Netherlands March 2016

Center for Nonviolent Communicationsm
Netherlands, March 6 - March 15, 2016

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: English, with Dutch translation.Marianne Goethlin

TrainerMarianne Göthlin lives in Sweden, has been practicing and integrating NVC for 20 years and was certified as CNVC trainer in 1998.The last 10 years Marianne has shared NVC internationally, has worked together with many trainers and has served as a trainer on IITs together with Marshall Rosenberg. Since 1990 she has worked in education, with teachers, parents and young people using the process of Nonviolent Communication to foster compassionate relations in learning environments.

In 1998 she co-founded a school based on NVC values and principles outside Stockholm. In 2009 she participated in initiating “NVC in Education Europe” a program with the intention of supporting the development of Nonviolent Education in European school systems. During 2015 this program is renewed under the name Peach Education (  Marianne is appreciated for embodying the subtle power of empathic presence where there is a space for everyone to

Dorset Campbell-RossTrainer: Gina Lawrie lives in Surrey, UK. She has been a certified trainer since 1997 and integrated NVC into her practice as a consultant, coach and trainer in both personal and organisational development.  Being a facilitator of Open Space (OST), she recognized the synergy between OST and NVC and facilitated the first two giraffe conventions as well as other events since then. She may be best known in the NVC community for co-creating the NVC Dance Floors with Bridget Belgrave. This innovative method for sharing and practicing NVC is now translated into seven languages -

Gina has worked internationally, introducing NVC to Australia, Singapore and New Zealand. She is an experienced assessor for certification with CNVC, and has trained on previous IIT's both with and without Marshall. From 2007 to 2012 Gina was a trainer with the NVC Training Institute, a collaboration of six trainers who offered in-depth residential retreats "Living Energy of Needs" worldwide.

Jan's ProfileTrainer: Jan van Koert is a certified trainer for Nonviolent Communication since 1999. He met Marshall Rosenberg at International Intensive Trainings in 1999 and in 2007. His background is as an Electronics Engineer. From there he switched into natural healing, coaching and counseling, sound healing and NVC. Jan started to deliver NVC trainings from 2001 and has since made it his full time occupation. Vine coaching & training, established in January 1998, was born from Jan’s quest for what is really important in his life - a search triggered by a 30-year management career in business.

Since 2007 Jan has offered 12 trainings in Kenya, 3 times in Sierra Leone and once in South Africa. In his home country he works amongst others with the general public, judges, prosecutors, mediators, lawyers, technicians, medical doctors and teams in organisations.

Jan have written a book in Dutch on the NVC basics (also available as an audiobook) and developed a DVD on the basics of NVC. Furthermore, since 2008, he offers each year a yearlong Train the NVC Trainer course with Martin van der Meulen and he brought the yearlong mediation training "Mediate your life" developed by John Kinyon and Ike Lasater to the Netherlands in collaboration with Christiaan Zandt.

Trainer: Martin van der Meulen is an industrial engineer and has fulfilled various management positions at government institutions and in commercial companies. Living in Brazil for 2,5 years he was touched by NVC in 2001 and since then has spent most of his time to learn, live and share NVC. He helped set up NVC-Brazil, co-founded the Dutch-speaking NVC-circle, started the yearly NVC-festival and, together with his colleague Jan van Koert, trained about 100 people to share NVC as a trainer.

In 2004 Martin became a certified trainer and, in that same year, started Ai-opener. Ai-opener is a NVC training institute offering a wide range of NVC-training to individuals and designing in-company programs for organisations. With Ai-opener his dream is to humanize the workplace by teaching NVC skills and consciousness to 1% of the Dutch labour force (70.000 people). Together with 4 other certified trainers they are now offering NVC to a variety of organizations. From companies like Microsoft, ABNAMRO, KLM and AkzoNobel to hospitals, educational institutes, NGO’s, public transport and government institutions:

Together with his wife and their four children they live near the sea. The connection with the beach, dunes and sea support him in balancing the variety of needs he wants to fulfil in life.

Castle The BercktVenue: Castle Farm De Berckt
De Berckt 1, 5991 PD Baarlo, Nederland

The IIT is taking place at the country estate Castle The Berckt which is located 7 km Southwest of Venlo. We will be in the rebuilt Castle farm. The ecofriendly architecture makes the Castle farm a prominent feature of recycling – nowadays called Cradle to Cradle: the walls are the original stones from the citywall of Venlo, maximum use is being made from natural materials such as natural stone and clay, and the art is created with paint from the eco station.

The country estate offers small walking trails, forest and on walking distance – travel the river by a small ferry - you find the monastery village Steijl.

By air:
The main airport in the Netherlands is Amsterdam-Schiphol (AMS) which is about 2 hours car driving distance from the venue.
There are also a number of small international airports near Baarlo serving most major airlines and some budget airlines. They have good connections to all major European hubs.Car driving distance from those airports to the venue are:
Eindhoven (EIN) about 45 minutes
Maastricht (MST) about 40 minutes
Weeze (NRN) in Germany about 45 minutes

By car:
From the A67 Eindhoven/Venlo to take turn Venlo-West/Maastricht, following N273 in the direction of Baarlo. Just before Baarlo (opposite campsite De Berckt) you turn left.
From A73 Nijmegen, you take the N273 in the direction of Baarlo.
From Roermond, you take the Napoleonsbaan N273 direction Venlo. When you've passed Baarlo you turn right (opposite Campsite De Berckt).

By public transport:
From railway station Venlo you take bus 77 in the direction of Roermond and get of at stop De Berckt. From there it is about a 5 minutes walk to the venue.

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 local currency to the venue) - as outlined in the table below.

Early Bird Discount: Receive 15% off tuition on payments received in full by 6 September, 2015 (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 6 December, 2015 (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).

Scholarships: The due date for Scholarship Applications for this IIT is 6 December, 2015 (3 months prior to the start of the IIT.)

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

Accommodation Type

Accommodation Fee per person payable to the venue

Tuition Fee payable to CNVC

Single occupancy

724,50 Euro/Person


Double occupancy

544,50 Euro/Person


Triple occupancy

454,50 Euro/Person


More bed occupancy (4,5 or 6 people)

399,00 Euro/Person


All rooms with private bathroom. Prices including meals, coffee and tea. 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.
  2. Applications sent before February 6, 2016 need to include full or partial payment, with a minimum of $100. The balance is due on February 6, 2016. For applications sent on or after February 6, 2016 please include full tuition fees
  3. CNVC and organizer team 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 or contact the organizers of the Netherlands IIT: Thera Balvers via thera [dot] balvers [at] gmail [dot] com / mob: +31 618156477 or Dionne Verbeet via fluxcc [at] live [dot] com / mob: +31 629158184

IIT Nick Name: 
Netherlands March 2016
Sun, 2016-03-06 12:00 - Tue, 2016-03-15 16:00


Castle Farm De Berckt
De Berckt 1
Baarlo 5991 PD
Thera Balvers
Dionne Verbeet
Marianne Göthlin
Gina Lawrie
Jan van Koert
Martin van der Meulen
CNVC IIT Administrator: 
Danielle Beenders

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