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Welcome to the Listening Hour

What is the Listening Hour?

A weekly 1-hour connection and empathy space currently hosted by people who have experience in Nonviolent Communication (NVC), for anyone interested in NVC. 

This is not a workshop but a peer listening space to encourage listening. 

More detailed information about the Listening Hour here

If you have enjoyed the Listening Hour, please consider contributing to NVC Matters. While the Listening Hour is free to use, your donations really support NVC initiatives to be resourced and grow. Please consider a one off or monthly donation. Please remember to use the reference LISTHOUR so we can track how much money we are generating.

NVC Matters (the national organisation for NVC in the UK):
NVC Matters UK CIC
Account number: 65974126
Sort Code: 08-92-99

Reference: LISTHOUR


Who the Listening Hour is for

Everyone who is interested in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is welcome. No need for formal training but it’s great if you have been to some trainings. 

Come if you want to practise listening.

Come if you’d enjoy a listening ear.

The Listening Hour is not suitable if you are going through significant emotional upheaval or for processing trauma.


What happens

We offer a structure which offers clear guidance to everyone about what to do.

Format (Each host will hold the space in a slightly different way but the overall structure will be the same)

• Check-in

• Breakout into 3s for empathy and listening. (Empathy guidelines will be given and you can respond to the generative question ‘What do you want empathy for or to talk through?’)

• Closing

Please arrive a few minutes early and please arrive no later than 12.10pm to support the tech hosts in their task.
Please make sure you have a comfortable and private space to talk in.
Please mute your sound when you are not speaking to avoid background noise.

Self responsibility

This is a reminder that everyone is responsible for themselves and we encourage you to take care of your own emotional safety.  If you are in emotional distress, please look at the resources below or contact a trusted person directly for emotional support.

Bear in mind your listening partners aren’t trainers or therapists.

Please make sure you have read these documents which will help to add to a safer and effective community environment:
Listening Hour Community Standards 
Listening Hour Conflict and Grievance process


Is there any cost?

We’re offering these sessions for free as we’d like to contribute to making empathy support more accessible, especially during these challenging times. Afterwards, if you are moved to do so, and can afford it, we’d be grateful for a donation to our chosen organisation:

NVC Matters (the national organisation for NVC in the UK):
NVC Matters UK CIC
Account number: 65974126
Sort Code: 08-92-99

Reference: LISTHOUR
(The bank details for NVC Matters have changed so please ensure you are depositing to this NEW account.)

Zoom link for this coming Sunday 12-1pm

Meeting ID: 593 728 3165
Passcode: nurture

Your host(s) this week are:  Shelley and Dira
If you have a query about this week's session, please contact the hosts at:

If you have been forwarded this message and want to register to receive zoom links for each Sunday session, register here

We look forward to seeing you 

The Listening Hour Team



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