“Intimate Relationships” – Tuesdays – 4-week Committed Series – San Francisco – starts Feb 4th, 2020

San Francisco


Feb. 4, Feb. 11, Feb. 18, Feb. 25 (every week, Tue)

“Nonviolent communication (or connected communication) has helped me and my partner speak in a much more conscious and effective way. It was a perfect transition and supplement to our prior couples therapy. It helps in every way, at work, with friends, with family, etc. I can’t recommend these classes and Newt as a teacher enough. I wish we all had to take NVC classes in school, it would change the world.”

~ Elise H., San Francisco

“The course is taught by a fantastic instructor from whom I’ve taken multiple classes in the past, Newt Bailey. Newt’s classes are engaging, interactive and packed with actionable tools and insights. I always get a ton out of the practical exercises which cement new learnings right during class time. The material is approachable and taught in bite-sized chunks; plus Newt actively tailors the course to what t

he class participants are most interested in. During the practice sessions there is even the chance to work on real issues.”
~ frequent Communication Dojo participant, 2019

Cost & Registration


Attending in-person classes? Sliding scale financial requests for the series $340 to $170 - this means we’d love to receive $340 for the series for our own sustainability, and would like to receive a minimum of $170. Let us know at info@communicationdojo.com if money is an obstacle for you.

REGISTER THROUGH EVENTBRITE for remote access only

If you do not live close to San Francisco, or if tickets for in-person attendance have sold out, you can purchase a “Remote Access” ticket – giving you access to the online components of the series: $280 to $140 - this means we’d love to receive $280 for the series for a remote access ticket, for our own sustainability, and would like to receive a minimum of $140. Please let us know at info@communicationdojo.com if money is an obstacle for you.

Note: We encourage you to register soon to ensure your space. If registration has closed, please email info@communicationdojo.com to list your name on the waitlist, or follow the link above for a “Remote Access” ticket. After registering you will receive a confirmation email with location, parking and public transit information and other details

Course Description

Communication in Intimate Relationships

“It may be most difficult to empathize with those we are closest to” ~ Marshall Rosenberg, PhD., Founder of the Center for Nonviolent Communication

Intimate relationships can become fertile ground for highly disconnected modes of communication. There can be fierce fights where we resort to the usual tactics of blame, judgment, criticism, demands, threats and ”the silent treatment.” Fueling the fire we have the well-known hot-button topics between primary partners: money, children, physical intimacy,  jealousy & attachment, priorities, religion & politics, etc.

I hear variations on the following comments often:

“I don’t like how we communicate, but we don’t seem to be able to change it, and it’s maybe getting worse”

“Our issues are not really about communication.”

“If only my partner would change, I think we’d get along much better.”

Regardless of who starts it, it takes two to continue a fight or to engage in disconnected, frustrating and ineffective communication. So, even if just one of you becomes more open to dialogue, and less willing to fight, positive change happens. If you both want this change, it will happen even more quickly.

In this series we’ll be covering the essentials of healthy communication within intimate relationships. Even if you don’t believe that your issues are really about communication, you will not be able to address them effectively unless you have a way of communicating that works for you both. We invite you to take the plunge and join us on July 16th! Our workshop participants are often surprised by how much fun they have as they work together on improving their communication!



Communication Dojo: Working Together to Connect!

As soon as you concern yourself with the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ of your fellows, you create an opening in your heart for maliciousness to enter. Testing, competing with, and criticizing others weaken and defeat you.— Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido

The Communication Dojo is a learning environment designed for everyone, regardless of prior experience with Nonviolent Communication. Now the Communication Dojo approach is being taught as a four week committed series - it’s a great recipe for building skills, knowledge, and community from week to week!

The Communication Dojo approach is inspired in part by teaching from martial arts. Class participants watch a brief demonstration of this structured approach to dialogue and then break into pairs and “learn by doing.”

Participants simply follow a few guidelines while having a conversation on topics of their choosing. Most seem to become quickly at ease with the basic dialogue structure, and can then start to incorporate new skills, principles and awareness at their own pace.

Other features of the Communication Dojo approach:

  • Same cohort of workshop participants for the whole series
  • Learning by doing – we use experiential exercises and small group discussions extensively, in addition to demonstrations, presentations and Q&A periods
  • Homework/Practice requests each week
  • Opportunity to contact other participants for practice and discussion during the 4-week series and beyond
  • Minimal reliance on “jargon” i.e. language that might be confusing or alienating for those not familiar with NVC.

Online Components of the course


  • Online classroom updated weekly, containing:
    • Downloadable audio recordings of each week’s in-person class
    • Video recordings of each week’s 1-hour video conference Q&A session
    • Additional class notes
    • Downloadable PDF handouts
    • Weekly practice requests
    • Extra videos and materials
  • Daily email (optional opt-in) for the duration of the series with bonus material:
    • “Lifescripts” i.e. examples of specific dialogues and wording to bring the principles more alive and help you to integrate them
    • Videos
    • Articles
    • Quotations/Poetry/Readings to capture the essence of the topic


4 x 1-hour live video conference sessions for Q&A - you will be able to either attend these sessions live or send your questions via text, audio or video message, then watch the recording of the live session later in the online classroom. Session dates/times:

  • 11am Pacific on Tuesday Feb 11th
  • 5pm Pacific on Wednesday Feb 19th
  • 11am Pacific on Tuesday Feb 25th
  • 5pm Pacific on Wednesday Mar 4th

Who’s it for?

Experienced with NVC? – Do you sometimes find that your attempts to use NVC do not lead to the connection you want? Perhaps they even lead to greater disconnection? Or are you looking for a different kind of NVC learning environment for friends, family members, or colleagues you really want to introduce to the power and potential of NVC.

New to NVC? – Come try out the Communication Dojo. You’ll find that whatever your current approach to communication, you can start from that point and expand your range of options from there at a rate that suits you.

About Newt Bailey

About Newt Bailey
Newt’s passion is to help people communicate with each other more deeply, to experience greater intimacy, and to find the potential for mutually-satisfying change that lies within conflict.

From his first training in 2005 Newt has set out to understand and share with others the essential core of NVC. He believes strongly in teaching the principles of NVC in a way that frees students from specialized language, and allows facility with connected communication to grow in small, quickly assimilated steps. The Communication Dojo has been Newt’s testing ground for his latest ideas and approaches, and he is now bringing it to BayNVC.

Since 2006 Newt has been facilitating NVC groups, and leading intro classes and class series like Foundations 1, Foundations 2, and his own Communication Dojo classes, in public and organizational settings, and with prisoners and parolees. He is also on the teaching team of John Kinyon’s NVC Mediation yearlong programs, most recently co-leading a yearlong program in Poland.


“I really enjoyed the instant feedback telling me how my words were impacting my partner.”
“The real power point is reporting on what’s happening in the moment.”
“I think I just broke through my habit of being hard on myself!”
“I saw how mistaken I often am about whether I really ‘get’ the other person, or they get me - this process allowed us to see that and really get each other.”




For participants with “In-person” tickets – Zen Center Conference Room - 308 Page St, San Francisco

For participants with “Remote Access” tickets – online only, no physical location


Email newt@communicationdojo.com


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