Online Ongo: An Introduction to Nonviolent Communication (NVC)

On June 24, 2022, the Rochester Zen Center will launch its first Nonviolent Communication (NVC) group. For our first twelve gatherings, we’ve chosen to use The Ongo Book: Everyday Nonviolence by Catherine Cadden and Jesse Wiens. On this Web page we intend to share resources pertinent to each week, plus additional materials for those who might want to dive in faster and deeper.

Tentative meeting dates for Weeks 1-22 of The Ongo Book

Week 1 (June 24-July 7)

Basic Resource

  • The Ongo Book, Week 1 (pages 17-35)

To Have for the Meeting

  • Preferably use your own device. Many weeks we’ll be going into breakout rooms and it’s awkward to do if people are sharing a device. Also, if possible it’s best to use a device bigger than a phone so you can see other people’s faces more easily.
  • A copy of The Ongo Book. (You don’t have to have read anything in it at this point — just have it ready.)
  • A quote that expresses an aspect of what calls you to this new NVC group at this moment in your life.

Optional Further Resources


General Resources

Quick Introductions to NVC

Books that Introduce NVC

Resources for Ongo Zoom Hosts and Facilitators

Found in the Ongo Companion Website’s Discussions