Nonviolent Communication expert Peggy Smith of Lincolnville gives a presentation titled “Beyond Judgment: Exploring the Science of Empathy,” at Quarry Hill Feb. 15 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The program will be offered free of charge. The snow date is Wednesday, Feb. 22.

Smith’s interactive presentation will interweave the principles of Nonviolent Communication with recent scientific findings about the ways in which human brains interact. She will invite attendees to experience the “calming gift” of empathy and explore ways to connect with people, even those with controversial or conflicting points of view. She’ll also guide participants in a discussion of what judgmental thinking may teach us about ourselves and how to turn such thoughts into positive, life-serving energy.

Smith is certified as a Nonviolent Communication educator by the International Center for Nonviolent Communication ( She is a cofounder of the Maine NVC Network, creator of the online curriculum Courageous Communication and runs two consulting businesses — Open Communication, serving individuals, and Clarity Services, serving businesses and nonprofits.

Advance registration for Smith’s presentation is required. To sign up, call Quarry Hill at 921-6116 or email