Communication Dojo
Weekly Practice Session




Wednesdays Noon - 1pm Pacific (California) Time 


There is no financial request for this practice session.

Donations are welcome if you'd like to support us in developing this offering.


Donation methods


If you'd like to make a donation, we accept payments through: 

Venmo: newtbailey or 415 694 8798

Paypal: newt@communicationdojo.com

Zelle: 415 694 8798

or contact info@communicationdojo.com if you're unable to pay by one of these methods




Access information and payment methods


Live online sessions - access information:


You can join the calls using the Zoom video conferencing software, available for download for free from zoom.us You can also join the calls by phone. Access details below:

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Class Description



It takes a lot of practice to change how you communicate. Our practice sessions let you connect with like-minded folks while strengthening existing skills and learning new ones. Our rotating team of coaches are there to help you through the exercises and answer your questions along the way.


We hope you will increase your capacity for self-reflection, ability to hear others without getting as defensive, and proficiency in communicating your feelings and needs to others.

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

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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 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.

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

Bring your real situations to the dojo

Who’s it for?

Everyone from first-timers to those very experienced with NVC can benefit from more practice. With our wide variety of exercises to choose from, you'll be able to pick out specific skills to work on and get assistance with.


Skills and Exercises

menu of exercises here?

Extra Resources to Support Learning and Integration

Here you'll find links to handouts, videos and other resources:


Monday evening class link



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The reminder email arrives around noon every Monday, to:

  • Remind you that we're meeting, or not meeting, that day

  • Describe that day's topic

  • Give you the dates of at least the next 8 topics, to support you in planning which classes you're going to attend

Monthly newsletter - Provides information on upcoming 4-week series workshops




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.


Leeza Pesenson

Leeza is passionate about understanding how our minds work and how we connect with each other. She has a Masters in Cognitive Science and works as a User Experience Researcher by day.


Leeza fell madly in love with NVC after attending Newt’s drop-in classes in 2018 and has been a dedicated practitioner ever since. She has participated in immersion programs in NVC, Mediation, Conflict Coaching, and Inner Compass work with Oren Sofer, Roxy Manning, John Kinyon, and Arnina Kashtan. Since 2020 Leeza has assisted Newt and organized her own NVC practice and empathy groups. She is overjoyed to be sharing NVC on a larger scale as part of the Communication Dojo team.