Compassionate Communication in the Home

We are pleased to announce that we will be able to provide child care  for this event!     

  Please come to the first of 7 workshops, open to the public, feel free to invite friends! 

 Compassionate Communication in the Home

 Achieve the Quality of Connection You Would Like with Your Children and Others

Discover the Beauty and Potential in a Language of Feelings and Needs

with Jeff and Traci Bushnell

Learn the communication and problem solving process (aka, Heart Talk and Giraffe Talk) that is part of the Horizons K-8 culture. Become familiar with, or continue to deeply study, a way of communicating that integrates thought, language, and presence, helping you to first connect with your true compassionate nature and then to connect at a heart level with your family and friends. Examine “triggers,” emotional balancing, developing empathy for yourself and for others in a safe, supportive learning environment.

Learn how to listen with empathy and how to deliver the four important parts in a language of compassion through which everyone’s needs can be met to the greatest extent possible from a place of natural giving, rather than from a place of fear, shame, guilt, obligation, or hope for a reward.

During the course of the spring, and depending on participant interest, workshops can include such topics as: preventive medicine (general and context-specific proactive measures we can take to reduce the likelihood of conflicts occurring in the first place); barriers to empathy  (what we do and say that makes it harder to connect with others); sibling rivalry (why it starts and how to resolve conflicts in ways that strengthen bonds); positions of consciousness (how our own limiting beliefs affect our triggers and what we can do about them); the protective use of force and natural consequences (reaching outcomes that make sense to everyone and enhance self-esteem too); restorative justice instead of punishment (how to “make it right” in ways that everyone feels good about); inspire giving from the heart (encouraging generosity and gratitude within the family); from “classical” compassionate communication to “street” (how to use compassionate communication in a way that sounds more natural and more “like you”); and more.

*based in Dr. Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication (NVC)*

and extended by Jeff and Traci Bushnell in partnership with

Center for Compassionate Connections (C3) or


Upcoming Workshop Schedule for Spring 2017

First Thursday and Third Wednesday of the Month, 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the Horizons Hub

Cost – $20/workshop or $120 for all 7)

February 15th

March 2nd and 15th

April 6th and 19th

May 4th and 17th

About Jeff and Traci Bushnell: the couple first met Marshall Rosenberg and began studying Nonviolent Communication with him in 2003. Immediately inspired by his teachings, they participated in 8 of his trainings over the next 5 years and delved deeply into each of his books, CDs and DVDs. During those years they spent more than 150 hours working with Marshall, including a 10-day intensive in Budapest, Hungary.

Since 1984, in their roles as parents, teachers, parent consultants, workshop presenters and school leaders, they have worked with children, families, educators, and the larger community, facilitating classes and workshops in Compassionate Communication, a hybrid of Marshall’s work and their own approach. As adults and children shared feedback, Traci and Jeff came to understand that in order to most successfully bring the four communication steps articulated by Dr. Rosenberg into home, work and school communities, some additional steps would prove helpful. This led them to research and add what they have termed the “Heart Prep” phase, which includes the 4-steps of internal work done prior to effectively receiving another’s truth, as well as honestly expressing our own. By doing so, we increase the likelihood of achieving the quality of connection we would like with others. In addition to writing a teachers’ curricular resource, a parent/guardians’ resource of home activities, and a children’s picture book on the topic, they have now presented Compassionate Communication workshops and consultations to hundreds of adults and children across 4 continents.

 Our personal statement: At the heart of what we try to accomplish while working with people of all ages and in all communities is building compassionate connection. Our theory of change model for creating compassionate communities includes 5 important contributors: 1) Inclusion, Safety and Trust (creating an environment in which each person is given unconditional messages of their value—that they are perfect, whole, and capable just as they are); 2) Authenticity, Uniqueness, and Integrity (encouraging each person’s unique voice and gifts to emerge in ways that enrich the whole and what can be accomplished within it); 3) Understanding, Connection and Unity (building mutual understanding and appreciation of our interrelatedness and connection, and our collective responsibility to individual and shared success); 4) Purpose, Service and Global Citizenship (empowering the members of the community to recognize and give full voice to their natural impulse to enrich life, to recognize the connection they have with one another, and to make a purposeful difference in the world, both individually and collectively); 5) Happiness, Gratitude, and Celebration (acknowledging and celebrating the joy that accompanies truly a) experiencing the magnificence of our humanness; b) understanding what we can accomplish together; and c) living a life in which service is a central part). To us, compassion is the source from which love springs. It is the beautiful and compelling life force within each of us that stirs us to service.  It emerges in the face of injustice and suffering, and inspires us to respond with love.  It grows naturally from our recognition that we are connected to everyone and everything on the planet.

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