2017 USA Minnesota IIT

Center for Nonviolent Communicationsm
Minnesota, United States | September 30 — October 9, 2017

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

of people that, for nine days,

practices deep, non-judgmental listening; learns relationship building skills;

and builds empowerment from the inside out.

The purpose of this program is to offer you the opportunity to explore the principles and practices of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) in a safe and supportive environment.

Attending this program will assist you in developing a compassionate mindset and provide you with practical tools that you can incorporate into your daily life. Practicing and integrating NVC principles helps create stronger communities, and helps groups and teams to thrive.

In addition, increases your competence to reconcile differences and supports contrasting cultures to live more peacefully together. We invite you to join us, along with others, who want to bring positive change to the world and into your own lives.

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 and take part in, difficult conversations with more ease and confidence.
  • Remain centered and peaceful when receiving difficult messages.
  • Find the gift beneath your anger and transform it so that it can be responsibly attended to.
  • 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.
  • Transform enemy images of others, of yourself and of situations though the power of empathy.
  • Explore a world view where all people are valued.
  • Act, think and speak from your deepest integrity.

3.  Contribution and Social Change

  • Explore systems and processes that will support communities in creating a world that works for all.
  • Share NVC in a ways that transmits its power to transform and inspire others.
  • Create educational systems where people enjoy both learning and teaching.
  • Learn to engage in effective, lasting nonviolent social change in the tradition of Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
  • Explore ways to shift the culture around you that is aligned with your values.
  • Apply this work to current issues in your community in a way that addresses the needs of all stakeholders and leads to lasting solutions.

Seminar Language: English. 

The seminar is conducted in English with periodic French translation if needed. (two of the trainers speak French as a first language). Please note that the program WILL NOT be translated in its entirety into French, so it's important that participants have basic fluency in English.

Jeff BrownTrainer: Jeff Brown
Jeff Brown, M.A., has been a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication since 2005, and has led hundreds of trainings in 28 U.S. states and seven countries including South Korea, Japan, the Netherlands, Germany, Romania and the U.K.  People who experience Jeff's training, coaching, and group facilitation describe him as having a combination of authenticity, vulnerability and humor that engages audiences of all kinds. In addition to conducting hundreds of personal development workshops for individuals, Jeff works with leaders of organizations to increase collaboration and implement systems for:

  • Running engaging meetings that people enjoy participating in.
  • Making decisions in a way that is both inclusive and effective.
  • Giving and receiving feedback in a way that connects rather than stimulates defensiveness.
  • Addressing conflict creatively when it arises to prevent it from festering and causing bigger problems.

From 2009-2015, Jeff served as the Executive Director of the Compassionate Communication Center of Ohio, a nonprofit organization based in Columbus.  He has a master's degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica (Los Angeles, CA) and facilitates difficult conversations with people in conflict using mediation, victim-offender reconciliation and Restorative Circles. Learn more about Jeff here

Valérie Lanctôt-BédardAssessor: Valérie Lanctôt-Bédard
From a background in alternative medicine and activism, as well as a deep commitment to personal development, healing and peacemaking, Valérie has been involved full time in NVC-related activities since 2006 and has been a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication since 2007.

Valérie has brought NVC to others through training, mediation and coaching services and works directly with the public as well as with organizations, with all kinds of people from teams in governmental agencies to community and multinational organizations. She facilitates participatory programs on civility in the workplace, she teaches stress management and resilience development, she trains managers and HR professionals in conflict transformation skills. She also works with couples who want to live their most intimate relationship in NVC consciousness and families in disarray in their relationships.

As a CNVC certification assessor, Valérie is honored to act as a support to the integrity of the NVC process and everything that underlies it. She also coaches certification candidates and developing trainers who want to enhance their talent and know-how in all facets of becoming the best NVC trainer they can be.

Valérie has master's degree in Conflict Prevention and Resolution (Law, University of Sherbrooke) and has completed her coaching program with Coaching for Transformation (ICF ACC accreditation). Learn more about Valérie here and here (French)

François BeausoleilTrainer: François Beausoleil
François trains, coaches and supports individuals and organizations throughout Canada, U.S., Mexico, Europe, Costa Rica, Japan and China. In addition to his engaging approaches on how to share the foundations of NVC with others and developing trainers, François brings a strong business and coaching focus to his work.

With his expertise in business and working with organizations, François supports participants to clarify their vision, articulate what they want to contribute to the world and identify strategies of doing this that are designed to attend to their needs. François is highly skilled at helping participants discover and transcend internal and external barriers so that they can live from a more fully empowered state. 

François' previous career was as a musician with Cirque de Soleil – he brings creativity and music into the rooms and hearts wherever he shares his work.  He has an MBA from Sherbrooke University in Quebec and has been a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication since 2008.

In 2014, he wrote the book, "The Blame-Free State," and has been helping people moving out of blame for others and themselves in several countries since then. He recently launched The Blame-Free State Institute. Learn more about François here

KirstenTrainer: Kirsten Kristensen Kirsten is a family therapist, mediator and Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication, through which she has led Nonviolent Communication trainings in Europe, Asia and the United States. Her passion is to contribute to the personal development and healing that enables people to move closer to conflicts and to grow relational competencies. People who experience Kirsten's training and facilitation often express enjoyment of how she models what she teaches with a drizzle of humor.

For 22 years, Kirsten has devoted her working life to supporting others in personal development and between 1998 and 2006, she spent more than 100 days learning with Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, the creator of Nonviolent Communication (NVC). In 2014, Kirsten was on the trainer team for Healing and Reconciliation with NVC in Nepal, which resulted in a documentary "Raamro Aakha Ma (In the Eyes of the Good). (watch here)

She leads year-long NVC programs in Denmark and Germany and serves as a consultant and supervisor for institutions and organizations. She also publishes books on NVC in Danish and films about "Culture of Peace in Schools with NVC. Learn more about Kirsten here


Venue: Koinonia Retreat Center

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The venue for this IIT is the Koinonia Retreat Center. It is located 60 miles northwest of the "Twin Cities" of Minneapolis and St. Paul in the state of Minnesota.

Koinonia is located on 120 acres of native prairie and forested rolling hills at the north end of Lake Sylvia. There are three dormitory buildings and a main dining room with attached chapel/meditation room. Other amenities include a network of hiking trails through the surrounding forest, a meditation labyrinth, an amphitheater with fire pit and a sauna. There's usually a pair of common loons, the Minnesota state bird, nesting on Lake Sylvia.

Participants are asked to wait until their registration in the IIT has been confirmed before booking travel reservations.

Meals: They can provide a wide variety of preferences including vegetarian and vegan food.


By air: The closest airport is Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. (MSP) (1.5 hrs away by car)

By road: if requested, driving directions will be ent after you register.

By bus:: Both Greyhound and Megabus have routes that run to Minneapolis.

Approximately six weeks prior to the IIT, we will organize ride sharing and/or shuttles from the Twin Cities for people who do not have their own card.


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

Basic Fees: There is a a tuition fee and accommodation fee . All costs are payable in US Dollars to CNVC, as outlined in the table below.

Early Bird Discount: Receive 15% off tuition on payments received in full by 29 March 2017 (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 29 June 2017 (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 29 June 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.

Accommodation Type

Accommodation Fee, meals included,
Payable to CNVC

Tuition Fee
Payable to CNVC

(discounts see above)

Private Room with private bath



Private Room with shared Bath



Double Room with private bath



Double Room with shared bath $750 $2.340
Triple Room with private bath $750 $2.340
Triple or Quad Room with shared bath $650 $2.340

Commuter (stay offsite) incl meals



There are limited number of rooms with private bathrooms available. 

Meals:  Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks throughout the entire training are provided as part of the accommodation fee. We realize that many participants choose to eat vegetarian, vegan, dairy free or have other dietary needs. We will attempt to accommodate all types of food preferences, so please indicate yours in the appropriate section on the registration form.

How to register:

  1. Click here to fill out the online IIT Application Form sent at least a $100 payment is in US Dollars to CNVC.
  2. Applications sent before 30 August, 2017 need to include full or partial payment, with a minimum of $100. The balance is due on 30 August, 2017. For applications sent on or after 30 August, 2017 please include all 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.

For questions please contact the IIT Department at +1 505-244-4041 or email at iit [at] cnvc [dot] org or contact the local organizer of the Minnesota IIT in Minnesota:

For questions please contact the IIT Department at +1 505-244-4041 or email at iit [at] cnvc [dot] org or for practical questions contact the organizer of the Minnesota IIT: Dave Casey at dc2017mniit [at] gmail [dot] com

**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: 
Minnesota 2017
Sat, 2017-09-30 17:00 - Mon, 2017-10-09 12:00


Koinonia Retreat Center South Haven, MN 55382
United States
Facility Name: 
Koinonia Center
Jeff Brown
François Beausoleil
Kirsten Kristensen
CNVC IIT Administrator: 
Danielle Beenders

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