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Kenyan NVC Retreat

By Irmtraud Kauschat, Kirsten Kristensen, Matthew Rich-Tolsma, Sudha Shankar


Friday, Dec 01, 2023 5:00 PM —
Sunday, Dec 10, 2023 1:00 PM
Savelberg Retreat Centre Address: PQ3H+C97, Muringa Rd, Nairobi, Kenya
Timezone: Africa/Nairobi

Come join us for a 10-day residential training in Kenya, where we will focus on learning and integrating the fundamentals of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) in order to support you to bring greater compassion to your life and work, and impact your relationships in your local contexts. 



During this event, you will discover skills that will help you improve the quality of your relationships, deepen your inner peace, and increase your contribution to the world, all while living in an international community of practice.

In the retreat, you will be among people from other countries of Africa and beyond; the experience will offer you a range of different ways to connect and learn NVC in community, through training sessions, empathy groups, coaching and feedback from skilled trainers; to experience an environment, in which you practice the key skills of NVC in relation to different situations as they arise in your life and during the training.

Our experienced, international team of Certified Trainers will provide an immersive introduction to NVC, as developed by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, as well as share insights from their own unique applications. We expect a group of approximately 60 to 70 participants from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds, professional backgrounds, and walks of life.

People around the world are using NVC skills to transform conflict, create resilience in their relationships, and progressively build a world where everyone's needs matter and are met collaboratively. We hope you will join us!


The program begins at 5:00 pm on December 1st and ends after lunch at 1:00 pm on December 10th. The retreat will be held in English language and it will be in-person, residential and community based.



The purpose of the Kenyan NVC Retreat is to give you the opportunity to integrate the principles and processes of NVC through living and learning together in a large and diverse community of practitioners over an extended period of time.

Particularly, we will focus on exploring together how NVC can be applied in ways that are relevant and impactful in the unique contexts in which you live and work in Africa and beyond. The retreat is an opportunity for co-creation, with a focus on bringing inner transformation and healing of relationships, with social transformation, both at the local and global scales. It will also give you a chance to network with like-minded people.



The Trainer Team comprises four experienced Certified NVC Trainers of the Center for Nonviolent Communication. All four have worked in different countries and contexts. All have prior experience of working in Africa.



If you are a permanent resident in Kenya or other nearby countries such as Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, South-Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and other African countries, there is a local adjusted rate that includes a sliding scale.

We are raising funds to support your participation, and we highly appreciate your support in raising funds yourself.

The cost of this training has two components: 1) Tuition; and 2) Room and Board (Accommodation). During registration you may choose if you also want to pay for the accommodation now or only for the tuition.

1. Tuition (EURO):

€ 1.699 if registered before 25. October 2023 (Early bird)
€ 2.000 if registered after 25. October 2023 (Standard)

2. Room and Board (EURO):

Accommodation Type Accommodation fee per person (meals included)
Single room (private bathroom) 380€
Double room with 2 beds (private bathroom) 380€
Double room with double bed (private bathroom) 380€


You may use this currency converter to convert euros to your local currency.

Some room types are limited and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Room and Board prices include your room and all meals throughout the event, beginning with dinner on the first day and ending with lunch on the final day.


Cancellation and refund policy

Cancellation and refund policy for Room and Board:

  • Through 11-Nov-2023, you can receive a refund minus a non-refundable €150 deposit for Room and Board.
  • 12-Nov-2023 and later, no refunds for Room and Board are available

Cancellation and refund policy for Tuition:

A. If we cancel:

If we cancel this training, you receive a 100% refund.  

B. If you cancel:

  • Through 31-Oct-2023, you will: Receive a refund minus a non-refundable €150 tuition deposit
  • Between 1-Nov-2023 and 24-Nov-2023, you will: Receive a 50% refund (we retain 50%).

Beginning 25-Nov-2023 no refunds or transfers are available. We suggest you take an insurance in case you can't attend the training.

Note: All refunds will be issued within 3 weeks after the cancellation.

Finally, before this training begins, we will ask you to make several agreements to create an environment that is safe and supportive for everyone, and that supports you in making choices for your own well being. To preview these agreements, go to this page.



This unique Kenyan NVC Retreat will be held at Savelberg Retreat Centre located in Nairobi. Savelberg Retreat Centre is located on Adams Arcade along Muringa Road, off Elgeyo Marakwet road. It is about 6 km from the Nairobi City Centre.

The Retreat Centre is run by Franciscan nuns, who warmly welcome us. Despite being close to a major road, the Centre itself is a quiet place with a garden, where you may have workshop sessions and where you can relax during breaks.  The Retreat Center has a chapel within the compound for the Christians who would want to use it and a prayer room dedicated for Muslims.

Kenyan food usually includes meat (beef and chicken). At the same time, Savelberg chefs will provide vegetarian food mainly on the basis of beans, lentils etc. (vegan food may be a bit challenging). Bread is less common than in Europe or the USA; usually there is toast bread. We can order rye bread (German style) from a special bakery. Please let us know if you have special food requirements; we do wish to consider your choices and will check what is possible for the venue to provide us.

Before the training, you will have an opportunity to tell us your food preferences. Some of the vegetables will come from the gardens of the Retreat Centre.



All rooms have private bathrooms, and are well furnished, with facilities including:

  • Bathroom with shower
  • Working area
  • Wardrobe
  • Wireless Internet
  • Large airy windows
  • Mosquito-net



Savelberg Retreat Centre

Address: PQ3H+C97, Muringa Rd, Nairobi, Kenya (location in Google Maps)


  • Conflict Transformation
  • Education (including schools and youth programs)
  • Family and Interpersonal Relationships
  • General NVC
  • Peace and Civil Discourse
  • Social Change