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Upcoming Events

In Irvine: Compassionate Parenting Tools starts this week!! Wednesdays July 10 through Aug. 14, 10am-12pm. Drop-ins welcome. Led by certified parent educators Tova Pusl and Monika Larsen at the Center for Living Peace. Download the flyer here. For more information email Tova. Check out the FAQ and the class schedule too. $25 per class; sliding fee scale available upon request. Quality child care included. You may bring young children into the classroom as needed. Stay tuned for summer dates.

In Irvine: Compassionate Communication every Thursday 7-9pm. A short topic each week, then we practice Compassionate Communications on real life situations. Led by Terry LePage at the Center for Living Peace. Register at the door; $15. For more information call 949-400-3379 or email Terry.
7/11 Compassionate Communication and Your Brain
7/18 Translating Sneaky Judgments
7/25 Empathy Spa
8/1 The Hungry Duck Index
8/8 Celebrating Needs; Releasing Expectations
8/15 Powerful Requests
8/22 Power With
8/29 Mourning instead of Suffering

In Lake Forest: Communication for Maximum Connection. Introductory series 4 Thursday evenings July 11 through Aug.1, 7-9pm. Led by Lori Yost. Call 949-422-4944 or email Lori for information or RSVP.

In Santa Monica: Nonviolent Communication Practice Groups with Gail McManus: Wednesdays 7:15-9pm, and 2nd and 4th Tuesday evenings 7-9pm. Newcomers welcome. Please contact Gail at 518- 653-2957, or Private sessions also available.

In Santa Barbara: Bellonda Bixby will be offering NVC workshops at the "Elements Gathering" July 27-August 1, a 6-day event offering sustainable living skills, lively celebrations and community among the oaks. See for details.

In Long Beach: Certified trainer Mary Mackenzie offers a variety of Nonviolent Communication workshops and private coaching. Contact Mary Mackenzie,, 562.856.9417.

In Irvine: Compassionate Parenting Tools: Intensive Intro. Sunday August 12, 1:30-4:30pm. As the weekday class, but 3 hours, without child care. Introduce your spouse, friends, or relatives to Compassionate Parenting!

In San Fernando: Retreat: Dynamics of Power and the Vortex of Submission Aug. 1-Aug. 6. Jim and Jori Manske and others leading. See this link for more info.

Parenting Classes around Southern California including weeknights, and Saturdays, in Spanish and English, are available from Echo Parenting and Education.

Workshops and Groups in LA and Santa Barbara with Rodger Sorrow and Anne Walton: see for current offerings.

Compassionate Communication and Parenting Tips

Good Reads!
Do you have time for a good read this summer? Check out some of these. If you have discovered a Compassioante Communication or Parenting book you love, let me know about it!

While Marshall Rosenberg's Nonviolent Communication is the 'classic,' other books on Compassionate/Nonviolent Communication are available, each with its own style. Some are less like a textbook so easier to read.

Being Genuine is a thoughtful introduction by Tom D'Ansenbourg, a French therapist.

Don't Be Nice, Be Real by Kelly Bryson is a humorous, somewhat rambling, and fun read.

What We Say Matters by Judith and Ike Lasater, is an introduction that connects NVC with some Buddhist and Yoga principles.

Connecting Across Differences by Jane Connor and Dian Killian is written for young adults.

Peaceful Living by Mary MacKenzie is an NVC meditation-a-day- great way to remember to practice compassion.

Other NVC-related books and booklets can be found at Puddledancer Press.

Favorite Parenting Books...

Remember that some of these are available as audiobooks-- in case you don't get to sit still much!

Playful Parenting by Lawrence Cohen is best for preschoolers. A wonderful resource for helping parents connect and guide through play. (available as audiobook too!)

Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids by Sura Hart and Victoria Kindle Hodson - Best for grade-school age kids. An encyclopedia of tools and tutorials for Compassionate Parenting.

Parenting from the Inside Out by Daniel Siegel and Mary Hartzell talks about attachment, brain development, and other weighty topics: very enlightening.

Beyond Consequences, Logic and Control: a Love Based Approach to Helping Children with Severe Behaviors by Heather Forbes gives hope to parents with big challenges.

Other resources: The International Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) lists NVC practitioners, certified trainers, trainings, and resources. NVC Academy offers NVC telecourses and audio and video archives. NVC World has links to NVC resources of all types.

Happy reading! And share your favorites with me!

"Compassion is a practically acquired knowledge, like dancing.
You must do it and practice diligently day by day."

-Karen Armstrong

Terry LePage, M.Div, Ph.D.
Open Door Communication

Mission of Open Door Communication
To share Compassionate (Nonviolent) Communication and related life-serving tools with people from all walks of life in Southern California by:
1. Offering workshops, mediation, and coaching,
2. Establishing practice groups and mentoring resource people to multiply impact, and
3. Facilitating supportive relationships among practitioners.

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