every Monday
7:30 pm - 9 pm.


Regents Park Apartments
5050 S Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL

Nonviolent Communication Training
Certified Trainer: Dr. Hemlata Pokharna

Hema Pokharna, Ph.D. is a scientist, educator, international speaker, trainer, author, mediator, coach and director of Journeys of Life: A program to promote health, wholeness and disease prevention. Hema has also received extensive training at Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, the Center for Nonviolent Communication, and the Focusing Institute including other trainings in Alternatives to Violence, Conflict resolution and Mediation.

Hema’s approach insures that the audience becomes an active participant in learning, rather than passive recipients of information. Employing anecdotal stories, role-plays, fun learning activities and audience participation to achieve maximum involvement, the skills Hema teachs can be immediately put into practice. Her engaging style and humorous approach are designed to stimulate creativity and compassion.   Read Dr. Pokharna's detailed Biography

Trainer: Dr. Mandakini Pokharna

Nonviolent Communication trainings are taught with Mandakini Pokharna, M.D. Mandakini is specialized in internal medicine, and practices medicine in Chicago. She met Marshall Rosenberg and , also trained with him at the Center for Nonviolent Communication since 1990 . She is also trained at the the Focusing institute. She incorporates nonviolent communication and focusing skills in her medical practice. Mandakini has been offering non-violent communication co-trainings with her sister Hema since 1996.

Both Hema and Mandakini came to the United States from India. Together they have created and taught inspiring and lively workshops around the world introducing the audience to the basic skills and concepts of compassionate communication. Their workshops use a variety of practical and innovative techniques including lecture, discussion, role-playing, and story telling. The workshop is designed to stimulate thought, creativity and connection.