Living Compassion in Challenging Times

A Six-Day Intensive for Building Skills in Resilience and Connection
with Robert Gonzales


Date and Time
Begins Sunday, May 6, 6pm (dinner) 
Ends Saturday,  May 12, 1pm (after lunch which is at noon)

The Procter Center
11235 OH-38
London, Ohio 43140

Standard price per person- $945

Room & Board (separate charge in addition to Tuition)
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A NOTE on MEALS: Please let us know your meal preferences and dietary needs on the registration form below.

Hotel style rooms are located inside the main building where training is held. There is WIFI access on site.
           $764 Single Hotel Style Room
           $620 Double Hotel Style Room

Cabins rooms are located in a few buildings, and have common living room and shared baths.
   Cabins are a short walk from the main building. These rooms do not have reliable access to WIFI.
          $575 Single Cabin Style Room
          $525 Double Cabin Style Room

Commuter Options:
      $300 Commuter Fee (includes all meals, and facility costs)
      $140 Commuter Fee (includes no meals, and facility costs)      

Have you been asking...

How can I feel centered and clear with how I respond to what’s going on in the current social and political climate?

Can I engage in the world in a way that’s empowering, not motivated by fear, anger or judgement?

The Compassionate Communication Center of Ohio offers “Living Compassion in
Challenging Times” as an opportunity to address these questions not head on—but
HEART on!  An opportunity to immerse yourself not only in a new way of thinking but in a radically different way of being.

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"Compassionate Communication helps me bring my inner world into the relational world.  I want to connect to life as it flows through me so that I can connect to life as it flows through you.  It is the same life." ~Robert G.

Why is a retreat important for the practice of living compassion?

Einstein is famous for his quote: “ We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” This retreat invites you to take action by first reframing the question “How can I make things better?” to “How can I behold life and see it clearly, compassionately, through my heart? Can I allow my heart to guide my actions in the company of people with shared values and shared vision.”

In this Intensive, Robert Gonzales will present practices he has developed over 30+years of teaching Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and from his personal, self-exploration into how to live with compassion moment–to-moment in any and every situation that arises.

Who this training is for?

This is an intermediate-level training, and we request that participants have 20+ hours of in-person Compassionate-Nonviolent Communication (NVC) training experience. Contact us with questions:


How will the retreat be structured?

Each day will include: group opening and closing circles, lecture presentations, process demonstrations with time to practice, dyad meditations, and guided group sessions.  There will also be silent times for integration using visual art expression, journaling, and walking meditations in nature.

Sample Day Schedule:
7:00-8:00 am:   Optional Morning Activities
8:00-9:00 am:   Breakfast
9:00-10:00 am: Opening Circle
10:00-12:30pm: Teaching and Practice
12:30-2:00pm:   Lunch
2:00-5:00 pm:   Group Work, additional Teaching, and time for Integration
5:00-6:00 pm:   Closing Circle
6:00-7:00 pm:    Dinner
7:00-9:00 pm:    Optional Evening Activities


What teaching topics and practices will Robert focus on?

The topics and practices of the Intensive will include       

·      Living with Love as your Center

·      Courage and Authenticity

·      Self-Responsibility

·      Embracing Fear and Transforming Reactivity

·      Vulnerability and Protective Structures

·      Freedom and Love

·      Clarity and Empowerment

·      Preparation for Authentic Dialogue

·      Embracing Fear and Transforming Reactivity


What skills will I work on developing?

Together, we will focus on:

·      Building inner resources

·      Strengthening embodied awareness

·      Learning to build community

·      Creating a support network. 

With intention and practice you will be able take the consciousness of Living Compassion into our “outer” world, and share with others a way to live life that is empowering and fulfilling rather than reactive and disempowering.

"To fully empower our place in life, our engagement in life, we must first find, cultivate and strengthen the center from which we engage with life. The center where our values lie, our heart center, the center of life force energy as it flow through us.  When we act from our center, fueled by love, we start to harness a force that is beyond what we’ve as far known as possible." Robert G.

About Robert Gonzales:

  Robert Gonzales

  Robert Gonzales

Robert Gonzales received a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology in 1989. He met Marshall Rosenberg in 1985 and has been offering NVC since 1986.  After serving multiple roles with the Center for Nonviolent Communication Robert founded a center, which evolved into the Center for Living Compassion, a nonprofit organization through which he shares his work.

Visit Robert's website Living Compassion


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Tuition for Living Compassion Retreat


 Write a check payable to "Compassionate Communication" and mail it to:
   Compassionate Communication
   2350 Indianola Ave  (please note this is “Indianola” not “Indiana”)
   Columbus, OH 43202

If you have questions about any part of the registration process, please contact us at any time.