“Empowered Self-Expression – Speaking from the Heart” – Tuesdays – 4-week Committed Series – San Francisco – starts Sept 10th, 2019

Tuesdays, 7.00pm to 9.00pm

4-week series dates:
Sept 10th, 17th, 24th, Oct 1st, 2019

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


SPECIAL FOCUS FOR THIS SERIESEmpowered Self-Expression – Speaking from the Heart

How you say things makes a big difference in how you get heard, and whether you get heard at all. What we say is an expression of what’s important to us in the moment – to connect, to be understood, to be creative, to have fun etc. – so how we speak has a big effect on whether we experience the kind of joyful life and relationships we’re looking for.

During this 4-week series we’ll explore what it means to express yourself from a place of empowerment, and what it means to speak “from the heart.”

Empowered self-expression means being present with and responsive to whatever comes back from the person you’re talking to. Rather than trying to “say everything right,” we’ll practice instead expressing yourself sincerely from the heart, then responding, from the heart, to whatever comes back.

We’ll also give attention to the “classical” Nonviolent Communication elements of self-expression: observations, feelings, needs and requests.


Connected Communication means:

  • Asking for what you want, and being able to handle a “yes” or “no” answer
  • Having fewer fights, and being able to quickly receive the GIFT from them if they do happen
  • Enjoying every-day intimacy – the joy of really knowing and being known by the people you’re closest to

and increasing your capacity to:

  • Be around conflict without panicking or collapsing
  • Support others who are going through tough times
  • Value the giving and receiving of feedback, even when it’s scary



I want others to get these gifts and more, and to get them as quickly as possible, so I’ve created the “Working Together to Connect 4-week Committed Series.” In this series you will be able follow the Communication Dojo approach step-by-step with the same cohort of fellow students. You will first learn the “Connected Conversation Process,” the foundational process of the Communication Dojo, and from there we’ll add the skills, awareness and attitude of Connected Communication.

All you need is the desire to have an easier and more enjoyable experience of communication with those you’re close to, and more capacity to communicate with the ones you have most difficulty with currently…and a willingness to have fun while learning!

The program is suited to those who are completely new to the Communication Dojo, or those who’ve done our workshops before. No specific experience with Connected Communication (or “Compassionate Communication,” “Nonviolent Communication” etc.) is needed.


$340 – $170 sliding scale for the series (plus Eventbrite admin fee) - this means we’d love to receive $320 for the series, and would like to receive a minimum of $160. We make the sliding scale available so that the workshops are affordable for a greater number of people. Let us know if money is an obstacle for you.



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