Let’s Act! Learn and Apply Tools of Nonviolence and Social Change

How can we practice engaging in hard-to-have conversations with boldness and compassion across the political divides that face us?  Join us for six-week learning and practice space to apply the skills and consciousness of Nonviolent Communication to social justice work.

 Are you ready to create a society that works better for people and the planet? Join us for this 6-week intensive!

Many of us are finding it so very difficult to engage in conversations across the divides that face us. How do we connect with our neighbor, who has a political lawn-sign that we oppose? What do we say to our family member whose attitude toward the Covid vaccine has made us feel less trustful and connected? How do we advocate against proposed laws that are systematically disadvantageous for communities from the global majority? Where do we get the courage to knock on doors or make phone calls supporting political causes we believe in, when we know we might be walking into a harsh greeting?

Beginning in February 2023, Roxy Manning, Kathleen Macferran, Sarah Peyton, and Kathy Simon will be offering a six-week series that includes three different kinds of meetings each week: whole group sessions, action groups, and peer-led empathy groups. Learning and taking action together, we will apply the skills and consciousness of Nonviolent Communication to social justice work to contribute to creating a society that works better for people and the planet.



What’s included in this course?

Meetings Every Week for Six Weeks

For 6-weeks, we will meet for 60 minutes as a whole group, plus 1 60-minute peer-led empathy and collaboration session per week, beginning on week two of the course. Additionally, there will be 4 weeks of action-focused small group meetings, 90-minutes each.

During our six whole-group sessions, we will practice facing and engaging in hard-to-have conversations about politically-charged issues, with boldness and compassion. We will also work on taking care of ourselves, understanding our own reactions to conflict, and finding ways to face differences without bringing hardship to ourselves. 

In addition to the whole group sessions on Wednesdays (8:00am – 9:00am PT), each participant will indicate their preference for one of four Action Groups, centered around the following topics and meeting at the times below. We will try to assign each person to their first or second choice. All times are in Pacific time. Convert to your time zone here

  • Climate Action (Sarah Peyton), Tuesdays, Feb 7, 14, 28 and March 7, 9:00am – 10:30am
  • Electoral Politics and Voting Justice (Kathy Simon), Tuesdays, Feb 7, 14, 21, and 28, 3:30 – 5:00pm
  • Restorative Justice (Kathleen Macferran), Wednesdays, Feb 8, 15, 22, and March 1, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
  • Racial Justice (Roxy Manning), Thursdays, Feb 9, 16, 23 and March 2, 4:30pm – 6:00pm

In these sessions, one of the instructors will teach about these particular areas and offer support in engaging in action. For example, the climate justice group might use the meeting time to become more informed about climate-related issues and also to engage in organizing around these issues. The electoral politics group might take action on issues related to electoral politics, including, for example, writing letters to voters or elected officials.

In addition to the whole group and small group sessions, all participants are asked to meet an additional time each week in a peer-led gathering, to offer empathic support and to continue collaborating on specific actions.

Where do we meet?

The course will meet via online video conference (zoom). Recordings provided.


Participation in this course includes six weeks of whole group meetings, five weeks of peer-led empathy groups, and four weeks of action groups, running concurrently February 1 – March 8, 2023. 

  • Whole Group Session (60 minutes: Wednesdays 2/1/23-3/8/23: 11am – 12:00pm Eastern; 8am – 9:00am Pacific)
  • Action-focused small groups (90 minutes, each participant chooses one action group)
    • Climate Action (Sarah Peyton), Tuesdays, Feb 7, 14, 28 and March 7, 9:00am – 10:30am Pacific
    • Electoral Politics and Voting Justice (Kathy Simon), Tuesdays, Feb 7, 14, 21, and 28, 3:30 – 5:00pm Pacific
    • Restorative Justice (Kathleen Macferran), Wednesdays, Feb 8, 15, 22, and March 1, 1:00pm – 2:30pm Pacific
    • Racial Justice (Roxy Manning), Thursdays, Feb 9, 16, 23 and March 2, 4:30pm – 6:00pm Pacific
  • Peer-led empathy and collaboration session (60-minute session each week; a variety of times will be offered for self-organized groups)

(To convert to your time, please click here)

We believe that our time together will contribute to all of our capacity to contribute to creating a better world.  We also are confident that this six-week period will give us all a sense of accomplishment to help overcome any helplessness we feel — we will have taken action together on things that matter deeply.

NOTE: So that we can prepare for the series and explore partnerships, we need to have a minimum of 50 people registered no later than January 4, 2023.


Sliding Scale Tuition Options

We are offering 5 tuition options: 

  • Participant Tuition – Support those with fewer resources to attend – $600
  • Participant Tuition – Support trainers’ sustainability – $550
  • Participant Tuition – Requested standard contribution – $500
  • Participant Tuition – Discounted rate – $450
  • Participant Tuition – Scholarship rate – $300

NOTE: So that we can prepare for the series and explore partnerships, we need to have a minimum of 50 people registered no later than January 4, 2023 to hold the series.



  • Your tuition payment is non-refundable and transferable.
  • In the event that the course is postponed or canceled a full refund of tuition will be offered
  • This work is not therapy and is not a substitute for therapy. If you have a sense that you would be destabilized by yourself or others speaking about difficult events, then this course may not be for you. While we hope that the processes and information that we share can be of use in your journey, we do not have the resources to support extreme psychological difficulties.

About the Instructors

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Roxy Manning brings decades of service experience to her work interrupting explicitly and implicitly oppressive attitudes and cultural norms within individuals, communities, and organizations. Rooted in her experience as an Afro-Caribbean immigrant, Roxy brings a diversity of perspectives to her work that generates profound insights for transformative change. Roxy has worked and consulted across the U.S. with businesses, nonprofits, and government organizations wanting to move towards equitable and diverse hiring practices and workplace cultures, as well as with individuals and groups committed to social justice internationally.

As a facilitator, she’s thrilled by the process of holding opposing voices and ushering groups from discord towards values-driven solutions that work for everyone. Her own inner work coupled with her professional experience has grown her capacity to meet people with varying levels of education, disparate life experiences, and the most intense feelings in ways that help them feel heard, respected, supported, and loved. As a psychologist, she maintains a private therapy practice, and works in San Francisco serving the homeless and disenfranchised mentally ill population. As a Certified Trainer and assessor with CNVC, she works with folks from the Global Majority who are interested in NVC certification and creating ties with the global NVC network to create local communities that thrive. Read Roxy’s articles at her website. http://www.roxannemanning.com/

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Kathleen Macferran holds a vision for a peaceful, just and sustainable world. She is committed to co-creating a world where peace replaces violence, love replaces hate, equity replaces inequity, and all people live meaningful lives. She has worked as a Certified Trainer for the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) since 2003, and as a CNVC Assessor since 2010 when she co-created a community-based path to certification. Community system building and conflict transformation are passions of hers.

Kathleen has worked internationally with individuals, community groups, businesses, schools, colleges, faith-based communities, hospitals, families, prison inmates, and correctional and law enforcement employees. She serves as a trainer for the Freedom Project of Seattle, WA, an organization that supports healing connection and restorative communities both inside and outside prison through the strategies of Nonviolent Communication, mindfulness, racial equity and anti-oppression. http://www.strengthofconnection.com/

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Kathy Simon is passionate about teaching skills for communicating across difference, whether the differences arise across the kitchen table, in the classroom, the boardroom, or across religious, racial, and political divides. With a degree in Literature from Harvard, Kathy began her career as a high school English and drama teacher. She then earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Teacher Education at Stanford, and directed the Coalition of Essential Schools, a national school- reform organization focused on creating more equitable and vibrant schools. Kathy is the author and co-author of several books on curriculum, teaching, and school reform, including Moral Questions in the Classroom, Teaching as Inquiry, and Choosing Small.

A certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication, Kathy has been practicing NVC since 1995 teaching it since 2009. For nine years, she led BayNVC’s popular “Living Peace” retreat and Immersion Program. Kathy leads workshops and does coaching in a wide variety of contexts with parents, couples, educators, clergy, and therapists, and for non-profit groups. You can learn more about Kathy’s work at her website.


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Sarah Peyton, Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication, author and neuroscience educator offers trainings focused on learning and using resonant language to transform the brain and heal trauma with exquisite gentleness and self-warmth.

Sarah speaks about both the personal and the systemic forces that lead to traumatization. She has a particular interest in the way human brains respond to power differentials and microaggressions, the social trauma that can result, and how to use resonant healing to support people in restoring dignity and reclaiming their full power.

Sarah teaches and lectures internationally and is the author of three books: Your Resonant Self: Guided Meditations and Exercises to Engage Your Brain’s Capacity for Healing, the companion Your Resonant Self Workbook: From Self-sabotage to Self-care, and Affirmations for Turbulent Times: Resonant Words to Soothe Body and Mind.

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