Practical tools for peaceful and harmonious relationships

*An interactive workshop based on the Nonviolent Communication (NVC) method developed by Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD

How can we better understand one another?
How can I express myself honestly without hurting others?
How can we listen to each other with empathy and attention?

Discover new approaches to make your conversations succeed, even when they are about touchy subjects. Feel more confident to express yourself and learn new ways to listen to and understand each other.

Use NVC tools to transform dialogue with your partner, talk to your children, with colleagues at work, relate to your parents and siblings, in business with your clients, be more honest with a friend, or to gain more self-awareness.

DAY 1 – Introduction to the basic tools of NVC, practicing honest self-expression and deep listening.

DAY 2 (optional) – Build on Day 1, using self-empathy and empathy tools, playfully connecting and exploring through colour, sound and movement (no previous art experience required, but essential to have completed Day 1). 

DAY 1 – 24th June 2017, 10am – 5pm

DAY 2 (Optional) – 25th June 2017, 10am – 2pm

COST – R1800 for Day 1, or R2500 for both days

VENUE – Yoga Oasis, 69 Nicholson St, Bailey’s Muckleneuk, Pretoria, 0181

Fill in the form to book for the event: Compassionate Communication Workshop
  • Reservation deadline will be on 14th June 2017

For more information call Eleen Polson on +27 72 212 1719 or write to

The course will be facilitated by Sarah Dekker of Language that Works and hosted/co-facilitated by Eleen Polson of Creative Learning 4 Life and Group Trauma Debriefing


Sarah Dekker is a co-founder and trainer at Language that Works in Cape Town and trained in Nonviolent Communication and Mediation. She has worked in communications and marketing in both the corporate and non-profit sector for fourteen years. She studied Language & Cultural Studies at the University of Utrecht, including Visual, Conflict and Gender studies. Sarah is a certified facilitator for Gender Equity & Reconciliation International.



Eleen Polson is a Counselling Psychologist, registered with the HPCSA (Health Professions Council of South Africa) with 20 years experience, of which 10 in the Military, doing group debriefing in the field since 1995. Currently she is running a private practice based in Arcadia/Clydesdale, Pretoria. Eleen also specialized in expressive arts therapy using non-verbal techniques to facilitate integration, health and wellness.



“I arrived at the workshop feeling angry and hurt, I had an unresolved situation that had been troubling me for a few days. During the workshop, I connected with how I truly felt and what my needs were around this situation, and received empathy. When I left, I was ready to communicate with the person involved and express my needs. Although I did not use “perfect” NVC language, the person responded and I felt hugely relieved and able to let go of the situation.”    – Claudia Micelli

“I feel lighter at work and at home after the effective communication training. I’ve noticed how my check-in’s have changed from anxious & nervous to content, happy and relaxed. Thank you once again for the experience. I believe that the training has enriched my life and my understanding and connection with all those around me!”  – Robyn Langenhoven, Health Consultant at The Hydro, Stellenbosch