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We are excited to announce our next
8-class online series
with Certified Trainer
Aya Caspi
Open Lab
Select Fridays
12:00pm-1:30pm (PT)

2/2, 2/16, 2/23, 3/9, 3/23, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27

8 x 90-minute online sessions

Additional In-Between Sessions led by NVC Trainees, Nora, Mark & Anita will be scheduled based on everyone's availability.

Sliding scale: $300-$400

Please consider contributing on a higher end of the scale if you have the resources to do so as a way of supporting the sustainability of this work and to include those without the financial capacity to participate.


  • 8 - Teaching and Coaching sessions with Aya
  • Empathic support and additional practice sessions with NVC Trainees, Nora, Mark & Anita
  • Optional: working with assigned empathy buddy

Sessions take place using the Zoom video conferencing app. Participants can connect by webcam or by phone. There's no additional cost for the app. Sessions will be recorded and made available to each registered participant for a limited amount of time. Recording for a particular segment may be temporarily suspended per request.
“In a gentle way, you can shake the world”
~ Ghandi, Young India
This class is designed to help you implement the principles of Nonviolence into your daily living.

In each class we will work with live situations emerging from participants in the group. We will clarify the principles we want to apply to the situation, and offer powerful coaching on how to embody a nonviolent response to the situation at hand .

Here are just some of the principals you will learn to use:

  • Choosing empathy as a core response.

  • Speaking our truth without blaming, shaming, threatening or guilt tripping (taking 100% responsibility for our experience). 

  • Opening to generosity - cultivating an inner 'Yes!' as a core attitude towards people.

  • Holding others choice, even when they don't hold it themselves (especially when there are power differences)

  • Including others in decisions that are affecting them.

  • Explicitly expressing our mourning to the other person when we contribute to unmet needs.

  • Making requests and not demands.

  • Building the capacity to stay connected to other's hearts even when they seem to be disconnected from their own hearts (for example, becoming comfortable with anger and intensity without taking them on).

  • Receiving 'No' with an open heart.

  • Delivering care without necessarily agreeing.

  • Owning our limitations and clearly communicating them.

  • Making ourselves available for feedback. 

  • Making, Keeping, and Changing agreements with care

  • Appreciating, celebrating and expressing our gratitude to others.

The tools you will discover can be applied at work, at home and in your community in intimate or professional relationships; and any time you want to be a catalyst for change in your world.  This work can improve the quality of your relationships, increase your contribution to the world, and deepen your inner peace.
"Seek peace and pursue it"
~ Psalm 34:14
Aya Casp i is a CNVC Certified Trainer based in Oregon House, CA. She has dedicated herself to applying radical, uncompromising nonviolence in every small detail of life, starting with the ongoing laboratory of her family, including her three children. She continually grapples with the joys and challenges of being raised in Israel and finds deep meaning and hope in applying NVC to the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its effect on the regional community.

She works with individuals, couples, families and groups, responding to their issues and challenges with a depth of empathic understanding that is likely to take your breath away. Aya has brought her unique blend of vision, practical clarity, utter innocence, and deep commitment to transformation to settings as varied as BayNVC Leadership program ( ), family and business coaching. mediation, couple counseling, and promoting Israeli-Palestinian dialogue.

Find out more at
"Let the beauty that we love be what we do"
~ Rumi
"Aya's ability to listen, hear, all rooted in presence and deep attention, set a new bar for me as to how we humans could aspire to interact, not only to (re)solve conflicts, but on a day to day basis. A new vision of "conscious relating" was midwifed into existence by Aya.  There are mirrors that reflect your image better than your own sight could perceive it, if you could stand beside yourself and watch-especially if the heart is cloudy.  Aya is such a mirror, which remains an inspiration and a model for me. I am grateful that her soul dwells in the same age as I happen to be visiting here." 
Andrei, CA

"I have found these NVC telephone sessions with AYA CASPI to be a very rich experience. These group calls have deepened my understanding of NVC principles; have clarified what skills I need in order to use NVC with competence and grace; and, finally, have given me a safe place to practice using NVC all while being coached by Aya and supported by the group.

At first I was worried that studying over the phone would be difficult and distancing but, to my surprise, it was easy to be fully engaged with this phone group. It works because Aya is a truly gifted NVC trainer and is an excellent facilitator. She is always prepared with a topic and is very skilled at keeping us on track and is good at walking us through scenarios that relate to the topic she has set. She is also great at incorporating into the discussion whatever spontaneously comes up.

I will be signing up for another series of NVC practice phone calls because I find that the more I engage and practice with Aya, the greater chance that, even under pressure, my first response is one that grows from an NVC consciousness. If you are interested in expanding your knowledge of NVC, I urge you to consider signing up too." 
 Carole Orr

"Aya is a tremendously skilled teacher. Her abilities as a mediator and communication facilitator are unparalleled. The fearlessness, but also care, with which she faces difficult conversations is awe inspiring. She has a true gift, but one that is borne of real and deep work. 

In the class, Aya guides participants with a combination of teachings and real life practice, offering students opportunities to implement concrete changes in their way of communicating. Aya always practices the utmost care and respect for participants, but at the same time supportively challenges students to shift their thinking and communicating, and GROW. 

Aya's teachings in the class have resulted in subtle shifts in my mindset which has had a profound impact on the way I communicate and interact with colleagues, family and friends. The class has helped me develop a very different understanding of "conflict," and has helped me find a path to empathizing and supporting others, while still caring for my own needs. 

I feel extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Aya." Natalia Williams

"The best teachers are those who exemplify the principals they are teaching. With every word and action, Aya Caspi embodies what it means to communicate nonviolently. Aya does not simply teach a formulaic series of questions and responses, but offers motivating and empowering insights into how to be fully present with oneself and others that ultimately serves to cultivate authentic compassion and love during even the most challenging interpersonal conflicts." 
Nora Heiber 

"The series of classes .......... taught by Aya Caspi, changed the way I want to walk in the world. Through her compassionate and heartfelt desire to help others find the place in them that will start changing their own lives as well as the others around her, she has shifted for me, quite literally, my view of the world and my own place in it.

This class is a must for anyone interested in getting closer to their own truth, as well as the skills necessary to communicate in a way that draws each of us closer to one another. " Hope Davis

"I took Aya’s “Choosing Nonviolence” online course in late 2017 as an introduction to Nonviolent Communication (NVC), as I was looking for a better way to communicate with those in my field (architecture and construction). Having worked in all sectors of the industry for 17 years, from private practice, public service (both federal and municipal agencies), to university and a large non-profit organization, I saw NVC as an unique approach in not only improving communication, but building stronger relationships and developing an open dialogue.

Throughout the course, I found Aya’s insights and guidance in the fundamentals of NVC and suggested weekly practices to be extremely helpful. She quickly built a safe and open platform for everyone to share personal ideas and thoughts. For me, the course also illuminated the many areas of my life that I wanted to work on through the use of NVC…such as practicing to be more bold in sharing my own needs while learning about others’, “tracking” a conversation while it unfolds, and practicing more self-compassion. These insights were just as valuable as the course itself, so I am grateful for Aya’s guidance.

Aya also has a natural ability to listen carefully, connect with the person she’s working with, provide honest and insightful feedback, while simultaneously tracking the rest of the group to make sure they felt like they were all heard. It was a powerful and inspirational experience and I look forward to future opportunities in learning from her again."
Kelly H. Wong, Architectural Conservator, Berkeley, CA

I am so grateful for the calls we have shared this spring: they really supported my learning of this most precious process that can truly make life more wonderful. For me, Aya has integrated NVC very deeply and has a very special ability to live it and teach it. And it really helps to have such an earnest and dedicated group with whom I can learn and practice."
Karen Winchester

"Aya led my first course in Nonviolent Communication, 'Choosing Nonviolence.' I am so grateful that she provided my introduction to NVC -- because her empathy and depth of experience informed every part of the course. Working with her, I quickly realized that NVC was more of a journey than an acquired skill. Aya is a wonderful guide with whom to start your NVC journey."
Martha Ferguson