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Causes: Arms Control & Peace, Crime & Law, Dispute Resolution & Mediation, International, Prison Alternatives

Mission: BayNVC provides NVC trainings to individuals and organizations seeking to improve their ability to relate to others peacefully. Our growth in the last three years to our current size (an organization with a budget of almost $1 million, serving approximately 6,500 people annually) is a testimony to the vast need for NVC learning around the world.  At the same time, through our dissemination of NVC skills, we are fulfilling an especially urgent national and international need for effective social change organizations, and the development of leaders who can communicate across differences towards creating a more peaceful planet. 

Programs: Public Outreach: BayNVC's workshops and weekly classes provide small group learning opportunities. In addition, over twenty practice groups around the Bay Area provide a supportive space for ongoing NVC training. We also offer twelve residential retreats each year that allow for deeper connections and personal growth. Leadership development: The year-long North America NVC Leadership Program supports the development of empathy skills for emerging leaders worldwide. 180 graduates of this program are currently teaching NVC. The Committed NVC Practitioner Program is another long-term (nine-month) program that aims to plant deep roots for social change, geared towards people based in the Bay Area. Families: BayNVC offers programs specifically tailored for families. The annual Family Camp includes structured NVC learning with opportunities for families to learn together. Our year-long Parent Peer Leadership Program is supplemented by day-long workshops, all aimed at offering parents and their children the opportunity to learn NVC within a supportive multi-generational community. Therapists: We offer therapists support and education on relating to their clients with empathy and presence with monthly clinics. Through this program, we offer continuing education units (CEUs) for professional certification. Safer Communities: We offer NVC training in jails and prisons towards helping prisoners find more effective ways to meet their needs, and reducing their use of less effective strategies such as violence, crime, drugs and alcohol.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

BayNVC has contributed to changing people's life in Japan since 2007. Through their generosity, they have invited leaders from Japan who are excited about a more compassionate world. Their invitation has led to various workshops in Japan, including the one public workshop and a weekend retreat hosted by BayNVC Collaborative trainer right after the March 11 earthquake last year which contributed to lots of healing and learning for those heavily affected. They have contributed not only to Japan but countries all over the world. It brings me hope that there is such an organization who is committed to support people enrich each other's lives.

Mair A.


Rating: 5

I am a co-founding member of the BayNVC Safer Communities Project. Since 2002 our team has been volunteering by bringing Nonviolent Communication (NVC) teaching and practice to inmates at San Quentin Prison, also with parolees and family members, in local jails for men and for women. NVC has shifted perspectives and strategies, transforming lives. BayNVC has many projects and outreaches into the community, the nation and the world, including being the fiscal sponsor for the NVC Ethiopia Project, which I co-organized with an international team from Uganda, Burundi, Kenya, Ethiopia, Germany and the U.S. In Jan/Feb 2012, we taught NVC to over 400 individuals during four weeks of training in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, inspiring and transforming lives, sparking an on-going group of individuals working to bring more NVC to others in Africa. Way too many projects for me to list here, so I have related those that I am most familiar with. OH- then to add one more that has personally benefitted me...every year BayNVC offers a Leadership Program with international participants. I was a participant in the first Leadership Program in 2002, which transformed my life and inspired me to reach into my full potential as a leader and social change agent.



Rating: 5

Great organization that teaches communication skills to foster greater connection and compassion in the world. It was a honor to volunteer there. Everyone on staff walks the talk and displays skill and integrity in their dealings with the public and with each other.