New York Intensive - 7 days

Start Date *
Saturday, June 6, 2020 3:00 pm America/Denver -06:00
Number of sessions/meetings
4 per day
Official training hours
70.0 hours
In person

The Abode Retreat Center and Community
5 Abode Road 
New Lebanon, NY 12125
United States

Main Topic
Social Change
Short description
The annual New York Intensive in NVC is back! This week long immersion in NVC consciousness will be in the beautiful New York Hudson Valley area with an international team of trainers.
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Social Change

The focus of this year's event is on NVC as activism. Together we'll discover new ways to address power and privilege, where all needs matter. 

Who this program is for: Trainers, facilitators, teachers, people who hold meetings, and leaders of all kinds. The program design is geared toward advanced NVC practitioners, but all are welcome. 

NVC consciousness gives us the courage to address some of the most challenging issues of our times.  

Exploring domination and oppression is often an intense, but deeply rewarding experience. Sometimes people get heard for the first time about how difficult and costly it is to navigate the unfair advantages embedded in the system. Folks in power begin to confront their own unconscious bias and take responsibility for changing the system. Not only millennials, but many others take a stand for inclusion. They collaborate to ensure that policies and behaviors support diversity, innovation and teamwork.

While some people address the issues with compassion, others are enraged, and many people prefer to avoid conflict completely. So how do we embrace people from all walks of life and facilitate groups so that people are heard fully, valued for their contribution and acknowledged for their unique experience?

Possible Session Topics

  • Plain Spoken NVC
  • Understanding Our Self-Jackals & Healing from Internalized Oppression
  • Working with Intergenerational Trauma
  • Turning Towards Our Blind Spots
  • Welcoming Rage and Embracing Grief
  • NVC in the workplace
  • Working with “Difficult Boss”
  • Working with “Difficult Employee”
  • Collaborating Cross-Functionally
  • Embracing Our Shadow, Turning Them Into Allies
  • Unhooking Jackal Thoughts With Mindfulness
  • Gifting Our Privilege To The World

The international training team is unique, combination of wisdom with Roxy Manning, Mika Maniwa and Jeyanthy Siva as lead trainers. 

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Mika Maniwa is a Japanese Canadian certified trainer based in Vancouver, British Columbia.  As a master of violent communication, she is constantly learning how to "be NVC" without the jargon.  She enjoys working with multicultural groups in both working-class and middle-class contexts and is interested in what is needed to create safety and trust between people across power differences. She gave birth to her greatest teacher and credits her son for keeping her 'human'.

Mika says, “I love creating spaces where the wisdom of the group can emerge. I'm interested in how our nervous systems react to one another when there is perceived threat and mistrust; and what is needed to build bridges. I want to explore taking the jargon out of NVC. It's hard, but not impossible.”


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Roxy Manning

Roxy Manning’s life experience as an Afro-Caribbean immigrant combined with her academic training and professional work as a licensed clinical psychologist and CNVC Certified Trainer have cultivated a deep passion in her for work that supports social change, whether that’s with individuals, couples, or institutions.

As a facilitator, she’s thrilled by the process of holding opposing voices and ushering groups from discord towards values-driven solutions that work for everyone. Her own inner work coupled with her professional experience has grown her capacity to meet people with varying levels of education, disparate life experiences, and the most intense feelings in ways that help them feel heard, respected, supported and loved. She has worked with individuals and groups committed to social justice in Sri Lanka, Japan, The Netherlands, and Thailand. Roxy also consulted with businesses, nonprofits, and academic institutions and government organizations around the U.S., wanting to move towards equitable and diverse hiring practices and workplace cultures.

Roxy brought Nonviolent Communication into her psychotherapy practice in 2003, and has been offering classes and workshops in NVC since 2005. She served as the Executive Director of BayNVC from 2014-2017, was a trainer for BayNVC’s NVC Leadership Program from 2008-2017, and has been a trainer for the Nonviolent Leadership for Social Justice Retreat since she co-founded it in 2007. She served as an elected member of the Center for Nonviolent Communication’s Implementation Council from 2017 – 2018, where she collaborated with other experienced NVC practitioners tasked with reinventing CNVC’s communication, and moving the organization’s decision-making structures toward effective democratization and connection to the NVC community worldwide.   As a psychologist, Roxy maintains a private therapy practice, and works with the City and County of San Francisco’s Disability Evaluation and Consultation Unit, serving the homeless and disenfranchised mentally ill population.Read some of Roxy’s articles on her website here:

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Jeyanthy Siva is an international trainer/facilitator, mediator and coach. She has been facilitating trainings and team retreats since 2000 and travels between Asia, Europe and the USA.

In the course of her work, she has trained/facilitated various populations such as professionals working with refugees (Netherlands), climate change Activists (Global Network), mutli-religious clergy engaged in peacebuilding (Sri Lanka), women grass roots activists and peacebuilders (Thailand), development and peace building organizations (East Timor, Sri Lanka), engaged Buddhists coming together to dialogue (India/Sri Lanka), police officers wanting to build trust and get cooperation from minorities in their district (UK), war affected youth to heal trauma and build community and resilience (Sri Lanka) and dialogue and skill building among groups in conflict (Nepal), NVC skill building in 7 and 10 day intensive residential trainings (Sri Lanka & USA), Power of empathy for healing painful experiences (Finland, Singapore) and more. In Sri Lanka where she was based for many years, she has trained teachers, university students, lecturers, NGOs, media personal as well as medical professionals (doctors, psychiatrists & counselors).

Recently, her focus has been facilitating organizations in transition to address issues of inclusion, diversity, power/privilege and internal dynamics of discrimination and conflict in teams working together. In collaboration with colleagues, she has been developing curriculum incorporating the perspectives of power/privilege into Nonviolent Communication and diversity/inclusion trainings and facilitation, contextualizing for Asia as well working in western contexts.

Her educational background is from University of California, Berkeley and Rutgers University, New Jersey (USA). She studied for many years with Marshall Rosenberg, developer of the Nonviolent Communication (NVC) model. She first studied with and then collaborated with trainers from BayNVC in Berkeley, CA (USA). She was mentored by and worked with Joanna Macy (author, systems theorist and Buddhist scholar) for many years.


Communication Matters:

Sandhi Institute: (NVC in context of peace building and healing/reconciliation in conflict and post conflict context)



Organizing Team
Gail Carroll, Amber Carroll, Jane Connor and Martha Lasley

The Abode Retreat Center and Community 5 Abode Road 
New Lebanon, NY 12125 
(518) 794-8095

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