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Neuroscience Meets NVC in a Brand-New Workshop: “Parenting for Growing Brains and Growing Hearts

This Spring, a partnership that has been forming for a year, is budding and offering its first flower!  Meet Jessica Phillips-Silver, Ph.D. a neuroscientist, educator, musician and mother. Jessica does research on the musical brain at Georgetown University Medical Center in the department of neuroscience, and is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Music at Georgetown University.

Jessica found me through a referral last year and at our first meeting, we realized that our approaches on parenting, neuroscience, child development, loving guidance and nurturing empowerment were like fish in water.

It wasn’t long after that we decided we could put our own hearts and brains to develop some workshops for parents here in the DC area.

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Introducing “Parenting for Growing Brains and Growing Hearts“, a 2.5h workshop in Washington, D.C.,  May 17, 2015. It is a first in a series of workshops that what we hope to offer you.

For the first time together, we will present Jessica’s framework for parenting geared towards three major aspects of healthy brain development and joyful childhood: the ability for self control, the ability to create, and a sense of moral character. We will discuss how the arts, the school and our parenting can shape our children’s brains.

With real-life examples and experiential exercises from Mali’s work in empowerment through compassion and restorative practices, we will address these three pillars of healthy child development, and learn insights to enhance our personal parenting toolbox and better support our children and our connection to them.

We hope you can join us, and invite a parent friend or two!  And we look forward to your feedback and interest to develop more parenting workshops this next 2015-2016 school year.

In joyful service,
Mali Parke

More about Jessica:

Jessica’s research has been featured in USA Today, Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Men’s Health, NPR, and Discovery Channel. Jessica is an international speaker and also teaches locally about the effects of music, the arts and early education on brain development. Jessica applies her skills to develop practices that integrate evidence from brain science into education and arts programming for hospitals, performing artists, schools and community centers. She bases her work on a set of core principles that underlie brain development, music training, self-regulation ability and creativity. Jessica’s framework outlines specific protocols that target the parenting of young children, the fundamentals of early education, and the use of music, movement and the arts in community development, preventative medicine and healing. Jessica is the owner of JPS Research & Education, LLC, and the founder of Growing Brains™.

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Join us on November 22 for Empathy Salon & Screening of “Growing Fairness”, a RJ documentary

Get Your Tickets Here!


November Documentary Screening: “Growing Fairness”, a documentary on Restorative Justice

& Trailer Screening of “Taking Our Places”, upcoming documentary on Parenting with Mindfulness and NVC 

Saturday November 22, 7:00– 10:00pm

Offered by the Peace Circle Center and Co-Sponsored by Samsara House 2023 and the DC Alliance for Restorative Practices

7:00pm Empathy “Salon”

New Name! Previously called “Empathy Café” and offered since 2010 in Dupont Circle once a month during the school year, the gathering expanded these past few months to view documentaries focused on raising inquiries, diverse exchange and provoking new thoughts on social-change in various areas.

Using principles of nonviolence and compassion for ourselves, others and the world, based on the approach of Nonviolent Communication, Restorative practices, and collaboration, the “salon” is meant to be a place of connection, thougths exchanges and expanded curiosity for each other.

Capital NVC’s bookstore will be open during Empathy Salon. NVC cards of Feelings and Needs will be available for you to use for connection using, for instance,  “Empathy Poker,” where anyone can have a turn at sharing what’s most alive or in need of being heard and supported with empathy. Mali and possibly other facilitators of support/workshops around Nonviolent Communication principles will also gladly be available to asnwer questions and connect. (Note however that this is not a workshop and the primary vision for this evening is relaxed connection)

Dessert/Snack Potluck or Bring-Your-Own-Dinner is warmly welcomed around the documentary viewing.

If you’ve been curious about Nonviolent Communication, want to connect socially to build community, or just want to give or receive some heart-to-heart connection, come on out!

7:30pm Documentary Screening Starts –  followed by a group discussion

November Screenings:

Short Videos: “Taking Our Places” upcoming documentary trailer

Full Documentary Screening: “Growing Fairness“, a Teachers Unite documentary on Restorative Justice

Growing Fairness is a short documentary film about “growing” restorative justice in city schools. Often, passionate educators lead these cultural shifts in schools. Growing Fairness examines the historical and political context for their resistance against the norm. It also shares the voices of youth who have seized the opportunity to lead, transforming their schools and themselves in the process.

See trailer and more info at: http://www.teachersunite.net/documentary

And see questions pre- and post-viewing here for your own thought-provoking curiosity whether you attend or not:


What to Bring:
Yourself, your friend(s), a desert/snack to share, potluck-style or your own dinner. Hot water/teas will be available.

Music and movement sharing, as well as anything else supporting authentic connection, are all welcome in the later part of the evening.

Children are welcome under their parents’ care. Cooperative games and arts and crafts are available upstairs. Parents are asked to bring additional supplies, to cater to their children’s needs at all times and support clean-up at the end of the evening.

Offered by the Peace Circle Center and Co-Sponsored by Samsara House 2023 and the DC Alliance for Restorative Practices

Dupont Circle, NW Washington DC
Red Line Metro – Residential Street Parking
Private address given upon RSVP.


RSVP up to a day prior to the day you plan to attend at mali@peacecirclecenter.org or 202-257-3376 (call or text) if possible, so the house can be ready for you.

Contribution: Donation-Based. This event is joyfully offered as a gift. Any contribution given to support the event, the documentaries’ purchases/rentals and/or the Peace Circle Center and its sponsors works and visions is warmly welcomed. A donation jar will be available at the door.

For more ways to connect in community, check out:

Washington DC Area NVC Community Facebook Group

The Peace Circle Community Meetup.com or Facebook Page for parenting/education and whole-community events

About the Host/Facilitator

Mali Parke is an ICF Certified Coach focusing on Empowerment and Restorative Relating. She loves to support individuals, families, youth, educators, and teams who are looking to live life from an inspired, joyful, and consciously empowered presence as well as improve relationships with more collaboration and a restorative approach to transforming conflicts.

Mali offers workshops and one-on-one, family, and group coaching, using work and approaches from Nonviolent Communication, Leadership That Works Coaching, Restorative Circles, Peace-Making Circles, Mindfulness, Attachment Theory, Shadow Work and more with a specific focus on parenting, education, partnerships, relationships, and individual empowerment.

Mali is an avid student and practitioner herself of all of these practices and is humbled to have the two greatest teachers in her life in the disguise of her children. You can usually find her with her two kids at any local NVC camping trip and summer camp and up for any acroyoga, dancing around a campfire, and playing with friends to co-create a loving and supportive community for all ages in the DC area.

Read more about Mali’s work and services at www.core2coeur.com and www.peacecirclecenter.org. She is a recurring contributor at the local DC area NVC organization, Capital NVC as well as the regional NVC community summer camp, Family HEART Camp.