Thursday Online Facilitated Practice Group

Cath Burke

Group Details

Led By: NVC Matters Facilitator
Day of the Week: Thursday
Time: 6.15pm - 7.15pm / 8.15 - 9.15pm London time zone
Frequency: once a month
Cost: £250 - £80 for 5 sessions
Prerequisite: 12 hour Level 1 Foundation Training

Contact Details

Cath Burke
07847 828 636

What’s an on-going and closed group?

People join for a block of 5 sessions (meeting monthly) with the opportunity to continue after that. The groups are not open to people dropping in for the odd session.

This format allows you to meet with the same people over time, which helps to build trust, safety and community. The group has up to 9 members, some whom are new and others who’ve been there for a couple of years or more. So you’ll be joining an established group that shifts and changes over time. We will give you are warm welcome 🙂

There’s an option, but no commitment, to arrange extra peer-practice meetings in between sessions if you’d like to, and a What’s Ap group to make this easier.

What are the sessions like?

In each session there is a brief guided meditation to support presence, a check-in round, input on a specific theme and an exercise to practise, in pairs, threes or the whole group. You get to practise and deepen the foundations of NVC and learn new NVC skills and processes. There is an ongoing invitation to suggest topics and ways to practise. We want to support each other to integrate NVC into our everyday lives.

“The regularity of the sessions keeps my practice alive, and sustains momentum.  I also find Cath to be very warm and welcoming to what is alive, as well as a skilled facilitator and practitioner – she  provides content which I find new, fresh, practical and useful.” — Sue

What kind of topics do you practise?

A wide variety. Here are some examples: gratitude; navigating conflict; meeting our need for love; saying sorry; how not to annoy people with your NVC; street giraffe; expressing appreciation vs compliments and praise; role-playing difficult conversations; working with enemy images; self-appreciation. We regularly revisit the three basic modes of NVC: honest expression; listening with empathy; self-compassion.




I have a sliding scale and ask for payment in advance for 5 sessions:
£300-£100 for the weekend groups
£250-80 for the evening groups

I ask you to consider your and my needs for sustainability, giving and receiving when choosing what to give me. I offer a scale in acknowledgment that disposable incomes vary. I’d like NVC to be affordable for everyone so please talk to me if this isn’t. If you are able to afford the high end of the scale, please know you are also supporting others who need to pay less. And if you can give only at the lower end, please trust that you are allowing me and others to support you, so meeting our needs for giving and contributing.

For transparency, NVC is my only source of income and is taxable income; I am paying a mortgage and don’t have dependents.


There are two intakes per year for new members, beginning February and September.
If you’re interested please let me know you’d like to join my waiting list via my Contact page


  • “Seeing the same faces each month and learning more about how others experience NVC, and the challenges in their own lives, has been new, interesting and exciting for me. I’ve found the topics both stimulating and enlightening. The group format has also given me the opportunity to practise relating empathically with people who aren’t family or friends. I find myself now more aware of judgments arising, and the urge to analyse, explain or educate. I’ve seen experientially how genuine empathy and stillness are the most effective ways to meet my own needs for connection, no matter who I’m talking with.” Christopher
  • “I’ve been in an on-going NVC practice group lead by Cath for a while now. I’ve found this an excellent way to keep the practice of NVC alive for me.  By meeting regularly with the same group we build trust. Cath provides tasks and exercises which involve us all and help us grow our ability to use NVC. The depth of listening and attention we provide each other is extraordinary. Even if I arrive cut off and unsure I leave feeling moved, connected and heart warmed!!  I’m sure all of this is enabled by Cath’s gentle present leadership.” Sam
  • “Cath warmly and gently holds the space for NVC learning, clearly introducing the topic and then using full group discussion and a variety of smaller group exercises.  She demonstrates NVC in action in her organisation of the meetings, balancing the varying needs of individuals in the group.” Katie
  • “Cath creates a space where we feel safe, playful, tender and experimental. I like our group which is not a drop-in but closed for five months so we can get to know each other and build support gradually and at a natural pace. I like the way she provides plenty of opportunities for us to explore our everyday (challenging) life experiences, which I found really valuable for learning (the safe atmosphere helps) and also gives us enough time to really get intimate with our feelings.” Asako

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