2017 USA Minnesota IIT

Basic Information Sheet

Center for Nonviolent Communicationsm
Minnesota, United States | September 30 — October 9, 2017

Discover skills that will help you improve the quality of your relationships, deepen your inner peace, and increase your contribution in the world.

Join us to be part of a compassionate community learning together how to create strong communities; practice deep, nonjudgmental listening; and build empowerment from the inside out.

practice deep, nonjudgmental listening; and build self empowerment from the inside out.

The purpose of this IIT is to offer you the opportunity to live the process of NVC in community in order to develop the mindsets and practical tools to create communities that thrive, communities that can reconcile differences, communities that can integrate cultures living peacefully side by side, communities where there is equity. We invite people to join us who want to impact their communities.

We will do this by looking at three areas:

1. Personal and Professional Relationships

  • Increase connection and closeness with the people you love.
  • Speak in a way that inspires compassion and understanding.
  • Initiate and take part in, difficult conversations with more ease and confidence.
  • Remain centered and peaceful when receiving difficult messages.
  • Express and receive anger fully, safely and respectfully... yet powerfully.
  • Resolve long-standing conflicts and heal painful relationships.
  • Parent children from the heart and move beyond power struggles into cooperation.
  • Translate criticism, judgments and blame into life-serving messages.

2.  Inner Transformation

  • Shift patterns of thinking that lead to depression, guilt and shame and perpetuate pain.
  • Transform anger into self-understanding, thereby increasing inner peace.
  • Enliven yourself by expressing and receiving gratitude.
  • Learn to embody unconditional love.
  • Explore a world view where all people are valued
  • Act, think and speak from your deepest integrity

3.  Contribution and Social Change

  • Explore systems and processes that will support communities in creating a world that works for all
  • Share NVC in a ways that contains/transmits it's power to transform and that inspires others.
  • Create educational systems where students love learning and teachers love teaching.
  • Learn to engage in effective, lasting nonviolent social change in the tradition of Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
  • Explore ways to shift the culture around you that is aligned with your values.
  • Apply this work to current issues such as integration of refugees into European communities

Seminar Language: English with French translation.

Jeff BrownTrainer: Jeff Brown
Jeff Brown, M.A., has been a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication since 2005, and has led hundreds of trainings in 28 U.S. states and seven countries including South Korea, Japan, the Netherlands, Germany, Romania and the U.K.  People who experience Jeff's training, coaching, and group facilitation describe him as having a combination of authenticity, vulnerability and humor that engages audiences of all kinds. In addition to conducting hundreds of personal development workshops for individuals, Jeff works with leaders of organizations to increase collaboration and implement systems for:

  • Running engaging meetings that people enjoy participating in.
  • Making decisions in a way that is both inclusive and effective.
  • Giving and receiving feedback in a way that connects rather than stimulates defensiveness.
  • Addressing conflict creatively when it arises to prevent it from festering and causing bigger problems.

From 2009-2015, Jeff served as the Executive Director of the Compassionate Communication Center of Ohio, a nonprofit organization based in Columbus.  He has a master's degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica (Los Angeles, CA) and facilitates difficult conversations with people in conflict using mediation, victim-offender reconciliation and Restorative Circles.

François BeausoleilTrainer: François Beausoleil
François trains, coaches and supports individuals and organizations throughout Canada, U.S., Mexico, Europe, Costa Rica, Japan and China. In addition to his engaging approaches on how to share the foundations of NVC with others and developing trainers, François brings a strong business and coaching focus to his work.

With his expertise in business and working with organizations, François supports participants to clarify their vision, articulate what they want to contribute to the world and identify strategies of doing this that are designed to attend to their needs. François is highly skilled at helping participants discover and transcend internal and external barriers so that they can live from a more fully empowered state. 

François' previous career was as a musician with Cirque de Soleil – he brings creativity and music into the rooms and hearts wherever he shares his work.  He has an MBA from Sherbrooke University in Quebec and has been a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication since 2008.

In 2014, he wrote the book, "The Blame-Free State," and has been helping people moving out of blame for others and themselves in several countries since then. He recently launched The Blame-Free State Institute.

Valérie Lanctôt-BédardAssessor: Valérie Lanctôt-Bédard
From a background in alternative medicine and activism, as well as a deep commitment to personal development, healing and peacemaking, Valérie has been involved full time in NVC-related activities since 2006 and has been a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication since 2007.

Valérie has brought NVC to others through training, mediation and coaching services and works directly with the public as well as with organizations, with all kinds of people from teams in governmental agencies to community and multinational organizations. She facilitates participatory programs on civility in the workplace, she teaches stress management and resilience development, she trains managers and HR professionals in conflict transformation skills. She also works with couples who want to live their most intimate relationship in NVC consciousness and families in disarray in their relationships.

As a CNVC certification assessor, Valérie is honoured to act as a support to the integrity of the NVC process and everything that underlies it. She also coaches certification candidates and developing trainers who want to enhance their talent and know-how in all facets of becoming the best NVC trainer they can be.

Valérie has master's degree in Conflict Prevention and Resolution (Law, University of Sherbrooke) and has completed her coaching program with Coaching for Transformation (ICF ACC accreditation).


Venue: Koinonia Retreat Center

Venue Images Koinonia Retreat Center is located on 120 acres at the north end of Lake Sylvia in west central Wright County. The property concists of Lake Sylvia shorteline, native prairie and Minnesota Big Woods. Even the casual observer will be amazed at the variety of wild life that they will observe. Very good bird watching and lots of hiking trails. Trails around the center can lead to little retreat places for quiet time. And there is a meditation labyrinth and a firepit amphitheater. Sauna and boats are for rent. The fishing is good too.

Participants are asked to wait until their registration in the IIT has been confirmed before booking travel reservations.

Meals: They can provide a wide varity of preferences including vegetarian and vegan food.


By air: The closest airport is Minneapolis-Staint Paul International Airport (1.5 hrs away by car)

By road: more info will be send after you register.

IIT Options and Fees (for 9-day training):

Fee: Total IIT Fees consists of a tuition fee and accommodation fee (payable in US Dollars to CNVC) - as outlined in the table below.

Early Bird Discount: Receive 15% off tuition on payments received in full by 29 March 2017 (6 months prior to start of IIT). Tuition Fee Payable to CNVC under this option is $1,989.

Receive 10% off tuition on payments received in full by 29 June 2017 (3 months prior to start of IIT). 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).

Scholarships: The due date for Scholarship Applications for this IIT is 29 June 2017 (3 months prior to the start of the IIT.)

Accommodation Type

Accommodation Fee, meals included,
Payable to CNVC

Tuition Fee
Payable to CNVC

(discounts see above)

Private Room with private bath



Private Room with shared Bath



Double Room with private bath



Double Room with shared bath $750 $2.340
Triple Room with private bath $750 $2.340
Triple Room with shared bath $650 $2.340

Commuter (stay offsite) incl meals




Meal choices: vegetarian, non-vegetarian and vegan. Please let us know if you have special dietary needs. They may be able to accommodate it.
There are limited private bathrooms available

How to register:

  1. Click here to fill out the online IIT Application Form sent at least a $100 payment is in US Dollars to CNVC.
  2. Applications sent before 30 August, 2017 need to include full or partial payment, with a minimum of $100. The balance is due on 30 August, 2017. For applications sent on or after 30 August, 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 contact the local organizer of the Minnesota IIT in Minnesota: Dave at dc2017mniit@gmail.com


  • When

  • Saturday, September 30, 2017 - Monday, October 9, 2017
    17:00 - 12:00
    Central Time

  • Where

  • Koinonia Center
    7768 Pilger Ave NW
    South Haven, Minnesota 55382
    (320) 236-7746

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