Remembering Marshall Rosenberg — Founder and Director of The Center for Nonviolent Communication

Tributes to Marshall have been pouring out in the weeks since his death in February. So many people, in addition to mourning our huge loss, are expressing their deep gratitude for the incredible gift Marshall gave us all in his teaching, living and modeling of Nonviolent Communication. I am one of them.

Retrospective: An Interview with Dow Gordon from 2006

From Prisoner to Peacemaker A Conversation with Dow Gordon of the Freedom Project by Tiffany Meyer, reprinted from PuddleDancer Press Serving a 10-year sentence for heroin trafficking, Dow Gordon was a self-described career criminal with a long arrest record and an external toughness that screamed of self-protection. Little did he know that the Nonviolent Communication course he would attend […]

Lucy Leu on Marshall Rosenberg’s Memorial

Dear Northwest Friends, and Giraffes and Jackals everywhere, I hope these words find you at ease and savoring the gifts of life. I just received a message asking me to let our community know that a celebration of Marshall’s life will be held on March 29th, beginning at 4:00 p.m. (Mountain Time). This event, open to the public, will […]

University Unitarian Church Hosts Series on Criminal (In)justice System

by Sue McCarthy, Director of Programs I was pleased to represent Freedom Project last month at “The Criminal (In)justice System,” an adult educational series hosted by University Unitarian Church. The five-week series included Mary Flowers, member of the Racial Equity Advisory Board in Seattle and Lisa Ashley, who has volunteered her time at the Seattle […]

Proof in the Pudding: Researching the Effects of NVC Training

By: Brian Chang, MSW Graduate Student Last January, KC approached me with the opportunity to conduct research on a pilot program at TRU. The program is a 20-week practice group based on the NVC Toolkit, a curriculum by Freedom Project co-founder Lucy Leu. Using validated psychological scales, I developed an evaluation packet that could be administered inside prisons. Our […]

“A Nation of Women Behind Bars,” a Diane Sawyer “Hidden America” Special

You won’t want to miss watching this television program, featuring ABC News Anchor Diane Sawyer, whose news crew has taken a sensationalist view of women in prison. The film crew visited four women’s prisons across the country, including the Washington Corrections Center for Women in Gig Harbor. Here’s an excerpt from the ABC publicity announcement: […]

Season for Nonviolence 2015

To celebrate our 14th anniversary and our commitment to peace and nonviolence, we are offering a series of Nonviolent Communication classes facilitated by Janice Eng during the 18th annual Season for Nonviolence. The Season for Nonviolence is a 64 day campaign to focus on peace through nonviolence, spanning the memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi (January 30th) and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. […]

Job Opening: Development Director

This is a unique opportunity for a truly talented individual. It is a full-time exempt position that reports to the Executive Director. The ideal candidate is passionate about Mindfulness and Nonviolent Communication and eager to work as a member of a small, dedicated team. Founded in 1999, Freedom Project strengthens our community through supporting the […]

Celebrating Martin Luther King

by Jenny Goodwine “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. Being new to the Pacific Northwest, I was thrilled to discover that celebrating the invaluable social contributions of Dr. King is an annual event for Seattle – […]

Sign Up for January’s Path of Freedom Training

Back in October, 13 Freedom Project volunteers finished the Path of Freedom facilitator training. The next series, scheduled January 19 – March 1 2015, is filling up. The Path of Freedom “mindfulness based emotional intelligence” curriculum is designed for adult prisoners, as well as at-risk and incarcerated youth and was published by the Prison Mindfulness Institute. […]

Sending an Appeal

Here at Freedom Project we’ve spent the last few days vigorously printing, signing, and packaging appeal letters. All together we sent out nearly 500 letters! Whew! So if you receive a letter in the mail from us in the next few days, please consider reading it. These letters are the product of many hours or work […]

Mindfulness Facilitators Complete Certification

By the end of July a dedicated cadre of 8 Freedom Project volunteers will complete the Path of Freedom online training, as a first step in qualifying themselves as certified mindfulness facilitators. The next series, scheduled September 8-October 10, 2104, is filling up fast; already 10 Freedom Project volunteers have registered. The Path of Freedom […]

Giftedness Abounds!

I have been working at Freedom Project for 3 months. What a splendid place to learn and what a gift to see so many wonderful individuals engaged by this work. Recently the Board of Directors in their great wisdom to both honor and receive the gifts of generous qualified friends of Freedom Project has added […]

June 6 Professional Development Program – Sharing NVC Essentials

Freedom Project announces the next installment in its quarterly professional development series for prison volunteers on Friday, June 6 with an intensive workshop, facilitated by Kathleen Macferran.  This workshop is designed for anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of Nonviolent Communication, as shared by Freedom Project in prisons.  In this interactive day-long workshop participants will: learn how a Freedom Project facilitator […]

GiveBig Campaign May 6 – Making a Difference!

Many of you know what Freedom Project achieves. If you have been a friend of ours, you have read many stories how Freedom Project classes and workshops have changed people’s lives through healing, reconciliation with families, and safer communities. Freedom Project’s lifeblood is its volunteers. They give their time and talent when they go into […]

Kathleen Macferran to Speak at TEDx Monroe Correctional Complex

Freedom Project facilitator to Speak at TEDx event at Monroe Correctional Complex on Saturday, March 15 Kathleen Macferran will speak Saturday during the TEDx event focused on  the future of prisons. She will be speaking about a vision of transforming prisons into houses of healing, As a Freedom Project workshop facilitator, Kathleen has led Freedom Project programs in […]

Lessons Learned in Prison

In this month’s Clutch Magazine, a young woman describes the lessons she learned while volunteering in prison. Freedom Project volunteers share their lessons learned by volunteering as well: Before I volunteered in prison, I was scared of the prisoners…But after meeting them and doing classes with them, I realized that they are just as human […]

I’m Afraid

by  Brandon Sutton I’m afraid I won’t be seen When I hear you and you and you and you labeling When I see what you saw And don’t see that particular flaw It becomes clear to me how judgments can be an attack And though you’re not looking at me right now For that I […]