Language for the Open-Hearted Warrior

Ki · January 10, 2022

Next Course enrollment TBD, Fall of 2022.

Language for the
Open-Hearted Warrior:
Power-Conscious NVC
For Collective Liberation

This course is a 12- week deep dive into a compassionate approach to communication called “Power-Conscious Nonviolent Communication for Collective Liberation,” or PNVC. PNVC utilizes mindfulness within the frameworks of The Right Use of Power™ and Internal Family Systems to teach Nonviolent Communication through an ever-evolving anti-oppression attuned lens.

Participants in the course will learn about the intersectional dimensions of power and what it means to hold power in interpersonal relationships with vulnerability, compassion, and conscious responsibility. The course introduces the core of holding “power with heart” as coming home to “Self-Leadership” in the face of conflict, as characterized by curiosity, courage, clarity, connection, calm, creativity, and confidence. Through supporting participants in deepening self-connection, this course empowers people to use the practical, powerful tools it offers for engaging in difficult conversations at home, in the workplace, and in the world.

The name of the course highlights the spirit of the archetypal fierce and tender warrior fighting for collective liberation. The way of the warrior is that of skillful action steeped in compassion and wisdom, which is supported by power-consciousness, collective wisdom, and collective care formed in Beloved Community.

For required texts, click “materials” tab above.


The class meets for 2 hours, once a week, for 12 weeks, over zoom.  Next enrollment period and course dates TBD in fall of 2022.

Course Fees:

Things to Know Before Registering

Meeting Times.
Class will meet weekly for 2 hours over zoom. Weekday, time, and full schedule to be posted sometime in fall of 2022.

Students are encouraged to sign into the zoom meeting 5-10 minutes early so we can start on time and maximize time for learning.
Students are permitted one excused absence. However, it is strongly encouraged that students do all they can to be present for every class. 12-week courses are usually kept to 20 students or less due to the intimate nature of the work, and absences bear a strong impact on the container.

If you know you will be unable to attend more than one of the 12 scheduled classes at the time of registration, consider taking the course at a later time.
It is recommended that students set aside a total of 3+ hours per week to complete assigned reading, reflections, and practice with classmates outside of class time. There may be additional recommended content for each module in addition to the minimum required readings, to be engaged with at each student's discretion.
Prior to the First Class.
Students are advised to read chapter 1 of “Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life,” as well as the handouts on power in the materials section of the first lesson prior to our first meeting. Each time we meet we will be drawing from the required texts, listed on the materials tab above. Keeping up is essential for learning and group cohesion.
Empathy Buddies.
Students will be invited (not required) to form practice partnerships or triads, called "empathy buddies." Social power dynamics will be taken into consideration whenever possible in these parings to support affinity space for empathy practice.

It is strongly encouraged that students be in contact with their study/practice partner(s) at least once between each session. This is an experiential course; practice is essential to absorbing the material, the method, and the consciousness.
Participants often chose to work on significant issues and events in their lives during classes. In registering for the course, students are agreeing to keep in confidence everything of a personal/private nature that they hear and see.
Audio recording.
If a student is absent, an audio recording of the class may be made and shared with them so that they are able to keep up. Recordings will not be made without explicit expressed consent of all present for the class session.

Most importantly: this work is for you. This work is for all of us. Ask questions. Take notes. Make requests. Get all you can from it!

Required Texts:

  • Love and Rage by Lama Rod Owens
    • $13-$18 from publisher or amazon (audiobook, print, and e-book available)

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4 Courses

+17 enrolled
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or USD 400

Course Includes

  • 59 Lessons
  • 31 Topics