Youth Programs

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“You can’t make your kids do anything. All you can do is make them wish they had. And then, they will make you wish you hadn’t made them wish they had. ”
Marshall B. Rosenberg


Our NVC Dojo Programs for Children and Teens

At Liminal Somatics we have Nonviolent Communication programs that help students of every age to express them selves with a greater caring, authenticity and honesty. Physical, emotional and linguistic practices will spark each student’s curiosity to explore what truly moves them and what they each care about. This intrinsic foundation is central to our somatic approach.

Ages 6 to 11- Jedi Magic: Embodying Nonviolent Communication

Playful stories, demonstrations and engaging practices and activities that spark the imagination, shed light on positive ways of engagement, and orient young hearts towards the recognitions of our interdependence.

Ages 12 to 16– Conflicting Well:  Finding What We Need

Playful, engaging practices, role-plays, demonstrations and stories to shed light on ways to enter into conflict that promotes connection, new learning, healing and a collective resourcefulness.  This course in its entirety begins a powerful and intriguing personal journey towards self-mastery.

Ages 14 to 18– Embodying Nonviolent Communication:  Moving from Center

Engaging demonstrations, practices, conversations, stories and more to help these young adults to organized themselves around what they deeply care about, speak their truths with care, power and honesty.  Intrinsically orienting them to walk their talk with dignity and grace.


Nonviolent communication is powered by love, honesty, respect, appreciation, compassion and concern for one another.

Dr. Marshall Rosenberg pioneered Nonviolent Communication in the 1960’s to peacefully resolve differences in the personal, professional, and political milieus.  He has mediated between warring factions, created compassionate schools, worked with inner-city gangs, developed restorative programs in prisons and worked with businesses, governments and organizations around the world, teaching ways to listen empathically and speak our truths with compassion.

The NVC Dojo is an experiential workshop series that builds upon Rosenberg’s work. It draws upon the peaceful art of Aikido and the cutting edge lessons of Somatic Intelligence.

As a Somatic Coach, David offers a variety of learning modes that bring our attention squarely into the guiding wisdom of the body and our senses. This is essential for expressing ourselves both verbally and nonverbally, for becoming effective leaders and for creatively leading our lives….. at any age.

The NVC Dojo offers a safe and caring space to train mind and body. In the NVC Dojo, practice transforms old embodied strategies and verbal patterns that no longer work for us into resources that produce an authenticity and presence that inspire trust and credibility.

In this environment we learn to “conflict well”.   Learning to center ourselves more quickly in trying moments, we become more open, relaxed, inclusive and resourceful.  Entering conflict compassionately allows us to find the connection and needs underlying the conflict; compassion keeps the conflict from turning to violence and leads us toward healing.David Weinstock is a Certified International Trainer of Nonviolent Communication and a Somatic Coach through the Strozzi Institute and Five Rings Practitioner Program.  David integrates Somatic Coaching and the peaceful martial art of Aikido, which he has taught for 30 years, into the practices of the NVC Dojo to create a dynamic approach to learning.  As an artist and musician and communitarian, David brings imaginative playfulness, stories, music, “Jedi “games, engaging demonstrations, games, conversation, contemplative moments, time in nature and some good fun into the learning.


The goal of the workshop is to take these practices and implement them in our daily lives to help us:

  • Stay centered and connected during difficult conversations
  • Listen with empathy
  • Derive power by staying focused in the present
  • Build intimacy
  • Get along better with family members and friends
  • Establish healthy boundaries that promote a powerful inclusivity
  • Live our values
  • Build trusting relationships with colleagues
  • Learn to transform anger into life lessons



“If we change ourselves we change our world, and changing ourselves begins with changing our language and methods of communication.”

–        Dr. Marshall Rosenberg


A mother’s testimonial:

I wanted to thank you for the wonderful day that my 3 girls (Hannah, Sarah and Emily Richards) had on Sunday at your workshop.  They have been brimming with excitement and activity stemming from the day with you.  From the moment that I picked them up, they were very excited to try and explain to me everything they had done, and were most animated in their demonstrations!  I wanted to share with you some of the comments that I heard from them:

“He asked us some really hard questions…but GOOD questions.  For example, ‘How are you?’.  And, ‘good’ or ‘fine’ isn’t what he meant.  He really wanted you to think from your heart.”

“We talked about how to try and understand why someone else might say what they do, even if you don’t agree with them.  I think that would be hard when I am mad, but I will try to do that.”

“You know, it’s really about thinking with your heart and your stomach…not always your head.”

“I’m going to try the ‘bubble’ when I’m in the Greek Olympics at school.  Do you think it would work for that??”

And my all-time favorite that came from Hannah (11yrs old) on the way home from the workshop:

“Mom, that bubble!?  It’s simply magnificent!!”

Thank you for what you do.  The girls are already asking if they can work with you again, so I hope to see you back in our community very soon.


Dawn Richards




  • “We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results.”

    -- Herman Melville

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