MODULE 7 – Compassionate Communication


15th-19th October 2018 (5 days) at Wongsanit Ashram 


Module Description:

Compassionate Communication is based on Nonviolent Communication (NVC) developed by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg.  It has been described as a language of compassion and a tool for positive social change. NVC gives us the tools to understand what triggers us, to take responsibility for our reactions, and to deepen connection with ourselves and others. Thus it is a toolkit for transforming our habitual responses to life. Ultimately, it involves a radical change in how we think about life and meaning.  Nonviolent Communication is based on a fundamental principle: Underlying all human actions are needs that people are seeking to meet. Understanding and acknowledging these needs can create a shared basis for connection, cooperation, and more harmonious relationships on both a personal and global level.  This workshop is designed to help cultivate your capacity of compassion and understanding for yourselves and others.  You will develop communication skills that enable you to notice other people’s feelings, needs, underlying words and actions as well as your ability to honestly express your feelings and needs peacefully.  This can bring about transformation of troubled relationships into healthy and functional connections.


Learning Goal

            To cultivate the capacity of compassion and understanding for oneself and others.


Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  1. understand the principle and toolkits of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) developed by Marshall Rosenberg.
  2. be able to make use of NVC communication skills.
  3. transform their habitual responses to life and troubled relationship into healthy and functional connections.


Learning Themes (schedule example from 2017)

DAY 1 Nonviolent Communication (NVC) concepts
The Goal of Non-violent Communication (NVC) / The Communication Tree of Life / 4 Components of NVC
DAY 2 Four Components of NVC
Observation, Feeling, Need and Request
DAY 3 the Language of Nonviolence
Jackal and Giraffe Language
DAY 4 NVC Conflict Coaching & Facilitation
A helping hand for a mediator / Exercise
 Mediation with Nonviolent Communication
DAY 5 Group Exercise


Recommended Readings and Websites



Rosenberg, Marshall, 2003. Nonviolent Communication: A language of life, Puddle Dancer Press.

Larsson, Liv, 2011.A helping hand : Mediation with nonviolent communication, Svensbyn, Sweden: Friare Liv Konsult.



Rosenberg, Marshall, Nonviolent Communication : a language of life. Retrived from:

Nonviolent Communication. Rosenberg, Marshall, 2003. Nonviolent Communication: A language of life. Retrieved from:


Hand-outs/ Powerpoints During Module:

Overview powerpoint – Kanya

Overview powerpoint – Lin