Compassionate communication for groups Sept/Oct (online)




Five Monday evenings from September 13th to October 11th 7-9pm.

A practical and welcoming introduction to Compassionate Communication, based on Marshall Rosenberg’s Non-violent Communication model.

There are 14 places on this course (see eligibility criteria below).

Session 1 – Overview and introduction to Compassionate Communication and a four-step model for improving how we listen and speak with ourselves and others, + identifying our values and universal human needs.

Session 2 – Exploring the things that can get in the way of compassionate communication +  Step One of the model: making observations (without judging)

Session 3 – Review practice of step One, + Step two of the model: expressing feelings (not thoughts)

Session 4 – Review practice of steps one and two,  + Step three of the model : expressing our needs (not strategies to meet them)

Session 5 – Review practice of the first three steps,  + Step four of the model: making requests (not demands) + round up of the course and ‘what next?’  in your learning.

TrainerMilly Carmichael is a trained facilitator and perpetual student of permaculture. She has also undergone training in solution-focused practice and compassionate communication and seeks to deepen and extend her skills and practice in both. She has a background in nursing and youth work, with most of her clinical experience focused on sexual health, substance use and associated mental health and wellbeing. She currently works and studies in the Public Health sphere.  Milly has also studied horticulture and is a gardener. She draws on the myriad ways that soil, growing, weather and land management offer us analogy, metaphor and direct comparison to inform our personal and organisational growth and development.

Format:  Zoom online

Cost: £50/£25 (see below for eligibility)

This unique programme has been commissioned to offer tools and support relevant to groups working to make our world better in a wide variety of different ways.

This programme has the aim of expanding, empowering and upskilling groups working to meet local and global challenges and is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, distributed by Transition Network and is being organised by Transition Leicester and Think like a Tree.    Look for more information about Transition: Bounce Forward at

Who is the programme for?

Anyone who would like to learn skills so that their group can be more effective, avoid challenges and cope with group issues when they arise.  To be able to change the world, we need tools to be able to work together.

Am I eligible?

This course is for anyone in the UK who is part of a voluntary group, or who works with voluntary groups.  If you are outside these criteria please contact us to go on the waiting list if places become available.

When booking please state which group/organisation you are part of and where you are from in the comments section.

Prices are: £25 if you are a volunteer or £50 if you work for an organisation (either voluntary or private-sector) supporting groups


Please note that you must commit to attending all 5 sessions when booking. Why? Because sessions build on each other; because we will be working and getting to know each other as a group; and because we want to show funders that their money is doing what we said.

Come prepared to attend all sessions and to join in with the group activities. You will be practicing the techniques during the sessions.

What is compassionate communication/Non-violent communication?

With Non-violent communication (NVC) we learn to hear our own deeper needs and those of others. Through its emphasis on deep listening—to ourselves as well as others—NVC helps us discover the depth of our own compassion. This language reveals the awareness that all human beings are only trying to honor universal values and needs, every minute, every day.

NVC can be seen as both a spiritual practice that helps us see our common humanity, using our power in a way that honors everyone’s needs, and a concrete set of skills which help us create life-serving families and communities.

The form is simple, yet powerful.

Through the practice of NVC, we can learn to clarify what we are observing, what emotions we are feeling, what values we want to live by, and what we want to ask of ourselves and others. We will no longer need to use the language of blame, judgment or domination. We can experience the deep pleasure of contributing to each others’ well being.

NVC creates a path for healing and reconciliation in its many applications, ranging from intimate relationships, work settings, health care, social services, police, prison staff and inmates, to governments, schools and social change organizations.

“All that has been integrated into NVC has been known for centuries about consciousness, language, communication skills, and use of power that enable us to maintain a perspective of empathy for ourselves and others, even under trying conditions.”
— Marshall B. Rosenberg, Phd

Nonviolent Communication contains nothing new. It is based on historical principles of nonviolence– the natural state of compassion when no violence is present in the heart. NVC reminds us what we already instinctively know about how good it feels to authentically connect to another human being.




Additional information

Compassionate communication workshop

Volunteer price (see eligibility criteria), Paid/organisation price (see eligibility criteria)