Peaceful Families, Peaceful World, a joint project of BayNVC and the international
Center for Nonviolent Communication, was founded in 2001 to support the transformation
of parenting practices so that families throughout the world can experience compassion,
connection and peace. Our project arises from a desire to contribute directly to the wellbeing
of parents and children, as well as from the recognition that our parenting in large part shapes
the adults of the next generation. Since our long-term vision is a world where everyone's needs
matter and people have the skills for making peace, working to transform parenting practices
is of paramount importance.
The Peaceful Families, Peaceful World Project offers numerous programs and services aimed
at supporting the transformation of parenting practices and consciousness, including:
introductory, intermediate and advanced level series and workshops for parents
audio and written materials on parenting with NVC
personal coaching, teleclasses and training programs to support leaders who are sharing NVC with parents
(including the Parent Peer Leadership Program)
the NVC parenting yahoo group, a worldwide,
online forum for empathy, practice and connection around parenting with NVC
a growing network of peer leaders who are sharing their understanding of
NVC with parents in their communities across the U.S., Canada,
and to a lesser extent in other areas around the world.
During Family Camp, I discovered a deeper understanding of NVC that has helped
me get in touch with the connection I had always been hoping for with my family.
The experience also awakened my understanding of the spiritual consciousness within NVC,
of holding that your needs matter as much as my own. I have been so dedicated to integrating
NVC in my life since Family Camp. Thank you for creating and supporting
the space that contributed so profoundly to a deeper meaning in my life.
- BayNVC Family Camp Participant
Current and Upcoming Programs for Parents:
National and international trainings, workshops, and opportunities for parents and families:
For a listing of NVC family camps in the U.S. and Europe, go to the
"find a training" page on the
CNVC website, and select the topic "family camps."
The 2007-2008 Parent Peer Leadership Program is a nine-month training program
aimed at nurturing and developing peer leaders who are committed to sharing
NVC with parents in their communities, especially where there are no
NVC trainers. Our upcoming program runs from August 2007 to April 2008.
To explore resources for learning in your area, look for
local NVC supporters or read about other
If there are no trainers in your area, see
learning nvc without a trainer.
If you would like to organize a parenting workshop in an area without a trainer,
contact the Peaceful Families, Peaceful World Project at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online groups, written and audio materials on parenting with NVC
Recent Highlights 2006-2007
Leadership Development: Through the training, guidance and support offered
in our pilot Parent Peer Leadership Program, twenty new leaders have begun
sharing NVC with parents in communities across the U.S. and Canada. See below
for further details and celebrations. Inbal also offered support to several
NVC trainers who started or are planning to start
camps in their areas and/or who are offering workshops or conference presentations for parents.
"Connected Parenting: NVC in Family Life,"
a CD recording of a workshop Inbal Kashtan led in 2004,
was released in March 2007.
2006 Family Camps: Our two family camps in California drew a total of
140 participants and assistants, including 79 children and 51 adults.
Additional family camps took place in Washington state in the U.S.,
in Denmark and in Germany. More family camps are planned for
the summer of 2007.
Parenting workshops and immersion programs: Over 300 adults were
reached through Inbal Kashtan’s programs in the Bay Area,
ranging from introductory level series to a 9-month immersion program
for intermediate level learners.
"Parenting From Your Heart,"
Inbal Kashtan’s booklet, is now available in French, German, Spanish and Swedish.
Worldwide connections: The NVC parenting yahoo
group continues to grow, and now has approximately 1,000 members from
all parts of the globe.
Funding: BayNVC continues to support the Peaceful Families,
Peaceful World Project with money from its annual fundraiser.
Participants in the PPLP invite participants in their series to make
back to the program to support more emerging leaders in the following
Parent Peer Leadership Program Celebrations
We are full of celebration about the successful completion of the pilot year of
our newest program, the Parent Peer Leadership Program (PPLP). The PPLP is a
9-month program for NVC practitioners who want to acquire the experience,
skills and support to share NVC effectively with other parents.
During the 06-07 pilot year, twenty peer leaders from the U.S. mainland,
Hawaii and Canada participated in this program. While many people who are
inspired by NVC and who would like to share it with others choose not to
do so (for a variety of reasons), 100% of the participants in the pilot
program are or will be sharing NVC by the end of 2007. This is a huge
celebration for us, attesting to the power of the model of supported peer
leadership we have developed,
and giving us hope about the potential for reaching many more parents around the world.
Below are just two of many celebrations shared by program participants.
I am feeling such a deep sense of gratitude for ALL that you have done to
create the PPLP. It is such a major part of the mortar for me, helping keep
the bricks in place as I attempt to re-create a vision for my family.
I am overcome with intense emotion at the sheer magnitude of value
and meaning that this group holds for me. This work. The intensity
of knowing that I am on a path, heading in a
direction that is nourishing me and my sons in the richest possible way I can imagine.
Karn Anderson, Minnesota, USA, PPLP 06 participant
The support I've received in becoming a lay-leader has helped me set aside perfectionist
ideals so that I can put one foot ahead of the other in reaching out to other parents -
starting NOW! The response to my sharing NVC has been so gratifying; it gives me a
sense of purpose and meaning,
that what I have to offer is valuable and I can share my inspiration even as I try to live it.
Erika Jennings, Washington, USA, PPLP 06 participant
How can you contribute to this Project?
- Donate to this project.
Financial contributions will make it possible to
replicate our programs throughout the U.S and the world, thereby supporting
the spread of NVC among families and contributing to the social transformation
we believe is possible.
Keep us informed of ways that NVC is contributing to your family's life.
This will assist us in collecting and disseminating information about how
NVC is meeting families' needs, and may be used, with your permission,
in a book on NVC and parenting.
Let us know about books, resources or groups that you believe would contribute to this project.
If you are aware of funding sources for working with parents — individuals,
corporations or foundations — that may be interested in our work, please let us know.
Do you have other ideas about how you may want to contribute to the
project with time or other resources? We would be happy to hear from you.
Inbal Kashtan - NVC trainer and co-founder of BayNVC - coordinates the Peaceful Families,
Peaceful World Project for CNVC and BayNVC. For further information,
please contact Karin Morris, Inbal's assistant, at email@example.com.
Dancing at Family Camp
Enjoying the Healing Waters
of Sulphur Spring
Parents and children, building a human
at BayNVC's Family Camp, July 2005