• Compassionate Connecting

    Guiding Toward Connection

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    Would you like freedom from reactivity to imaginary bullets?

    Join us on this 10-week journey to choicefulness Starting Thu Nov 30, 2023. Click on pic to register for series. First Session FREE!

    Register for FREE Getting Real in KC

    Getting Real in KC

    FREE In-Person Introductory Workshop
    Sat Dec 9 @ 9 AM Central


    Once you taste connection, you'll want more!

    Workshop Information and Registration

    The Art of Nonviolent Communication Workshop in Kansas City!

    Practical Skills for Communicating Compassionately

    on Saturday Dec 16 from 9 AM to 5 PM

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    A Taste of Connection

    FREE Workshop Thu Feb 15, 2024

    Click here to Register. Once you taste connection, you'll want more

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    Conversational Connection

    10 week Series starts

    Thursday Feb 22, 2024

    Practical Skills for Communicating Compassionately - click pic to register. for series. Click here for first FREE session!

    Register for Wholistic NVC

    Wild Heart

    10-week series coming soon in 2024

    Click here to Register for a Journey to the Connected Self You Always Wanted -- extending NVC through Wild Mind by Bill Plotkin. Click here to register for first FREE session.

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    Transform Trigger-Bullets into Bouquets

    FREE Workshop soon in 2024

    FREE interactive workshop introducing self-empathy from Nonviolent Communication (NVC) applied to triggered situations. Click here to register.

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    Empathic Dreamwork

    integrate the heart of your unconscious wisdom - coming in 2024

  • Connection is a symphony of mutual understanding

    A shared appreciation of the harmonies co-created between two or more souls

    cooperation, collaboration and celebration

    Why Connection?

    • because we have a longing for connection - to know that we’ve been gotten, and we get the heart of what is being expressed
    • to find emotional liberation supporting the discovery, connection to and expression of our authentic self — freeing ourselves from violent reactivity and appeasement to an egocentric culture
    • to re-discover our innate participation, dependence and belonging to an evolving world in desperate need of eco-awakening, fully accepting our Earth-rooted humanity
    • to discover, cultivate and contribute our unique gifts to our communities and our shared ecology
    • to fully engage in the connecting conversation of life that arose in the dream of the Earth, remembering our individually unique place in the emergent universe
    • to share the stories worth remembering
    Photo by Adrea Dore'

    What landscapes of practice are inherited in this work?

    • The offerings are based on Nonviolent Communication (NVC) by Marshall Rosenberg and nature-connected wholeness practices of Wild Mind by Bill Plotkin
    • NVC and Wild Mind are complementary frameworks/practices that support different approaches to connection within ourselves, with others and the more-than-human world 🌎
    • "Wild Mind - Field Guide to the Human Psyche" was authored by Bill Plotkin, PhD who founded the Animas Valley Institute (Animas.org)
    • "Nonviolent Communication - A Language of Life" was authored by Marshall Rosenberg, PhD who founded the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC.org)
    • Photo above by Adrea Doré
    Become a Supporting Member of The Center for Nonviolent Communication

    Become a Supporting Member of the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC)

    • For decades Nonviolent Communication (NVC) has been helping people find common ground with anyone, anywhere, at any time, both personally and professionally. For decades Nonviolent Communication has been helping people to thrive.
    • And for the first time since Marshall Rosenberg founded the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) in 1984, we are today welcoming you to become an official supporting member here at the global home of NVC.
    • Supporting members join a growing movement of like-minded people who are using Nonviolent Communication to impact their communities across the globe! They also receive discounts on trainings, an invitation to a free online annual gathering, a members-only video library and provide input into CNVC's future.
    • By joining with us, you are building a critical mass of people who are connecting across differences and responding to both inner and outer conflict nonviolently: not through the use of guilt, force, or coercion… but by connecting with our common humanity and engaging our compassionate nature.
    • Come home to compassion, to authenticity and to freedom.
    • Click here to become a supporting member of CNVC
  • "Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a way to focus our attention in ways that support compassionate giving and receiving."

    Marshall Rosenberg

    “We shall walk together on this path of life, for all things are part of the universe, and are connected with each other to form one whole unity.”

    Thomas Berry, from "The Great Work - Our Way Into The Future"

    "Our untapped inner resources are essential to the flowering of our greatest potentials, to the actualization of our true selves, and to the embodiment of the life of our very souls."

    Bill Plotking, from "Wild Mind - Field Guide to the Human Psyche"

    "From now on, I choose to empathically connect with others so that I can fully respect the unique and holy experience to be found in each person every moment."

    Marshall Rosenberg, excerpt from the poem "From Now On"

  • Workshops

    Online and in the KANSAS CITY Area

  • Bio

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     James Prieto

    Author, Certified NVC Trainer, Personal Development Guide

    James Prieto is a nature enthusiast, author, Certified Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Trainer, apprentice in the Animas Wild Mind Training Program (WMTP). James guides individuals toward connection through personal development coaching, by facilitating NVC workshops, along with “Wild NVC” and “Wild Heart” nature-based offerings which integrate with Wild Mind - Field Guide to the Human Psyche by Bill Plotkin, Ph.D. He’s passionate about the intersection of Animas Valley inspired work with NVC as a way to contribute to Earth elder Joanna Macy’s “Great Turning” and Thomas Berry’s “Great Work.”


    James started his career in electrical and computer engineering, satellite communications, and Agile development. After several decades in the technology industry, he unplugged to contribute to the world he'd like to live in. Click here for an extended bio.

  • Download of Earth-Rooted Flower of Life (Needs, Feelings)




    Earth-Rooted Flower of Life

  • "From now on, I choose to have my actions flow from connection with nature and to direct my attention where it supports this flow."

    Marshall Rosenberg, excerpt from the poem "From Now On"

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