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Bring Communication Dojo to Work

Please email to discuss what we can offer to your team.

The Problems We Help Solve

As an individual's communication skills grow so does their capacity with:

  • Handling "difficult conversations"

  • Deescalating conflict

  • Giving and receiving feedback

  • Making proposals and requests

  • Saying and Hearing "No" in a way that maintains connection

  • Collaboration

  • Self-responsibility and letting go of blame culture

  • Honest expression

  • Experiencing empathy and understanding for others

  • Self-reflection, self-awareness and self-understanding

Workshop format

We offer a weekly drop-in class that rotates through 12 different topics every 12 weeks. We've offered this series for 3-years and are now offering it online.

We are now offering this format to companies and other workplaces.

This format is different than the more conventional half-day or daylong communication training provided for a particular department or group within your company. 

This weekly drop-in format provides an invaluable resource for those who self-select to attend. The improved communication of these team members would be a gift to your company and also a gift to the team members themselves.


Offering weekly Communication Dojo classes to your team members will support your organizational culture, both through shifts in skills, attitudes and awareness and also through stress reduction - both by using the processes we teach and through the strengthening of workplace relationships.

The feedback we receive, committed participation we inspire, and word-of-mouth publicity we enjoy all tell us that your team members will also experience easing of conflict and increases in connection in their personal relationships. 

Participants can attend the whole sequence, starting at any point, or drop in periodically. Many regular participants in our public drop-ins have chosen to attend the full class sequence multiple times over, finding that they deepen their understanding and skill each time.

Key Features of Our Approach

  • Processes that can be learned in a short time, so that practice, integration and refinement can begin quickly

  • Exercises that allow participants to work on their own difficult situations from work and home​

  • A fun and lighthearted approach, allowing skills to be more easily assimilated and optimism to grow

  • Class design that serves both newcomers and those who already have experience

Please email: to discuss

  • bringing the weekly Communication Dojo format to your team 

  • single or multiple half-day or daylong workplace communication trainings

  • communication and conflict coaching


Newt Bailey is a business consultant providing communication training and coaching. He is the founder of Communication Dojo and a Collaborative Trainer with Bay Area Nonviolent Communication. He works in organizations in the corporate, educational, and not-for-profit sectors, and has also taught NVC to prisoners and parolees. Newt has also led multiple yearlong programs on communication skills and communication coaching using Nonviolent Communication in the USA and Europe.

Newt's passion is sharing the communication skills he uses in his own life and work. He has seen firsthand that communication skills can be learned and improved, and that doing this can save us a great deal of time and energy that we then get to use to live life joyfully and to fill our work lives with passion, growth, mastery, productivity and creativity. 

Nethra Samarawickrema is a career and relationship coach. She supports people with designing work that is congruent with their values and crafting intentional relationships based on their needs. She is passionate about bringing the transformative power of empathy to help people and organizations to create meaningful work, reinvent workplace cultures, and foster collaborative relationships.


She has a PhD in anthropology from Stanford University and her coaching and organizational trainings combine anthropology, design thinking, and Nonviolent Communication. Through organizational trainings and her weekly drop in workshops at The Holding Space, she teaches skills of empathetic listening to help individuals and groups to build understanding across differences, engage in difficult conversations in a way that feels safe, and communicate in ways that support collaboration at work. 

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