Language for the Open-Hearted Warrior: A 12-Week PNVC Course

Ki · January 10, 2022
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The spring 2023 course in session and closed for enrollment.
Next Course begins in August of 2023, dates and times TBD.

Language for the
Open-Hearted Warrior:
Power-Conscious NVC
For Collective Liberation

This course is a 12- week deep dive into a compassionate approach to communication called “Power-Conscious Nonviolent Communication for Collective Liberation,” or PNVC. PNVC utilizes mindfulness within the frameworks of The Right Use of Power™ and Internal Family Systems to teach Nonviolent Communication with an ever-evolving liberatory design.

The course provides training that deepens self-connection and offers practical, powerful tools for engaging in difficult conversations at home, in the workplace, and in the world.  Participants will learn about the intersectional dimensions of power and what it means to hold power in interpersonal relationships with vulnerability, compassion, and conscious responsibility. The course introduces the core of holding “power with heart” as coming home to “Self-Leadership” in the face of conflict, as characterized by curiosity, courage, clarity, connection, calm, creativity, and confidence.

The name of the course highlights the spirit of the archetypal fierce and tender warrior fighting for collective liberation. The way of the warrior is that of skillful action steeped in compassion and wisdom, which is supported by power-consciousness, collective wisdom, and collective care formed in Beloved Community.

For required texts, click “materials” tab above.


The class meets for 2 hours, once a week, for 12 weeks, over zoom. The spring 2023 course is now in session and closed for enrollment. Next Course begins in August of 2023, dates and times TBD.

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Course Fees:

Things to Know Before Registering

Meeting Times.
The class will meet for a total of 12 consecutive weeks, on zoom. Next course starts in August, dates and times TBD.

Students are encouraged to sign into the zoom meeting 5-10 minutes early so we can start on time and maximize time for learning.
Students are permitted one excused absence. However, it is strongly encouraged that students do all they can to be present for every class. 12-week courses are usually kept to 20 students or less due to the intimate nature of the work, and absences bear a strong impact on the container.

If you know you will be unable to attend more than one of the 12 scheduled classes at the time of registration, consider taking the course at a later time.
It is recommended that students set aside a total of 3+ hours per week to complete assigned reading, reflections, and practice with classmates outside of class time. There may be additional recommended content for each module in addition to the minimum required readings, to be engaged with at each student's discretion.
Prior to the First Class.
Students are advised to read chapter 1 of “Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life,” as well as the handouts on power in the materials section of the first lesson prior to our first meeting. Each time we meet we will be drawing from the required texts, listed on the materials tab above. Keeping up is essential for learning and group cohesion.
Empathy Buddies.
Students will be invited (not required) to form practice partnerships or triads, called "empathy buddies." Social power dynamics will be taken into consideration whenever possible in these parings to support affinity space for empathy practice.

It is strongly encouraged that students be in contact with their study/practice partner(s) at least once between each session. This is an experiential course; practice is essential to absorbing the material, the method, and the consciousness.
Participants often chose to work on significant issues and events in their lives during classes. In registering for the course, students are agreeing to keep in confidence everything of a personal/private nature that they hear and see.
Class recording.
If a student is absent, a recording of the class may be made and shared with them so that they are able to keep up. Recordings will not be made without explicit expressed consent of all present for the class session.
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Most importantly: this work is for you. This work is for all of us. Ask questions. Take notes. Make requests. Get all you can from it!

  • Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, 3rd Ed., by Marshall B. Rosenberg, $3-$19 from publisher or amazon (audiobook, print, and e-book available)
  • We Will Not Cancel Us and Other Dreams of Transformative Justice, by Adrienne Maree Brown, $5-$10 from publisher or Amazon (in print or ebook available)
  • Love and Rage, by Lama Rod Owens, $13-$18 from amazon, (audiobook, print, and e-book available)

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Course Includes

  • 61 Lessons
  • 36 Topics