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Experience the magic of a year-long NVC learning community. Our theme is drawn from the Centre for Nonviolent Communication’s Certification Preparation Packet, which provides a complete journey from initial encounters with Nonviolent Communication to advanced NVC mediation and facilitation skills.

Are you longing to be part of a year-long NVC learning community, and struggling to afford even the bottom of the sliding scale? Get in touch with us and we might be able to offer you one of four half-price scholarships at £850.00 for all five modules, food, accommodation and tuition included!

Knowing: learn and clarify the concepts of Nonviolent Communication.
Living: Embody the compassionate consciousness of NVC in your daily life, including spirituality and social change.
Sharing: Get support to share Nonviolent Communication skills with others at home, work and in workshops settings.

This Year Training course is based on the intention and skills of Nonviolent Communication (NVC). The fifteen days of the training count towards CNVC certification. There are five modules in the Year Training between October 2017 and July 2018. Each module is a three-day, residential course held at PETT, near Cheltenham.

All modules are led by Shantigarbha and Gesine Schrader.

Ready to book? Use the Year Training 2017-18 application form.

About the Training: What is Nonviolent Communication (NVC)?

NVC was developed by Marshall Rosenberg over a period of forty years as a response to one simple yet powerful question: why do some people continue to act compassionately, even in deeply challenging situations? NVC is now being used by a worldwide network of trainers and practitioners in fields such as education, parenting, mediation, conflict resolution, psychotherapy, and social change. Further introduction to NVC.

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Participants on the 2017 Year Training

New this year: Facilitation Track

A special track on the 2017–18 Year Training if you want to concentrate on the facilitation aspects of NVC.

  • Explore facilitation skills, including planning sessions, brief empathy and how to “hold” a group.
  • Practise offering NVC exercises and Dance Floors with feedback from a trainer.
  • Enjoy the mutual support of others on the Facilitation Track.
  • Enjoy support and suggestions on how to progress on your own path as an NVC trainer.

Who’s it for? To support clarity and depth on this track, we’re inviting only those who have attended the five modules of the 2016-17 Year Training.

Who will benefit from attending the course?

The modules of this training are open to people of all levels of NVC skill and experience, from complete newcomers to those already sharing NVC. You will gain:

  • Opportunities for healing and learning a process you can use to support others.
  • Developing your communication skills to improve relationships at home and work.
  • Learning and support from fellow-participants in an on-going NVC community.
  • Ideas and support to create the kind of world you want to live in.

In retrospect I thought the men’s/women’s circles very rewarding. I feel as a consequence that I have far greater visceral understanding, connection and movement around women’s issues. Yes quite a remarkable experience all in all.
I also liked immeasurably the session on money. I have engaged in what I might have considered far riskier projects since this session. If money cannot support life, what’s the point of it???? Love it.
But perhaps the biggest impact on myself was the sense of shedding a skin, a way of being or behaving. It did at one stage leave me feeling a stranger in a foreign land without a map or a guide. Indeed one morning I couldn’t answer the question why get up out of bed. I thought I had lost the will to live. In transition? Very definitely. So once again I am reminded if not downright awestruck by the enormous power of NVC work. I can’t quite see how it brings about these wonderfully powerful healthy impacts on people other than to acknowledge that it does.

Grahame Rourke