Alive and Empowered: A Virtual Intensive Training in NVC

September 9 – 18, 2020

We learned to speak — and to keep silent — as toddlers, and our patterns of communication are as deeply ingrained as our native tongues. One can get a sense of the basics of Nonviolent Communication in a couple of hours. Taking the practices into our everyday lives, though, requires immersion. Taking on a new language — one that leans toward self-acceptance rather than self- criticism, toward open curiosity rather than judgment, spacious choice rather than reactivity — requires time and practice in the context of a loving and supportive community.

This VIT has the potential to change our relationships to ourselves, to our loved ones, to the people we find most challenging, and to the wider systems in which we live. We’ll emerge with more resources to be most fully ourselves, more empowered, more loving, more present. It is a great gift to give yourself and everyone whose life you touch.

Benefits of a virtual training

By attending a virtual training, you will have the unprecedented opportunity to both be immersed in the material, and to bring it home to your own environments every day. Comfort, connection and immediate integration, especially with this particular group of life-transforming trainers, create a powerful and unforgettable field to support the movement into mastery.

***A note on the pricing of this 9-day training:

This intensive training, meets the criteria for attendance at an IIT for CNVC certification  is offered at $1700. This includes all of the teaching and small group meetings during the nine days of training, plus unlimited access to the teaching sessions by video, so you can repeat sessions you enjoyed and see any of the sessions you miss whenever you want.
Roxy, Sarah, Kathleen, Kathy, and CNVC want the virtual intensive training (VIT) to be accessible to all who would like to participate, and we realize that the tuition will be inaccessible to many, especially at this time of high unemployment and general economic uncertainty. At the same time, CNVC is offering the training at this price, similar to pre-covid training prices, because CNVC itself is in a very difficult financial situation, and this VIT and the others offered this year will help the organization to remain afloat.
We actively encourage those for whom the price is prohibitive to ask for a full or partial scholarship. We also actively encourage those who are able to contribute to our scholarship fund to do so, so we can make the training as accessible as possible.

How to Register

  1. Click here to fill out the online VIT Application Form, and make a tuition payment in US Dollars to CNVC. You can apply for a scholarship as you complete the registration form.
  2. For questions please contact the IIT Department at +1 505-244-4041 or email at

About the Trainers:

Listen to each trainer share how she first discovered NVC and why NVC is important to her.

Kathleen Macferran
Kathleen holds a vision for a peaceful, just and sustainable world. She is committed to co-creating a world where peace replaces violence, love replaces hate, equity replaces inequity, and all people live meaningful lives. She has worked as a Certified Trainer for the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) since 2003, and as a CNVC Assessor since 2010 when she co-created a community-based path to certification. Community system building and conflict transformation are passions of hers.
Kathleen has worked internationally with individuals, community groups, businesses, schools, colleges, faith-based communities, hospitals, families, prison inmates, and correctional and law enforcement employees. She serves as a trainer for the Freedom Project of Seattle, WA, an organization that supports healing connection and restorative communities both inside and outside prison through the strategies of Nonviolent Communication, mindfulness, racial equity and anti-oppression.
Kathleen offers trainings, facilitation, system building and mediation using practical skills that lead to reconciliation with ourselves, our loved ones and our communities. For over 30 years Kathleen has explored ways to restore harmony to communities including two decades as a music conductor and leader of a nonprofit organization, and seven years as a public school teacher.
Kathleen is co-author with Jared Finkelstein of Choice: A Field Guide for Navigating the Polarization of Our World and Living Interdependently. She is the author of the children’s books How Giraffes Found Their Hearts and How Giraffes Got Their Ears, and conductor for Giraffe Tales a children’s CD setting those stories to music. Kathleen is the conductor on multiple Rainier Chamber Winds classical music recordings. Check out her website where her two TEDx talks can be found.

Websites:  Kathleen’s website

Sarah Peyton
Sarah, Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication and neuroscience educator, integrates brain science and the use of resonant language to heal trauma and nourish self-warmth with exquisite gentleness. She teaches and lectures internationally and is the author of the book “Your Resonant Self: Guided Meditations and Exercises to Engage Your Brain’s Capacity for Healing.” She is currently at work on a second book, commissioned by W.W.Norton, on the relational neuroscience of the unconscious contracts, and the deep needs that we are meeting with “self-sabotage.”

Websites:  Sarah’s website

Kathy Simon
Kathy is passionate about teaching skills for communicating across difference, whether the differences arise across the kitchen table, in the classroom, the boardroom, or across religious, racial, and political divides. With a degree in Literature from Harvard, Kathy began her career as a high school English and drama teacher. She then earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Teacher Education at Stanford, and directed the Coalition of Essential Schools, a national school- reform organization focused on creating more equitable and vibrant schools. Kathy is the author and co-author of several books on curriculum, teaching, and school reform, including Moral Questions in the Classroom, Teaching as Inquiry, and Choosing Small.
A certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication, Kathy has been practicing NVC since 1995 teaching it since 2009. For nine years, she led BayNVC’s popular “Living Peace” retreat and Immersion Program. Kathy leads workshops and does coaching in a wide variety of contexts with parents, couples, educators, clergy, and therapists, and for non-profit groups. You can learn more about Kathy’s work at her website.

Websites:  Kathy’s website