Training Details

9-MONTH PROGRAM: Speaking, Living, and Sharing Peace: Immersion into compassionate community


All Levels


General NVC


In Person




Brown, Jeff
Beausoleil, Francois
Gottlieb, Lisa

Date and Time

Thu, Nov 9, 2017 to Sat, Nov 11, 2017 — 3 in-person gatherings: 2017: Nov. 9-11 | 2018: Feb. 8-10; May 3-5 — Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5)


Zion Lutheran Church

1501 West Liberty St.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103
United States


   Would you like to develop a stable and reliable experience of peace in your life?

   If so, then this program is designed for you! Join us to deepen peace with yourself, in your relationships and in your world.

   This 9-month program combines the main skills for peacemaking inspired by Nonviolent-Compassionate Communication, the Language of the Heart. The four main components of the program are:

1) Being Peace: Opening your heart.
2) Speaking Peace: Speaking from an undefended heart.
3) Living Peace: Living open hearted.
4) Sharing Peace: Inspiring others to open their hearts.

Elements of this Program:

   More than just a workshop -- or even a series of workshops -- this program includes a rich combination of ways to support your learning and integration including:

• Four 2 1/2-day in-person gatherings in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Thursday 6:30 pm - 9 pm / Friday 9:30 am - 6 pm / Saturday 9:30 am - 5 pm)
• Individual coaching call with one of the trainers between the 2nd and 3rd gatherings.
• 90-minute teleclass in the months we don't meet in person.
• Coaching, mentoring and empathy support provided by Assistants and other experienced practitioners who have completed this program previously.

**NOTE: While the first of four in-person gatherings has already occurred (August 17-19, 2017), people can still join the program starting with the second gathering on November 9-11, 2017. After that gathering occurs, the program will be closed to new participants.

Meet the Trainers:

Jeff Brown, M.A. (Columbus, OH), has been a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication since 2005, and has led hundreds of trainings in 30 U.S. states and 8 countries including South Korea, Japan, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, Romania and the U.K.

   People who experience Jeff's training, coaching, and group facilitation describe him as having a combination of authenticity, vulnerability, and humor that engages audiences of all kinds.

   Jeff uses approaches from developmental psychology* to design and retrofit existing systems, organizations and social structures so that people of all value systems have meaningful expressions of what matters to them while respecting -- and not interfering with -- people with other values (*e.g. Spiraldynamics and the principles of Natural Design).

   Jeff served as the Executive Director from 2009-2015 for the Compassionate Communication Center of Ohio, a nonprofit organization based in Columbus, Ohio. He has a master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica and facilitates difficult conversations with people in conflict using mediation, victim-offender reconciliation and Restorative Circles.

François Beausoleil, MBA (Quebec, Canada), trains, coaches and supports individuals and organizations throughout Canada, U.S., Mexico, Europe, Costa Rica, Japan and China. In addition to his engaging approaches on how to share the foundations of NVC with others and developing trainers, François brings a strong business and coaching focus to his work.

With his expertise in business and working with organizations, François supports participants to clarify their vision, articulate what they want to contribute to the world and identify strategies of doing this that are designed to attend to their needs. François is highly skilled at helping participants discover and transcend internal and external barriers so that they can live from a more fully empowered state.

François' previous career was as a musician with Cirque de Soleil – he brings creativity and music into the rooms and hearts wherever he shares his work. He has an MBA from Sherbrooke University in Quebec and has been a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication since 2008.

In 2014, he wrote the book, "The Blame-Free State," and has been helping people moving out of blame for others and themselves in several countries since then. He recently launched The Blame-Free State Institute. Learn more about François here.

    Lisa Gottlieb, MSW, SSW (Ann Arbor, MI) 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 also works with small businesses, non-profit and faith-based organizations to find effective methods to improve communication with staff and customers, solve problems and increase productivity and worker satisfaction. She is a candidate for certification with the Center for Nonviolent Communication.

​     Lisa has lived and worked in Ann Arbor, MI for 40 years, raising her children and working for the last 17 years as a school social worker for Washtenaw Intermediate School District in the Court Involved Youth Program, where she initiated the facility's first vegetable gardens, and teaches yoga and mindfulness. Lisa is a co-founder of Selma Café, a non-profit local food and breakfast party that supports sustainable agriculture.

Who is it for

People who want to integrate Nonviolent-Compassionate Communication (NVC) practices into their lives. There is no pre-requisite for this program and all are welcome! If, however, you don't have prior in-person training experience with NVC, we enthusiastically encourage you to join us for an introductory training on June 2-3, 2017 in Ann Arbor. Learn more here:


  • Dissolve blame you have for others and for yourself.
  • Set yourself up for success when you anticipate having a difficult conversation.
  • Discover the art and science of deep listening and use empathy to increase trust and connectedness in your relationships.
  • Decode hard-to-hear messages so that you can see the deeper meaning without being reactive.
  • Express yourself honestly and navigate conflict with grace and grit
  • Apply communication tools in a way that comes across as natural and where people see you as being authentic, rather than using a “technique.”
  • Learn how to ask for what you want in a way that inspires others to support you.
  • Find a stable place of contentment by moving beyond the pain of unmet needs.
  • Develop a personal action plan and mission statement to operationalize everything you learn.

Registration, payment and deposit info.

INVESTMENT: $1,865 earlybird rate (by July 9, 2017) | $1,995 standard (after July 9)

MULTIPLE PERSON REGISTRATION DISCOUNT: When 2 people register together, both people save 10%. When 3 or more people register as a group, each person saves 15%.

PAYMENT PLAN: A non-refundable $150 deposit at the time of registration, plus 4 installments over the subsequent 4 months. After deposit, the remaining amount due will be divided into four equal parts.

Registration will open soon, and meanwhile if you want to express your interest or ask questions, email


MEET Jeff: Video of presentation in at Maharishi University
MEET François: Listening from the heart
MEET Lisa: Radio interview on Michigan Radio (May 2017)

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