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Date(s) - 02/08/2022 - 07/08/2022
5:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Eden Rise

Come and immerse yourself in 5 days of NVC training and practice, including movement & dance sessions to support embodiment of NVC, living in compassionate community, with time and support to relax and restore in nature.


What to expect

A group of about 12 people spending the mornings practising NVC. We will work with dyad enquiries, reflective and communicative exercises and NVC kinaesthetic ‘dance floors’ (as developed by Gina Lawrie and Bridget Belgrave).

There’ll be a dance session each afternoon where you get to embody different aspects of NVC through movement. If you’ve never tried ‘conscious dance’ before you are especially welcome. No experience is necessary – you cannot do it wrong! And all ages, body shapes, abilities and fitness levels are welcome.

You’ll be invited to meet daily in small groups for an ‘empathy exchange’ or for making and responding to requests. This is a chance to be heard without judgment for anything at all, to practise listening to others with empathy and asking for what you want.

To keep costs down and NVC practice up, we’ll be cooking meals for ourselves 🙂 Menus and ingredients will be provided and you’ll be asked to cook a couple of simple vegetarian meals, alongside someone else, with the support and ‘supervision’ of Marta who is assisting me and you on this workshop.

There’ll be plenty of time between sessions when you’re not cooking to rest or walk in the beautiful surrounding countryside. We will have places where you can enjoy silence to support self-connection.

There’s also the options of a sauna and outdoor fire.

My intention is for this structure to meet needs for connection, nourishment, rest and relaxation, self compassion, companionship and community, movement, fun, beauty, and of course a deepening confidence and competence in NVC.

Theme: Getting fluent in NVC

It can take time to integrate an NVC mindset and have all the skills on the tip of your tongue when you need them. This workshop is an invitation to get stuck in to plenty of dialogue practice, getting familiar and fluent with the 4 steps of NVC as you listen empathically to others, connect with and express yourself. You’ll practise letting go of the ‘form’ of NVC and finding your unique version of ‘street giraffe’, that feels and sounds authentic to you and those you’re talking to. We’ll explore how to say ‘no’ with kindness and how to stay open and grounded when you receive a ‘no’, instead of losing your cool or withdrawing. The dance sessions are an integral part of deepening your embodiment of NVC.


A minimum 2-day Foundation Training. No ‘conscious dance’ experience necessary.

Board & accommodation

All food & drinks are provided. Participants will prepare and cook meals (see ‘what to expect’ above) which will be simple, vegetarian and mainly organic. We can cater for special diets but PLEASE inform us of your needs IN ADVANCE.
You’ll be sharing a room with 1, 2 or 3 others, or have you own private space in a partitioned dorm. There are 2 single rooms, allocated on the basis of need. As it’s summer there are also 2 bell tents which are private spaces for singles. You can also sleep in your own camper van


Fixed cost: £280 (to be paid in advance and as confirmation of your booking)
The fixed cost covers the basic expenses of running the retreat including accommodation, food, drinks, handouts, expenses for Cath & 1 assistant.
If it’s easier for you, please pay a £100 deposit to secure your place, and the remaining £180 by June 1st.
If you sleep in your own camper van the fixed cost is £200.

Sliding scale contribution: £500 – £200 (to be given at the end of the workshop)
The sliding scale covers Cath’s request for facilitation, organisation & administration.

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