Community Corner

The Community Corner lists offerings from members of the CALF community that are not  events created by the CALF team.

We list these events to support those individuals offering these events, and to communicate these offerings to our community.


Fundamentals of Nonviolent Communication

An Offering from a CALF Team Member


Karen Starz, CNVC Certified Trainer

Dates and Times

Saturdays, August 1st to September 26th, 6-8 pm CT (no session 9/5)


What is it?

This is a highly interactive, discussion-based exploration of Marshall Rosenberg’s book “Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, 3rd Ed.” (Puddle Dancer Press, 2015). Together, we will form an online learning community in which we can apply what we’ve read about with real people in real conversation. Reading, reflection, and review homework provide participants with the opportunity to make the most of the weekly online interactions, which will focus on practice and application. This is an excellent foundational workshop for the beginner or a sound refresher for returning practitioners.

Who is it for?

This course is for people who have occasion to communicate with people and want to be able to do so more effectively, especially in the conversations which are most important to us. The people who will get the most out of the experience are those who read along in advance of each week’s session and come ready and willing to risk trying the things they read about in a real conversation with a real person.

What is unique about this course?

Rosenberg’s compassionate communication framework is a powerful tool we can use to make authentic, heart-to-heart connections. Being heard, understood, and accepted is one of the most powerful gifts we can offer one another. It is also a gift that those around us desperately need. This group provides an opportunity to create peace in the world by creating peace within ourselves, as well as between ourselves and all with whom we speak.

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Returning to our Lives, Into a World that Has Changed

An Offering from a CALF Team Member


Ellen Eisenberg, CNVC Certified Trainer
Hagit Lifshitz, CNVC Certified Trainer

Dates and Times

Tuesdays, July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28 2020
7 pm to 9:30 pm, Israel Time
9 am to 11:30 am, Pacific Daylight Time

Dates and times to be determined


We will explore this topic in a four session workshop on Zoom, using NVC consciousness and skills in English and Hebrew support.

How are we dealing with a world that has changed?

Our lives were disrupted by Covid 19. Some things were lost. Some things were discovered. What was unleashed in you from deep within? Have you noticed any shifts related to your needs? Have any new needs emerged?

Do you want to return to your former life or will you use this moment of adversity to explore how you can create a life that resonates with your own rhythms, values and priorities? How will your insights and reflections during these last months inform your vision for the future?

What will we do in the training?

We will use Nonviolent Communication consciousness and skills to: 

  • Experience and share the shifts, insights and reflections you experienced in the past few months.
  • Explore what new vision you are hoping to manifest in your life.
  • Engage in the question of what those possible changes might look like.
  • Examine what obstacles might get in your way to meet your needs and create these changes that are so valuable to you.
  • Participate in individual inner work, dyads and triads; connecting with your feelings and needs in order to get clarity about which changes are most important to you now.
  • Discover what requests you have of yourself and others, so to be prepared to overcome any challenges and bring your vision into today’s reality. 

What will you take away from this training?

You will leave this workshop with deeper understanding, clarity and tools to support you in integrating your vision and longings into your life with family, friends and community.

Who are we?

Ellen Eisenberg

Ellen began her NVC training in the Bay Area in California in 2006.  She moved to Jerusalem in 2011 where she pursued and completed her certification as an International Certified NVC Trainer. Ellen works with individuals, couples and groups both privately and in conjunction with NVC Mideast and with CALF, an active learning forum for individuals who are engaged with the NVC certification process. Ellen is currently focusing on working in depth with groups exploring both individual and collective trauma.

Hagit Lifshitz

Hagit Lifshitz is a certified trainer from Israel, with the Center for Nonviolent Communication. She met Marshall Rosenberg in 1994, while being a police officer, and learned from him during his full-year intensive NVC project with the Israel Police. She has extensive field experience as a mediator, counselor and dialogue facilitator with conflicting groups, including working with Palestinians and Israelis in conflict situations. Hagit had founded, jointly with Roberta Wall, the Mid-East NVC 9 days training for Palestinians, Israelis and Internationals. She also serves as a lead trainer in the Peace Engineers School in Kiev, Ukraine.

How can you contact us?


Israeli cell: +972-54-9345459
American phone line: 510-450-0446




For more information, or to register, please contact Ellen or Hagit using the information above.