2016 Mexico IIT

Center For NonviolentCommunicationsm
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Tepoztlán, México, September 1-10, 2016

Basic Information Sheet (BIS)

Program: This International Intensive Training (IIT) is a 9-day, Nonviolent Communication “immersion experience.” It is a residential workshop led by a team of experienced CNVC certified trainers.

The purpose of this IIT training is to offer people the opportunity to live the process of Nonviolent Communication in community over an extended period of time, in order to develop Nonviolent Communication knowledge, skills and consciousness.

Seminar Language: SPANISH ONLY

Selene AitkenTrainer: Selene Aitken grew up in Buenos Aires. She graduated from Georgetown University's School of Languages and Linguistics and received a Master's in Education from Stanford University.

She became a certified NVC trainer in 2007. She serves on the board of the Oregon Network for Compassionate Communication (ORNCC.) Selene has taught NVC in Afghanistan, Syria, Jordan, El Salvador, Colombia and Buenos Aires as well as in the United States. In addition to teaching NVC and facilitating mediations and group meetings, she teaches English to adults in a program for families. She has a strong interest in restoring kinship in families with adult children challenged by issues such as estrangement, conflict and dependence. Her work is enriched by more than 25 years of meditation practice and current studies in interpersonal neurobiology.

Selene is the mother of two adult sons. She loves being in nature in all ways. She enjoys walking, swimming, dancing, doing yoga, reading, writing and spending time with her partner and many friends. www.TheDanceofCommunication.com


Alan SeidTrainer: Alan Seid:  Alan grew up bilingual and bicultural in Mexico City, Mexico. He began studying NVC in 1995, attended an IIT in 1999, worked as Marshall Rosenberg’s Spanish interpreter in Colombia in 1999, and completed certification as a trainer in 2003. He has taught NVC in Mexico City, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, and San Jose, Costa Rica.

Alan works with people who are committed to both making a difference in the world as well as to their own personal growth and development. He offers online and offline trainings as well as coaching, to help people be the most powerful change agents they can be.

Alan lives in Washington State, USA, with his family, and maintains close ties with friends and family in Mexico.


Myra Walden Trainer: Myra Walden Myra holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master's degree in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She has practiced psychotherapy since 1991. Trained and certified by Marshall Rosenberg, the developer of Nonviolent Communication, she is a certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication. Since 2000,

Myra has taught Nonviolent Communication in social service organizations, corporations, schools and churches in the United States and Mexico. Originally from Mexico, she conducts seminars on the Mexican culture to enhance mental health professionals' and educators' efficacy in working with Mexican clients and students. She is co-founder of the Institute for Empowering Communication. She enjoys nature, meditation, connecting with her husband and friends over dinner, Mozart, reading, yoga, aerobics and weight lifting. www.empoweringcommunicationinc.net


David ShindollTrainer: David Shindoll:  David holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Colorado College and a master’s degree in education from Loyola University. David has been studying NVC since 1999 and became a certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication in 2010. In 2009, David co-founded the Rocky Mountain Compassionate Communication Network. David has worked with children and their families for over 25 years in a variety of contexts from villages for abandoned children in Costa Rica, to Montessori schools in Taiwan, Bolivia, and the United States. David has been a teacher trainer in language at the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies and currently works with 1st graders as a literacy interventionist. David lives with his wife and daughter in Denver, Colorado. David’s passions include yoga, reading, being in nature, contributing to children and their families, and exploring how to live life from presence, truth, and compassion.


Pilar de la Torre CalvoTrainer Pilar de la Torre Calvo: Pilar holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and is a trained Gestalt psychotherapist (trained in Madrid, Paris and Brussels), as well as in Sociocratics, Restorative Circles, and IFS with Richard C. Schwarz. She is a tenured professional for psychology therapists in Spain's Public Health system. 

She is a certified instructor with the Non Violent Communication Center.

She's the current director of the Instituto de Comunicación No Violenta in Madrid. Her time is devoted to this, as well as to her thirty year long work training  psychotherapist professionals, and her practice as a personal coach.

She was born in Spain in 1963, and lives in Madrid, although she travels much through Spanish speaking countries teaching Non Violent Communication. She enjoys nature, animals, music, dancing... and is very confident that through mutual support it is possible to find life and peace in any situation.



Venue: Villa María Inmaculada

​Carretera Tepoztlán-Yautepec s/n
Esquina Camino a Mextitla.
Fraccionamiento Valle de Atongo,
Tepoztlán Morelos.
C.P. 62520

Villa Maria Inmaculada is a retreat center located on the outskirts of the beautiful town of Tepoztlan in the warm state of Morelos, in Mexico. It has a great view of the Tepoztecos, a series sacred rocky mountains. The center is run by nuns of the Orden Misioneros de Cristo Rey. The accommodation is very nice, all rooms are sunny, and there are double or single rooms. (Depending on availability at the time of enrollment).

Travel: Travel instructions.

From Mexico City: Once you are in Mexico City, catch a bus to the town of Tepoztlan. Buses leave regularly (at 30 minute intervals) from the bus terminus "Central de Autobuses del Sur Taxqueña". Take the first class OCC. The first counter on the right hand side of the station lobby. Journey is about one hour. Cost of ticket is $116 pesos, about US$10. The bus will drop you at the  Tepoztlan Gas Station (Tepoztlan doesn't have its own bus station), the bus will go on to another destination afterwards, so make sure to get off. There you'll take a Taxi. There will be several taxis ready to take you. Ask the driver to take you to Villa Maria Inmaculada, they are all familiar with the place. Normal price for the taxi to Villa Inmaculada is $35 pesos. (About US$2.50), it's a 10 to 15 minute ride.  They'll drop you at the gate of Villa Maria Inmaculada. Ring the bell.

From Mexico City airport: You can either take a Taxi to the Terminal del Sur Tasqueña, and follow the above instructions, or take the bus at the airport to the town of Cuernavaca (ask at the Information desk for the airport Bus terminal). The line is "Pullman de Morelos". You'll have to get off at Cuernavaca, and then catch a bus to Tepoztlan. Once in Tepoztlan follow the above instructions.

Participants are asked to wait until their registration in the IIT has been confirmed before booking travel reservations.

Fee:Total IIT Fees consists of a tuition fee (payable in US Dollars to CNVC) and accommodation fee (payable in Mexican Pesos to the venue Villa María Inmaculada) - as outlined in the table below.

Early Bird Discount: Receive 15% off tuition on payments received in full by March 1, 2016 (6 months prior to start of IIT). Tuition Fee Payable to CNVC under this option is $1,989.

Receive 10% off tuition on payments received in full by June 1, 2016 (3 months prior to start of IIT). Tuition Fee Payable to CNVC under this option is $2,106.

Other discounts: If you are a registered certification candidate with CNVC or have attended a CNVC IIT before, we offer you 15% discount off tuition (not to be combined with other offers).

Latin American Tuition Rate: If you are a resident of Mexico or any country in Latin America, please contact the organizer for the local adjusted tuition rate. If you are eligible for the Latin American Tuition Rate, early enrollment discounts will not apply.

Note: The due date for Scholarship Applications for this IIT is June 1, 2016 (3 months prior to the start of the IIT.)

IIT Options and Fees (for 9-day training):  

Accommodation Type 

Accommodation Fee Payable to Venue
(in MXN - Mexican Pesos)

Tuition Fee Payable to CNVC in US Dollars.

Single occupancy

6750 MXN/person

USD 2340

Double occupancy

5850 MXN/person

USD 2340


4950 MXN/person

USD 2340

Prices including meals. The venue offers vegetarian and non-vegetarian (meals with meat) options. Please indicate your choice in the IIT application form.

How to register

  1. Click here to fill out the online IIT Application Form, and tuition payment in US Dollars to CNVC. You can also fill out an IIT Application Form in Spanish.
  2. Applications sent before August 1, 2016 need to include full or partial payment, with a minimum of $100. The balance is due on August 1, 2016. For applications sent on or after August 1, 2016 please include full tuition fees
  3. CNVC usually acknowledges your application within 5 business days; please contact the IIT department if you did not receive an acknowledgement within this time.
  4. Once you have been enrolled, the organizer will provide you with details about the accommodation according to your choices. Payment regarding  the accommodation will be directly to the venue at the IIT.

For questions please contact the IIT Department at +1 505-244-4041 or email at iit [at] cnvc [dot] org.

IIT Nick Name: 
2016 Mexico IIT 2
Thu, 2016-09-01 18:00 - Sat, 2016-09-10 12:00


Villa María Inmaculada Tepoztlan
Facility Name: 
Villa María Inmaculada
Carmen Calderón
Myra Walden
Alan Seid
Selene Aitken
David Shindoll
CNVC IIT Administrator: 
Danielle Beenders

The Center for Nonviolent Communication
9301 Indian School Rd NE Suite 204
Albuquerque, NM 87112-2861 USA
Tel: +1.505.244.4041 | Fax: +1.505.247.0414 | US Only: 800 255 7696

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