Wed, Feb 03 | Online

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) for Black, Indigenous, People of Colour

Please join POC4NVC for an 8-week online course for BIPOC on the Fundamentals of NVC to support your learning, healing, and growth. Facilitators: Leonie Smith, Janice Eng, Mika Maniwa
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Nonviolent Communication (NVC) for Black, Indigenous, People of Colour

Time & Location

Feb 03, 3:00 PM PST – Mar 24, 5:00 PM PDT

About the Event

Please join POC4NVC for an 8-week online course for BIPOC on the Fundamentals of NVC to support your learning, healing, and growth. 

8 Core Sessions 

Wednesdays - February 3 to March 24, 2021

3:00 - 5:00 pm Pacific; 5:00-7:00 pm Central, 6:00-8:00 pm Eastern

Two optional Saturday group sessions

We are offering two optional group sessions to understand and heal the personal impact of historical and collective trauma using tools from family constellation work and interpersonal neurobiology. February 20th and March 20th from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Pacific.

1-on-1 personal session

All participants will have an option to book a personal session on coaching, constellation, or empathy work with Leonie, Mika, or Janice.

Course Content

Nonviolent Communication is a way of thinking, speaking, and living. It is a powerful set of tools to increase our compassion, understanding, and authenticity to get everyone’s needs met.

How do we make sense of this from an anti-racist, anti-oppression (ARAO) point of view, when some people do not understand institutional power and power dynamics? And how can NVC practices address the needs of people of colour?

Sessions 1-4: We learn the foundations of NVC through an ARAO lens including:

  • Different types of observations, including systematic observations that help to anchor compassionate inquiry
  • How emotions help us to get clear about what is important and can clarify strategies for growth
  • How requests build trust and partnership, especially when working across differences

Sessions 5-8: We learn practical skills that we can use in situations such as:

  • Responding effectively to acts of racism in a way that reduces harm to us as BIPOC
  • Advocating for what we want in ways that are more likely to make a difference
  • Transforming the self-critical voice and undoing colonised thinking
  • Holding ourselves and others without judgment through focusing on the values underneath them
  • Preparing for and navigating difficult conversations


Recordings will be available for participants until May 24, 2021. By registering, you are agreeing to be recorded and for the recording to be shared with participants. We encourage all to attend the live sessions to get the most learning and connection.


$375.00 USD

We have priced this in support of our sustainability and access to this work. We also know these are difficult financial times for many people. If price is the only thing keeping you from registering, we invite you to complete this form. We are sure we will find a fee that will support our sustainability and yours. 


Leonie Smith

is a first-generation Canadian of Jamaican heritage. She is founder of a consultancy dedicated to supporting organisations and individuals to find ways of working that are less harmful and more inclusive, The Thoughtful Workplace. She has more than 20 years experience in senior management positions championing an approach to leadership that supports care and efficiency towards a shared purpose.

Janice Eng

is a first generation Chinese American and founding member of two local organisations based on Nonviolent Communication in the Seattle area, Northwest Compassionate Communication and Freedom Project. She has been a holistic healing practitioner for over 30 years and a certified counselor for more than 10, licensed in Washington State. She is passionate about anti-oppression work and uses different modalities for people to recognize and embody their power.   Learn more at her website at

Mika Maniwa

is a certified NVC trainer of Japanese descent based in Vancouver, British Columbia. As someone who takes great delight in uncensored expression, she is constantly learning how to embody NVC values without the jargon.  She enjoys working with multicultural groups and is interested in what is needed to create safety and trust between people across power differences. She lives for the moments when a sense of synergy and collective wisdom might emerge in a group, especially after working through conflict.


  • BIPOC Attendees
    +$9.38 Service fee
    +$9.38 Service fee

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