Foundations of Empathy & Mindfulness in Conversation Self-Guided Program

Respond to the Growing Challenges and Adversities in the World with Empathic Connection and Community

Develop deep foundational skills and abilities with dimensions of consciousness in empathic communication with yourself and others, for responding to the impacts of social-economic-environmental turbulence, uncertainties, and difficulties in your life and in the world.


There is No Prerequisite for the Foundations (Level One) Training

This level of training is for people who are new to empathic communication. It can also be valuable to people at any level of experience, as this level of training is a deep dive into practicing the integration of mindfulness and language dimensions of the foundation components (OFNR) of empathic communication. This work comes out of the international work of Nonviolent Communication (NVC).


Group size for the 8-Week Course is 15 participants or less so that there is more individual attention, support, and coaching from John as well as interaction with fellow participants. Don't wait if you want to secure a spot.


Online Weekly Live Course with John (Level One - 8 week course)

This course is for those who want weekly live sessions with John in a small group context (15 people or less) with lots of live coaching, demonstration, and Q&A.

See Registration Section at the bottom of this page



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You’ll Gain The Ability To:

  • Experience greater health and wellness through emotional well being
  • Recover more quickly from difficult situations and interactions
  • Feel more peace, centeredness, ease, and creativity responding to life's challenges
  • Be more present and connected in your relationships
  • Use language more skillfully in your interactions with people
  • Increase self-knowledge and self-connection
  • Experience more compassion for yourself and others
  • Listen in a way people notice and appreciate 
  • Build empathic community of connection, learning, and support
  • Develop greater access to creativity and new possibilities
  • Experience more happiness and well being



What is Empathic Communication?

For me (John), empathic communication is based in four communication components — Observation, Feeling, Need, Request — and helps us focus attention and language on experiencing empathic connection and responding to ourselves and others with compassionate giving.

Empathy and Consciousness in Communication is how I refer to my approach that emphasizes the consciousness dimensions of the components and the integration with language. It is also about responding to the growing challenges, conflicts, dysfunction and instability we now face in our world. Consciousness in conversation brings awareness and compassionate presence to the language of speaking and listening within ourselves and with others. Consciousness for me includes a relationship with dual and nondual awareness, the formless and universal, the unconscious, and a neuroscience understanding of the brain and nervous system.

In this approach, Observation, Feeling, Need, and Request are each a different dimension of awareness and a doorway to connection, compassion, healing, and accessing creative possibility. The training happens in the context of learning, supporting, and practicing together with others in empathic community, and building empathic community in your life. This work is based in the international work of Nonviolent Communication (NVC).



8-Week Live Course Overview

The Level One online course offers eight weekly 1 hour live group learning and practice sessions with John the course group, supplemented with written materials, audio/video recordings, handouts, and recording of the live group sessions. The learning is centered around conversation exercises and practices with language in the context of consciousness and empathy to do during and between the weekly live sessions with yourself and others in the course, as well as people in your life. The learning builds in layers each week with the inner and outer conversations of your life. The live sessions happen on the Zoom video conferencing system, and you can also participate by audio only or by phone.

To see the Course Outline, click HERE.


Format: 8 consecutive Tuesdays

Begins: TBA


Weekly Live Group Session Duration: 60 minutes

Group size: 15 people or less

Start Time: 12pm Pacific Time [California] (convert to my time zone)

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Registration for the 8-Week Live Course

Registration is currently closed for this course.  To be notified the next time this course becomes available, you can click HERE.

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Philosophy of Money

The registration pricing is what I (John) would like to receive to support my sustainability to continue offering this work in the world. However, because I see this work being for the health and wellbeing and greater good of humanity and all people, and because I want to support a monetary system based in giving and receiving, you can choose to give the amount you would like. Thank you for wanting to be part of this work in the world!


Steps for Registering

  1. Requested tuition for the course is $300. If you wish to give less, consider a sliding scale of $300—$100. I ask that you give as high on the scale as you would enjoy giving to support this work. You can also give outside of the scale, more or less.

    The more you give the more you will be supporting me to continue offering the work to all who want it, and you will be helping grow this work and the contribution it makes to a better world.

  2. There is a Registration Box below for a one-time payment amount of $300, and a Registration Box for 3 monthly installments of $99.50.

  3. If you would like to give a different amount, email us the amount you would like to give, one-time or monthly, and we'll send you a Discount Coupon Code to use in the Registration Box. Email:

    You can also use Patreon and PayPal buttons further below for choosing what you would like to give, either one-time or monthly.

  4. If you give on PayPal or Patreon, afterwards send an email ( to notify us, and we will send you the link to the course Home page that gives access to the learning resources and all the information for the course.