Audio Library

Nonviolent Communication Trainer and coach, Rachelle Lamb reflects on the ways language reveals deeply embedded beliefs and how an emotionally-intelligent language can shift perspectives and create new ways of relating to ourselves, to others, and to the natural world. This is a thoughtful and poignant interview about the possibilities that arise when we shed conflictual ways of relating and communicating and shift into a new language paradigm. (April 2017)


Effective Communication
June 21, 2015
Presentation Recording

A talk given by Rachelle at the Church of Truth on effective communication .. which is more plea to consider deep things than it is instructional. Topics included Integrity, To Kill A Mockingbird, Marshall Rosenberg and Nonviolent Communication, the power of language, In the Shadow of Wounded Knee (National Geographic Aug 2012), Gandhi, Loaves and Fishes by David Whyte, A Ritual to Read to Each Other by William Stafford. The talk ends with Rachelle singing It Could Be A Wonderful World by Pete Seeger.


Relating, Language + Poetry
January 22, 2015
Show Host: Carmen Spagnola

Rachelle Lamb specializes in conflict resolution and breakthrough conversations. In this intimate conversation, Rachelle invites us to explore our inner landscape. The vivid imagery in her speech is lyrical and so pleasing to listen to. Enjoy sitting in with us as we share some poetry, some laughs, and some soul food in this episode.


Wild At Heart
February 26, 2013
Show Host: Jennifer Summerfeldt

In early 2013, Jennifer Summerfeldt approached me asking to interview me. She wanted to explore the theme Wild at Heart, wanting to know how I lived it in my own life. It was an absolute delight to speak with her.


Speak To Me Like You Love Me
March 20, 2011
Show Host: Wendy McDonnell
Listen from Family Matters website

Rachelle says, “What if separation is embedded in the very words we speak? We are wired for care and compassion. What language do we speak?” Listen to this show about daring to live an authentic life with the ones we love.

Rachelle encourages parents to bear in mind:

  • Do your best to remember what it was like to be a child first before you try to civilize your child.
  • Some of your problems have nothing to do with communication. Questions like “How do I get my child to…?” indicate systemic challenges. Parents are often doing the work of a village feeling tired and frustrated and need help. Do your best to build community and self-compassion.
  • Children respond very well to needs language. When they ask “why?” or say “no”, they likely want to understand the life and meaning in what we’re asking for.

Joseph Chilton Pearce wrote in The Biology of Transendence: A Blueprint of the Human Spirit, “All of us know intuitively that we are not by nature savage beasts. Fewer, however, are aware that we are driven to some fairly beastly behaviors by enculturation, despite the fact that the process itself is supposed to prevent this.”


Nonviolent Communication, Dissolving Separation and Giving Birth to a New World
January 5, 2011
Show Host: Peter Tongue

There is no doubt that we are at an evolutionary threshold ... a time where the divide between science and spirituality is rapidly dissolving ... a time where we are waking up to the highly active role we play in a cause and effect world. And yet, despite our growing awareness, language itself and its direct impact on shaping our reality and relationships, receives sparse attention. Because it is acquired so early and we are therefore fused with it, our every day usage escapes scrutiny as a significant contributor to much of the conflict we face. It is rare in fact in situational conflict for us to examine how our mainly conditioned and thereby unconscious choice of words is not only reactive but also causal. During this hour, Rachelle shares with Peter the ways in which language and communication is leading the way to a new and exciting frontier of possibility. In practical terms, how our chosen words can effectively dissolve conflict and the accompanying illusion of separation which so pains us. Challenging, powerful and illuminating ... tune in to learn how what we say matters so very much.

There is no doubt that we are at an evolutionary threshold ... a time where the divide between science and spirituality is rapidly dissolving ... a time where we are waking up to the highly active role we play in a cause and effect world. And yet, despite our growing awareness, language itself and its direct impact on shaping our reality and relationships, receives sparse attention. Because it is acquired so early and we are therefore fused with it, our every day usage escapes scrutiny as a significant contributor to much of the conflict we face. It is rare in fact in situational conflict for us to examine how our mainly conditioned and thereby unconscious choice of words is not only reactive but also causal. During this hour, Rachelle shares with Peter the ways in which language and communication is leading the way to a new and exciting frontier of possibility. In practical terms, how our chosen words can effectively dissolve conflict and the accompanying illusion of separation which so pains us. Challenging, powerful and illuminating ... tune in to learn how what we say matters so very much.