9-day residential retreat (IIT) in California, US: May/June 2024

May 24 – June 2, 2024

9-day residential retreat (IIT) in California, US: May/June 2024

Join us for this residential retreat in California, United States (24 May 2024 – 2 June 2024 ) that will help you bring nonviolence and peace into all areas of your life. In this event, you can discover skills that will help you improve the quality of your relationships, deepen your inner peace, and increase your contribution to the world.

This 9-day immersion experience into Nonviolent Communication (NVC) will offer learning sessions, home groups, coaching and feedback from skilled trainers, and a community environment where you can learn and practice the key skills of NVC.

Our team of Certified Trainers will share both the core curriculum of NVC as developed by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, as well as their own unique applications. The training team includes Aya Caspi, David Weinstock, Kristin Masters, Rodrigo Suárez Hoffman and Roxy Manning. We expect a group of approximately 60 to 100 people from different countries, cultural backgrounds, professions and walks of life.

People around the world are using Nonviolent Communication skills to transform conflict, create resilience in their relationships, and build a world where everyone’s needs matter and are met collaboratively.

We will create a dynamic learning laboratory that will show you how to create a more compassionate and peaceful culture in your life at home, at work, and in your community by learning how to:

  1. Speak from the heart
  2. Practice deep, non-judgmental listening
  3. Build self-empowerment from the inside out

The cost of this training includes two components: 1) Tuition; and 2) Room and Board. Click below for details.


We want to enable as many people as possible to participate in an IIT, regardless of their financial position. At the same time, we care that the cost of organizing the event is covered, CNVC (as a sponsor for this training) is sustainably funded, and that trainers and organizers can be adequately remunerated. Holding care for all these elements, the tuition fees have been set as follows:

Discounts available include (contact us to get a discount code):

  • 10% if you participated in (and paid for) a previous intensive training with CNVC
  • 10% if you have been a Supporting Member of CNVC for 6 months or more.
  • 15% for registered Certification Candidates
  • 25% if you are an active Certified Trainer with CNVC – Note, that there is also a limited number of tuition-free spaces available for Certified Trainers, granted by a committee. For more information, contact us.

 Note: only one of these discounts may apply; you may combine it with the Early Bird price.


This magical IIT will be held at the Mount Madonna Center in Watsonville, California. In the mountains of Santa Cruz county.

Room and Board options include:

  • $ 2,995 Single Room – Hotel Room (with ensuite bathroom)
  • $ 2,495 Single Room – Dorm Room (with shared bathroom down the hall)
  • $ 2,195 Double Room – Hotel Room (with ensuite bathroom)
  • $ 1,795 Double Room – Dorm Room (with shared bathroom down the hall)
  • $ 1,695 Double Room – Cabin (shared bathroom outside; no wifi)
  • $ 1,495 Triple Room – Dorm Room (with shared bathroom down the hall)
  • $ 1,295 Quad Room – Dorm Room (with shared bathroom down the hall)
  • $ 895 Camping (bring your own tent or car)
  • $ 795 Commuter


  • Room and Board prices include your room and all meals throughout the event beginning with dinner the first day and ending with lunch the final day.
  • Rooms and types of rooms are limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis; we encourage you to book your housing as soon as you complete registration and payment for the IIT.
  • Some rooms are hotel-style rooms (without phones or TVs) with 1, 2, or more twin beds. Some include a private bathroom with a shower. Others have access to shared (private while in use) bathrooms and showers down the hall.
  • Some accommodation options are cabins, situated in an oak grove. The Oaks Cabins each house 2 people and have electricity and heat, but no plumbing. A separate heated bathhouse with private flush toilets and shower rooms is nearby. Cabins are a 10-minute walk up the hill from the main Conference Center.
  • If you choose a double room, a triple room, or a dorm, you can choose your own roommate(s) or we can assign them based upon any preferences you have.
  • Bed linen and towels will be provided for those staying in hotel-style rooms or cabins (not if you choose to camp).


    Please preregister even if you’re not sure you can attend. ZERO OBLIGATION.
    After pre-registering you receive instructions for how to register and pay.
    After paying you receive more details about the IIT and the venue. At this point we’ll ask you to share more about yourself, such as your dietary preferences, etc.

Mount Madonna Center
445 Summit Rd, Watsonville, CA 95076