הקורס האינטנסיבי הבינלאומי Mideast IIT 2017

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CNVC is sponsoring participants who cannot afford to attend, and we are inviting your partnership
in contributing to peace in the Mideast through training in Nonviolent Communication.

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Date: January 19 -28, 2017

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Friends from the Mideast and globally are warmly invited to join the vibrant and growing community of Nonviolent Communication practitioners and trainers in Israel and Palestine for this 9 day experience of living and learning NVC.  We welcome anyone wanting to begin or continue studying and living NVC  in depth. We welcome anyone drawn to NVC for personal (self, individual and family relationships), and community ( your workplace, locality, nation) transformation. We also welcome people who are looking to explore how NVC can support transformation of the conflict in the Mideast.

The trainer and organizer teams are excited to offer  several  features for this IIT:

  • Integrating NVC skills and consciousness into the daily reality that people are living in the Mideast, as well as globally- with yourself, your family and community, and in conflict situations.

  • Shortened Schedule Option for Locals: Simultaneous  to the main 9 day experience, a "special mini track" will allow Israelis and Palestinians to attend for the two long weekends and return to their communities in between. Details below.

  • Certification Support:  A CNVC assessor team will be present to assist people who want to sign up for and continue the trainer certification path.

  • Religious Observance: We will honor and accommodate all religious observance.

  • Scholarships: We are actively raising funds so that anyone from the Mideast who needs financial assistance to attend can receive this.

  • Connection and Networking for Activists and Change Agents in the Region: We will schedule special programming for invited and participating guests who are involved in peacemaking and nonviolent work in the region

Program: This Life Enriching Training is a 9-day, Compassionate Communication immersion experience. It is a residential workshop led by a team of experienced CNVC certified trainers.

The purpose of this training is to offer people the opportunity to live the process of Compassionate Communication or giving from the heart in community over an extended period of time, in order to develop their knowledge, skills and consciousness.

Seminar Language: English, with Hebrew and Arabic translation.

Robert GonzalesTrainer: Robert Gonzales

Robert has contributed to the work of the International Center for Nonviolent Communication as a Certified Trainer, serving as a Certification Assessor, and as former President of the Board of Directors. He continues to serve as a lead trainer for International Intensive Trainings (IITs). He was one of the co-founders of the NVC Training Institute. In the year 2000, he established the Prescott Center for Nonviolent Communication. In June 2010, he relocated to Portland, Oregon and re-formed the organization to the Center for Living Compassion, a nonprofit organization through which he shares his work. As the director of the Center for Living Compassion, he conducts seminars and retreats internationally.

Robert's work, Living Compassion has emerged from a lifetime of inquiry into the intersection between spirituality and human communication. His primary influences include Dr. Marshall Rosenberg (founder of Nonviolent Communication), Stephen Schwartz (creator of Compassionate Self-Care). His trainings offer ways to cultivate daily practices for living life fully, grounded in compassion for one's self and others. The integration of self-compassion and compassionate communication is at the heart of his work.

Amal HadwehTrainer: Amal Hadweh

Dr. Amal Hadweh has been Appointed by Bethlehem University to the Board of Trustees of Bethlehem University as of June 2015 .She has been elected to the Beit Jala Municipal Council in 2012, and she leads the city's strategic planning initiative to develop the economy, improve infrastructure, increase tourism, and empower women. After 26 years working in refugee camps, she recently retired from the UN Refugee and Works Agency in the West Bank, where she served as program manager from 2002 to 2010. In that capacity, Dr. Hadweh oversaw the budget and coordinated training and counseling within the three main departments: education, relief, and health. She has served UNRWA in other positions, including as manager of the Millennium Development Goals on women's empowerment and gender equality and acting field administration officer, where she oversaw the daily management of all UNRWA facilities in Jerusalem and West Bank and supervised 4,000 employees.

Prior to that, Dr. Hadweh worked as an English teacher and school principal. She is a founding member of the Palestinian-Israeli Women's Dialogue, a project of the Israeli-Palestinian Center for Research and Studies, and she conducts training on non-violent communication for the group. She is also the Palestinian coordinator for the Palestinian-Israeli International Dialogue group and a founding member of Women in Management in the United Nations. Dr. Hadweh holds a PhD major in business administration and specialization in human resource management from American World University Washington DC, a master's degree in education from Al-Quds University, and a bachelor's degree in English from Bethlehem University. She is a part-time lecturer at Bethlehem University and Al-Quds University.

Hagit Lifshitz, M.A.Trainer: Hagit Lifshitz

Back in 1994, as a police officer then, Hagit had met with Marshall Rosenberg when he came to train the Israel Police. Fascinated by his teaching she became the director of that project and learned how to deal with challenging situations of police work, with individuals and communities. Since then, she has transformed her life to living with NVC consciousness and skills. Since 1996, she has been involved in initiating and creating various social change and peace building projects. Here are some examples: As a co-founder of Mifgash (encounter) for Conflict Transformation (NGO), she became a professional mediator for court cases, a trainer for mediators for court cases, a NVC certified trainer with CNVC and a dialogue facilitator with conflicting groups, like Israelis and Palestinians, religious and non-religious, left and right wing people, and a NVC trainer for thousands of individuals and communities. As the Israeli facilitator of The Hebron CommUnity Project, she trained NVC to Jewish people in Hebron and Kiryat Arba, while a Palestinian facilitator trained the local Palestinians.

The story "Fanatic" can give you a hint of this work. The story "traitor" may give you another flavor of her dialogue work. She worked with a humanitarian project activists of Middleway (NGO). Jewish Israeli, Arab Israeli and Palestinian activists needed more effective skills, to help them build strong partnerships with the Palestinian village they worked with. You can read about her work in: Beacon for Peace in the Promised Land: Transforming Palestinian/Israeli Relationships with Nonviolent Communication, in: Beyond Bullets and Bombs: Grassroots Peace Building Between Israelis and Palestinians, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007. This work led to training Buddhist Mediation teachers of Tovana (Vipasana, NGO) who wanted more tools for developing their compassion and awareness as part of their path. Much of her work & practice has been done with international groups, such as the Zen Peacemakers intl. at the Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreat guided by Roshi Berni Glasmann, by Thich Nhat Hanh at Palestinian –Israeli delegations to Plum Village, and with peacemakers and peace NGO's worldwide in conferences, retreats, workshops and peace One of her projects was training NVC for about 150 Tibetan Buddhist practitioners in the Arava Spiritual Center, Israel, a Sangha lead by Lama Dvora Hla. who invited Hagit to offer compassion and awareness tools to her students, to complement with their spiritual tools. Hagit is a NVC trainer for the Peace Academy in Moa, Israel.

Since 2011, she has co-initiated with a group of NVC trainers from various countries, the International residential multi-day NVC trainings in the Middle-East. Palestinians, Israelis and people from various countries, all come to the region to live together, learn NVC, experience first-hand the local conflicts and suffering, use NVC skills to encounter challenging issues and to encounter each other. As a result of this initiative, hundreds of trained people from tens of nations are now trained in NVC, some of whom are becoming NVC trainers themselves. The coming project she has co-initiated is a Training Trainers & Certification project in the Middle East that will start in 2016 with the support of assessors from Germany, and trainers from Palestine, Israel, USA and Germany. This project will make NVC training trainers & certification accessible and easier for people from the region. Hagit was one the trainers at the IIT in the Middle east on year 2014.

DougTrainer:Doug Dolstad

Doug attended his first IIT twelve years ago and his life has never been the same. That first IIT changed his life. He is delighted to be part of a team offering that experience to others."

He has been serving as a trainer at IIT's for nine years, and brings with him a passion for living the process, sharing his personal journeys and insights, and invites participants into the power-with spirit of the IIT and life. He has a particular sweet spot for parents, partners, youth, and families, hosting NVC Family Camp on their Vashon Island farm for ten years. (nvcfamilycamp.org)

Doug is a founding member of Northwest Compassionate Communication (nwcompass.org) and is very involved in the New Future Process. He looks forward to learning, playing & growing with everyone who gives themselves the gift of this nine-day immersion into compassion for self (first!), other and the world.

irmtraud KauschatOnsite Certification Support: Irmtraud Kauschat


Irmtraud decided to become an assessor support for certification of trainers after working for nearly ten years in regions that are economically less priviledged to support people on their way to become CNVC certified trainers. It is important for her that trainers in these countries also have a chance to join the communtiy of trainers who dedicate their energy to co-create and contribute to a world where everybody's needs matter. She got to know NVC in 1994, is a CNVC certified trainer since 2006 and has been serving the NVC community in different roles.

The organizing team for this training includes CNVC certified trainers Ellen Eisenberg and Roberta Wall, and nvc community members Goni Zilberman, Amal Abass and Noa Ilay Shilo The assessor team includes Irmtraud Kauschat.


The Educational Centre of Talitha Kumi is located in Beit Jala on the highest elevation in the area of Bethlehem. Their ten-hectare large property covered with woods provides for excellent recreational opportunities. 

Relax and enjoy the ambiance of their guest house – be it in their cozy, light-filled dining hall, in the cool shade of a tree on their leafy patio, or on one of their balconies. They do their best to make your stay as comfortable as possible and are more than happy to spoil you with refreshments and their home-made Arabic and international cuisine. 

Register buttonTravel:

How to reach Talitha Kumi may differ according to the current political situation. Please contact the venue by phone or email beforehand, if you are unsure about how to reach them.

We ask you to wait until your registration in the IIT has been confirmed before booking travel reservations.

IIT Options and Fees (For a 9-Day Training):

Fee: Total IIT Fees consists of a tuition fee and accommodation fee (payable in US Dollars to CNVC). We are applying parity adjustment for this IIT, meaning that our regular tuition ($2340 without discounts) plus accommodation is expected from "Internationals," while a price more comparable to local conditions is expected from participants native to the countries of the Mideast.
Tuition paid at regular price will go toward financially supporting those needing scholarships.

Early Bird Discount: Get 15% off tuition on payments received in full by November 30, 2016. Tuition Fee Payable to CNVC under this option is $1,989.
Get 10% off tuition on payments received in full by December 30, 2016. Tuition Fee Payable to CNVC under this option is $2,106.

Other discounts: If you are a registered certification candidate with CNVC or have attended a CNVC IIT before, we offer you 15% discount off tuition (not to be combined with other offers).

Special Tuition Rate: If you are a resident of Israel, Palestine or surrounding countries please contact the organizer (iitmideast@gmail.com ) for the local adjusted tuition rate.
For assistance registering and requesting scholarships: iitmideast@gmail.com.

Shortened Attendance track: If you want to attend for the shortened track ( Dates would be both January 19, 5pm- Sunday January 22, 4 pm AND Thursday January 26, 9 am- Saturday January 28, 4pm) contact the organizing team: IITmideast@gmail.com

Note: The due date for Scholarship Applications for this IIT is December 19, 2016

Accommodation Type 

Accommodation Fee Payable to CNVC in US Dollars

Tuition Fee Payable to CNVC in US Dollars.

Single room private bath



Double room private bath



Triple/ Quadruple room private bath



How to register:

  1. Click here to fill out the online IIT Application Form and make at least a $100 payment is in US Dollars to CNVC.
  2. Applications sent before 19 January, 2017 need to include full or partial payment, with a minimum of $100. The balance is due on 19 January, 2017. For applications sent on or after 19 January, 2017 please include all fees.
  3. CNVC and organizer team usually acknowledges your application within 5 business days; please contact the IIT department if you did not receive an acknowledgement within this time.

For questions please contact the IIT Department at +1 505-244-4041 or email at iit@cnvc.org Or the local Organizers in the Mideast at iitmideast@gmail.com


  • When

  • Thursday, January 19, 2017 - Saturday, January 28, 2017
    17:00 - 13:00
    Jerusalem Time

  • Where

  • טליתא קומי, The Educational Centre of Talitha Kumi
    Beit Jala
    Palestinian Territory
    +972 2 2741 247 (direct line:

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