Perhaps our most heroic act in the face of hardship is simply allowing our hearts to break and then transforming that pain into compassion, healing, and service.

My Intention And Approach to NVC  Is To Support This One Precious Life

I long to support the harmonics between all living things, so that a natural resonance can be experienced. All actions are an attempt to meet a need, no matter how tragic, violent or abhorrent it may seem to us.  And so, I support the growth of self response-ability so that we can compassionately mediate our inner experience in order to live according to our values in all that we do and with all those we meet.   I  tend to the truth of interconnectedness in a world where everyone's needs matter. I engender the  refinement of our sense of longing so that it is invoked into the present moment. No longer judging, fixing, analysing, diagnosing or advising. No longer retelling our past history, but by approaching the felt sense of suffering(through our thoughts, feelings and bodily sensing) in the present moment as a result of our past. This can bring about a transformation or shift in how our experience is held and give a sense of hope and a possibility for change and growth.  Through living compassionate presence, a doorway to beauty is experienced through the portal of our vulnerability and as we approach it with a warm hospitality and curiosity, this then enriches our use of language in a way that supports life.   This is all at the heart of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and is the consciousness and practice I work with. 

"We have unlearned the patience and attention of lingering at the thresholds where the unknown awaits us."

John O'Donoghue



What is 'violent' Communication?

Nonviolent Communication is the integration of 4 things.

"What others do may be the stimulus for our feelings, but not the cause". 

Nonviolent Communication serves our desire to do 3 things.


Cultivating Courage Through The  Portal Of Vulnerability

"Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky, but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy ."

Brene Brown

The practice of Nonviolent Communication, also known as Compassionate Communication, founded by Marshall Rosenberg Phd is accomplished through the portal of our vulnerability. It requires that we honour and express how we are feeling and what we are longing for.   The expression of vulnerability in our culture at present is seen as weakness.  Therefore the practice of NVC is 'counter culture'.  

The experience of being vulnerable is one of uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure. The tendency is to armour up or numb to stay protected.  However, vulnerability is the birth place of  love, belonging, joy, innovation, creativity, intimacy, connection and change. To live this way is the definition of courage.  There is no courage without vulnerability. 

"Courage is the measure of our heartfelt participation with life, with another, with a community, a work a future.  To be courageous is not necessarily to go anywhere or do anything except to make conscious those things we already feel deeply and then to live through the unending vulnerabilities of those consequences.  To be courageous is to seat our feelings deeply in the body and in the world: to live up to and into necessities of relationships that often already exist, with things we find we already care deeply about; an unknown that begs us on and always has begged us on.  To be courageous is to stay close to the way we are made."

David Whyte

Cultivating Compassion

"And as we transform our inside voice, we start to change our outside voices too, bringing new life to our families and communities."

Sarah Peyton

Presence is the place we inhabit when we no longer attempt to fix, sort, label, advise, judge or analyse our experience.  I love to reside in this place of 'just being', with my own experience and others.  An unfolding of life then becomes possible and a capacity to be with all that arises in response to our life's circumstances.  Often this leads to a place of mourning for all the ways we were not held with delight as little ones, for all the losses in our lives, and for all the ways we attempt to show up in life that may be far from our dearly held values.

NVC is about compassion, especially self compassion.  When we turn towards ourselves with compassion, we can mediate our experience which then opens up new choices for us and new capacity for growth and contribution. 

NVC requires a re-membering of our innate compassionate nature, and a trust in the validity of our own experience. The purpose within the self empathy process is to uncover our needs, what we are longing for.

The Anatomy Of Connection

"A sense of being comes not from unconnected individuality but from a sense of relation to others. " 

"The latest developments in neuroscience unveil the extent to which humans are wired for connection, belonging, and resonance with other humans.  The urge to connect is so strong that our nervous systems are capable of acting as our own compassionate self-witness.    Neurobiology has recently proved that the human brain is capable of being distraught (scared, anxious, depressed), while simultaneously observing ourselves with compassion as a loving parent or partner would.  This ability to be both experiencing and holding the experience is the key to maintaining inner calm in the face of life's challenges."

Sarah Peyton


When we discover what we are longing for we are already in connection with all living things through a 'needs' consciousness.  In his work with conflict throughout the world, Marshall Rosenberg found that the key to peace was the capacity to hear one another's needs, and because needs are universal a sense of being separate dissipates and judgement, blame and 'power over' no longer become necessary.