‘The Language of Connection’; Nonviolent Communication Conference Begins March 29

Language is what connects us with family, friends, coworkers, customers and many others in everyday interactions. SBCC School of Extended Learning is taking a deep dive into understanding conflict resolution, listening without judgement and speaking from the heart at the 12th Annual Nonviolent Communication Conference March 29-31.

The inspiring and timely conference brings internationally-acclaimed instructors and presenters to the SBCC Wake Campus for three days of workshops focused on empathy, the purpose of anger, parenting through a compassionate lens, navigating conflict, and more. Participants will gain the tools to foster connection, authenticity, compassion and solutions that work for everyone.

“You’re going to take home the knowledge and skills that will support you in relationships that are the most important to you – relationships where connection matters,” said Rodger Sorrow, conference organizer and long-time instructor at SBCC School of Extended Learning. “When we practice nonviolent communication, we begin with the intention of valuing everyone’s needs. These tools will impact relationships in the workplace, the classroom, and at home”. “Conference participants learn to get in touch with their feelings and core values, and base their lives on their consciously formed values,” said Sorrow.

The interactive conference begins 7– 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 29, with a free introduction to nonviolent communication. The conference continues 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31 with three, 90-minute sessions each day. Each session is built around lessons as well as interactive portions in which participants immediately put nonviolent communication into practice. Students can participate as much or as little as they like. The instructors have designed their sessions to benefit beginners and the experienced alike.

Tickets to attend all sessions on Saturday and Sunday are $100. Food and soft drinks will be available all three days. Meals can be pre-ordered.

Full conference details: http://chooseconnection.squarespace.com/nvc-conference/.  

Register in person at the conference at the Wake main office

SBCC School of Extended Learning 12th Annual Nonviolent Communication Conference.


  • Introduction: Friday, March 29, 7– 9:30 p.m. Free
  • Conference Days:  Friday, March 29, 7– 9:30 p.m., Saturday March 30 and Sunday March 31, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. ($95 + $5  materials and free NVC textbook)

WHERE:     SBCC’s Wake Campus Auditorium, 300 N. Turnpike Road.

ADMISSION:     The Introduction Session on Friday is Free. Attend the whole conference for $100.

REGISTER: In advance at the SBCC Wake or Schott campus OR

Online at https://sbcc.augusoft.net/index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_class_id=22388&int_category_id=0&int_sub_category_id=0&int_catalog_id=0

OR at the conference itself, at the Wake campus main office.

EVENT CONTACT/INFO:          Andrew Harper at agharper@sbcc.edu

About the SBCC School of Extended Learning

The School of Extended Learning responds to the diverse learning needs of the adult population in the Santa Barbara community by advancing career and life skills, and building bridges to credit.


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