What is an IIT?
An International Intensive Training, or IIT, is a special kind of 'immersive experience' developed by Marshall Rosenberg, uniquely offered through the Center for Nonviolent Communication as part of his legacy. It is a 9-day, residential workshop in Nonviolent Communication, typically including 40 to 70 participants with 3 to 5 CNVC Certified Trainers.
The IITs are organized in collaboration with a local organizer/host group or individual who organizes the residential venue and meals for the period. The costs vary with each IIT, as they each depend on the costs of available appropriate venues in the location of the event. IITs have been held all over the world; Sri Lanka, Canada, Sweden, France, Switzerland, Colombia, Brazil, the United States of America, Hungary, and Argentina, are only some of the countries that have hosted IITs.
The participants and trainers live, eat, play, and learn together in community during the training, providing real-life opportunities to live Nonviolent Communication over an extended period of time. Participants develop Nonviolent Communication skills and consciousness with the guidance and support of the Certified Trainer team. For frequently asked questions, visit our IIT FAQ page.
Preparing to attend an IIT
Before attending an IIT, we recommend you have at least a basic introduction to NVC and have read Marshall Rosenberg’s book, Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life. If it is difficult for you to find access to NVC training, in addition to reading the book, we suggest you listen to the Nonviolent Communication Training Course Kit. These materials and others are available in the CNVC Bookstore.
In addition, you will find information specific to each IIT in the registration material, which may include travel information, inoculations, and what passport and visa information you may need to consider if traveling outside your home country.
Upcoming IIT Events are listed in the Training Events search pages, and each confirmed event has a link to full details and registration on our CVENT account.
All IIT registrations are done online, through our CVENT account. To get full details and to register, follow the link available on the 'Upcoming IITs' listings in the sidebar of this page.
IITs are offered in whichever languages are being organized for that event. This depends on the location and the local organizer's primary language. Any need to provide interpretation may be met where appropriate. If you have any questions, please contact IIT administration directly at Tel: +1.505.244.4041 or IIT administration at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: More IITs are always in the works, so please check back soon, or sign up to be notified via email!
You can be instrumental in making an IIT happen in your own community, too! If you are:
- an organizer or event planner
- a representative of an organization
- a trainer
- a translator
- a venue
and you wish to offer your services, you can initiate the planning of an IIT in your area. Please send us your request with specific information by email to the IIT Coordinator.
For potential Certification Candidates, please note the change in language regarding IITs and Certification. In an effort to support clarity and easy access to information, here is the updated language:
We strongly recommend that certification candidates attend an IIT before becoming certified, but we are no longer in integrity with having a "requirement" as stated in the Certification Process Packet. We have substituted the following requests for any candidate who does not attend an IIT before becoming certified. Please:
- complete a multi-day, in-depth, residential training
- demonstrate some International NVC experience
- fully experience these areas: NVC community (ongoing peer support), spirituality, and social change
- some significant NVC experience with multiple CNVC certified trainers and mentors
- establish a connection to CNVC, have a clear priority to support CNVC's mission, being willing and able to renew annual certification.
If a candidate has not participated in a CNVC International Intensive Training event before certification, she or he pays for the first IIT attended as a certified trainer.