Peggy Smith of Open Communication in Lincolnville will teach a one-day introduction to Nonviolent Communication as a fundraiser for WERU community radio Saturday, May 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Waterfall Arts Center, Belfast.

This lively, interactive event will give people practical skills for transforming their relationships through the power of Open Communication. The skills to communicate peacefully and powerfully with people are ones that must be learned and practiced. This day will introduce the process of Nonviolent Communication, developed by Marshall Rosenberg.

“I love teaching Nonviolent Communication,” said Smith, “because in a short period of time people can move from feeling frustrated and hopeless to self-empowered when communicating with others. It has made such a difference in my life, both within my family and when I’m speaking to people with different political views.”

Smith continued, “I enjoy many of the shows on WERU radio, and I wanted to contribute to the station’s financial sustainability, as well as offer a service to my community.”

This day, which is valued at $75, is offered to the first 30 people who register by donation. Smith explained, “People can come for whatever they are willing and able to contribute. Some people will pay less and I’m hoping some will pay more, so that this is a financially successful day for the radio station.” All proceeds from the event will go to WERU community radio.

Smith is the only Maine-based trainer certified by the Center For Nonviolent Communication ( For more information or to register, visit or call 789-5299.