Yes to Life - A Heart to Heart Program

Do you desire to be a healing presence in an increasingly divided world?


Do you want to grow in your ability to transform conflict?


Do you want to be part of a diverse community committed to growing in compassion?              

Then, the Yes to Life program may be for you.

Yes to Life - 2022

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A 7-month learning journey (May through December)
Informed by Robert Gonzales' Living Compassion and Marshall Rosenberg's Nonviolent Communication

Each month focuses on a theme central to cultivating our natural capacity to receive from and cooperate with Life.


Themes include:

  • Distinguishing What Is from Interpretations of What Is

  • Attuning to Life and the Living Energy of Needs

  • Self-compassion and Translating Judgment

  • Empathy and Full-bodied Listening

  • Discernment and the Heart Dance Tool for Discernment


The Yes to Life program has four elements: monthly whole group gatherings around a theme, practice sessions once or twice a month, empathy buddy meetings, and one's own personal practice. The whole group gatherings will be on the second Saturday of each month, from 10am to 1pm.

Prior to the launching of the program in May, four sample sessions, Heart to Heart Saturdays will be offered March 5 and 26, April 9 and 30. Each session will have a distinct theme and will be held from 10am to 11:30am ET. Learn more and Register for one or all of these Heart to Heart sample sessions


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About the Trainers

Janine Harris Degitz has been studying Nonviolent Communication (NVC) since 2005 with a primary focus on Robert Gonzales's work of Living Compassion. She is a graduate of Robert's 2009-2010 LIFE program and was an assistant for Robert in the 2012-2013 LIFE program in Portland, OR.  She was deeply inspired by Robert's embodiment of living compassion and has spent over 700 hours practicing and supporting Robert and his work. In addition to teaching and learning NVC, Janine is a certified facilitator with the MNDFL 3.0 certification program. Janine’s deep commitment to building relationships led her to  co-create a community based program called Honest Dialogue - with the goal of bringing community care, social justice and equity into relationships at work, school, families and communities. She holds a Master’s degree in Restorative Practices from the International Institute for Restorative Practices. Janine also teaches mindfulness, biodynamic beekeeping, resilience-based trauma responsive care, reiki and Urban Zen Mindfulness and Movement. She lives in Columbus Ohio with her life partner, two adult children, faithful dog and several hives of bees. 

Steve Tumolo is an educator who accompanies learners through transitional and transformational moments of their lives. He brings together Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication, Christian faith, and the body’s natural capacity for healing. He is Theology teacher at Fontbonne Academy, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, T’ai Chi Chih instructor, and certified trainer for the Center for Nonviolent Communication. Steve has a master’s degree in theology from the Maryknoll School of Theology and is a PhD candidate in leadership at Gonzaga University. Steve’s work with incarcerated men and women has been featured in NBC News, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and New Jersey Monthly. He is the recipient of the Elizabeth Ann Bogert Memorial Award for the Study and Practice of Christian Mysticism and the Environmental Achievement Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency. He lives on Boston’s South Shore with his wife Julene.