Compassionate Communication in Community

NVC for Better Relationships

Mondays, September – October
7 – 9 pm Eastern Time
Eight weekly sessions


Want easier and more satisfying relationships in your life?

Excited about living or working cooperatively?

Ready to move beyond painful conflict to powerful collaboration?

Interpersonal communication is a core skill for individual and collective success. Every group or community needs to have the social and emotional intelligence and skills commensurate to its level of proximity and interdependence. The closer you are living together or sharing power, the more you need to be skilled in communicating effectively.

Nonviolent communication (NVC) is the best combination of theory and practice that Steve has come across in his 40+ years of cooperative living and his exploration of dozens of psychological and spiritual systems.

The practice of nonviolent communication provides:

  • Emotional literacy for effective communication and relationship building
  • Empathy and honesty for building relationships and working through conflict
  • Reclaiming our natural desire to live cooperatively and enrich each others’ lives
  • Perceiving and relating out of the awareness that we all have the same needs and that conflict is always about a difference in strategies rather than a difference in needs
  • Powerful skills for creating inner peace and sustainable relationships that empower people to create a more beautiful world
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Steve’s class has inspired me so much and given me the tools to unlearn the harmful habits of my culture while providing me with a clear path towards a self-responsible life where I get to honor my truth and have deeper intimacy with my loved ones. I really appreciate Steve’s authenticity, vulnerability, and presence and highly recommend his classes to anyone interested in living a more connected life.

Shannon F.

Asheville, NC

Non-violent communication for compassionate communication


The workshop has eight weekly sessions:

  1. Communication that blocks compassion
  2. Making pure observations
  3. Experiencing and expressing our feelings
  4. Naming the needs behind our actions
  5. Making powerful requests
  6. Giving and receiving empathy
  7. The important role of anger
  8. Practical applications – specific skills to apply to our lives

Each session will have a combination of presentation, written and small group exercises, and discussion.

We offer partial scholarships to black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) who otherwise would not be able to afford to attend. We understand that BIPOC experience more financial and institutional barriers to participation, and this is one way we are able to create more access. If you identify as BIPOC and would like to receive a scholarship, please contact us at [email protected].

Refund Policy

If you cancel, you may:

  • Donate your tuition to support our continued work
  • Request a refund per our policy:
    • 90% refund for cancellations prior to 30 days before the start of the program
    • 50% refund for cancellations prior to 10 days before the start of the program

If SOIL cancels this class for any reason whatsoever, you would receive a 100% refund.


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What’s Included
Tuition includes instruction, session recordings, and all materials.

About the Instructor

Compassionate Communication instructor Steve Torma

Steve Torma

Compassion Camp Co-Director and Nonviolent Communication Faculty

As a lifelong peace, justice, and ecology educator and activist with over 40 years of community living, Steve has sought to integrate personal and social transformation in his own life, in the communities where he lives, and in the larger society. His passion for integral living and thinking has led him to study and experiment with a wide range of spiritualities, psychological systems, and social theories as they relate to creating a more just and sustainable world.