Meeting Life Transitions with Courage and Grace

Coming September 26-28:
NVC Nashville Brings Two Certified NVC Trainers Together for a Unique Workshop

Life is change. How is change affecting your life right now? Career change, empty nest, divorce, moving, retirement, health issues, dating, death, menopause, children, elderly parents, global events, personal development?

We invite you to join us and explore how to: find peace amidst the chaos, get back to balance faster, stop being hard on yourself, see beauty in the challenge, spend less time being stressed, speak your truth to anyone, ask for help when you need it.


Mary MackenzieMARY MACKENZIE, M.A., is the author of Peaceful Living: Daily Meditations for Living with Love, Healing and Compassion, executive director of Peace Workshop International and co-founder/lead trainer of NVC Academy.
Learn more about Mary.



Kathleen MacferranKATHLEEN MACFERRAN is an NVC Certified Trainer and Assessor and owner of Strength of Connection. She authored and conducted Giraffe Tales, a children’s story CD set to music.
Learn more about Kathleen.



Date and Time

September 26-28, 2014

  • Friday check-in starts at 5:30. Workshop starts promptly at 6:00.
    6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.



Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
3777 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211

The workshop will be held at the Croft Center (this is not the main entrance). We will have signs in the parking lot and at the entrance to the Croft center.


The cost of parking is included in your registration. Park in the Elephant or Bison Parking Areas. This is closest to the Croft Center, where we will be meeting. Please let the parking attendant know that you are participating in the NVC workshop.



  • Registration – $225
  • Lunch/day (Sat. and Sun.) @ $12 (see below for more information)



Having participants register before September 19 gives us enormous help and reassurance about financial and logistical planning for the workshop. We look forward to accommodating all who wish to attend, but we do have some space limitations on Friday evening and need lunch requests in advance. For those registering after the 21st, we’ll appreciate your flexibility as we try to make needed adjustments. And we appreciate your consideration of this timing request as you make your registration plans.

Your Name


Workshop Description

Would you like to learn:

  • How to be present when challenges arise?
  • How to get support from others?
  • Skills to be an empathetic listener when someone else is experiencing a transition in their life?

Mary and Kathleen have personally walked through numerous life transitions in their lives. Speaking about the last few years they say:

“Between us we’ve lost 3 parents, 3 other family members, and close friends; reevaluated old relationships and created new ones; implemented a full-scale company reorganization; stripped away layers of masks that have hidden our authenticity; and accompanied others through major life transitions of their own. The journey through transitions continues as we still find ourselves offering companionship to family and friends living with terminal illnesses and other significant life-altering changes.

“Two qualities keep emerging through it all: courage and grace.”



Lunch will be provided by the zoo at a cost to participants of $12/day, paid when checking in at the workshop.

The zoo provides lunches for different needs and preferences, but our contract with them does not allow us to bring in individual lunches into the venue space. We realize this is a change for those accustomed to bringing their lunch. Although we regret not having that option, we have decided that the benefits of having the workshop at the zoo outweigh this drawback. If you have questions, please contact Fifi Johnson at



If you need further information, please contact Fifi Johnson at


Other Information

Purchase Mary Mackenzie’s book Peaceful Living: Daily Meditations for Living with Love, Healing, and Compassion.

“When I was young, I used to put up walls between myself and other people the minute I felt hurt, angry, sad, or vulnerable. As an adult I started to focus on the needs I was trying to meet. When I caught myself building walls to protect myself, I literally asked myself if I needed protection in the situation. I found that I was almost never in danger; protecting myself was an old outdated habit. The more I focused on the needs I wanted to meet and asked myself if I really needed protection, the more my defensive habits dwindled away.”

– Mary Mackenzie, Peaceful Living: Daily Meditations for Living with Love, Healing, and Compassion

See Kathleen Macferran speaking at TEDx: