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6-Month Program: Compassionate Leadership Circle

  • Erin Merrihew Consulting 6019 Roosevelt Way Northeast Seattle, WA, 98115 United States (map)

Are you deeply committed to personal growth and passionate about social justice? Do you see NVC as an essential tool for both?

Join this intimate learning group for a 6-month intensive program that will help you strengthen your NVC skills, embody a paradigm of nonviolence, leverage your power to empower the systematically marginalized, and step into greater leadership in your community and life. Together we will learn key concepts from Erin's leadership training background in NVC, explore our growth edges, and support each other to become empowered in our unique life paths.


This program is comprised of six in-person sessions (4 hours each) held at Erin’s office, and five remote group integration calls via Zoom (1 hour each) across 6 months. Here is the schedule:

In-person sessions
Monday January 7, 1:00-5:00pm
Monday February 4, 1:00-5:00pm
Monday March 4, 1:00-5:00pm
Monday April 8, 1:00-5:00pm
Monday May 6, 1:00-5:00pm
Monday June 3, 1:00-5:00pm

Remote integration calls
Monday January 21, 12:00-1:00pm
Monday February 18, 12:00-1:00pm
Monday March 18, 12:00-1:00pm
Monday April 22, 12:00-1:00pm
Monday May 20, 12:00-1:00pm


You are eligible to apply if a) you have already taken Erin’s Compassionate Communication 8-Week Series, and/or b) you have significant background studying NVC with a trainer(s). Spots are limited.


The investment for this 6-month program is $995. Flexible payment plans are available.
If you are motivated to participate and finances are the only barrier for you, please Contact Me.


Questions for Exploration: What constitutes leadership? How can we use the Key Principles of NVC to inform our leadership? How do you personally feel called to express your leadership with NVC consciousness? What stumbling blocks do you foresee around this vision? Where are you stuck? In terms of your leadership, what would growth look like for you? What about support? How will you leverage your community to support your personal leadership?

Questions for Exploration:  How do we hold the “I,” “you,” and “we” simultaneously as leaders? How do we hold empathic presence for “I” and “you” in order to care for the “we”? Why is vulnerability important? How do we model self-connection & vulnerability in “we” spaces? How do we acknowledge historical context, structural power, rank and privilege in our interactions? How do we maintain a sense of our individual mattering, especially within the “we”? How do we make requests to support our sense of mattering? How do we invite others to do the same?

Questions for Exploration: How do our underlying beliefs influence our actions, especially our unconscious beliefs? How do we surface and and reframe our life-alienating beliefs through the lens of NVC? How do we partner with our fear so it becomes our greatest ally? How do we hear underneath others’ fears & life-alienating beliefs, so as not to take them on? What processes can we use to support ongoing clearing of our life-alienating beliefs? How do we consistently tune in to our felt sense & intuition, rather than our thoughts?

Questions for Exploration: What role does conflict play (inside of us, in our relationships, and in groups & systems)? How do we harness the positive, creative force of conflict and use it to benefit everyone? How do we build a culture of needs awareness in the spaces we spend time in? How do we maintain self-connection and equanimity while navigating conflict? How do we slow down and tend to as many needs as possible in moments of challenge? How do we mediate for others, especially when we aren’t explicitly in the role of mediator?

Questions for Exploration: Why is feedback important? How do we offer feedback consciously? What role does feedback play in emotional safety & trust? What comes up for you when you think of giving feedback? What about receiving it? How do we practice giving and receiving feedback in ways that serve us & others? How do we exercise self-responsibility by speaking up about things we’d like to be different? How do we transform people-pleasing in order to embody truth & authenticity? How do we enrich our relationships by speaking up about the things we’re appreciating? What are you taking away from your experience in the NVC Leadership Circle? What steps will you take to carry your growth & empowerment forward? What do you need (from this group, and others) to support yourself in doing so?

Questions for Exploration are co-created by the group.