Friday, January 14, 2022 at 10:00 AM CST
Friday, March 25, 2022 at 12:00 PM CDT

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Karen Starz, CNVC Certified Trainer 
HoustonNVC, a nonprofit 

NVC in "Real Life"

with Karen Starz & Michael Dillo

Join us for a interactive series focused on using our real-life examples. In this 6 week series, you will learn how to practice NVC in the heat of the moment whether it's celebration or frustration with the support of two CNVC certified trainers, Michael Dillo and Karen Starz.

By using real life examples we will focus on how to navigate those courageous conversations with an open heart in a space of trust and support. You will learn how to connect using observations, feelings, needs, and (doable) requests. By the end of this 6 week series, our hope is that you walk away with the confidence that connection is always available and accessible with patience. 

 "All it takes is a lot of patience, the willingness to establish a human connection, the intention to follow NVC principles until you reach a resolution, and trust that the process will work." -Marshall Rosenberg, Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life.

Week 1: Celebrate your Failures                                                                                                                  (Bring your stories of failure and we'll work through all that comes up with it together.)

Week 2 - 6: TBD                                                                                                                                                (The following will be determinded weekly as we notice what is alive for the group.)

We will be meeting remotely bi-weekly via Zoom on Fridays from Jan 14, 2022 to March 25, 2022, from 10am to 12 pm Central/Houston Time.

Please save these dates in your calendar. The Class Schedule is bi-weekly as follows:                                        - Jan 14th - Jan 28th - Feb 11th - Feb 25th - Mar 11th - Mar 25th



Karen Starz, CNVC Certified Trainer

Karen is a consultant, coach, speaker, and facilitator. The connection with Marshall Rosenberg’s work and NVC came naturally and peaked further, ongoing exploration into the foundations of NVC. Her background spans many areas, from interpersonal relationships, to businesses, schools, and non-profit organizations. Other services she provides include mediation, conflict resolution, and curriculum writing. Her approach to NVC is based on embodying the whole of nonviolent consciousness to create an automatic, empathic, somatic response and awareness. Karen aims to bring social change through learning, and is particularly interested in the spiritual connection that NVC fosters. One way she embodies this aim is by contributing as President of Houston NVC.


Michael Dillo, Assessor & CNVC Certified Trainer


Michael in his "first" life was a professor for civil engineering. In his PhD thesis he specialized in underground constructions and tunneling in rock, what paved his way from his home country Germany to Switzerland in the early 1990’s. As much as he enjoyed living in this beautiful country, he started to feel increasingly dissatisfied with his job as an engineer and was disheartened dealing with technical questions all day. He struggled with with fear of change and a lot of messages like: I "have” to pay for my family, I "have” to finance my house, my insurances, my car, the vacation…

In 1997 he was inspired to attend a workshop with Marshall B. Rosenberg to find some answers to his questions and fears. During the first three day-seminar, he received some fundamental life-changing answers. However, it took him quite a while to understand the difference between intellectually understanding NVC and internalizing it. For many years he began to connect with feelings and needs as he had never done in life before – he began to empathize with himself and others.

In 2002 trust in himself had grown so much that he was able to quit his engineering profession without feelings of fear or guilt. Again and again, he was fascinated by and grateful for the experience that things, people, inspiration, and even money come "by chance“. He has been a CNVC Certified Trainer since 2004 and started to work worldwide. In 2013 he was asked to join the CNVC Assessors Team of the German-speaking part of Switzerland and the CALF Team in the USA. He is passionate about supporting certification candidates on their path to deeply integrating NVC while heading for certification.

Register Now! The requested amount is $180 for the six-week series. If you would like to come for one session, it is $30 per session.  We are committed to making our workshops accessible to all. To request tuition support, email Karen Starz.