Living In the Blame-Free State

With François Beausoleil
CNVC Certified Trainer and author of The Blame-Free State


  • March 5-6, 2016
    10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday
    10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sunday
    Green Door Gourmet, 7011 River Road Pike, Nashville, TN
  • Registration
  • Flyer to Print
  • Recording of a coaching call with NVC Nashville, Jan. 2016
  • Also, a FREE, Open to the Public, NVC Introduction
    Friday, March 4, 2016
    7:00 p.m. – 9:30p.m.
    First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville, 1808 Woodmont Blvd.
  • More info: contact Anna Belle Leiserson,, 615-383-2041


“Blame can become a terrible habit – one that’s extremely costly both personally, socially and culturally.” ~ Miki Kashtan, BayNVC Co-Founder

As Miki says in the above quote, when you play “The Blame Game” there are usually only losers. Nobody wins, not really. But everyone wins when you let go of blame…

Francois Beausoleil, author of The Blame-Free State, will be in Nashville March 4-6, 2016, offering a two-day “Living in the Blame-Free State” workshop on the processes he has built to explore what you can do to reduce the presence of blame in your life – whether it’s blaming others, yourself, or the situation.

Here is an invitation to live from the very heart of Nonviolence – “Ahimsa” – also known as the “State of the Heart that has no Enemies.” Wherever you are on your life-path, this course can gift you with new tools for keeping your heart open and free of blame.

This 2-day workshop is designed to offer:

  • a clear understanding of the cost of blame on our health and overall well being.
  • a comprehensive process of how to transform blame towards others, self or situations.
  • a roadmap to help you decode the blame that is coming towards and respond from a place of groundedness and choice.
  • a window into the behaviors we use to avoid being blamed, as well as a concrete approach to bring more choice and freedom to these situations.

About François Beausoleil, CNVC Certified Trainer

François Beausoleil

François Beausoleil

François trains, coaches and supports individuals and organizations throughout Canada, US and Japan. In addition to his engaging approaches on how to share the foundations of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) with others, François brings a strong business and social justice focus to the programs he leads.

With his expertise in business and working with organizations, François supports participants to clarify their vision, articulate what they want to contribute to the world and identify strategies of doing this that will meet their needs.

François is highly skilled at helping participants discover and transcend internal and external barriers so that they can live from a more fully empowered state. François’ previous career was as a musician with Cirque de Soleil – he brings creativity, music and dance into the rooms and hearts of participants.

Francois is a co-facilitator of the North America NVC Leadership Program, by BayNVC. The 2016 Program starts end of January.

What People Are Saying

“I am filled with joy and additionally deeply at peace. I also felt a warmth spread over me when you set the stage with an explanation of ‘ahimsa’. Throughout, you provided such an open hearted space for me (us) to process personal situations, using your steps in this first session.

And what a nurturing ‘how to’ you shared with us, to arrive at heart filled insightfulness about ‘self’ and within ‘other’ and the common ground of feelings and intent that then shone through.

I feel energized and refreshed, deeply nurtured and connected.”

– Esther Pockrandt


Learning about the blame-free state from François turned out to be a major milestone in the arduous work of healing not just myself, but also my beloved faith from clergy sexual misconduct. While I would not wish my particular path on anyone, it has broken my heart open — into a joy and understanding I never imagined possible.

None of this would have been possible without the strong hands and hearts of my NVC community. And I am particularly grateful to François for teaching me how to “dissolve enemy images” — his very practical approach to what many would call forgiveness.

For almost a year, I carried his one page handout with me everywhere, practicing its steps countless times. Forgiveness, they say, is not really for others; it’s for ourselves. Over and over, in the safety of my home, I would go through these steps and my heart would open to those who had hurt me. It even opened to denominational leaders who had turned their backs on victims.

Later, when I ran into these people, with little-to-no effort I was able to see them in their full humanity. And I could see in their faces they knew that I bore them no ill will. Some even said so or emailed me kind thank you’s for my work later on. None of this would have been possible without learning how to dissolve enemy images from François.

I am absolutely thrilled he is coming to Nashville again. I hope many others in my community benefit from François’s course as much as I have

– Anna Belle Leiserson


Living In the Blame-Free State 2-Day Workshop

March 5-6, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sunday
Green Door Gourmet, 7011 River Road Pike, Nashville, TN


Tuition: $210

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Plus a FREE, Open to the Public, NVC Intro
March 4, 2016
Basic Principles of NVC
7:00 p.m. – 9:30p.m. Friday
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville, 1808 Woodmont Blvd.

Note: Friday’s NVC intro is open to the public, independent of the workshop.

Find Out More

There was a coaching call on January 16 on the Blame-Free State. François walked through an 8-step process designed to dissolve enemy images of others and worked live with one of the Nashville callers.

Also, for more information, email