Let’s Act! Learn and Apply Tools of Nonviolence and Social Change

February 1 – March 8, 2023
Wednesdays, 8 - 9:00am (whole group) Read below for details about Action-Focused small groups and Peer-led empathy and collaboration sessions

Are you ready to create a society that works better for people and the planet? Join us for this 6-week intensive!

February 1 – March 8, 2023

How can we practice engaging in hard-to-have conversations with boldness and compassion across the political divides that face us?  Join us for six-week learning and practice space to apply the skills and consciousness of Nonviolent Communication to social justice work.

Many of us are finding it so very difficult to engage in conversations across the divides that face us. How do we connect with our neighbor, who has a political lawn-sign that we oppose? What do we say to our family member whose attitude toward the Covid vaccine has made us feel less trustful and connected? How do we advocate against proposed laws that are systematically disadvantageous for communities from the global majority? Where do we get the courage to knock on doors or make phone calls supporting political causes we believe in, when we know we might be walking into a harsh greeting?

Beginning in February 2023, Roxy Manning, Kathleen Macferran, Sarah Peyton, and Kathy Simon will be offering a six-week series that includes three different kinds of meetings each week: whole group sessions, action groups, and peer-led empathy groups. Learning and taking action together, we will apply the skills and consciousness of Nonviolent Communication to social justice work to contribute to creating a society that works better for people and the planet.

What’s included in this course?

Meetings Every Week for Six Weeks

For 6-weeks, we will meet for 60 minutes as a whole group, plus 1 60-minute peer-led empathy and collaboration session per week, beginning on week two of the course. Additionally, there will be 4 weeks of action-focused small group meetings, 90-minutes each.

During our six whole-group sessions, we will practice facing and engaging in hard-to-have conversations about politically-charged issues, with boldness and compassion. We will also work on taking care of ourselves, understanding our own reactions to conflict, and finding ways to face differences without bringing hardship to ourselves.

In addition to the whole group sessions on Wednesdays (8:00am – 9:00am PT), each participant will indicate their preference for one of four Action Groups, centered around the following topics and meeting at the times below. We will try to assign each person to their first or second choice. All times are in Pacific time. Convert to your time zone here.

  • Climate Action, Tuesdays, Feb 7, 14, 28 and March 7, 9:00am – 10:30am
  • Electoral Politics and Voting Justice, Tuesdays, Feb 7, 14, 21, and 28, 3:30 – 5:00pm
  • Restorative Justice, Wednesdays, Feb 8, 15, 22, and March 1, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
  • Racial Justice, Thursdays, Feb 9, 16, 23 and March 2, 4:30pm – 6:00pm

In these sessions, one of the instructors will teach about these particular areas and offer support in engaging in action. For example, the climate justice group might use the meeting time to become more informed about climate-related issues and also to engage in organizing around these issues. The electoral politics group might take action on issues related to electoral politics, including, for example, writing letters to voters or elected officials.

In addition to the whole group and small group sessions, all participants are asked to meet an additional time each week in a peer-led gathering, to offer empathic support and to continue collaborating on specific actions.

Where do we meet?

The course will meet via online video conference (zoom). Recordings provided.


Participation in this course includes six weeks of whole group meetings, five weeks of peer-led empathy groups, and four weeks of action groups, running concurrently February 1 – March 8, 2023.

  • Whole Group Session (60 minutes: Wednesdays 2/1/23-3/8/23: 11am – 12:00pm Eastern; 8am – 9:00am Pacific)
  • Action-focused small groups (90 minutes, each participant chooses one action group)
    • Climate Action, Tuesdays, Feb 7, 14, 28 and March 7, 9:00am – 10:30am Pacific
    • Electoral Politics and Voting Justice, Tuesdays, Feb 7, 14, 21, and 28, 3:30 – 5:00pm Pacific
    • Restorative Justice, Wednesdays, Feb 8, 15, 22, and March 1, 1:00pm – 2:30pm Pacific
    • Racial Justice, Thursdays, Feb 9, 16, 23 and March 2, 4:30pm – 6:00pm Pacific
  • Peer-led empathy and collaboration session (60-minute session each week; a variety of times will be offered for self-organized groups)

(To convert to your time, please click here)

We believe that our time together will contribute to all of our capacity to contribute to creating a better world. We also are confident that this six-week period will give us all a sense of accomplishment to help overcome any helplessness we feel — we will have taken action together on things that matter deeply.

NOTE: So that we can prepare for the series and explore partnerships, we need to have a minimum of 50 people registered no later than January 4, 2023.

Sliding Scale Tuition Options

We are offering 5 tuition options: 

  • Participant Tuition – Support those with fewer resources to attend – $600
  • Participant Tuition – Support trainers’ sustainability – $550
  • Participant Tuition – Requested standard contribution – $500
  • Participant Tuition – Discounted rate – $450
  • Participant Tuition – Scholarship rate – $300

NOTE: So that we can prepare for the series and explore partnerships, we need to have a minimum of 50 people registered no later than January 4, 2023 to hold the series.


Kathleen Macferran holds a vision for a peaceful, just and sustainable world. She is committed to co-creating a world where peace replaces violence, love replaces hate, equity replaces inequity, and all people live meaningful lives. She has worked as a Certified Trainer for the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) since 2003, and as a CNVC Assessor since 2010 when she co-created a community-based path to certification. Community system building and conflict transformation are passions of hers.Kathleen has worked internationally with individuals, community groups, businesses, schools, colleges, faith-based communities, hospitals, families, prison inmates, and correctional and law enforcement employees. She serves as a trainer for the Freedom Project of Seattle, WA, an organization that supports healing connection and restorative communities both inside and outside prison through the strategies of Nonviolent Communication, mindfulness, racial equity and anti-oppression.

Kathy Simon is passionate about teaching skills for communicating across difference, whether the differences arise across the kitchen table, in the classroom, the boardroom, or across religious, racial, and political divides. With a degree in Literature from Harvard, Kathy began her career as a high school English and drama teacher. She then earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Teacher Education at Stanford, and directed the Coalition of Essential Schools, a national school- reform organization focused on creating more equitable and vibrant schools. Kathy is the author and co-author of several books on curriculum, teaching, and school reform, including Moral Questions in the Classroom, Teaching as Inquiry, and Choosing Small.A certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication, Kathy has been practicing NVC since 1995 teaching it since 2009. For nine years, she led BayNVC’s popular “Living Peace” retreat and Immersion Program. Kathy leads workshops and does coaching in a wide variety of contexts with parents, couples, educators, clergy, and therapists, and for non-profit groups. You can learn more about Kathy’s work at her website,

Roxy Manning’s life experience as an Afro-Caribbean immigrant combined with her academic training and professional work as a licensed clinical psychologist and CNVC Certified Trainer have cultivated a deep passion in her for work that supports social change at the personal, interpersonal, and systemic levels. Roxy is excited whenever she is helping opposing voices hear each other and see past individual hurt and struggles to the structures that contribute to those challenges.

Sarah Peyton, Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication and neuroscience educator, integrates brain science and the use of resonant language to heal trauma and nourish self-warmth with exquisite gentleness. She teaches and lectures internationally and is the author of the book “Your Resonant Self: Guided Meditations and Exercises to Engage Your Brain’s Capacity for Healing.” She brings together depth work and self-compassion that integrate Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) with the transformative potential of Nonviolent Communication’s empathy. Sarah is currently at work on a second book, commissioned by W.W.Norton, on the relational neuroscience of the unconscious contracts, and the deep needs that we are meeting with “self-sabotage.”​


We wish to support all people who are passionate about this work to have access to it, independent of their current access to financial resources. We recognize that, because of various social and economic systems, some people experience financial barriers to participating in events with cost-based attendance.

We are explicitly inviting participation by people who come from any of the following communities. We know that when these people are included, all communities benefit:

  • People with visible or invisible disabilities

  • People who do not have white skin privilege and/or who come from communities who have been targets of racism

  • Low-income/Poor or Working class people (please refer to this definition as a guideline when self-identifying in this category)

If you identify as part of one of the communities listed above and would like to be considered for a low-cost space, please email us to apply for a scholarship. Preference will be given to those who are new to this work and who have not attended past events at reduced or no cost.

Scholarship requests? Please email us to request a scholarship.
Questions about this series? Feel free to email us here.

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