This Group is for:

  • Discussing practices for emotional intelligence, personal empowerment, compassionate communication, and positive psychology
  • Practicing applying ideas and techniques together in experiential workshops
  • Giving the community a space to share their thoughts, experiences, and progress
  • Developing friendships with people who share our values and interests
  • Supporting each other as we learn and grow
Our discussions are heavily influenced by the book Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg.
Amy Whicker
Kyle Merritt

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Our events are highly interactive workshops and socials
designed to foster connection within the community.

Some of our past topics have been:

  • Requests vs Demands in Self-Talk
  • Self-Compassion
  • NVC Apologies
  • Four Options to Respond to a Difficult Message
  • Role playing with habitual responses
  • Identify Your Core Values
  • Expanding Emotional Capacity in Stressful Situations
  • Intro to Internal Family Systems
  • Renewal: A Creative Arts Exploration
  • The Power of Empathy
  • Compassionate Interruption
  • Practicing Open-Ended Questions
  • Valentine’s Day NVC Social: Self-Love
  • Observing Without Evaluating
  • The Neuroscience of Perception and Self-Concept
  • Finding Rooted Purpose for 2021
  • Authentic Relating Social
  • IFS Partner Work
  • Befriending Your Self-Judgments
  • Exploring a Pema Chödrön excerpt

Our Upcoming Events

You can add these to your Google Calendar using this link (on a laptop or desktop) or by clicking the + icon in the lower right corner.


Join an Event

We welcome new faces at any of the events on our agenda above!

To join an event, enter this Zoom room 5 minutes before the start time listed:

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Ways to Contribute

If you appreciate Connection Collaboratory, here are some ways to support us financially.

CashApp: $cocollab
Zelle: Kyle Merritt (or) connectioncollaboratory@gmail.com
PayPal: @cocollab (or) https://www.paypal.me/cocollab

There are also volunteer opportunities. If ANY of these tasks seem like fun and you’d like to get involved, or if you have questions, please contact us!

  • Managing the email list and newsletter
  • Connecting us with awesome guest facilitator
  • Managing social media marketing and event listings
  • Facilitating workbook study groups
  • Learning about CoCollab goals to be a Volunteer Coordinator


Community Guidelines

We strive to make Connection Collaboratory a place where every participant is comfortable engaging with the group. As a member, you’ll be co-creating our shared community experience. We welcome you to share your ideas, questions, suggestions, and discussion topics!
We’d like to ask you to participate in a way that’s aligned with the group’s mission and values.
By joining this group I agree to the following:
1.) I will prioritize creating relationships over getting my way or being right.
Every interaction is a chance to build and enhance relationships. In this context, by “relationship,” we mean a series of interactions between the same people over time. We believe that by focusing on creating relationships full of mutual understanding and trust, we’re more likely to create satisfaction for ourselves and others.
2.) For each new discussion post, I will clearly state how the topic is related to emotional intelligence, interpersonal skills, compassionate communication, mindfulness, or positive psychology.
Off-topic posts may be removed.
3.) I will engage meaningfully with the group before promoting any paid events, products, or services. The content of my promotion will be relevant to the group.
If you are posting advertisements for paid events or services without being an active participating member of the group, your post may be removed.
4.) When replying or posting, I will make a purposeful attempt to see and understand the experiences of my fellow collaborators.
We believe that if we’re attempting to see and understand each other’s experiences, we’ll be more likely to have cooperation and trust. It is often more connective to ask someone what they are thinking or feeling, rather than to assume you already know.
5.) I will address the content of posts and discuss ideas rather than commenting on a fellow collaborator’s personality or attributes.
This is a place to understand each other and ideas. We believe that focusing on the content of posts rather than the attributes of the author is more likely to create the understanding and cooperation that we want. If your post starts with, “you are being…”, “you are like…”, or “you must have…” please reconsider your response.