings and experiences people had.  His body of work, Living Compassion, continues to be shared and taught worldwide. 

“"I would characterize my life practice as a continual, embodied mindfulness. I'm bopping along in my life...doing okay...then I get triggered, and I say to myself, "Okay, now it's time to practice self-compassion." That is not how I experience a spiritual life practice. Living Compassion is my continual, embodied mindfulness practice because the longing in my being is to live and feel the fullness every moment of my life. The continual sense of intimacy with the life in me is a way of living. As Lawrence Heller has said, "The price of freedom is eternal mindfulness." I want to live mindful, aware and free at every moment."”

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