The Art and Essence of NVC

Find Strength in the Advanced Nuances

of Nonviolent Communication

Relationship Essentials Intensive (REI)


3.-10. June 2023, Slovenia

Ribnica na Pohorju - Slovenia
up to 24 participants - 2 CNVC certified trainers
7-day retreat - full board
The Art and Essence of NVC: Find Strength in the Advanced Nuances of NVC is an Intensive 7-day residential retreat. 
This Nonviolent Communication (NVC) workshop is designed for advanced* (super-heros!) trainers, coaches, facilitators, healers, certification candidates, and multi-year NVC practitioners. Together we will dive into the hidden essence of NVC and its application to our day to day lives and vision for the future.
We will be exploring:
What is NVC and What is the Purpose of NVC?
How does NVC intersect with my culture, beliefs, and experiences?
The Key Differentiations at the core of NVC – the framing and guidance they offer.
How to navigate the polarization of our time and guide us toward collaboration?
Healthy sexuality and practical spirituality.
How we impact one another, how we can repair relationships and transform systems.
What can I contribute to the world? How do I realize and activate my gifts and wisdom to make a better world?
How to say what you really mean with authenticity and care.
How to say NO and YES with genuineness and care so more needs can be met more of the time.
How can I be flexible and adapt in a variety of contexts while staying grounded in my values and key principles of NVC?
How NVC consciousness can become my natural language.
* We define “advanced” as people with a firm understanding of NVC form and principles, who implement them into their thoughts, words and actions. We suggest at least 7 days of NVC training prior to this event.
Language: English

Translation: into Slovene if needed


Kathleen speaks about the core essence of NVC in the first Slovenian 7 day NVC retreat in 2018.


What participants of our previous NVC events say about us 

“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.

Alles Liebe”

Gundi Gaschler (Germany)

Trainer & Book writer, Slovenia IIT 2019 participant

“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 …”
Markus Schafrath

ICT expert & Trainer, Slovenia IIT 2019 participant

“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.”
Meshack Wachianga, (Kenya)

Trainer & School Founder, Slovenia IIT 2019 participant

“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.”
Polona Siter Drnovšek (Slovenia)

Trainer, Facilitator and Yoga Teacher, Slovenia IIT 2019 participant

 Team of trainers and organizers 

    Kathleen Macferran, (USA) trainer

    Kathleen Macferran, (USA) trainer

    Certified trainer & assessor with the Centre for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC)

    Kathleen holds a vision for a peaceful, just, and sustainable world. She has worked as a Certified Trainer for the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) since 2003 and serves as an assessor for this international organization by supporting certification candidates through a community-based certification process. Communication and conflict resolution exploration is a passion of hers. Kathleen has worked with organizations and individuals including businesses, schools, colleges, community groups, faith-based communities, hospitals, families, prison inmates, and correctional and law enforcement employees. She is on the faculty of Seattle Central College where she offers courses in Conflict Management.

    Kathleen supports organizations and communities to engage with conflict in life-serving ways through the development of restorative systems. She serves as a lead trainer for the Freedom Project of Seattle, an affiliate organization of CNVC that strengthens community safety by supporting the transformation of prisoners into peacemakers. Kathleen offers trainings, facilitation and mediation in concrete skills of nonviolence leading to reconciliation with ourselves, our loved ones and the community. For over 25 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.

    You can her find her TEDx talks:

    The art of listening: Kathleen Macferran at TEDxRainier

    TEDx Seattle Women: Fearless featuring Kathleen Macferran

    Houses of healing: Kathleen Macferran at TEDxMonroeCorrectionalComplex

    More about Kathleen:

    dr. Dmitriy Kopina, Ph.D., (SLO), trainer & organizer

    dr. Dmitriy Kopina, Ph.D., (SLO), trainer & organizer

    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, (SLO) support trainer and chef

    Marša Jović, (SLO) support trainer and chef

    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. Her passion also lies in vegan cuisine and she is a co-author of a book “Dao in the kitchen” 
    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. Her passion also lies in vegan cuisine and she is a co-author of a book “Dao in the kitchen” 

    Tuition fee

    Tuition fee covers costs of workshop materials, booklets, and at least three workshops offered by the trainers per day.

    Sliding Scale Rate

    350 € – 710 € 

    Sliding scale tuition contribution
    This event is based on sliding scale tuition rate. You are invited to decide on the amount of the tuition you can affords and you are willing to pay. We trust you will make a supportive decision based on your economic and personal situation. We would require on average approx. 430 € to cover the costs and contribute to financial safety of the trainers and organizers.
    Natural giving and gift economy
    If your need for financial safety is dearly meet, you are invited to pay more, based on what you can afford and you are willing to contribute. By contributing more you may enable some people, who have a great desire and willingness to attend, and 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 amount within the sliding scale, please register and note that in the registration form or 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


      Limited number of places
      Please keep in mind we have a limited numbers of places available, we can host up to 24 participants, so we encourage you to register as soon you are decided to join us, to ensure your place at this event. When all the places taken, we can enter you in the waiting list any you will be notified in case of cancellations.
      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 is not included in the price. You will be invited to pay TT at the reception. Price for TT in 2021 is 1,50 EUR / person and may be a subject of change.   

      Food & Drink

      Full Board Meal Service

      Daily Seasonal Meals

      During the retreat you will be served three special designed plant based 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. March 2023 at latest.

      Cancellation Policy
      • Until 1.3.2023 we will refund full payment less the deposit (the deposit of 150 EUR / per person will not be refunded)
      • After 1.3.2023 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 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 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.

      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, 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


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