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Compassionate Communication (also called Nonviolent Communication, or NVC) is a simple and profound shift in thinking and speaking habits.  Its purpose is to nurture a quality of connection in which we are inspired to work together so all needs get met.  By connecting on the level of our universal needs, we awaken our natural compassion and support making life wonderful for each other through joyful giving.  NVC helps us to shift away from our deeply ingrained habits of blame, criticism and judgment, to tune into our feelings as clues to what we are needing in the moment, and to make clear requests in a way that will inspire others to want to give to us.


Awakening Compassion was formed by Conal Elliott and Holly Croydon to share NVC through workshops, practice groups, coaching and mediation.

Would you like a hands-on NVC introduction or workshop for your group?

Are you interested in joining an NVC practice group?

Do you have a situation that could be enhanced or eased with the help of mediators?

Would you enjoy coaching in the use of compassionate communication to enrich life?

We would love to help. 

Contact us by phone at 209-754-4773.

Our mailing address is PO Box 951, San Andreas, CA 95249

Our email address is info followed by @, with no spaces.

Click here to download our flyer in PDF form for viewing or printing. 


“When we understand the needs that motivate our own and other's behavior, we have no enemies.”   ~Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D.


Conal Elliott - Conal's home page

Holly Croydon - Holly's home page