2017 Japan IIT FULL

Center For Nonviolent Communicationsm
Presents an
Atami City, Japan
  October 6—15, 2017

This IIT is Full. The waiting list is also closed.

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 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.

Discover skills that will help you improve the quality of your relationships, deepen your inner peace, and increase your contribution in the world.

Join us to be part of a compassionate community learning together how to create strong communities; practice deep, nonjudgmental listening; and build empowerment from the inside out.

The purpose of this IIT is to offer you the opportunity to live the process of NVC in community in order to develop the mindsets and practical tools to create communities that thrive, communities that can reconcile differences, communities that can integrate cultures living peacefully side by side, communities where there is equity. We invite people to join us who want to impact their communities. We will do this by looking at three areas:

1. Personal and Professional Relationships

  • Increase connection and closeness with the people you love.
  • Speak in a way that inspires compassion and understanding.
  • Initiate difficult conversations with more ease and confidence.
  • Remain centered and peaceful when receiving difficult messages.
  • Express and receive anger fully, safely and respectfully... yet powerfully.
  • Resolve long-standing conflicts and heal painful relationships.
  • Parent children from the heart and move beyond power struggles into cooperation.
  • Translate criticism, judgments and blame into life-serving messages.

2.  Inner Transformation

  • Shift patterns of thinking that lead to depression, guilt and shame and perpetuate pain.
  • Transform anger into self-understanding, thereby increasing inner peace.
  • Enliven yourself by expressing and receiving gratitude.
  • Learn to embody unconditional love.
  • Explore a world view where all people are valued.
  • Act, think and speak from your deepest integrity.

3.  Contribution and Social Change

We intend to prioritize these three areas within the IIT curriculum and there is also room for co-creation. There will be opportunities for for you to make requests for specific topics that you imagine will support you in applying NVC in these areas of your life. Sessions facilitated by Japanese practitioners will also be offered to celebrate and share the result of many years of effort by the Japanese NVC community to share this work to wider audience.

  • Explore systems and processes that will support communities in creating a world that works for all.
  • Share NVC in a ways that contains/transmits it’s power to transform and that inspires others.
  • Create educational systems where students love learning and teachers love teaching.
  • Learn to engage in effective, lasting nonviolent social change in the tradition of Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
  • Cultivate awareness about power and privilege; how they have been used in the world and how they influence our view of ourselves and our world.  Explore ways to shift our culture and society that is aligned with your values.
  • Apply this work to current issues such as reconciliation and peacebuilding in East Asia, decolonization of Okinawa, and various issues relating to Fukushima.

Seminar Languages: English and Japenese. Sentence by sentence translation of both direction will be provided. Some Japanese-only sessions and one-language practice/empathy groups may be included among options for participants to choose from.

We are expecting that about 80 % of the whole participants will be Japanese speakers. In most of the sessions and the community time there will be translation and we predict off-session conversations will be mostly in Japanese. This arrangement will enable you to benefit from this IIT most if you are interested in;

  • Making friends with giraffes in Japan
  • Witnessing how applying NVC faces different challenges in non-western cultures
  • Putting yourself in the position of minority, especially language wise
  • Connection building through nonverbal channels such as communal meditation, body movement or savoring each other's presence.



Robert GonzalesTrainer: Robert Gonzales

Robert has contributed to the work of the International Center for Nonviolent Communication as a Certified Trainer, serving as a Certification Assessor, and as former President of the Board of Directors. He continues to serve as a lead trainer for International Intensive Trainings (IITs). He was one of the co-founders of the NVC Training Institute. In the year 2000, he established the Prescott Center for Nonviolent Communication. In June 2010, he relocated to Portland, Oregon and re-formed the organization to the Center for Living Compassion, a nonprofit organization through which he shares his work. As the director of the Center for Living Compassion, he conducts seminars and retreats internationally.

Robert's work, Living Compassion has emerged from a lifetime of inquiry into the intersection between spirituality and human communication. His primary influences include Dr. Marshall Rosenberg (founder of Nonviolent Communication) and Stephen Schwartz (creator of Compassionate Self-Care). His trainings offer ways to cultivate daily practices for living life fully, grounded in compassion for one’s self and others. The integration of self-compassion and compassionate communication is at the heart of his work.



Trainer: Roxy ManningRoxy Manning a Certified Trainer with the CNVC, has been co-leading BayNVC's Leadership Program since 2008. A passionate champion of social justice, she brings NVC to her work as a licensed clinical psychologist serving the homeless population in San Francisco, NY, and has volunteered and supported groups around the world interested in causes from LGBTQ rights to equity and transformation of social structures related to race, ethnicity and social class. Roxy uses her own experiences as an Afro-Caribbean immigrant in the United States, a clinician who has worked intensively with couples and families, and a consultant to businesses and organizations to deliver trainings that are attuned to the needs of participants with diverse interests. She combines vulnerability and transparency with a delight in explaining the nuances of this work that results in deep appreciation and learning in those who experience her modeling and clarity. She has close ties with NVC community in Japan since she came to offer workshops right after the great earthquake followed by a failure of Fukushima First Nuclear Power Plant in 2011. This will be her fourth visit after 2014 Japan IIT. Her website is www.manning.learnnvc.org.


Trainers: Catherine Cadden and Jesse Wiens

Catherine is an educator, storyteller, and dancer with over 30 years of experience in bringing innovative programs in nonviolence, mindfulness, and conflict transformation to people of all ages, on six continents. In 1997, she founded the TEMBA School, a visionary K­–8 academic program which integrated nonviolent principles, mindfulness, art, and peace studies. In 2006, Catherine co-founded Play in the Wild! Initiations into Nonviolence for youth, families, and educators. In 2016, Play in the Wild! partnered with Vermont Refuge Resettlement Program to establish Crossroads: Where Cultures Meet. Through this program Catherine trains mentors to support teenagers who have just immigrated to the United States. This program offers a unique approach to dismantle systems of racism and sexism. Internationally recognized for her work, Catherine was a keynote speaker at the UNESCO Asia Pacific Education conference in 2012. Her work with her indigenous roots, elders, and teachers taught her to live interdependently with nature, which she shares with all who are willing to learn. She is a Center for Nonviolent Communication Certified Trainer and the author of Peaceable Revolution Through Education. Find out more here

Jesse is the founder of ZENVC, an approach to the practice of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) that integrates meditation, mindfulness, and inner work. He has a passion for bringing Eastern and Western wisdom to bear on the problems of today, supporting individuals, couples, and communities to come back into wholeness. In this, he draws from his own Chinese-American heritage, seven years of living and practicing in Zen monasteries, and training with NVC founder, Marshall Rosenberg, and Center for Understanding in Conflict co-founder, Gary Friedman. Jesse is a Center for Nonviolent Communication Certified Trainer and a former volunteer with BayNVC’s Restorative Justice program at San Quentin State Prison. He is a contributing author to A Thousand Hands: A Guidebook to Caring for Your Buddhist Community. Find out more here

Together, Catherine and Jesse live their practice with each other in Beloved partnership, one day at a time. They support people around the world in the learning and real-world application of spiritual practices in a lively, experiential, and integrated way. Catherine and Jesse are co-authors of The Ongo Book: Everyday Nonviolence, a guidebook for individuals, couples, and groups in being nonviolence.

David WeinstockTrainer: David Weinstock
David is a certified international trainer of Nonviolent Communication and executive director of Liminal Somatics. He is a Somatic Coach through the Strozzi Institute, Stuart Heller's Five Rings Coaching Institute and the originator of Somatic Consensus. He is an instructor in the peaceful martial art of Aikido, a respected Master Goldsmith and musician. He leads workshops locally and around the world―in his community, schools, prisons, businesses, and organizations. David is currently a board member of Peace Dojos International, an organization that works for peace and justice by means of self- mastery and community service with the martial arts as its medium. David and his wife Judith co-founded an intentional community with 9 other families where they have raised their family since 1990. David and Judith have devoted their adult lives to stewarding the environment and reclaiming community in its fullness, in which all voices are valued.



To support CNVC trainer certificate candidates and those who are interested in certification, an assessor will be on site for the last three days of this IIT.

Karl SteyeartAssessor: Karl Steyaert
Karl is passionate about co-creating learning experiences and communities that contribute to peace, justice, and sustainability. With over 20 years of experience teaching and facilitating groups, he has helped catalyze learning in settings ranging from university classrooms to ecovillages and urban gardens. As a Certified Trainer in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Karl leads trainings in conflict resolution and communication across North America, Europe, and Asia. In addition, he facilitates Restorative Circles, a community-based approach to restorative justice grounded in NVC, and collaborates with Kathleen Macferran in supporting CNVC trainer candidates through the Trainer Candidate Community Program (TCCP). In addition to his work with NVC and conflict resolution, Karl is actively involved in co-creating communities that embody values such as sustainability, transformational learning, and consciousness. He is also dedicated to the practices of aikido (a nonviolent Japanese martial art), yoga, Buddhist meditation, permaculture, integral theory, and play. www.culturalcatalystnetwork.com



Venue: Izu-san Education Center

Izu-san Education Center is located in a historical hot spring resort area at the foot of Mt. Fuji. It was originally a training facility of world famous cosmetic company Shiseido, now renovated and run by Zen holdings who value nature, tranquility, meditation for spiritual and physical well being and growth. In its 132 hectares of forest, there are trails for meditation, fitness trail with wooden structures, campfire site, and a hilltop open space. Indoor and outdoor hot spring baths provide warm and safe space for us to unwind and connect with ourselves or experience community in a special way. All guest rooms are Japanese style with futon beddings on tatami mat floor, equipped with paper screens on the window, private toilet and a small sitting area. In less than one hour from Tokyo station by bullet train, the center is a good combination of modern conference facilities and Japanese nature and tradition. Food: Vegetarian and non-vegetarian food is available. Please indicate your preference in application form. Chefs are specialized in Zen meals and have passion to serve meals with local delicacy in season, combining traditional Japanese style with Chinese and Western style creatively.


By airplane:
From Haneda Airport: Take Keikyu-kuko Line to Shinagawa Station (20 minutes) and change there to Tokaido Shinkansen Line(bullet train). Take Kodama train and get off at Atami station (40 minutes). Take taxi or shuttle bus to the center (10 minutes).
From Narita Airport: Take JR Narita Express to Shinagawa station (71 minutes), change there to Tokaido Shinkansen Line(bullet train). Take Kodama train and get off at Atami station (40 minutes). Take taxi or shuttle bus to the center (10 minutes).

By train:
From Tokyo Station: Take Kodama/Hikari train on Tokaido Shinkansen Line(bullet train) and get off at Atami station (40minutes). Take taxi or shuttle bus to the center (10 minutes).

Note: Participants are asked to wait until the CNVC office has confirmed their enrollment in the IIT before booking travel and accommodation reservations.


Basis Fees: There is a tuition fee and accommodation fee. A tuition fee is payable in US Dollars to CNVC, and accommodation fee is payable to the Japanese organizer in Japanese Yen as outlined in the table below. (Please wait for information from organizer before processing accommodation payment)

Early Bird Discount: Receive 15% off tuition on payments received in full*** by July 5, 2017. Tuition Fee Payable to CNVC under this option is $1,989USD.

Receive 10% off tuition on payments received in full*** by 5 August, 2017. Tuition Fee Payable to CNVC under this option is $2,106USD.

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).

Tuition Reduction Program (Scholarships): The due date for Scholarship Applications for this IIT is 5 July, 2017 (3 months prior to the start of the IIT.) If you wish to apply for financial assistance, please fill out the online registration form (link below) and respond to the question titled, financial support.

IIT Options and Fees (For a 9-Day Training):

Accommodation Type
All rooms are approx. 40m2 in size with a Japanese style sleeping area, a sitting area, shower, and a toilet. Prices are different according to the number of people sharing a room, not by the size or grade of the room

Accommodation Fee

(meals included)


Tuition Fee (discounts available above)


Single occupancy

¥205,200 $2,340

Double occupancy

¥151,200 $2,340

Quadruple occupancy

¥108,000 $2,340

Meals: Vegetarian and non-vegetarian choices are available and are included in the accommodation fees. (from dinner on the 6th through lunch on the 15th)

How to register:

  1. Click here to fill out the online IIT Application Form,  please follow the instructions in the form to make payment: or
  2. Applications sent before 5 September 2017 need to include full or partial payment, with a minimum of $100. The balance is due on 5 September, 2017. For applications sent on or after 10 October, 2017 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 acknowledgment within this time.

For questions please contact the IIT Department at 505-244-4041 or iit [at] cnvc [dot] org.
About accommodation and payment in Japanese yen, please e-mail the Japan IIT organizer, Haruno at japaniit [at] nvc-japan [dot] net.

The team of NVC-Japan organizing this IIT are: 安納献 (Ken Anno), 藤原直美(Naomi Fujiwara), フジワラトシカズ(Toshikazu Fujiwara), 後藤剛(Go=Tsuyoshi Goto), 後藤ゆうこ(Yuko Goto), 市谷理子(Riko=Michiko Ichitani), 勝本敬造(Katsuzo=Keizo Katsumoto), 菊地敦子(Atsuko Kikuchi), 栗山のぞみ(Nozomi Kuriyama), 水城ゆう(Yuu Mizuki), 長田誠司(Seiji Nagata), 小笠原春野(Haruno Ogasawara), 西東万里(Mari Saito), 酒井麻里(Mari Sakai), 鈴木重子(Shigeko Suzuki)

**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


IIT Nick Name: 
2017 Japan FULL
Fri, 2017-10-06 17:00 - Sun, 2017-10-15 16:00


Izu-san Education Center Atami City
Facility Name: 
Izu-san Education Center
Robert Gonzales
Roxy Manning
Catherine Cadden
David Weinstock
Jesse Wiens
CNVC IIT Administrator: 
Danielle Beenders

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