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From our CNVC Certified Trainers

Monthly Online Facilitated Practice & Development Group

By Cath Burke

AUDIENCE: intermediate

Saturday, Sep 23, 2023 12:30 PM —
Saturday, Jan 13, 2024 3:30 PM

Saturdays: Sept 23 / Oct 21 / Nov 25 / Dec 16 / Jan 13
12.30pm - 3.30pm UK time

What’s an on-going and closed group?
People who’ve done at least a Level 1 Foundation Training (approx 13 hours) in NVC join for a block of 5 sessions (meeting monthly) with the opportunity to continue after that. The groups are not open to people dropping in for the odd session.

This format allows you to meet with the same people over time, which helps to build trust, safety and community. Each group has up to 9 members, some of whom are new and others who’ve been there for a couple of years or more. So you’ll be joining an established group that shifts and changes over time. We will give you are warm welcome :-)

There's an option, but no commitment, to arrange extra peer-practice meetings in between sessions.

What are the sessions like?
In each session there is a brief guided meditation to support presence, a check-in round, input on a specific theme and an exercise to practise, in pairs, threes or the whole group. You get to practise and deepen the foundations of NVC and learn new skills and processes. There is an ongoing invitation to suggest topics and ways to practise. We want to support each other to integrate NVC into our everyday lives.
“I found the sessions very original, poignant and participatory. Every one offered me something new on my NVC journey that I hadn’t really delved into before and, I think thanks to lots of breakout room opportunity, I also felt needs for reflection and connection with the topics were made each time.”
— Katherine M

What kind of topics do you practise?
A wide variety. Here are some examples: gratitude; mourning; meeting our need for love; staying open and curious when you disagree with someone; how not to annoy people with your NVC; street giraffe; expressing appreciation vs compliments and praise; role-playing difficult conversations; fingerprint needs; working with enemy images; self-appreciation. We regularly revisit the three essential modes of NVC: self-compassion; listening with empathy; honest expression.

I have a sliding scale and ask for payment in advance for 5 sessions: 
£300-£100 for the weekend groups 

I ask you to consider your and my needs for sustainability, giving and receiving when choosing what to give me. I offer a scale in acknowledgment that disposable incomes vary. I’d like NVC to be affordable for everyone so please talk to me if this isn’t. If you are able to afford the high end of the scale, please know you are also supporting others who need to pay less. And if you can give only at the lower end, please trust that you are allowing me and others to support you, so meeting our needs for giving and contributing. 

For transparency, NVC is my only source of income and is taxable income; I am paying a mortgage and don’t have dependents.

There are two intakes per year for new members, beginning February and September. 
If you’re interested please let me know you’d like to join via my Contact page and you’ll be contacted in good time to join a group at the next intake.


  • General NVC
“Seeing the same faces each month and learning more about how others experience NVC, and the challenges in their own lives, has been new, interesting and exciting for me. I’ve found the topics both stimulating and enlightening. The group format has also given me the opportunity to practise relating empathically with people who aren’t family or friends. I find myself now more aware of judgments arising, and the urge to analyse, explain or educate. I’ve seen experientially how genuine empathy and stillness are the most effective ways to meet my own needs for connection, no matter who I’m talking with. ” — Christopher