Dates and Times:

Six Wednesdays: July 22, 29; August 5, 19, 26; September 2, 2020. The live sessions are 2 hours and start at:

  • 09.30 - San Francisco (PT)
  • 10.30 - Denver (MT)
  • 11.30 - Chicago (CT)
  • 12.30 - New York (ET)
  • 17.30 - London (BST / GMT+1)
  • 18.30 - Paris (CEST)
  • 19.30 - Helsinki (EEST)

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This online program is designed for people who have directly experienced Robert's work at in-person workshop or retreat (3 days or more) or in a live online course (15 hours or more).


This course will take place on Zoom, a free video conference platform designed for the layperson and available to anyone with a computer, tablet, or smartphone (or telephone as a backup). Each session will be recorded and we will share a video and audio recording after each session.


USD $0 - $400 (sliding scale based on the Gift Economy approach)

Choose the amount based both on your desire to support Robert’s sustainability and on your financial resources. We want you to stay within a range you are comfortable paying.


Center for Living Compassion

Living Compassion in Challenging Times:

Building Skills in Resilience and Connection

FROM: Robert Gonzales

If you have experienced Living Compassion with me in the past, I invite you to join me for this 6-week online program. This work is a continual invitation to relax into and strengthen your presence and well-being.

Self-compassion is essential for healing trauma and restoring our wholeness. Also, it is an antidote to reactivity and separation and allows presence to emerge.

In developing presence, we can become what the world needs most in these times of intensity and chaos. Life is always presenting a challenge to live fully and meaningfully, and now it seems that events and the world are calling us to meet this challenge more than ever.

This program aims to continue the deepening of living compassion. I will share new conceptual constructs to support us in our understanding of inner compassion.  

Together, we will discover the perennial strength in compassion and the living energy in nonviolence as we journey from upheaval and chaos to transformation and potency.




The live 2-hour sessions will include:

  • Presentations: Principles and practices of Living Compassion.
  • Demonstrations: Robert will guide you through processes to model Living Compassion in action.
  • Practice: An opportunity to meet with another participant in a breakout room to practice a process and receive support.
  • Sharing: You can share your experience about how applying the principles of Living Compassion are impacting you.
  • Resources: Readings, articles, and handouts will be shared throughout the program.

Robert Gonzales will present practices and processes he has developed in 30+ years of teaching Nonviolent Communication, and from his personal self-exploration into how to live with compassion moment-to-moment in any and every situation that arises. The workshop will incorporate teachings, process demonstrations and exercises, dyad meditations, guided group sessions, and silent integration times.


Robert's evolutionary approach to Nonviolent Communication -- with an emphasis on self-compassion -- has helped thousands worldwide to find joy and freedom from suffering previously unavailable to them. Living Compassion is the body of work that has evolved from this emergence.

"There is a basic life current or impulse resonating in and through us as a yearning of the heart, this current and yearning manifest as human needs and values." 
~ Robert Gonzales


About the Facilitator:

Robert Gonzales' work in Living Compassion has emerged from a lifetime of inquiry into the intersection between spirituality and human communication. His influences include Dr. Marshall Rosenberg (founder of Nonviolent Communication), Stephen Schwartz (creator of Compassionate Self-Care), and other spiritual teachers. 

Robert established and leads the Center for Living Compassion in Portland, Oregon. He received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1989 and his original profession was as a licensed psychotherapist. In 1985, Robert met Marshall Rosenberg and has been offering Nonviolent Communication training in some form since 1986.

Robert has played multiple roles with the international Center for Nonviolent Communication including Certified Trainer, President of the Board of Directors, Certification Assessor, and a trainer at many Intensive International Trainings (IITs).