Meet Difficult Relationships with Compassion (NVC)

Friday, March 7, 2014 - 5:00pm - Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 1:00pm
Schedule: Weekend Retreat
Price: $150 ($120 for ZCO members; $75 reduced rate available to those in need, contact registrar for details) + dana

For individuals and couples who are ready for a new perspective and new skills in meeting difficult relationships.

It’s easy to feel frustrated about communication in your relationships with family, partner, friends, and co-workers. You try again and again to make things work and run into repetitive conflicts and misunderstandings. You'd like to have a little more peace in your family and workplace and just get along better with yourself and others.

You want to have direct and honest exchanges with others that create a sense of mutual consideration and understanding so you can move forward in a way that works for both of you. Part of what makes this happen is being able to ask for what you need and hear what others need without pleading, demanding, beating around the bush, or playing a mind reading game.

Compassionate Communication (also called Nonviolent Communication or NVC) and mindfulness practice offer a framework and set of tools that allow you to name and express what's at the core any situation. This creates a sense of connection and trust in tough conversations. It allows you to take action from what's most deeply true for all involved.

In this weekend retreat we will bring together the foundational practices of mindfulness and meditation with the consciousness, practical framework, and skills of Compassionate Communication. You will learn to relate to yourself and others in a new way through a series of experiential exercises as well as direct teaching and coaching.

In this retreat you will:
Learn the art of giving and receiving empathy

Begin to transform your inner dialogue from one of judgment and blame to one of understanding and compassion

Identify your your feelings and needs and make specific do-able requests

Enjoy a safe space to work with issues in your relationships and see them in a new way through the framework of NVC

Gain insight about how meditation practice can support you in creating more peace and connection in your relationships

Eat yummy healthy food, and relax and soak up the peaceful atmosphere of the monastery and its surrounding woods

Need to know more before you sign up?  Give LaShelle a call at 503-544-7583 or email her at

The price includes food and lodging, but not tuition. Tuition is by donation. Suggested donation is $100 and can be given at any time. 

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LaShelle Yoan Lowe-Charde

LaShelle Yoan Lowe-Charde

LaShelle worked as a school psychologist for nine years and a trainer for the last fifteen years. She holds a master’s degree in psychology and has been certified as a trainer in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) founded by Marshall Rosenberg. She is a committed Zen practitioner and this shows in the clarity and depth of her work. LaShelle delights in helping others learn to relate from a place of connection, compassion, and integrity. Visit LaShelle's website