Nonviolent Communication (NVC) We express special acknowledgement and deep gratitude to Dr Marshall Rosenberg, founder of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) on which the teachings and principles of Compassionate Communication are based. He has dedicated his life to the service of humanity through his tireless work of nonviolence for global peace. We are ever grateful for the spiritual gift of Nonviolent Communication, its loving presence, compassion and beauty, daily enriching many lives everywhere.

Transforming Our World
With Compassion & Empathy One Heart At A Time

Centre for Compassionate Communication
Aotearoa New Zealand (CCCANZ)

Grassroots community initiative to grow NVC

Offers the following NVC Workshops

* Introduction to Nonviolent Communication (NVC)

two to four hour presentation, summary and overview of NVC.

* Foundation Training - Introducing the Basics of NVC, experiential and interactive exercises, and a framework model to begin using NVC in daily Life. Foundation Trainings - Available on request

Special Purpose Trainings  

* Transforming Guilt, Shame, Anger, Depression - one or two
day workshop exploring the painful "stuck" emotions of Guilt, Shame, Anger, Depression. Explore possible entrenched causative effects & triggers, self-judgements & fear. Learn to mourn & celebrate. Process clarity through the expression of feelings & needs, authenticity & vulnerability. Build gradual understanding and personal transformation, through self-empathy, self-connection, self-acceptance and radical self-compassion.

Special Purpose Trainings - Available on request

* Parenting to Connect - one day workshop for parents to connect, support and share challenges and joys, mournings and celebrations of parenthood. A safe place to express frustration, concerns, appreciation and care for your children. Experience clarity and connection, articulated through Compassionate & Collaborative Communication. Teenagers/adult "children" welcome with parent/s.
Special Purpose Trainings - Available on request 

* Living Empathy & Ukuleles For Peace - request a one day workshop exploring "Living Empathy" as a connective-empathic response in your daily relationships. Book a FUN day with your organisation, community group or social circle of friends. This workshop will teach you LIVING EMPATHY skills and introduce you to the UKULELE as an instrument of friendship, love and peace. We allocate one hour to teach basic ukulele skills and you will play a song or two within the hour! The ukulele is well-known for its magical influence to create friendships. Follow on with our Absolute Beginners' Ukulele Course & other NVC workshop opportunities listed. Living Empathy & Ukuleles For Peace Available on request

* Transforming 'Bullying' to 'Empathy' - one or two day workshop for schools & workplaces, homes & prisons with bullying issues and challenges. Seek to understand the common humanity of both 'bullies' and 'victims'. Transform disconnecting enemy images to the Beauty of Needs and empathic connection. Develop NVC awareness and consciousness, emotional literacy and emotional intelligence.
Special Purpose Trainings - Click Flyer Available on request

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* Transforming Planetary Despair - a social change workshop exploring "Feeling the pain of the world" repressed fear, isolation and despair for our global future. Realize that despair flows out of genuine compassion in its original meaning "suffering with". Explore despair as the constellation of profound feelings, unmet values and needs. Let all feelings flow within-without, to reconnect with beauty, wonder, compassion, courage, empathy & connectedness to all Life. Break your heart open. Featuring the Elm Dance of Hope.
Special Purpose Trainings Available on request

* Living Compassion - a two day workshop connecting the contextual qualities and deeper meaning of the Divine Essence: Compassion and Empathy, Mindfulness and Meditation, Reflection and Contemplation, Love in Action and NVC Spirituality. Understand the evolution and unique unfolding of Sacred Heart consciousness, Soul creativity and Life purpose. Tap into the threshold of the Living Energy. Resonate with your Soul Note and Soul Quality which makes you divinely unique.  
Special Purpose Trainings - Available on request

* Unique Conscious Communities - request a one or two day workshop for specific organizational and group needs, relevant to your workplace culture, or enhancing Peace Group initiatives, or living in sustainable Alternative Communities, or contemplative group awareness on the Spiritual Path of Compassion. Requests are most welcome from Inter-Faith, Meditation, Spiritual & New Age groups, First Nations, Multi-Ethnic and LGBT/Rainbow Communities. Available on request

* Mediation for Groups, Families & Couples - request one or two day mediation session/s for your diverse needs to be fully seen, fully heard, mutually understood and mutually supported for creating empathic connection and collaboration in continuity.t
Available on request
* Exploring Grief & Compassionate Communication - request a personal, family or group session/s for you and your loved ones to mitigate the changing landscape of life's trials, tribulations and unexpressed grief. Your loss may be due to the death of a family member or friend, or loved pet, separation, divorce, children leaving home, loss or change of residence, redundancy, business liquidation or bankruptcy. Compassionate Communication unpacks tools and journals for expressing contemplative grief, reflection & mourning, clarity & connection, authenticity & vulnerability, compassion & empathy, gratitude, appreciation & celebration.
To be seen, to be heard, to matter, in exploring deep personal grief, will encourage an open-hearted, self-healing process to begin, with self-awareness and radical self-compassion.

Bring together your own unique group and request any of the above workshops to meet your group's specific needs.

Introduction to NVC or Foundation Training
may be a pre-requisite to attend some Workshops.

Click here for NVC Workshop Calendar & details:

Practice Group & Empathy Circle
meet fortnightly or monthly, as per group needs, to practice
NVC skills and empathic connection. A follow-on from NVC Trainings.

Click here for Practice Group Page & details:

* Follow On & Extension Requests welcome for all workshops

Nonviolent Communication shows us how to have the
courage to face the power and the beauty that is within
each of us.
~ Dr Marshall Rosenberg


Sophia Tara

Sophia is Executive Director and founder of the Centre for
Compassionate Communication Aotearoa New Zealand (CCCANZ)
She also initiated and founded the Nonviolent Communication grassroots movement in NZ's capital city Wellington Region.

Over the years, she organised NVC workshops for participants from all over Aotearoa-NZ, and trained with the founder of NVC, Dr Marshall Rosenberg, Robert Gonzales from Living Compassion and Miki Kashtan of BayNVC. She also trained with overseas certified trainers from the USA, UK, Australia and NZ's Ron Ngata.

Sophia offers NVC trainings, practice groups and empathy circles. She has facilitated a wide range of workshops for community activists, spiritual and social change groups, including Steiner, Intentional Living, Buddhist, Occupy NZ, Inter/national Peace and Disarmament groups, alternative Adult Education, teachers and parents in school communities, and the general public. She deeply resonates with the Spirituality of NVC, and an abiding empathy for First Nations, the plight and healing of the world’s indigenous people, through NVC and cultural-spiritual awareness.

Sophia believes peace begins with each person and NVC offers tools, enabling us to make a paradigm shift in consciousness, from living in a culture of violence, towards a Culture of Peace, Compassion and Empathy. She was creator and webmaster of the first NVC Aotearoa-NZ website, initiator/editor for the NVC NZ Community Connect newsletter, national database administrator and contact person over the years, for NVC Aotearoa-NZ. Sophia is a NZ trained teacher and studied at Victoria University. She is in the process of writing books for adults and children. 

Make A Difference


Centre for Compassionate Communication
Aotearoa New Zealand (CCCANZ)


A world where all people are getting their needs met and resolving their conflicts peacefully. In this vision, people are using Compassionate Communication to create and participate in networks of global life-serving systems, within economics, education, justice, healthcare, and peace-making.


To contribute to this vision by facilitating the creation of life-serving systems within ourselves, within our homes, schools, workplaces, communities and service organisations. We begin with developing compassionate self-awareness, self-connection, creativity and action in the service of Life. Growing in NVC consciousness on our shared journey of Being and Becoming, One Heart at a time.

Make A Difference

We recognize that real educational reform is essential if today's and tomorrow's children are to live in a more peaceful, just and sustainable world. The spirituality that we need to develop for social change is one that mobilizes us for social change.

Dr Marshall Rosenberg