A communication process developed by Marshall Rosenberg beginning in the 1960s, NVC is based on the idea that all human beings have the capacity for compassion and only resort to violence or behavior that harms others when they don't recognize more effective strategies for meeting needs.
Habits of thinking and speaking that lead to the use of violence (psychological and physical) are learned through culture. NVC can help us recognize these habits, and learn to make choices that build connection instead of conflict.
Spokane's NVC community is expanding quickly. We are members of weekly practice groups, brand-new and long-time students, and facilitators leading groups in the prison at Airway Heights, and venturing into practice with veterans and youth.
Would you like to join a practice group, learn about volunteer opportunities, or find out about facilitator training?
A 16-year-old non-profit organization dedicated to bringing NVC and mindfulness training into Washington's prisons. Last year, Freedom Project expanded to Airway Heights Corrections Center, where a 16-week introductory class is offered to inmates who sign up for the program.
Practicing NVC with inmates is a joyful and rewarding experience, full of laughter and hope. Volunteers need no prior NVC experience, just an open mind and a desire to connect.
Interested in volunteering?