Peace activist Marshall Rosenberg to lead Nonviolent Communication Workshop here May 2-4

Peace activist Marshall Rosenberg to lead Nonviolent Communication Workshop here May 2-4

Peace activist and author Marshall Rosenberg will lead a Nonviolent Communication Workshop from 9 a.m. Friday, May 2, to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at the Brady Educational Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

Marshall Rosenberg

The workshop, "Communicating Gracefully in the Face of Intensity," promotes a way of thinking and speaking that enables people to connect with each other – even during conflict – in a way that promotes compassion and mutual support.

The workshop can be taken one, two or three days and is open to the public. The workshop is sponsored by St. Thomas' Justice and Peace Studies Program.

Rosenberg’s nonviolent communication (NVC) process has been used worldwide to heal emotional pain, reduce aggression, and strengthen family, personal and professional relationships. It is taught in schools, child-care centers, prisons, family-counseling centers, hospitals, corporations, mediation centers and many other organizations around the world.

More information on the NVC process, the weekend program, registration instructions, fees and scholarships is available here.

All programs that weekend are free to St. Thomas students, staff and faculty, but registration is required.

Rosenberg, who in 2006 received the Bridge of Peace Award from the Global Village Foundation and the Light of God Expressing Award from the Association of Unity Churches, is the author of a number of books and pamphlets including Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life and Speak Peace in a World of Conflict.

Rosenberg first began teaching the methods in the 1960s and founded the nonprofit Center for Nonviolent Communication in 1984. Now based in Wasserfallenhof, Switzerland, he grew up in Detroit and received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin in 1961.

About 200 certified trainers and hundreds of others teach the nonviolent communication methods to more than 250,000 individuals around the world annually.