Skillful Speech at PIMC for Summer/Fall 2018 (12-Week Class + Day-Long Retreat)

PIMC is pleased to offer a new Skillful Speech series of classes for Summer/Fall 2018, to teach the foundational skills of NonViolent Communication (NVC)... or, as experienced NVC folks say, how to "speak giraffe".

Co-taught by Kirsten Smith (PIMC Volunteer Coordinator and NVC Facilitator) and Doyle Banks (Dharma teacher and NVC Facilitator), the class will introduce you to this beautiful tool you can apply to the Dharma in your day-to-day life. NVC can facilitate a life-long practice of empathic connection, and will help you to connect more deeply and consistently with your inner self, as well as with those around you. Using situations from their own lives, Doyle and Kirsten will demonstrate how NVC can help create connections with loved ones, co-workers, employers/employees, even complete strangers!  If you ever wanted to communicate more effectively and experience more peaceful, happier outcomes in your relationships, this is the class for you!


IMPORTANT!   Class size is limited to 15 people! If you aren't sure about taking the class, please consider asking to be placed on the Waiting List to give priority to folks who definitely want to participate. To be placed on the Waiting List, please send an email to:


CLASS DATES/TIMES: Wednesdays, 7:00-9:15PM - Aug. 22-Nov. 7, 2018 (8/22, 8/29, 9/5, 9/12*, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10* ,10/17, 10/24, 10/31, & 11/7)

              Note: 9/12 and 10/10 are required group practice sessions that are registered for and paid for separately (at $20/session).

RETREAT DATE/TIMES: 8/25, 9:00AM-4:00PM (includes a 45-minute potluck lunch)

              Note: The retreat is a required part of the class. Registration/payment for the class includes the retreat. We require attendance at the retreat because we build the foundations for your NVC practice in this 6-hour block. If you cannot attend the retreat, we respectfully request that you wait to take the class at another time and leave space for those who would be able to attend.

CLASS/RETREAT LOCATION: The Living Room, Portland Insight Meditation Community (PIMC), 6536 SE Duke Street, Portland, OR 97206

SUGGESTED CONTRIBUTION: $300 (No one is turned away for insufficient funds.)

TO REGISTER: Please use the following link (

                Registration is required (even if you are unable to make a donation) so we have the contact information needed to send class materials.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please contact Doyle (