The Compassionate Connection
Fostering greater understanding, one connection at a time.


Building peaceful communities, one connection at a time


 Why The Compassion Connection?

"Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things." This statement by Thomas Merton (a poet, social activist and Trappist monk) conveys why compassion is of such value in our communities, the world, and even within ourselves. We are all connected as living beings on this planet. Compassion is key to connecting with others, deepening understanding, and finding greater satisfaction in life. Our goal is to foster greater understanding, one connection at a time, using the principles of Nonviolent Communication.

What is Nonviolent Communication?

Nonviolent Communication is based on the principles of our natural state of compassion, when no violence is present in the heart. Developed by Marshall Rosenberg, PhD through his work with civil rights activists in the early 1960s, Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a process of communication based on curiosity and compassion designed to facilitate a greater connection to ourselves and others in a way where all needs and feelings are honored.




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Areas of Focus

Information from Key Facts About Nonviolent Communication, PuddleDancer Press

Conflict Resolution

In your home, workplace, social group, community/political organization - Get to the center of conflict quickly and come to resolution peacefully through improved listening and collaboration.

organizational effectiveness

Maximize the quality of your service and products by hearing an addressing customer needs more effectively.  Improve loyalty, efficiency, teamwork, and morale by offering employee evaluations that promote personal growth.

Personal relationships

Find greater intimacy with your partner, family, and friends by more clearly understanding values/needs and by listening so they know they've been heard. Learn to use alternatives to guilt, shame, threats, or other coercive behaviors.

parenting and families

Create a quality of connection that embodies unconditional love, nurtures autonomy, reduce sibling rivalry, and family conflicts. Learn to motivate children using cooperation, trust, and "power-with" rather than "power-over" strategies. 

education and schools

Establish a "community of learning" by improving trust, safety, teamwork, and connection to students to identify with their work, retain their learning, and maximize their individual potential. Also strengthen parent-teacher relationships.

personal growth and healing

Discover how to heal old pain by transforming shame and depression into empowerment while staying connected to your own needs and preferences.  Transform unhealthy behaviors by creating awareness of choice vs habit.


What I want in my life is compassion, a flow between myself and others based on a mutual giving from the heart.
— Marshall Rosenberg


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