Conversations from the Heart

Drop-in Communication Practice Group and Q&A

Please take a moment to review the following information as background for your participation.


Plymouth Congregational Church
Fireside Room
Wednesday mornings from 10:00am - 12:00pm
$10 - $25 suggested, not required

The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.
— Peter Drucker
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.
Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
— Rumi
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History of this Group

Anne Seltz, a member of Plymouth Congregational Church, founded this group in 2012 when she invited Yvette Erasmus to facilitate a weekly Nonviolent Communication (NVC) practice group, and we’ve been growing ever since. While we remain closely focused on NVC, we have evolved into a broader personal development group and integrating a variety of other theories and modalities.

Purpose and Intention

We are each committed to doing the person inner work that we need to do in order to help nurture just, peaceful, and sustainable world in which people’s needs are tended to, suffering is alleviated and conflict is resolved peacefully.

This is a psycho-educational group with a heavy focus on information, understanding and clarity. If you want to stop turning on yourself and others and want to explore what it takes on the ground to love yourself and others instead, then join us. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and explore how various concepts might help you unpack or reframe sticky interpersonal situations in your life. And, you can just sit and listen and take it all in!

Although we often refer to Marshall Rosenberg’s model of Nonviolent Communication as we practice and explore, the scope of this group also includes broader principles of nonviolence, compassion and mindfulness, as well as insights from relational and integral psychology and spiral dynamics.  This is an educational and informational group. It is not an emotional processing group, a despair work group, an empathy group or a therapy group.

Our Facilitator: Yvette Erasmus PsyD, LP

As a practicing psychologist, Yvette brings extensive training in mind-body medicine, somatic experiencing, diversity and inclusiveness, nonviolent communication and integral-relational-cultural psychology to her work.  She considers herself a fan and active supporter of NVC, but is not a “certified trainer.” The content and process of this group reflects her integration of NVC principles into broader frameworks, and is not representative of “pure NVC,” or “official NVC.”

People come to learn and practice in a peer setting with an experienced teacher/facilitator. Therefore, please share only at a level that feels safe and appropriate for you; be mindful of choices that will contribute to your own and others’ learning without leaving you too emotionally vulnerable.  Your participation means agreeing to keep all personal information shared in the group confidential and agreeing to the educational/learning purpose of gathering.  

Confidentiality and Safety

It has been a common request from attendees to audio record the large group sessions for their learning and enrichment. At times, Yvette will record didactic and Q&A portions of the group.

If you share during the large group time, you are consenting to the use of your voice/question/contribution for common learning though the group recording.  Recordings are available through Yvette’s membership site and are not available to the general public.


Financial Contributions

This program is sponsored by Plymouth Congregational Church’s Committee for Religious and Spiritual Exploration. This drop-in group is funded by voluntary, sliding-scale contributions.

Please pay what you can afford. We invite a $25 dollar donation per session to cover Yvette’s fee, which is paid by the church for her running the program. Any additional contributions are put into a scholarship fund to support access to further nonviolence and peace related programming through the church.  

further NVC-Specific Resources

Twin Cities NVC Facebook Page - follow this page to stay connected to NVC-related events in the Twin Cities

The Center for Nonviolent Communication - Official website for everything NVC-related.

NVC Academy - Online training resources for everything NVC-related

Other Local Twin Cities Supporters of this Work

  • Dave Casey - NVC training and coaching. Please email

  • Pam Winthrop Lauer – NVC classes and spiritual direction-infused NVC coaching | |651-328-1166

  • Ann Harrington (Duluth) - NVC training and coaching | 218.213.8262 cell (preferred)