Level 2 Immersive NVC residential workshop with movement and dance

2nd Aug 2022 - 7th Aug 2022
5pm start / 3pm end
Fixed cost: £280 (to secure your place) + Sliding scale contribution (to be given at the end): £500 - £200
LED BY Cath Burke

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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 and some of the afternoon 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 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 and vegetarian. 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 3 single rooms, allocated on the basis of need. As it’s summer there are also 2 bell tents which are private spaces. You can also sleep in your own camper van (which reduces the fixed cost).


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


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 and handouts.
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.


Train to Totnes
Short taxi ride (about £10) to Eden Rise

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Cath works closely with London Certified Trainers –  Ceri Buckmaster, Carolyn Davies,  Daren De Witt and Tracy Seed.  We are a collaborative group of London-based CNVC Certified Trainers working together to offer you clear learning and progression options to suit you. We are committed to creating community and a supportive network for those learning, living and sharing NVC in London. Many of our trainings are currently online, so if you live outside of London, you are welcome to participate.  Follow this link to discover more