Immersive NVC residential workshop with movement and dance

1st Aug 2023 - 6th Aug 2023
5pm start / 3pm end
Fixed cost: £300 (to secure your place) + Sliding scale contribution (to be given at the end): £200 - £600. 1 bursary place available
LED BY Cath Burke

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Certified Facilitator


Finding Your Flow: Getting Fluent In NVC

Summer workshop in Devon

Come and immerse yourself in 6 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.

“The retreat provided an intense experience of living empathically within NVC. I learnt a lot but also experienced tremendous love and compassion from the leaders and the whole group. The combination of NVC practice and theory, along with the dancing, provided an amazing workout for mind, body and spirit and I left feeling renewed and inspired.”

— Andy, London

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 have the option to meet daily in small groups for an ‘empathy exchange’. This is a chance to be heard without judgment for anything at all and to practise listening to others with empathy.

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 a couple of others, with the support and ‘supervision’ of an assistant.

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 option 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. And that you leave resourced to meet life with courage and love – including tough-love; and that you start a ripple effect of compassion – into your families, friendships and communities.

“Cath created a safe and accepting environment that enabled me to be much more aware of my needs as they arose. I have noticed that I have been more aware of my feelings following the course, and am more consistently expressing my needs as they come up through the day.”

— Kate, London


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.

Learning outcomes

Who’s it for?

Some NVC Foundation Training is preferable, but not essential. People come with a wide variety of experience and support each other. No ‘conscious dance’ experience necessary. Every body is warmly welcome. Whatever your age, body shape or fitness level. Whatever your ethnic or class identity, your first language or nationality. However you identify in terms of gender and sexuality. And if you are impacted by mental health, neurodivergence or disability.

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 your own private space in a partitioned dorm. There are 2 single rooms, allocated on the basis of need. You can also sleep in your own camper van.


Eden Rise Retreat Venue, Sandwell Barns, Harberton, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 7L J


Fixed cost: £300 (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 & your NVC and meals assistant.
If it’s easier for you, please pay a £150 deposit to secure your place, and the remainder one month in advance of the start date.
If you sleep in your own camper van the fixed cost is £235.

Sliding scale contribution: £200 – £600 (to be given at the end of the workshop)
The sliding scale covers Cath’s request for all the behind-the-scenes organisation & administration, as well as her facilitation.

One bursary place is available, with the fixed cost being donated by a previous participant and a sliding scale contribution being offered by me from £100 – £200. This is offered in the spirit of ‘in giving we receive’ and in acknowledgment that some people experience financial hardship that puts this kind of experience out of reach. We want it to be available to everyone and know it can feel very vulnerable to ask for support, especially when coming from a culture in which independence is highly respected. So, I encourage you to get in touch if you would love to attend but are experiencing financial hardship. Your place could be fully-funded or you could make a small contribution that is within your capacity. I will use a lottery system if more than one person applies and make the offer 5 weeks before the start date.


Train to Totnes, Devon
Short taxi ride (about £10) to Eden Rise
If you drive there’s parking space