Enchanting voices and music bring teachings about the why and how of Nonviolent Communication. Perfect for children and adults learning about the emotion and heart that surrounds feelings and needs.


Audio Product Overview: Composed, directed by Kathleen Macferran, Music Director and Founder of Rainier Chamber Winds.

Listen to sound samples, below.

Musical Metaphors of the Heart:

Giraffe Tales evolved from a playful metaphor sometimes used in Nonviolent Communication trainings referring to NVC as “giraffe language.”

The giraffe is the land animal with the largest heart. The heart represents the place of universal feelings and needs. The giraffes’ height affords views of the distant horizon and the consequences of actions. The neck also is a reminder of the courage it takes to stick out one’s neck in service of one’s values.

“How Giraffes Found Their Hearts” and “How Giraffes Got Their Ears” are stories interwoven in a rich musical landscape and narrated by enchanting voices. Available now as an audio download or in CD format.



Sample clip of How Giraffes Found Their Hearts (3 minutes):

Sample clip of How Giraffes Got Their Ears (3 Minutes):

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Giraffe Tales
©2012 Kathleen Macferran, Strength of Connection

  • Track 1: How Giraffes Found Their Hearts (19:29)
  • Track 2: How Giraffes Got Their Ears (9:05)

Music composed by Adam Stern
Stories by Kathleen Macferran
Conductor: Kathleen Macferran
“How Giraffes Found Their Hearts” narrated by Bonnie Showers
“How Giraffes Got Their Ears” narrated by Laurence Cole
Recording and Editing by Al Swanson
Original art and graphic design by Kenneth Schrag

Rainier Chamber Winds’ Musicians:
Flute: Susan Telford
Alto flute/piccolo: Kirsten James
Oboe: Janet Putnam
Clarinet: Mary Kantor
Bassoon: Ann Kosanovic-Brown
Percussion: Beth Lenz
Trumpet: Jerry Oram
Trombone: David Ritt

Thank you to the Rainier Chamber Winds’ Board of Directors:
Julie Wieringa, Jill Skinner, Gregg Miller and Nate Glissmeyer

For my family, with love

Kathleen Macferran
Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication