Street Yoga is proud to host a Nonviolent Communication workshop facilitated by Doyle Banks on Wednesday, December 5 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Peninsula Park Community Center (700 North Rosa Parks Way, Portland, OR 97217).

This training is free to current volunteers and if you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Chrissy at


On Wednesday, December 5th, find out how to enrich your life and the lives of those around you through Nonviolent Communication.  In this seminar you will:

  • Learn what causes “communication breakdown”
  • Discover how to express yourself honestly and get more of what you want
  • Find out how to listen to others and help them get more of what they want!

Nonviolent Communication or Compassionate Communication is a method developed by Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D. and is used to transform the lives and relationships of individuals, couples, families, small and large groups, even businesses from local yoga studios to Fortune 500 corporations. It is based on the reality that human beings respond with natural compassion to other humans when a genuine connection is made between them. That connection is made when everyone hears and understands each other’s values, needs, and desires.

In this seminar, we will introduce you to the skills of Nonviolent Communication (NVC). We will show how to recognize your and others’ cheap values, needs and desires. Then you will see how you can tap you’re your natural human compassion and move toward others rather than away from them. You will begin to see how to peacefully resolve conflicts and strengthen relationships rather than watch them disintegrate and fade way (or crash and burn). We will also show you ways to deepen your own way of talking and listening to your inner thoughts so that you can open up more self-empathy, self-compassion, and self-acceptance.

Come hear and experience how you can make life more wonderful for yourself and others at home, at work and in your world.


Doyle Banks has been a public school educator, vocal performer, priest, process engineering clerk, and computer consultant. In 2008, his best friend introduced him to Nonviolent Communication. Since then, Doyle has accumulated nearly 240 hours of training in NVC and has presented introductory seminars, taught classes and workshops on a regular basis. His next goal is to become a registered candidate for certification with the Center for Nonviolent Communication and eventually earn the title of Certified NVC Trainer. You can read his blog and see his current schedule of classes and workshops at

For more information, please also visit the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) website at