The Empathy Labyrinth®
                         Joyfully Fostering Empathic Heart-to-Heart Connection

Marc Weiner, creator of the Empathy Labyrinth

The New York Times calls Marc Weiner "a gifted comic" and "absolutely charming."
His life story was told in a NY Times Magazine article,
Of God And Weinerville.
Marc Weiner is a comedian, puppeteer and television producer. His TV credits include
appearances on HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon’s “Ned’s Declassified
School Survival Guide”, as well as his own show, Nickelodeon’s “Weinerville.” He was also
a regular cast member of
Saturday Night Live and he currently is the voices of Map, and
Swiper the Fox, in the Dora the Explorer show on the Nickelodeon network.

Marc has been a student of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) for over 5 years.  He completed the 2006 BayNVC
Leadership program, and is creator of the Empathy Labyrinth. Marc teaches empathy skills to students from pre-school
thru college.  Marc also gives Empathy Labyrinth workshop to teens and adults around the world.

“Teaching empathy skills gives me hope that children (and adults) can learn to resolve differences peacefully.
I created the Empathy Labyrinth, as a fun and engaging way to teach empathy skills."

For more information on Marc Weiner please visit

What is Nonviolent Communications (NVC)?

NVC was developed by Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D.  NVC is a “language of life” that helps us to transform old patterns
of defensiveness and aggressiveness into compassion and empathy and to improve the quality of all of our
relationships. Studying and practicing NVC creates a foundation for learning about ourselves and our relationships in
every moment, and helps us to remain focused on what is happening right here, right now. Although it is a model for
communication, NVC helps us to realize just how important connection is in our lives. In fact, having the intention to
connect with ourselves and others is one of the most important goals of practicing and living NVC. We live our lives
from moment to moment, yet most of the time we are on autopilot, reacting out of habit rather than out of awareness
and presence of mind. By creating a space for attention and respect in every moment, NVC helps create a pathway and
a practice that is accessible and approachable.

(This information is from web-site)

For more information on Marshall Rosenberg and NVC please visit

The concepts in the EL are essentially the same concepts (Jackals, Observations, Feelings, Needs, and Requests) that
can be found in NVC.

I would like to acknowledge my inspiration and gratitude to some of my NVC teachers. Marshall Rosenberg, for creating
NVC.  Bridget Belgrave and Gina Lawrie, for their creative 'NVC Dance Floor Cards'  Sura Hart
and Victoria Kindle Hodson, for their inspiring 'No Fault Zone' work. Robert Gonzalez and Susan Skye, for their deeply
spiritual work on the "Beauty of the needs'. Inbal and Miki Kashtan, Meganwind Eoyang, and Jane Connor, for their
thorough and intense NVC Leadership training.

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Long Beach Students Walk the Walk
On Empathy Labyrinth

Friday, October 2, 10:15-11:15

WHAT:         In honor of the First International Day of Empathic Action and the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi,
students at Long Beach High School will learn how to ‘walk the walk’ and ‘talk the talk’ of peace,
understanding and non-violent communication on the Empathy Labyrinth. The school gymnasium will be
converted into a 30 ft. wide “labyrinth” consisting of 3 circles of words related to thoughts, feelings and
needs. As they travel through the labyrinth, participants will learn skills of empathy and communication that
will enable them to bring more compassion to their school and their world. The Empathy Labyrinth is
inspired by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg's Nonviolent Communication and is currently being used around the

WHO:        Workshop presenter Marc Weiner, who is the voice of The Map and Swiper on Nickelodeon’s Dora
the Explorer, and the creator of Nickelodeon’s Weinerville, has packed his comedic and empathic tool kit and
is taking it on the road to bring the Empathy Labyrinth to 100 specially selected Long Beach High School

WHEN:        Friday, October 2, 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.

List of past EL trainings as of 8/1/08

  • August 2-9, 2008 - The Empathy Labyrinth Week Long Intensive Training at the 2008 New York Intensive Residential Training in
    NVC @ Russell Sage College Albany, NY.
  • August 11, 2008- Kripalu Yoga Center- Lenox, Mass. - Empathy Labyrinth workshops for the Kripalu staff.
  • Springfield NVC brings Marc Weiner and his Empathy Labyrinth to Springfield Massachusetts on Sunday January  25, 2009.
  • GaNVC brings Marc Weiner and his Empathy Labyrinth to Atlanta on Sunday February 1, 2009.
  • April 23, 2009- Pace University
  • April 24-26, 2009- Kripalu Yoga Center- Stockbrigde, Mass. - with Martha Lasley, Dillian Killian, and Marc Weiner and his Empathy
  • April 12- The Inn at Pocono Manor, PA
  • April 13- The Heritage Hotel, CT
  • June 20-26, 2009- The Empathy Labyrinth Week Long Intensive Training at the 2009 New York Intensive Residential Training in
    NVC @ Binghamton University, Binghamton.
  • August 9, 2009, SuperFutures Youth Leadership Program. The New Chinese and     
       English Empathy Labyrinth will be used at Pace University, NY as part of the  
       UN and SuperFutures Youth Leadership Program.
       Literacy Building for 2-5 year olds @ Chabad of Stamford, CT every Tuesday.
  • September 3, 2009 Pre-school teacher's training Empathy Labyrinth workshop in Stamford,CT.
  • September 6 & 7, 2009-The Outdoor Empathy Labyrinth returns to Kripalu Yoga   
       Retreat Center in Stockbridge, Mass.
       Sunday night September 6th-
Guided Sunset and Moonlit Walks Through The EL by Candlelight and with live music.
       Monday morning September 7th- Walking Through the Morning Dew-Guided Walks Through the EL.
  • September 13, 2009- in Saugerties, New York. A Party to Celebrate NVC in the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains, featuring
    the Outdoor Empathy Labyrinth with creator Marc Weiner.
  • October 1, 2009 CBS Morning News to promote the International Day of Empathic Action. We had two interviews.
  • October 2, 2009- Over 10 Empathy Labyrinths around the world took part in the International Day of Empathy Action
  • October 2, 2009- Lido Beach, Long Island, NY. Marc Weiner guided over 101 Long Beach High School students through the EL as
    part of the International Day of Empathy Action.
  • October 3, 2009- Stamford, CT-
  • November 15, Syracuse, NY
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Pace University
  • Princeton, NJ
  • March 10, 2010 at the Three Village Central School District, Long Island, NY. (3) EL workshops for high school students and
  • May 28th-31st- Marc Weiner and the Outdoor EL returns to Kripalu Yoga Retreat Center in Stockbridge, Mass.
  • July 31-August 1,2010, Compassionate Communication Workshop at Pendle Hill, Wallingford,     
       PA.  Jane Connor and Marc Weiner will lead this 3 day NVC workshop. For more information    
  • 4 day puppet workshop at Camp Gan Israel, Greenwich, CT
  • July 31-August 7- New York Intensive NVC Residential Training, Geneva, NY. The outdoor EL and will be set up all week.
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