Language for the Open-Hearted Warrior

A 12-week course in Power-Conscious Nonviolent Communication

Language for the Open-Hearted Warrior:

Power-Conscious NVC For Collective Liberation
A 12-Week Transformational Journey

Spring 2024 Class is Closed for Enrollment and in Session! Save your spot for the fall session!

Fall 2024 Session:
Starts: September 23rd
Last Class: December 9th
Meets: Monday, 11 AM – 1:30 PM MST
Format: Live on Zoom
Duration: 12 Weeks

 ~Tuition: Sliding Scale (Details Below)
 ~REGISTRATION: Secure Your Spot with a $50 Deposit

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Course Description:

Dive into “Power-Conscious Nonviolent Communication for Collective Liberation” (PNVC), a unique 12-week course blending NVC with mindfulness, The Right Use of Power™, and Internal Family Systems (IFS). This course presents a novel approach to Nonviolent Communication, designed for everyone from beginners to long-term practitioners. Its unique integration of these tools offers fresh insights and transformative practices, making it an ideal learning experience regardless of your previous exposure to these concepts.

Who is this course for?

  • Individuals at any stage of their journey in communication, ethics, or self-awareness. Whether you’re just starting or are a seasoned practitioner, the innovative integration of these methodologies offers new perspectives and deeper understanding.
  • Those seeking authenticity in relationships, striving for a balance between personal integrity and communal harmony.
  • Anyone looking to establish constructive boundaries, address conflicts with courage, and embrace the power of repair and reconnection.
  • Learners eager to explore and responsibly handle power dynamics in various interpersonal settings.
  • Community seekers interested in joining a group committed to practicing compassionate communication and ethics with a heartful approach.

What sets this course apart?

  • This course is tailored for a diverse range of learners, combining foundational teachings with advanced insights for a comprehensive learning experience.
  • A focus on ‘power with heart’ and Self-Leadership in conflict, infused with qualities like curiosity, courage, clarity, and creativity.
  • Beyond a traditional NVC course, it embeds power-consciousness and collective wisdom within a nurturing Beloved Community framework.

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 course materials, please visit the “materials” tab above the course description.


Core Course Features:
  • Frequency: Offered biannually in Fall and early Spring.
  • Class Meeting Format: Weekly 2.5-hour sessions over Zoom for 12 weeks.
  • Additional Support:
    • Free Consultations: Learners have the opportunity for 2 free personal consults with Ki during the course.
    • Empathy Practice Partners: Students are encouraged to meet with practice partners for an hour a week outside of class time, enhancing learning and application.

Upcoming Fall 2024 Session:
 ~Starts: Monday, September 23rd
 ~Last Class: December 9th
 ~Meets:  Mondays, 11 AM – 1:30 PM MST
 ~Format: Live on Zoom
 ~Duration: 12 weeks
 ~Bonus: Free introductory session on September 9th!

Can’t make these dates? Stay informed about future courses by joining the mailing list. Just click the button below to sign up.

Course Fees:

Things to Know Before Registering

Meeting Times.
The class will meet for a total of 12 weeks, on zoom. Courses start in September and March, exact dates and times vary.

Students are encouraged to sign into the zoom meeting 5-10 minutes early so we can start on time and maximize time for learning.
It is strongly encouraged that students do all they can to be present for every class. However, it is understandable that life happens, so if something arises and a student has to miss a class, a recording will be made for that student so they can keep up with the group. 12-week courses are kept to 18 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)
  • A journal or digital document for your personal reflections, notes, & homework.

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Course Includes

  • 67 Lessons
  • 39 Topics