Moving Into Authentic

& Extraordinary Relationships

Heal the pain past, find Honesty, Connection, Balance and Trust

Relationship Essentials Intensive (REI) in

Nonviolent Communication (NVC), Embodiment & Movement

Dogodek bo tokrat prvič potekal v slovenskem jeziku

(prevod strani pripravljamo in bo na voljo kmalu)


(5. – 12. August 2023)

Ribnica na Pohorju - Slovenia
up to 24 participants - 2 trainers
7 day retreat - full board

Moving Into Authentic & Extraordinary Relationships: Heal the pain past, find Honesty, Connection, Balance and Trust, an Intensive 7-day residential retreat in Relationship Essentials Intensive (REI) in Nonviolent Communication (NVC), Embodiment & Movement. 

This magical retreat is perfect for you if you are looking to transform yourself in a safe and supportive community. We provide the atmosphere, the environment and the tools that invite us into a deeper awareness of our feelings and needs through spoken language and body consciousness. At the retreat you will be invited to:
– deeply connect to yourself and others,
– find balance, authenticity and trust in your life,
– remove past pain and let go of beliefs and patterns that don’t serve you any more,
– develop awareness, overcome and healing trauma
– bringing into your lives more joy, ease, fullness, awareness and bits of “magic”,
– support both professional and intimate relationships into the next level.

Up to 24 people from different background and personal development paths are welcome. This intensive training may bring you additional value and resources if you are: 
a person wiling to make concrete changes in your life, willing to embrace new knowledge and experiences, and let go of things and patterns, that do not serve you any more, 
a couple attending the retreat together, *
a facilitator, teacher, trainer, coach, therapist or other specialist dealing with personal and relationship support services. **
– HR (Human Resources), manager, specialist or supporter.

 The training is based in NVC – Nonviolent Communication and supported by movement practices such as Authentic Movement and Contact Improvisation. ***

* We also welcome individuals, single or in relationships.
** The program supports beginners and advanced practitioners.
*** There are no prerequisites in terms of previous knowledge.

You will be invited into processes of self-exploration, here are some topics related to intimate relationships we will be exploring:

  • What matters most to me in any given moment?

  • How can I live more in alignment with my values?

  • Speaking and listening to my loved ones in ways that inspire compassion, connection and companionship.

  • How to connect to your feelings and needs in an embodied approach?

  • How can I be guided and develop concrete skills by the principles of NVC, while being true to my own authentic expression?

  • How do I interact with people that matter most in ways that are authentic to me, yet connecting in all the different contexts?

  • How can I recognize patterns and behavior and replace ones that don’t serve my needs any more?

  • How can I make peace with my past pain, healing trauma and take ownership of my life again?

  • How to use our beliefs to support me and how to let go the ones that do not support life in me anymore?

  • How to facilitate reconciliation, whether you are or not part of the conflict?

  • How can we engage with conflict in ways that make us all more secure and how can we find beauty in it?

  • How can I use my body and my body intelligence as an authentic communication tool?

  • How can I use body touch in a trustful and authentic way to express myself without using words?

  • How do we use the intelligence of our bodies to get in touch with our feelings and needs?

  • How can we use movement as a tool to express our feelings and met and unmet need?

  • How to explore different body landscape thru dance and movement?

  • Embodied tools and approaches to connect deeply with the body and the life in me.

As well as topics related to professional work:

  • Quality of listening to that inspires connection.

  • Expressing yourself in ways that inspire collaboration.

  • How do I interact with my partner and people that matter most in my life?

  • How do I facilitate/initiate personal change for patients/customers?

  • How to establish and maintain my inner connection in a supportive and constructive way?

  • How can I make a difference in my professional relationships to bring about more collaboration and ease in getting along?

  • Explore individual and systemic options for use of NVC and embodiment within conflict situations,

  • How to co-create restorative systems in the professional working environment

  • Leadership with shared power and resources using your body and mind,

  • How to build trust in a relationship with your customers,

  • Mediation processes using NVC,

  • Efficiency at workplace and care for patients/customers,

  • How to structure and lead inspiring workshops using Movement and NVC,

  • How can I give and receive honest and caring feedback?

Language: English

Translation: into Slovene if needed 


What participants of our previous NVC events say about us 

If you would like to know more what some of the participants of REI NVC 2021 event held in August 2021 have to say about it, please watch or read below.

REI NVC in August 2021

“Dmitriy and Marsha,

I am really grateful to you guys for the transformation:

  • Recognizing my needs as beautiful,
  • Alienating my habit of self-blame and judgment through self-empathy,
  • Helping me recognize that when I was 12 I did not get support in my family for the loss I was experiencing and I did what I could to survive that – it was enough,
  • The energy takes to empathize with and support others in their own time – I stopped being rushed.

Thanks for being vulnerable and showing us how to do that.”


school teacher, Ireland, REI NVC 2021 participant

Po tednu na Pohorju se počutim še nekaj korakov bližje sebi. V srcu čutim hvaležnost za ustvarjeni prostor, ki sta ga pričarala Dmitriy, Marša, Jasna in ostali. Čeprav sem ga na trenutke čutila kot nekontrolirano vožnjo po toboganu, sem obenem zelo jasno doživljala, kako se moje telo in um upočasnjujeta in sproščata v bolj jasnem zaznavanju sebe in okolice. Ta relaksacija, ki se je prikradla vame skozi vajo in teorijo je v meni povzročila stanje raziskovanja in iskrene otroške radovednosti do dogajanja v meni in zunaj mene.

Zelo živo ostaja v meni, kako sem se učila in poglabljala znanje empatičnega poslušanja; sebe sem dala popolnoma na stran in se samo odprla v pozornosti do druge osebe v stanje brez sodb, prepričanj, svojih zgodb, le čista pozornost. In zame je to stanje srečanja, kjer se odprem neznanemu in se čarovnija zgodi. Vadba pozornosti in avtentičnega izražanja svojih čustev in potreb me je vodila do jasnejšega razumevanja sebe, kje trenutno stojim, po čemu hrepenim in si želim bolj razvijati. Predvsem mi je NVC dal orodja in razumevanje lastne odgovornosti in moči pri ustvarjanju lastnega življenja, stika s seboj in drugimi.

Odhajam z veliko miru, zaupanja in upanja, da me življenje v meni vodi in mi kaže pot.


specialistka za oblikovanje in marketing, Slovenija, REI NVC 2022 udeleženka

“I am most grateful for the safe and trustful space, where I allowed myself to open and be vulnerable. Since the first minute I felt warmly welcome and I admire Marsha and Dmitriy, how they managed to keep the structure and at the same time leave enough room to be spontaneous as well. I really enjoyed the movement work, and it contributed a lot to the wholeness of my transformation, which I’m really proud of and celebrating.”


ICT specialist, Slovenia, REI NVC 2021 participant

“This was AMAZING. I’ve been to a lot of workshops and facilitated a lot myself and this was really high quality. You managed to make it emergent without feeling chaotic. I also really liked that we learned everything by doing, which allowed me to get out of my head and really sense my body. Also, I was surprised by how much learning and transformation I felt in the movement sessions. I mostly feel gratitude because my needs for connection, growth, touch, play, community, and acceptance are all met. Definitely hope to come to more events. You guys are great.”


Social Innovation Consultant, USA and Spain, REI NVC 2021 participant

“NVC was very special to me. I was expecting changes by coming to this REI NVC event, yet I didn’t expect to find and apply changes in my life so fast, in only one week. I found out, that coming here with someone that is close to me was one of the most beautiful decisions I’ve made. Our relationship changed at the moment. So amazing, beautiful, mindful, that I’m definitely coming next year too. Thank you both. I cherish sensing your connection and being supported and loved by it. With love.”


Photographer and Therapist, Slovenia, REI NVC 2021 participant

“Marsa and Dmitriy, thank you for all the magic of this week in all the nuances. I can see the effort you put into this workshop in every part of every day of this workshop. I love your dedication, love, and passion for NVC. You manage to spread and share this with us, by understanding and supporting our needs in so deep and profound way. I’m getting close and I really hope to be able to recognize and accept my needs and get them met too. Thank you for listing to my emotional spill-overs, for lots of empathy, and for facilitating the whole program. Thank you for choosing this beautiful venue in Ribnisko Pohorje and thank you for the amazing food, made with love and care. I might need more time to collect my words as my inner words were quite loud yet I would love to express that I see the beauty in both of you and wish you offer more events like this. Love you both.”


Massage Therapist, Slovenia, REI NVC 2021 participant

“Thank you for all the experiences and support. It was an unbelievable experience. I’m feeling grateful, that I felt safe enough to face some traumas and make peace with them. I will be forever grateful to you two for that. I get a lot of insights on how to express my needs in a way, to be heard clearly. I’m really hoping to take with me all the tools we experienced here and use them in my daily life, as I feel much more peace and ease to using them and expressing myself. I am happy and excited to recommend this REI NVC 7- day training to anybody.”


Cosmetics and Massage Specialist, Slovenia, REI NVC 2021 participant

 Team of trainers and organizers 

    dr. Dmitriy Kopina, Ph.D. , trainer

    dr. Dmitriy Kopina, Ph.D. , trainer

    Certified trainer with the Centre for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC)

    Dmitriy was eager to grasp different knowledge and restless explorer his entire life. Working as leader and expert, reading full libraries of books and attending so many classes, trainings and workshops, he was a walking encyclopedia of various technical and formal knowledge. He was always keen on sharing his knowledge and fully dedicated to learn and share more, and more, and more. Until one day it was really too much and it all stopped, burned out, ending in hospital. 

    Several years later, after changing his life style up-side down, learning yoga, martial arts, connecting with nature and finding his meaning, he met two of his today’s “best friends”: NVC – Nonviolent Communication and CI – Contact Improvisation. They met on a similar, multi day retreat and changed his life completely, beyond words to describe meeting Life on another level. After attending more than hundred days of trainings, facilitating/leading hundreds of his own workshops, individual coaching and therapy sessions, he supported changes and transitions in life of thousands of people. Until this day, this several days retreats are still his favorite events.

    His life mission and purpose, working as trainer, expert, adviser, manager, father and a teacher involve activities that are supporting individuals finding their authenticity, fullness of life and awareness; connecting people together, building “power with” communities based on equality of all needs and using forms of communication and full embodiment to support connecting individuals and groups into their essence, consciousness and spirituality. 

    Marša Jović, trainer

    Marša Jović, trainer

    Candidate for certified trainer with the Centre for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC)

    Other than being in the process of NVC trainer certification, Marša is also English and Montessori teacher, and co-founder of a homeschooling community in Slovenia. She loves to discuss, explore and experience the structures and the ingredients of relationships and languages, especially relationships between partners, close friends, parent-child and teacher-child relationships. For some years now she has been exploring how language influences our awareness and is working towards bringing the NVC philosophy into parent communities and particularly into her community of homeschoolers. She has been a Montessorian for a decade and has a wide range of teaching and training experiences.
    Her life’s purposes are: empowering children in relationships with adults by living NVC, educating parents and teacher as well as other adults working with children, creating communities that support healthy relationships among families and employees who support these communities, finding balance between work and relaxation
    Marša works as a teacher, trainer, translator, mediator and is a mother of two preschoolers – she loves to spend time outdoors moving and exploring the world and the people in it.

    Tuition fee

    Tuition fee covers workshop materials, boklets and at least three workshop offered by the trainers per day.

    First Early Bird Price (registration until 31.3.2023)

    330 €

    Early Bird Price (registration until 30.6.2023)

    410 €

    Regular Price (registration 1.7.2023 and after)

    490 €

    You are invited to pay more, based on what you can afford to contribute. By contributing more you may enable some people, who can not afford to pay the full tuition, to join us. 

    If you have a burning desire to join us and you cannot afford paying the full tuition fee, please send us an e-mail and we will try to figure it out together. There may be some people wiling to contribute more in your behalf.

    4* apartmentS – TISA


    All rooms and furniture in 4* apartments are built with lot of care and special design to provide you best living experiences. We can also support people with special needs and disabilities.

    places in double bedrooms

    places in three bed bedrooms

    people to commute daily

    Double Bedroom

    4 * apartment double room

    • Shared Bathroom
    • Two Comfortable separate beds
    • Full board & coffe brakes included
    Price Per Week


    Three Bed Bedroom

    4 * apartment three bed bedroom

    • Shared Bathroom
    • Three beds in shared space
    • Full board & coffee brakes included  
      Price Per Week


      Commute daily

      This option does not include overnight accommodation

      • Usage of seminar rooms and full workshops access
      • Lunch, dinner & coffee brakes included
      Price Per Week


      We have a limited number of places available.

      Prices are per person and and include 7 day accommodation of selected type and full board with carefully designed vegan menus with 3 meals per day.

      The tourist tax of 1,50 EUR / person per day is not included in the price. You will be invited to pay TT at the reception.   

      Food & Drink

      Full Board Meal Service

      Daily Seasonal Meals

      During the retreat you will be served three special designed vegan meals per day made mainly from fresh seasonal local resources and provided by local producers. Food ingredients will be carefully chosen to  further support the learning and transitioning process in 7-day common journey. Menus are simply and wisely selected. We will provide tea, coffee and simple snacks during our breaks. If you have any special diet please let us know, we will do our best to fulfill your special food requirements.

      Coffee, Tea, Water, & Snacks

      will be availiable at self service coffee breaks twice a day.

      Special Diet, Meat & Allergies

      If you may have a special diet or an allergy please let us know in advance so we can check the ability to provide proper meals for you. There is also available fridge and storage cabinets, if you want to bring some special food as extra. Meat or any animal based products of any kind will not be served from our side, yet you can provide your self with it from the store or bring it with you.

      “Some people use NVC to respond compassionately to themselves, some to create greater depth in their personal relationships, and still others to build effective relationships at work or in the political arena. Worldwide, NVC is used to mediate disputes and conflicts at all levels.”

      “NVC can be effectively applied at all levels of communication and in diverse situations: intimate relationships, families, schools, organizations and institutions, therapy and counseling, diplomatic and business negotiations, disputes and conflicts of any nature.”

      Marshall Rosenberg

      founder of NVC, CNVC



      Free WiFi

      is availiable at location free of charge.

      Free Parking

      is availiable in front of the venue.


      You can store limited amount of food in common refridgerator.

      Common space

      Dining room and seminar rooms are available for extra activities when not occupied by meals or workshops. 


      Printer will be aviliable on site for printing some materilas on request.

      Walk in nature

      There are many walking posibilities near the vilage and from the site.


      There is a eco natural swimming resort in several minutes car driving distance. Depending on weather swimming may be available.



      Registration and Reservation

      After filling in the registration form here, you will receive instructions for paying the non-refundable deposit of 150 EUR per person. The payment of the deposit confirms your interest in attending the event and secures your place at the event.

      Payments can be only made via bank transfer.

      We have a limited number of places/beds available.  You will be asked to make the deposit payment within 8 working days from your registration. If we do not receive your deposit payment, your place could be offered to another potential participant.

      Please note that the deposit is nonrefundable. If you change your plans, and do not join the event, then this deposit will cover the costs of reservation and will not be returned to you. If you want more support and reassurance about cancellation options,  we invite you to consider other strategies (travel or medical insurance, …). We will refund deposit in full in case event is canceled by organizer or by Covid situation.

      Final payment

      You will receive proforma invoice payment information for the difference between the deposit and the full price. Accommodation fee is payable directly to Organizers and Tuition fee is payable to Trainer organisation. We expect all fees to be paid by 15. June 2021 at latest.

      Cancellation Policy
      • Until 31.5.2022 we will refund full payment less the deposit (the deposit of 150 EUR / per person will not be refunded)
      • After 1.6.2022 no refunds are possible
      • At any time you can offer your place to another participant to different person without any cost , but please let us know if you decide so.
      • In case organizer will cancel the event by any reason you are entitled to a full refund.
      • In case you cannot join the event due to law or the travel restrictions  caused by epidemic situation, you are also entitled to a full refund. (You can check the list of countries entitled to enter Slovenia without quarantine or restrictions here.
      Covid 19 Policy

      We care for your health and safety, still valuing choice and freedom. So we are doing our best to form a strong, clear, and inclusive Covid policy and measures, doing anything in our power to organize this safe and legal, live, in-person event.

      A short summary of our IIT Covid safety measures are:

      Before arrival
      Please check COVID-19 Measures and Recommendations from the Government of Slovenia for the terms under which you can enter the country. We invite you to take care of your health, using your daily practices and routine to keep your immune system in excellent condition. Please limit risky travel or socializing at least 10 days prior to the event. Please take into consideration your personal comfort level as you select accommodation between double (one roommate) and triple (you will share the room with two roommates).

      If you cancel less than 14 days before arrival due to a positive Covid test, you have two options:
      – Transfer 100% to a future REI events
      – Receive 100% refund of tuition and accommodation.

      On arrival
      will organize rapid SARS-CoV-2 testing for all participants on arrival, later testing may be optional. As we would love to share space and allow close proximity in some exercises, we would like to make a strong request and recommendation about taking rapid SARS-CoV-2 testing for all participants, trainers, and organizers, no matter of your previous vaccination statuses, previous testing, or getting over the infection before. The costs of testing are included in accommodation costs. There will be testing available on request as well, for the price.

      During your stay
      We will enable and do our best for you to be able to stay in, as a closed participants group, minimizing the risk of infection. No refund is available after the event starts. However, if by any chance you show positive during your stay, you will be required to self-quarantine for 10 days, ar as per valid local regulations in Slovenia. In any case, we will do our best to support you. 


      Have a Question?

      Get in touch with organizers


      Location, Logistics & Travel

      Here you find information on location, adress, how to get there, start nad end of the event and daily schedule.


      Tisa & Breza apartments in Ribnica na Pohorju

      Breza & Tisa apartments are located in beautiful natural surroundings in Ribniško Pohorje. It is located just 44 km from Maribor, the second biggest city in Slovenia and just several km away from Austrian border. The accommodation has been carefully selected and already hosted REI NVC events before.

      Surrounded by colorful meadows, an intermittent lake, natural bridges, mystical underground world, streams and magical forests the region offers plenty opportunities for discovering natural and cultural heritage of the region.


      Draft daily schedule

      7:30 – 8:30 Morning sessions & offerings
      8:45 – 9:30 Breakfast
      10:00 – 13:00 Morning session 1. (will include an opening, exploration of concepts, practice in small groups or break out sessions, large group dialogue
      13:00 -14:00 Lunch
      14:00 – 14 :30 Free time
      14:30 -16:30 Session 2.
      15:30 – 16:15 Break
      16:15 -18:15 Session 3. Home group dialogue
      18:15 – 19:00 Community gathering/integration practice
      19:00 – 20:00 Supper/Dinner
      20:00 – 20:30 – Break / Free time
      20:30 – 22:30 Evening session 4. & offerings

      Please note that the daily schedule is subject to change.

      Start and end of the event

      Arrival time: please arrive between 15.00 – 17.30 hrs on first day.

      Dinner will be served from 18:00 till 19:30

      The opening circle will start at 20:00.

      Departure: the retreat ends with lunch on last day. Lunch will be served from 13:00 till 14:00 o clock.

      Getting there

      By plane:
      Nearest Airports are :
      Jože Pučnik Ljubljana, Graz, Austria or Zagreb, Croatia.

      Use of train or bus is available to the city Podvelka near by. There are some bus lines toward Ribnica na Pohorju available but they are rare. We can organize shuttle service to the venue location at affordable price. 

      By Bus:
      From Ljubljana or Maribor to train or bus station in city Podvelka. There are regular buses everyday. 

      As you arrive to Ribnica na Pohorju, the venue is in walking distance from the bus station.

      By Car:
      Use navigation system to the address provided below.


      Ribnica na Pohorju 22b,

      SI – 2364 Ribnica na Pohorju

      Slovenia – EU


      Short trips or visits

      Will be aviliable soon.

      Take the Early Bird Price and register soon

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      Registrations are open.

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