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 Upcoming Events and Activities


 with Mary Mackenzie

 CNVC Certified Trainer

 Author of Peaceful Living: Daily Meditations for Living with Love, Healing and


 Facilitator, Mediator and Peacemaker


Exploring Power and Privilege: Unpacking the Layers of Discrimination
with Mary Mackenzie and Kim Fox

In this month's edition of Exploring Power and Privilege, we will offer a frame for understanding the varying layers of privilege and how they affect our life experiences. For instance, a middle class brown woman will have a different set of privileges and disadvantages than a lower income white woman. Please join us for these in-depth and touching conversations.

Dates:  Sunday, September 23
Times: 12:30-2:30pm
Where: Namaste Center for Spiritual Living (129 West 5th Street, Long Beach, California)
For information: Email

Self-Empathy: Healing from the Inside Out

Learn how to free yourself from old emotional triggers, instead of being trapped in old habits and unmet needs.

Heal old internal messages that tell you you're not good enough, loveable, or deserving.

All this and more in my Self-Empathy: Healing from the Inside Out online course. You can fill your emotional tank and free yourself to thrive in your life. Please join me!

Dates:  Wednesdays, October 17-November 21
Times: 12:00-2:00pm Pacific (California) Time
Where: This is an online course. All you need is a computer with reliable internet or a phone. No travel required!
Register and more information: Click HERE

Life Transitions: Rediscovering the Spark Within
A Weekend Workshop with Mary Mackenzie and Kathleen Macferran

During this nurturing, experiential 3-day workshop, you will be challenged to step toward and embrace the life you want! Whether you have changed inside, but the rest of your life has not... or your life has turned upside down and you don't know which way is up... or you simply see change on the horizon and want to be ready - this workshop will invite you to explore how to:

  • Find peace amid chaos
  • Spend less time in stress
  • Get back to balance faster
  • Speak your truth to anyone
  • Stop being hard on yourself
  • Ask for help when you need it
  • See beauty and hope in your life transitions

Dates:  October 26-28, 2018 (Friday through Sunday)
Times: Friday, 5:00-8:00pm; Saturday 9:00am-6:30pm; Sunday 2:00-6:00pm
Where: Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, Annapolis, Maryland
Register online: Click HERE

More Information: Contact Robin O'Brien via email at or call 301.693.9238
Fee: $325 until September 12, 2018; $375 after

International Intensive Training through the Center for Nonviolent Communication
with Mary Mackenzie, Jim and Jori Manske, Sabine Geiger and Aga Rzewuska-Paca

Discover skills to improve the quality of your relationships, deepen your inner peace, and increase your contribution in the world. We will practice deep, nonjudgmental listening and build self-empowerment from the inside-out, as we immerse ourselves in a compassionate community learning together how to speak from the heart. These international trainings are one of Marshall Rosenberg's signature programs and they are offered throughout the world.

Dates: February 8-17, 2019

Where: Mary and Joseph Retreat Center, just outside Los Angeles

Fee: $2,340 for tuition; accommodation cost is separate

Register and more information: Registration will be open soon. Go to to learn more.

Empathy as a Way of Being: Four Transformative Days of Learning to Live a More Compassionate Life
with Mary Mackenzie

Empathy as a Way of Being is a women's retreat designed to facilitate deep growth and transformation. Using the principles of Nonviolent Communication, meditation, and the work of Eckhart Tolle and Pema Chodron, we will dive into the following topics: Healing and Forgiveness, Mourning, Empathy, Self-Empathy and Honest Expression.

Dates:  Thursday, May 16 through Sunday, 19
Times: TBD
Where: Beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming!
For information: Coming soon!

Free Weekly NVC Reflections

Sign up for my thought-provoking Weekly Reflections, which are excerpts from my book, Peaceful Living: Daily Meditations for Living with Love, Healing and Compassion. Each Sunday morning you'll receive a new weekly reflection; a perfect way to prepare yourself for the coming week. Please join me and thousands of people as we remember to align our actions with our NVC values!

Dates: Ongoing

Where: Delivered to your email each Sunday morning

Fee: $0 - It's FREE!

Register and more information: Click HERE

Be a Rebel: Speak Peace - An NVC Practice Group

Join us in this practice group if you want to HONE your ability to hear what others are trying to express through their words or behaviors; greater UNDERSTANDING and HEALING of your emotional triggers; to TRUST your ability to express yourself with clarity, compassion and effectiveness; SUPPORT in working through your relationship dilemmas; and FUN as we all grapple with and support each other in our humanness.

Using role plays and other dynamic learning modalities, we will practice the NVC process with real-life situations that participants bring to the group. Attendence to all sessions is NOT required; please join us as your schedule permits!

Dates:  Our practice group is suspended during the summer - check back with us in September!
Times: 7:00-8:30pm
Where: Tichener Orthopedic Clinic, Long Beach - all are welcome!
Register and more information: email Mary at











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