Educator to speak on ‘The Art of Nonviolent Communication’
CAMDEN – Returning by popular demand, Lincolnville-based Nonviolent Communication educator Peggy Smith will guide a further inquiry into empathy-based communication strategies in "The Art of Nonviolent Communication" on Wednesday, September 20, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Quarry Hill. The program is part of Quarry Hill's ongoing Adventures in Living Well series aimed at enriching the lives of adults age 50-plus; admission will be free.
In her interactive presentation, Smith will explore the "calming gift" of empathy and show how it can be used to connect authentically and compassionately with others, even in the face of challenging or oppositional points of view. She'll explain what judgmental thinking tells us about ourselves and suggest ways to convert such thoughts into positive, life-serving energy.
Smith is certified as a Nonviolent Communication educator by the International Center for Nonviolent Communication® (cnvc.org). She is a cofounder of the Maine NVC Network and creator of the online curriculum Courageous Communication, based on her experience with men exiting the prison system. She runs two consulting businesses—Open Communication (opencommunication.org) serving individuals, and Clarity Services (clarityservices.us) serving businesses and nonprofits—and is also known for her work with educators through the Seeds of Peace International Camp in Otisfield, Maine.
Smith holds a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She taught in Maine schools for more than 30 years before deciding to devote her professional energies to enhancing sustainable human relationships.
Advance registration for Smith's presentation is required. To sign up, please call Quarry Hill at (207) 921-6116 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.