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
(14. – 21. August 2021)
Ribnica na Pohorju - Slovenia
up to 32 participants - up to 5 trainers
7 day retreat - full board
Moving Into Authentic & Extraordinary Relationships is a 7 days residential retreat.
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,
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 32 people from different background and personal development paths are welcome. This intensive training may bring you additional value and resources if you are:
- 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 supported 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.
We can imagine how life-changing this event can be and at the same time it is very important for us, to organize this event only in case it is safe and legal and currently it is so. We will keep track of Covid-19 restrictions and let you know about any changes promptly. In case this event is canceled or the travel restrictions from your country will prevent you from joining us, you are entitled to a full refund.
You will be invited into processes of self-exploration – here are some topics related to intimate relationships:
- What matters most to me
- How can I live more in alignment with my values
- Speaking and listening to my loved ones in ways that inspire compassion
- How to connect to your feelings in an embodied approach?
- How can I be guided by the principles of Nonviolent Communication while being true to my own authentic expression?
- How do I interact with my children, friends and intimate partners in ways that are authentic to me, yet connecting in all the different contexts?
- How to use our beliefs to support me and how to let go the ones that do not support life in me anymore?
- Develop the concrete skills of nonviolence leading to reconciliation with ourselves and our family members,
- How to facilitate reconciliation when you are part of the conflict?
- How to facilitate reconciliation when you are not part of the conflict?
- How can we engage with conflict in ways that make us all more secure?
- Can we find beauty in conflict?
- How can I use my body as an authentic communication tool?
- How can I use body touch in a trustful and authentic way to express myself without using words?
- How 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?
- How can I use my body to communicate in NVC?
- 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?
- Discover how to come back to centre when upset and deliver authentic body and mind responses,
- Explore individual and systemic options for use of NVC and embodiment within conflict situation,
- How to co-create restorative systems in the professional working environment
- Leadership with shared power and shared 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.
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 SIT NVC 2020 event held in July 2020 have to say about it, please watch this 7 minute video below.
“The IIT was for me a very intense time of diving into life. Meaning that I really felt all kind of feelings as I went on my journey of learning and growing. I got nourished in so many ways and now my tanks are full with life energy. Thanks to everybody that was there with me.
“This was by far one of the greatest experiences in NVC for a long time. Really intense and powerfully transformative! We shared so much love, vulnerability, joy and tears togehter. Absolutely feeded my needs for learning, beeing seen and heard, companionship, integrity, love and so many more …”
“I enjoyed being in the IIT in Slovenia. The 10 days spent there brought a new awareness of deeper self connection, inner peace, learning, growth and adventure. I never witnessed such a lovely and amazing organizing team before which supported me to celebrate belonging, community, nourishment and care. I cant wait to attend another IIT in Slovenia.”
“My 9-days Intensive training on non-violent communication with CNVC in Kranjska gora, Slovenia, was a beautiful journey to vulnerability, authenticity, discovering background of my core beliefs and patterns and travel above the dualism of wright and wrong. I felt strongly supported by warm-hearted people from all continents and trainers Kathleen Macferran, Robert Krzisnik, Vivet Alevi and Yoram Mosenzon. Organising team did an excellent job as well. They were extremly helpful, always present and very well connected with participants, trainers and among themselves.”
Team of trainers and organizers
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
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.
Špela Peterlin - Nayeli, guest trainer
Psychologist, CI & Embodiment trainer
Špela is a psychologist, student of gestalt experiential psychotherapy and founder of Moave – psychology in movement organization.
She has more than 10 years of experience in non-formal education settings as a group facilitator and trainer. As a passionate movement researcher and contact improvisation dancer, she is constantly exploring and reflecting upon the relation between dance and life. In her work, she is combining knowledge from her profession and her passion, in order to bring the important impact both parts (psychology and movement) have on an individual, to create harmonious cooperation of the body-mind.
Davide Casiraghi, guest trainer
Contact Improvisation teacher & Ilan Lev Method practitioner
Davide Casiraghi is a Contact Improvisation teacher with more than 10 years of experience in dancing and exploring somatic-based practices. In the last years, he has dedicated his time to study the Ilan Lev Method movement and bodywork approach that profoundly affect his perspective of movement in everyday life.
In his personal experience, the combination of different movement approaches he uses (Yoga, Contact Improvisation, Inline Skating, Freediving, Monofin swimming, Ilan Lev method), help him to find more balance between his personal and professional life as a Senior Web Developer and to enrich his quality of life. He sees movement as a way to re-awake, enjoying fully our sensitivity, spontaneity, and playfulness.
Meta Kolenc, organizer
Communication specialist & NVC REI practitioner
Working and living in an international environment enriched my appreciation for the diversity of the world’s people and their cultures which made me improve and deepen my communication skills. My natural interest in interpersonal relationships and the inner world of each individual has led me to discover NVC.
Since my first NVC retreat, I have gotten a completely new perspective of myself and the way force of Life is expressed through me. Needless to say, it has also changed the way I communicate with others.
My longing is to guide by example and to help others not only to discover their needs but also to find a unique way to authentically actualize them. When I started walking this path I began accepting who I am and what my needs are – now my mission is to support those who decided to go on that journey too.
Tuition fee covers workshop materials, boklets and at least three workshop offered by the trainers per day.
First Early Bird Price (registration until 30.6.2021)
Early Bird Price (registration until 21.7.2021)
Regular Price (registration 22.7.2021 and after)
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
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
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.
You may use Slovene tourist voucher in the amount of 120.00 EUR for partial accommodation payment (may be the subject to change by goverment regualtion).
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.”
is availiable at location free of charge.
is availiable in front of the venue.
You can store limited amount of food in common refridgerator.
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.
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.
- Until 30.6.2021 we will refund full payment less the deposit (the deposit of 150 EUR / per person will not be refunded)
- After 1.7.2021 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.
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 SIT events this year.
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.
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.
From Ljubljana or Maribor to train or bus station in city Podvelka. There are regular buses everyday.
As you arrive to Ribnica, the venue is in walking distance from the bus station.
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
Places are available!
Registrations are open.