Newt Bailey

WELCOME! from Newt Bailey, founder of the Communication Dojo.

Contact: info@communicationdojo.com, (415) 694 8798

If you want a greater sense of connection, authenticity, and kindness in your most important relationships, you’ve come to the right place. To put it another way, if you want more intimacy and/or less fighting in your life, you’ve come to the right […]


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Tuesdays – 4-week Committed Series – “The Gift of Empathy” – San Francisco – starts May 21st, 2019

Tuesdays, 7.00pm to 9.00pm

May 21st, 28th, Jun 4th, 11th, 2019 

*plus* practice sessions between classes with other participants Location: San Francisco – Zen Center – Page @ Laguna


SPECIAL FOCUS FOR THIS SERIES: The Gift of Empathy – How to Give It, How to Ask for It

Have you had the experience of […]


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Tuesdays – 4-week Committed Series – “Intimate Relationships” – San Francisco – starts July 16th, 2019

San Francisco


July. 16, July 23, July. 30, Aug. 6 (every week, Tue)


Sliding scale financial request for the series: $320 to $160 - this means we’d love to receive $320 for the series for our own sustainability, and would like to receive a minimum of $160. Let us know if money is an […]


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Monday Drop-In Communication Dojo

NEXT CLASSES: MAY 13, 20 JUNE 3, 10, 17, 24 NO CLASS May 27, Memorial Day Monday Drop-in Communication Dojo with Newt Bailey

Mondays 7pm – 9pm

The Center SF, 548 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94117 Introductory rate: $30 – $10 sliding scale, per class No registration needed. All welcome.



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COMING SOON!! Online Course! “Connected Communication”


May 31st 2019

Online classroom opens on May 31st 2019.


Will be announced nearer the launch date


Will be announced nearer the launch date

“The content of Communication Dojo classes and the trainers are incredible. NVC has brought this bright sense of presence and reflection to all aspects […]


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ARTICLE: Vagus baby! Building your relax & connect response

I just did a Google search for “vagus baby” and it offered me 558,000 results for the alternative search “vegas baby” instead. “Vegas baby! Vegas!” is a line from the 90s movie “Swingers.” (Ignore this spoiler if you intend to watch “Swingers” – swing dancing is fun, and it takes a while to get over your ex…).

Google does however […]


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ARTICLE: Political Division within Your Family – What you can do to close the divide, while maintaining your integrity

(This article is an edited version of the article “Battleground Family Thanksgiving – What you can do to close the divide, while maintaining your integrity” written shortly after the 2016 U.S. presidential election.)

There are families where the subjects of politics and religion were declared off-limits years ago. If yours is not one of those […]


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ARTICLE: W.A.I.T before you speak or hit “Send”

It can be tricky to give examples of “effective workplace communication.” We know that you can speak or send words to a co-worker, or group of co-workers, that lead to disconnection, conflict, diminished trust, and reduced workplace productivity and harmony. This can happen immediately or gradually over time with enough repetition. However, it’s not always […]


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ARTICLE: Envy and jealousy

Let’s talk about envy and jealousy…

One definition of the difference is that envy happens when you wish you had something that someone else has, while jealousy is fear that something you have is being taken away by someone else. They can often occur together though, or be one big indistinguishable emotional soup.  And, for […]


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ARTICLE: Asking for what you want means being able to hear “No.” Here’s how I became more comfortable with that…

If you ask for things in life there’s a risk that you’ll hear “No.” If you ask someone out on a date, if you apply for a job, if you apply for a place in an apartment, or ask for a pay rise, there’s a risk that the other person will say “No.” And there […]


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