As communications facilitator Loretta, has been involved in deeply personal and profound experience of Nonviolent/Compassionate Communication – the work of Marshall Rosenberg. She is grateful for over 20 years of learning through the Center for Nonviolent Communication. Internationally, Loretta has cultivated meaningful experience through:

  • Membership with The Stand Community Organizing Centre, Treaty 6, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • NVC Global Rising 1 & 2 Flying Giraffe volunteer and participation
  • Support for Connection Action Project, Deep Listening Post, United States
  • Live Skype/Zoom Empathy support connecting globally with participants
  • Compassionate interaction on social media groups such as Facebook NVC Empathy Practice or Yahoo NVC synergy groups
  • 50 hours of tele-empathy celebrating IDEA (International Day of Empathic Action)
  • The Occupy Love and Occupy Together Activist Support movement in United States

Loretta thrives learning and sharing more about Interpersonal Neurobiology, Interconnected Globally informed Privilege and Social Location. Loretta aims to create conditions for a world that works for everyone through Gift Economy relationship based community peace-building.


Saskatoon International Online Empathy Practice via Zoom
Contact Loretta if you are interested in joining
Tuesdays and Thursdays
noon to 1pm (-6gmt)
Facilitator: Loretta Iris

Empathy Practice
Once a month practice group
upon request
Open Group~(contact Loretta) requested familiarity with book practice
Nonviolent Communication:
A Language of Life

Postponed during Covid** John Lake Parent Center
Nonviolent Communication: A Language for Life Book Study

Bi-Weekly Parenting Group
(2nd and 4th Wednesdays 1pm to 3pm)

Facilitator: Loretta Iris

Locally, Loretta’s continued engagement with NVC encourages growth and expansion in Saskatoon. Loretta offers facilitation of NVC learning based on her experience through book reads, deep sharing practice groups and learning gatherings.

Loretta has enjoyed immersion learning through  Center for Nonviolent Communication April 2014  International Intensive Training
(click here for IIT information)

Poems for reflection:

What are heavy?

What are heavy?
Sea-sand and sorrow;
What are brief?
Today and tomorrow;
What are frail?
Spring blossoms and youth;
What are deep?
The ocean and truth.

Christina Rossetti

The House of the Trees

Ope’ your doors and take me in,
Spirit of the wood;
Wash me clean of dust and din,
Clothe me in your mood.

Take me from the noisy light
To the sunless peace,
Where at midday standeth Night
Signing Toil’s release.

All your dusky twilight stores
To my senses give;
Take me in and lock the doors,
Show me how to live.

Lift your leafy roof for me,
Part your yielding walls,
Let me wander lingeringly
Through your scented halls.

Ope’ your doors and take me in,
Spirit of the wood;
Take me – make me next of kin
To your leafy brood.

Ethelwyn Wetherald

High Ground

Across the meadow flecks
of elk congregate into the dark.

Their hooves mark the soaked hillock
rimming the pond. A garter

snake zags, silvery as lightning.
Through scrub brush a shade ripples,

crosses ancient earth mounds
where, during the Bear Dance, sage sprigs

once topped every stone altar.
A meteor plunges fast

as Great Horned Owl swerves
across rooftop at sun-fall.

Along the ridge a coyote yowls,
echoes by others from all corners.

The song chills the dead, wakes the living.

Elise Paschen

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