Trainer Candidate Community Program (TCCP)



Trainer Candidate Community Path (TCCP)
Main contact: Kathleen Macferran, CNVC Certified Trainer & Assessor/Advocate
Collaborator/Advisor: Karl Steyaert, CNVC Certified Trainer & Assessor/Advocate


  1. Living, learning and sharing NVC in community
  2. Contributing to the sharing of NVC with integrity and consciousness
  3. Exploring one's passion and potential to serve Life
  4. Co-creating a peaceful, sustainable world

This program is for CNVC trainer candidates who would like to:

  1. Explore the certification path in community
  2. Co-create structures for personal and community development
  3. Apply NVC in areas such as building sustainable community, restorative systems, thriving organizations, empowering education, personal healing, family connection and conflict resolution
  4. Challenge themselves to integrate NVC into all aspects of their lives

The focus of this program is learning and living NVC in community through relationships embracing empathy and honesty, commitment to self-discovery/connection, and supporting interdependence and shared-power. We envision a life-long community that lives and breathes the guiding principles of NVC.


We are all longing to go home
to some place we have never been —
a place half-remembered and half-envisioned
we can only catch glimpses of
from time to time.
Somewhere, there are people
to whom we can speak with passion
without having the words catch in our throats.
Somewhere a circle of hands will open to receive us,
eyes will light up as we enter, voices will celebrate with us
whenever we come into our own power.
Community means strength that joins our strength
to do the work that needs to be done.
Arms to hold us when we falter.
A circle of healing.  A circle of friends.
Someplace where
we can be free.
- Starhawk

Program Structure:
Kathleen, Karl and a core group of CNVC Certified Trainers will work with candidates who are willing to integrate some or all of the following into their certification journey over the course of the first year in TCCP (The pacing/timing of certification is an individual process, averaging 2-4 years):

1) To establish relationships and create space to live NVC consciousness together, candidates are asked to attend a minimum of 3 of the 4 trainer candidate weekend gatherings with Kathleen and rotating Certified Trainers on Bainbridge Island, WA, during the first year, and 1 of the 4 weekend gatherings per year in subsequent years. 
There may also be regional gatherings that would count as a weekend gathering time.

2) Collaborate with TCCP members (Kathleen, Karl, other Certified Trainers and other candidates) on applied NVC projects of your choice. Some ideas include:

  • Freedom Project work inside WA State Men's and Women's prisons
  • Intentional community building and development
  • Restorative System development and Restorative Circle facilitation
  • Building local NVC communities
  • Projects in educational organizations

3) Participate in some applied project where NVC is creating social change.

4) Work with 2 other CNVC Certified Trainers outside of TCCP. All trainers (those within TCCP and those outside TCCP) and trainer candidates will be involved in the decision to recommend certification.

5) Create and maintain a personal support network

6) Collaborate with other trainer candidates to give and receive support in self-identified learning edges. This may involve on-line correspondence, conference calls, joint trainings, in-person gatherings, and empathy calls.

Generosity System for financial support of TCCP community:
Joyful giving and receiving are cherished values in TCCP.  We are currently in the process of developing an economic system based on needs, generosity and bold requests, that each individual in TCCP can access. We wish to support open access to NVC training for all people, regardless of financial resources, and want those making NVC training available to be fully supported. Gift economy is currently the strategy used in TCCP for mutuality.

Applying for the Trainer Candidate Community Path:

Due to limited spaces and a desire to create flow in the certification process, Kathleen prefers to work with those who already have substantial immersion and fluency in NVC. Substantial immersion may include:

  1. At least 30 days of training with a CNVC trainer
  2. A well established process of personal growth and learning using NVC consciousness
  3. A high level of integration of NVC skills in your life
  4. Involvement with application of NVC in a community project
  5. A recommendation from a CNVC certified trainer.

TCCP is  one of the prototypes for the new CNVC organization's Recognized Role weaves (a group supporting living and sharing of NVC in the role of Certified Trainer or soon to be NVC Ambassador).

During CNVC's transition to a new self-managed collaborative organization, the Trainer Candidate Community Path (TCCP)  is focusing on our infrastructure that we hope will more fully support NVC trainer candidates and enthusiasts.  During this period of transition TCCP is will not be taking any new candidates.  Our hope is to be able to begin the process of bringing in new members at the end of March 2017. 

To join the waiting list please follow this link -

As we transition to the new CNVC organization, here are some things you can do to continue to moving forward on the journey towards certification:

For more information on Kathleen Macferran see Kathleen can be contacted at Kathleen [at] StrengthofConnection [dot] com (email preferred)
or 206-780-1021.
For more information on Karl Steyaert see

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