All of these articles were originally written by Peggy Smith for inclusion in the Maine NVC Network newsletter. Articles are in pdf format and will open in another tab.


Peggy Smith was interviewed as part of the NVC & Social Change tele-summit, A Path With Heart. This April 2013 interview covers her perspectives on keeping NVC alive in our daily lives, working with incarcerated learners, as well as educators from war torn regions. Listen to the interview HERE.

To hear recordings of 20 other NVC trainers interviewed during this telesummit, go to A Path With Heart, enter your name & email address, and follow the instructions in the email you receive. For a nominal fee, you will gain access to recordings and transcriptions of all the interviews.

Games & Activities

Feelings and Needs Cards - FREE!
This set of cards is comprised of two decks,
a feelings deck (pdf icon) and a needs deck (pdf icon)
These can be downloaded and printed on regular paper or card stock. (Please consider non-tree or high post-consumer content recycled paper.) These cards can be used for a variety of NVC activities, including these three.

pdf icon NVC Flow Chart - FREE!
This chart is intended to be a visual representation of the NVC communication process.

No-Fault Zone Game developed by Sura Hart & Victoria Kindle Hodson
"The No-Fault Zone Game uses a map and card decks to guide you, step by step, to the clarity, understanding and connection you want—within yourself and with others."
- available from The No-Fault Zone


Open Communication believes in supporting local economies as much as possible, so we hope you will consider purchasing books through your local independent bookstore. We also want to support everyone’s need of choice; if you wish to order online, a wealth of NVC books can be ordered from PuddleDancer Press or CNVC

A set of children’s books can be found at Heart Vistas


Peggy demonstrates the use of giraffe ears and jackal puppet during a Level 1 training

Peggy demonstrates the use of giraffe ears and jackal puppet during a Level 1 training.


Online NVC Sources

Center for Nonviolent Communicationsm
This is the "homebase" of NVC and is a source for extensive information, articles, and connections to workshops and trainers around the world.

PuddleDancer Press
The official publishing arm of CNVC, a source of books and other resources, including free online articles, email newsletters and tips.

Connection: a Self-care Approach to Conflict Management
This site describes in depth an NVC curriculum that was first developed by Bonnie Fraser for college aged students. Peggy Smith, certified NVC trainer, highly recommends it to adults & teenagers and practice groups who want easy to use activities to deepen their basic NVC understanding.

Maine NVC Network
Information on practice groups, upcoming trainings, classes, and NVC events in Maine, as well as some in the surrounding region.

Restorative Circles as pioneered by Dominic Barter in Brazil

The No-Fault Zone
The website of Sura Hart and Victoria Kindle Hodson, authors of Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids and The No-Fault Classroom; creators of the No-Fault Game; coaching and online classes.

NVC World
A compilation of links to many NVC resources available across the world.

Other Related Resources

Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine
Supporting individuals & groups concerned with peace, social justice, and the environment

The Institute of HeartMath is an internationally recognized nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to heart-based living - people relying on the intelligence of their hearts in concert with their minds to conduct their lives at home, school, work and play.