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Dear all,

It is with great emotion that I write to tell you that Marshall Rosenberg passed from this life 3 days ago, on Saturday, February 7th.

It was recently discovered that he had late stage prostate cancer. He passed peacefully at home, with his wife Valentina - who shared the news with me a few minutes ago - and all his children by his side.

I know no way to describe the impact this man had on so many people - for his work and for his being, and for the extraordinary power the balance between these two unleashed. He was a beloved teacher to countless people on every continent, people whose hearts were touched and shone with the possibility his work made tangible.

To many of you reading he was also an inspired and inspiring colleague who changed the course of your lives and brought an inestimable sense of meaning and the potential for transformation to every area of your world. And who, at each moment, did this with utmost simplicity, humility and humanness.

In great mourning, and with the most profound reverence and soaring gratitude for the spirit he released in us, and whose light we carry forwards,

President, CNVC Board

The Oregon Network for Compassionate Communication (ORNCC) is sponsoring a free community gathering to celebrate the life and teachings of the founder of Nonviolent Communication Marshall Rosenberg, who died February 7, 2015. 

WHERE: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 1300 Pearl St., Eugene 97401

WHEN:  Thursday, April 9, 2015 from 7 to 9 pm

Dr. Rosenberg founded the Center for Nonviolent Communication (cnvc.org) and for more than forty years traveled the world teaching the self-awareness and communication skills he developed.  He changed the lives of many thousands of people, and left as part of his legacy teachers and groups of people learning and practicing the skills he developed that contribute to peace and compassion. People whose lives were enriched by Marshall’s teachings are invited to come together to celebrate Marshall and to acknowledge his contribution to their lives. 
This event will also be an opportunity for participants to join in creating a more engaged and active NVC community in the Eugene-Springfield area, dedicated to learning and spreading the teachings and consciousness of Compassionate Communication.

ORNCC board members welcome co-founder Bryn Hazell and others from Bend who will share the experience of co-creating their NVC community in Central Oregon, which is celebrating more than ten years in existence.  The Central Oregon team will participate in a discussion and planning session with the intention of inspiring and supporting a vibrant and sustainable NVC community in the Eugene-Springfield area.
So that we can plan for the number of attendees, we would appreciate your contacting us at secretary@orncc.net to let us know you plan to come.

Join us in celebrating Marshall Rosenberg and helping to continue his work toward a more peaceful and alive world.

The ORNCC Board

Portland Area Celebration of the Life of Marshall Rosenberg

On February 28, 2015, Portland area Giraffes gathered at Unity Church Sanctuary to celebrate and mourn the passing of Marshall Rosenberg. There were tears to be sure, but mostly they were tears of gratitude for the precious gifts that NVC has been to all of those who attended. There were the words of the "old-timers" who had been working with Marshall since the beginning. Robert Gonzales opened with an NVC  centering meditation, and then offered his reflection on Marshall's life-changing influence on his work. Robert talked about how the  spirituality of NVC has developed. Susan Skye was unable to attend but sent her celebrations and mournings in written form with one of her assistants to read. There were heartfelt renditions of some of Marshall's songs with guitars and everyone singing along, bringing the presence of Marshall into the celebration. There were readings and rememberings. There was an open mic, and wonderful stories, and wonderful tears of gratitude and celebration.

The spirit of Marshall Rosenberg was alive and well, and celebrated with gratitude and energy. The spirit of Marshall Rosenberg lives in us now.

Lots of love,
Joe Mitchell


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Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a communication process developed by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg which creates a vision of the world in which everyone's needs are met peacefully through relationships guided by compassion. The Oregon Network for Compassionate Communication (ORNCC) promotes the growth and practice of NVC in Oregon and southwest Washington.
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Want to know more about the ORNCC?

In our About Us area you'll find links for the ORNCC vision and mission, history, our role, board meeting schedule, minutes, treasurer's reports, project sponsorship, and how to financially support the ORNCC.

Looking for a workshop, class or training?

In the NVC Education area you'll see a bulletin board for learning opportunities and workshops, our support for NVC books and other materials, bios for independent facilitators and counselors, some educational information and handouts about NVC, and links to external NVC educational resources.

Looking for a practice group or how to stay informed?

In our Community area you'll find listings for practice groups by geographical area, a number of regional NVC email newsletters you can sign up for, an excerpt of our Facebook page, info about how to start a practice group, and links to other NVC communities from around the world.

Looking for ORNCC contact info?

Lastly, in the Contact Us area are contact lists for the ORNCC, as well as independent facilitator contacts.

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