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 with Rusty Thomas


10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Freedom Project Office
918 S Horton Street, Suite 1015, Seattle, WA 98134

This workshop is perfect for:  
  • Folks curious about Nonviolent Communication and how they can use this tool in their daily life
  • New Freedom Project volunteers and those interested in volunteering inside prison
  • Current Freedom Project volunteers seeking a deeper dive into the foundations of this work
  • Helping professionals interested in honing communication skills

Nonviolent Communication (NVC), sometimes called Compassionate Communication, guides us to re-frame how we communicate with each other. When combined with mindfulness, NVC helps us identify what is alive inside of us and find ways to express that. It allows us to work through conflict peacefully with integrity, and improve how we express ourselves.

This workshop will explore the basic principles of NVC to build capacity to transform blame, anger, and criticism into understanding, effective communication, and peaceful resolution of conflict. By focusing on our observations, feelings, needs, and requests, we can increase the empathy and honesty we give both to ourselves and to others.

Freedom Project layers a social justice & racial equity lens to our practice of Nonviolent Communication, emphasizing "empathy before education" and "connection before correction". 

Freedom Project operates on a gift economy. Your contributions to this event support our programs in prisons and in the community and are greatly appreciated.

No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Suggested donation: $150; Sliding scale: $30-$300



Rusty Thomas is a seasoned trainer with nearly two decades of NVC and mindfulness experience. While incarcerated in 1998, he met Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, the creator of Nonviolent Communication, and was profoundly moved by the methods and insights. This interaction led Rusty to study NVC in depth and to eventually found Freedom Project, a 501c3 which has provided thousands of hours of mindfulness and NVC training in prisons across Washington State. A study by Antioch University found that Freedom Project’s work results in over $5,000,000 in savings for the state of Washington each year through reduced violence and recidivism.
Rusty holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spirituality from Antioch University and has taught NVC to individuals, companies, nonprofits, as well as government entities.

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Suggested tuition: $150
Sliding scale: $30 to $300

Free for current and new prison volunteers. Freedom Project operates on a gift economy. Gift economy asks participants to receive the gift, and to contribute an amount of their choice that honors and reflects the value they received and their capacity to give. Your contributions towards this event are greatly appreciated. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. 


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