Co-Creating Thriving Communities

October 23 – December 11, 2021

An 8-week on-line course in foundational practices for conscious communication, community building, and core relational skills

Course Content

The Co-Creating Thriving Communities course is based on and integrates:


  • Nonviolent Communication
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology & Trauma Healing
  • Internal Family Systems Therapy
  • Restorative Justice
  • Addressing Power & Privilege

With hands-on practices to support community well-being, including:

  • Creating connection and trust
  • Cultivating self-compassion and emotional self-regulation
  • Empathic listening and self-responsible communication
  • Mediating interpersonal tension and conflict
  • Addressing issues of power and inclusion while caring for connection
  • Giving and receiving clear, constructive feedback


The Course runs from October 23 until December 11, 2021 and consists of Community Learning Sessions and weekly Pod Practice Sessions.

Community Learning Sessions are 120 minute sessions that occur every other week on Zoom and include instruction, demonstration, and hands-on practice. They occur on alternating Saturdays from 10am-12pm Pacific Time (9am-11am Alaska; 11am-1pm Mountain; 12-2pm Central; 1-3pm Eastern):

  • October 23
  • November 6
  • November 20
  • December 4


Pod Practice Sessions are a weekly deepening practice time in small groups of 2-5 people, to integrate, apply, and embody the learning from the course. Practice templates will be provided for each week. You will meet at a time that works for your schedule, for 60-120 minutes, either on Zoom or in person, depending on your circumstances and preference. Your schedule will be matched with others from the course to form your pod practice group, or you are invited to form a group with people who sign up for the course with you. (See below for information regarding group rates for the course.)


Karl is passionate about facilitating compassionate, transformational learning spaces. He has over 25 years experience providing communication training and conflict facilitation to intentional communities and organizations across North America, Europe and Asia, and has lived in intentional community throughout this time. Karl’s clients have included over 20 co-housing and intentional communities, as well as organizations such as Netflix, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and the University of Michigan. 

Background and Training:

  • CNVC Certified Trainer in Nonviolent Communication since 2008
  • Levels 1-3 Training in Internal Family Systems therapy
  • 20 years experience in Mediation, Conflict Facilitation and Restorative Justice
  • Multiple Trainings in Power & Privilege and Anti-Oppression with the People’s Institute Northwest, the Process Work Institute, and the Thoughtful Workplace

Karl Steyaert, MS, MA


Karl is a skillful, knowledgeable, open-hearted leader who is a gifted teacher. He artfully and soulfully nurtured a container in which each participant shared deeply, laughed joyfully, tried new behaviors, and gave support to each other.

James Crowfoot
Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan

Karl Steyaert is truly a force of nature. This man has one of the most robust skill-sets of anyone you’ll ever meet who specializes in learning and interpersonal and group process work. Karl’s breadth and depth of knowledge and experience is nothing short of remarkable. He has been, is, and will be a huge asset to any group or organization with whom he works.

Alan Seid
Director, Cascadia Workshops

Thank you for a deeply moving two days where I practiced and learned more about getting deeply in touch with that place in myself where I can feel within, and see and listen to other people more clearly. Your communication style gets through all my defenses as I do this work.

Arlyn Osborne
Trauma Therapist



We aspire to contribute to economic equity in the world and to make it possible for everyone who wishes to participate in the Co-Creating Thriving Communities course to be able to do so.

Group Rates: Transformational work is most effective and long-lasting when undertaken with friends and fellow community-members, so we encourage you to invite other people who might be interested to join you in the course. You will receive a $10 discount for each person you invite who registers, and they will also receive $10 off. Groups of 5 or more people receive a rate of $200/person. Ask about community rates for groups of 10 or more people.

Scholarships: Need-based scholarships are available for those with financial constraints. More information on the registration form.


To register for Co-Creating Thriving Communities, follow the link below