Special Remarks:

In this retreat/workshop, we will start with the basics of NVC and explore in various ways many aspects that are relevant for the three modes of application of the NVC process; connection with yourself, expressing yourself and hearing the other. There will be plenty of time for interaction with fellow participants, to questions and to engage in dialogue during the day program.

NVC is based on the principles of nonviolence - a natural state of compassion when no violence is present in our heart-. The NVC practice assumes that all human beings are interconnected through the same, basic human needs. This perspective is very similar to the Zen (Buddhist) practice which aims to lead us to an awakening of the interdependent and interpenetrating nature of all beings and which supports us realizing a non-dualistic peace based on a compassionate mind.

Through its emphasis is on deep listening in full presence—to ourselves as well as to others—NVC will help you to discover the depth of your, and other people’s, compassion. Very similar to the eightfold path of our Zen practice it aims the transformation of judgments, separation and suffering into mutual respect, deep connection and the joy of contributing to everybody’s wellbeing. You will be learning and exploring NVC, and the relationship with the Zen practice, at different levels, as a spiritual practice as well as a concrete set of skills which enabling you to create life-serving relationships, families and communities. You will be able to apply the learning as a path for healing and reconciliation in its many applications, ranging from intimate relationships, work settings, health care, social services, police, prison staff and inmates, to governments, schools and social change organizations. NVC will help you to prevent and resolve conflicts, to heal personal pain and relationships, to promote connection and cooperation, and to live in connection with others

Whatever your motivation is to come to this workshop and to learn NVC, it requires from you the will to investigate your own thinking and behaviour, and to transform your eventually moral judgments that stand in the way of a compassionate attitude.

This workshop is suitable for participants with or without experience of Nonviolent Communication and with experience in, or openness to, the practice of Zen.

Our teacher will be Ruud Baanders, a certified NVC trainer who also practicing Ch'an (Chinese Zen). To read more about Ruud please look at his website http://www.mahakaruna.org.uk/ruud.html


Day Schedule

6:45 Meditation (zazen, kinhin, zazen)
8:30 Breakfast
9:30 Workshop
13:00 Lunch
15:00 Workshop
18:30 Dinner
20:00 Meditation (zazen, kinhin, zazen)
21:30 Preparing for the night

This retreat will be held in english