SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning to Host Ninth Annual Nonviolent Communication Conference

NVC Conference: An Introduction held on April 8; NVC Conference held on April 9 and 10

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Santa Barbara, Calif., April 5, 2016— SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning (the CLL) is offering  a workshop of special interest to Santa Barbara’s unique nonprofit and philanthropic community April 8-10 . The CLL will host the Ninth Annual Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Conference at Wake Campus Auditorium, 300 N. Turnpike Rd.  

Ninth Annual Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Conference

  • Friday, April 8, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM, NVC An Introduction (FREE)
  • Saturday, April 9, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Conference Day 1
  • Sunday, April 10, 9:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Conference Day 2

This inspiring conference features internationally-acclaimed instructors and presenters that will give community members the tools to deepen connections with friends, family and co-workers through listening without judgement and speaking from the heart. The conference is bilingual and workshops are open to English and Spanish speakers.

“The CLL strives to provide our entire community with lifelong learning experiences that enrich our lives and strengthen our relationships at every level,” said Andy Harper, SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning Executive Director. “Nonprofits are such a vital part of the fabric of our community. We are thrilled to partner with the Center for Nonviolent Communication to offer this conference to empower and inspire groups and individuals alike.”


Through the conference, moderator and CLL teacher Rodger Sorrow hopes to empower individuals to increase their understanding of conflict resolution. Community members will receive guidance through a variety of workshops on methods to increase productivity and collaboration in the workplace, share power in relationships, rewire the brain with neurobiology, dissolve enemy images and practice respectful parenting. 

“Nonviolent Communication teaches a process to understand what was going on inside and express it without criticizing, blaming or making others wrong,” said Sorrow. “This process is powerful and can help individuals, couples, groups and organizations find better connections and the win-win in any situation.”

Workshop topics include:

  • Self-Empathy: Get Past Your Emotional Triggers to Live in Greater Choice and Peace
  • Empathic Listening, Navigating from Conflict to Connection
  • Restorative Discipline At Home and in the Classroom
  • and many more.


Through its emphasis on deep listening—to others as well as ourselves—the NVC Conference provides practical tools to foster connection, authenticity, compassion and solutions that work for everyone, whether in the workplace or at home. For more information or to register, visit

The NVC Conference is one of more than 295 evening, weekday and Saturday classes offered at the CLL this spring term, which runs April 4 through June 11.  Register for classes and workshops online at or in person at the Wake and Schott campuses.

About SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning (The CLL)

The SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning mission is to be responsive to the diverse lifelong learning needs of adult members of the Santa Barbara Community through promoting knowledge of the arts, healthy living styles, and intellectual studies. The CLL aims to be the educational, cultural and social hub for the Santa Barbara community, continuing a nearly 60-year tradition of excellence. CLL is online at, and on Facebook (sbccCLL), Twitter (@sbccCLL) and YouTube.



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