Center For Nonviolent Communicationsm
July 18-27, 2021
August 5-14, 2022
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What is an IIT?:
IIT – International Intensive Training is a 9-day immersive retreat in Nonviolent Communication (NVC), where 50-80 participants and 3 to 5 CNVC certified trainers dive into various workshops, home groups, practices and direct application of the principles of NVC.
This kind of training happens all over the world and is open to an international group of people from various countries, cultural backgrounds, professions and walks of life to co-create a safe space for exploring vulnerability, gaining communication skills and consciousness and fostering change on personal and community levels over an extended period of time.
IIT offers the opportunity to live Nonviolent Communication (NVC) in community with the intention of developing skills and awareness of NVC. During the retreat, participants and trainers live together in community. You learn, eat, have fun, and live with people who want to connect compassionately with each other.
An IIT was a course offered around the world by Marshall Rosenberg (the creator of Nonviolent Communication). Marshall structured it containing a core curriculum, plus other diverse content and experience brought by the individual trainers of each IIT, along with what emerges in each group.
Seminar Language: English, with translation to Brazilian Portuguese
Trainer: Roxy Manning
Roxy’s life experience as an Afro-Caribbean immigrant in the United States, combined with her academic training and professional work as a licensed clinical psychologist and CNVC Certified Trainer, have cultivated a deep passion in her for work that supports social change at the personal, interpersonal, and systemic levels. Roxy is excited whenever she is helping opposing voices hear each other and see past individual hurt and struggles to the structures that contribute to those challenges. At this IIT, she hopes to support the authentic and vulnerable exploration of NVC to support our individual healing, and to build communities where people from all levels of society trust their needs matter and develop strategies that better meet all needs. Fun notes about Roxy: She is the mom of three kids, avid reader and baker, and has a huge love of travel.
Trainer: Jeannine Suurmond has supported state- and civil society-led conflict resolution, mediation, and reconciliation efforts in Asia, Africa, and Europe for more than 15 years, while living in the Netherlands, India, Nepal, Cambodia, and Thailand.
Jeannine began teaching NVC in 2014 and became a certified trainer in 2017. She has provided trainings for government and academic institutions, international organizations, and NGOs, including the King Prajadhipok's Institute and the Spirit in Education Movement in Thailand, for which she facilitated an interfaith dialogue between religious leaders from Myanmar; social workers and activists in China; the Transcultural Psychosocial Organization to support the facilitation of Khmer Rouge victim-perpetrator dialogues and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Cambodia; and victims, ex-combatants, and the government in the context of the transitional justice process in Nepal (partly documented here)
Jeannine is inspired by critical pedagogy, liberation psychology, and Buddhism. She has an MA in Culture and Religion Psychology from the Free University of Amsterdam and is a PhD candidate at Utrecht University.
Trainer: Duke Duchscherer
is a Certified Trainer with the International Center for Nonviolent Communication (since 2000) and is a past member of the Board of Directors for the MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence.
He has facilitated training in Restorative Circles and Nonviolent Communication around the world with a depth and breadth of peoples and communities from small villages at the grassroots to governmental leaders at the United Nations on five continents.
Some of this work has included supporting the transformation of active conflicts such as leading a series of restorative dialogues between the Ukrainian army and the pro-Russian community where they reside near the warfront in Ukraine; or facilitating dialogue between state-level government officials, minority/indigenous groups, and those who have been directly harmed by strikes, protests, and border closings due to the promulgation of the new Nepal constitution.
Duke has also worked extensively in the area of reconciliation leading numerous dialogues such as one between former Shining Path & MRTA rebels, former military, civil society leaders, and those directly harmed during the ‘time of violence’ in Peru; or between Rwandan genocide survivors and recently released prisoners who killed their families. (see the documentary In The Eyes of the Good for an example of Duke’s work)..
Trainer: Fabiola Fuentes
is a lawyer and holds a Master's degree in Political Science in Colombia, her country of origin. She lived in Britain for 11 years where she studied Nonviolent Communication (NVC) from 2001 with Marshall Rosenberg and other mentors, and in 2004 she was certified as CNVC trainer. Her passion is to work with individuals and communities who wish to contribute to making this planet a better place, healing their families, their communities, their work places, their organizations, corporations, wherever they live or work. Fabiola has done this work in different places in England, Scotland, Sweden, Spain, Colombia, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Argentina. She has worked with individuals, groups and communities, organizations, businesses, corporations, facilitating processes to create trust, connection, leadership, teamwork, cooperation, to improve the quality of life and strengthen relationships. Sharing her knowledge and experience of how to apply NVC and other tools like permaculture, Transition Towns and support of the local economy.
Trainer: Kirstin Masters is a certified CNVC Trainer from Santa Cruz, CA who is committed to using the principles of compassionate communication in addressing issues of oppression and power imbalance.
Kristin has a long history of leading diversity work, mostly from models based on the work of Ricky Sherover-Marcuse, working as an associate alongside Lillian Roybal Rose and with NCBI (National Coalition Building Institute) for years.
Kristin is committed to supporting all of us to step forward as allies and accomplices, most especially other white people to take action in the face of racism. As a leader of Joanna Macy’s Work that Reconnects, she offers an invigorating and empowering approach to social change work.
Kristin loves to bring creativity, music, artistic expression and embodiment to the inner and outer work of grief and gratitude in community. She integrates Sarah Peyton's work on Interpersonal Neurobiology and systemic constellations into most situations, and finds the call to resonant language to be transformative in healing our past traumas.
Venue: Espaço Natureza Arco-Íris
Surrounded by the lush nature of the Atlantic Forest, the property is part of a private large area of 35,000 m2. Created by beautiful landscapes, the space easily takes us into a space of inner peace, connection and balance.
Travel: The venue is located in a temperate mountain climate, in São Roque, State of São Paulo, just 50 km from São Paulo city.
Participants are asked to wait until their registration in the IIT has been confirmed before booking travel reservations.
Total IIT Fees consists of a tuition fee (payable in US Dollars or Euro to CNVC) and accommodation fee (payable in Real to the venue) - as outlined in the tables below.
|Tuition Rates||Total Fee|
|6 month early-bird - payments received in full 6 months prior to start of IIT - 15% off full tuition||$UD1,989|
|3 month early-bird - payments received in full 3 months prior to start of IIT - 10% off full tuition||$US2,106|
|Certification Candidate or Previous IIT attendance - If you are a registered certification candidate with CNVC or have attended a CNVC IIT before - 15% off full tuition||$US1,989|
Scholarships: The IIT is full.
Accomodation fees (for 9-day training):
Accommodation Fee Payable to Venue
Double or Triple occupancy
€R$1980,00 Brazilian Reals per person (approximately $460 American dollars)
*After completing your registration for the IIT, we will send you the link for paying your accommodation reservations.
**Meals are included. Vegetarian or vegan.
For questions please contact:
- the IIT Department at +1 505-244-4041 (english only) or email at [email protected] or
- Contact the organizers of the Brazil IIT in Brazil:
- Yuri and Sandra at [email protected]
Organizers: Sandra Caselato & Yuri Haasz (Brazil, Israel)
Yuri and Sandra have been life and work partners for 20 years. Sandra is a Clinical Psychologist, holds a BA in Fine Arts, and is a Specialist in Higher Education Didactics. Yuri holds an MA in International Relations focusing on Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies, and an MA in Social Sciences focusing on Systemic Social Innovation.
They have been sharing NVC since 2011 in Brazil and 11 other countries, in diverse settings and groups, seeking to contribute to the creation of environments and processes that support a shift in individual and collective awareness, cultivating fertile ground for the emergence of new ways to relate to self, others and the world, and expand possibilities for conflict transformation and systemic changes that will support the development of an increasingly more empathic and life-centered society. They are CNVC Trainer Certification Candidates.
****Attendance at an IIT is a request of those who wish to become CNVC certified trainers, and it is highly recommended to anyone who wishes to share NVC, whether you want to be certified or not. more info here