Monday Drop-In Communication Dojo


JAN 27

FEB 3, 10, 17, 24


Monday Drop-in Communication Dojo


with Newt Bailey

Mondays 7pm – 9pm

The Center SF, 548 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
Introductory rate: $15 – $35 sliding scale, per class
No registration needed. All welcome.

“I gained so many insights about myself and learned many skills on how to connect with people better. Now I have the wisdom and tools to achieve what my heart truly desires – connection. Thanks for the gifts, Newt.”
– “Communication Dojo” Participant, June 2016, San Francisco

Join us at the drop-in Communication Dojo for this weekly opportunity to immerse yourself in Connected Communication aka Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and to work on real challenges from your life

Changing how you communicate means changing habits, developing new skills, strengthening existing skills, and finding new ways to understand your thoughts and actions, and those of the other people in your life. As you gain greater proficiency and mastery you find that situations that used to trouble you greatly now seem surprisingly easy to navigate, and situations you would previously have avoided completely now fall within your capacity to handle.

The Communication Dojo provides an excellent environment to bring about this change with a combination of:

  • Study
  • Practice
  • Community
  • Your commitment to a more joyful life

We don’t just want you to understand the skills, we want you to be able to access them when you most need them…

Whether you’re already a student of Nonviolent Communication or not, we all know that in moments of anger, upset, sadness, fear or frustration there’s a much increased chance of us falling back on what Marshall Rosenberg, founder of the Center for Nonviolent Communication, called “Jackal” communication – the kind of communication that leads to disconnection and conflict – communication that takes your time and energy but does not give much in return.

Your body probably tries to give you instant feedback when this happens – even before you get to the bigger signals like hot face, tight stomach, tensed muscles, increasing loudness of speech. The momentum of defense and counter-attack, shut down or flee, can easily take over – but what if you get more quickly tuned in to the signals your body is giving. What if you start listening more to what your body is saying, and including your body, its signals and its movement in a kinesthetic approach to Nonviolent Communication?

You’ll discover how play, movement and bodily gestures can all accelerate the sense of “getting NVC in your bones.” Our aim is that you’ll develop greater bodily awareness, and respond more quickly to steer yourself in the direction of connected communication any time you start to veer in a less useful direction.

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

Bring your real situations to the dojo …

Some features of the Communication Dojo practice environment:

*Chances to use your real-life situations to guide experiential learning
*Efficient use of group time to maximize learning
*High proportion of practice time in pairs – learning communication by communicating.
*Minimal “jargon” i.e. language that might be confusing or alienating for those not familiar with NVC.
*Little likelihood of people developing any sense of “Doing it wrong” or “Trying to do it right.”
*Mixture of experience levels deepens practice and learning

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
Newt’s passion is to help people connect, to experience greater intimacy, and to find the potential for mutually satisfying change that lies within conflict. He is also convinced that personal growth and change in consciousness is essential if we’re to bring about the changes we want to see in our communities and our world.

Since he started studying NVC 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 is both a place where Newt teaches the NVC practices, skills and awareness he uses in his own life, and also a place where Newt introduces his newest teaching tools, resources and ideas.

Since 2006 Newt has been facilitating NVC groups, leading workshops and retreats, and developing his unique approach in public and organizational settings. Newt also attributes great steps in his personal understanding of NVC to working with prisoners and parolees. He has taught NVC, NVC mediation and NVC coaching across the USA and in Europe.


Phone: 415 694 8798

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Brian Delshad October 31, 2018 at 6:49 pm

Dear Newt,
I am based in Santa Barbara and I am wondering when you’re next online class might be?
Thank you,


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