2017 USA San Francisco IIT

Basic Information Sheet

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Center for Nonviolent Communicationsm
San Francisco - Bay area, CA, USA, December 1 - 10, 2017

Experimental IIT

Program: This event is a 9-day residential training designed as an "immersion experience" in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) for people at all levels of NVC understanding led by a team of experienced NVC trainers. This particular intensive will include the standard IIT curriculum and will also have a special focus on the themes of Power, Privilege, and the Body.

Listen to Sarah Peyton and Bob Wentworth talking about the vision for this special IIT!

Vision: To bring together the values and worldview of NVC and the social analysis that emerges from movements from social justice to support individuals in facing the realities of the world from the multiple social and cultural locations in which they live.

Purpose: To support the movement towards this vision by offering an intensive training in NVC that is informed by the following questions:

  • How does the lens of power* and privilege** combine with the deep practices of NVC to create relationships with self, other, and the world that are informed by social analysis?
  • What does social analysis look like when informed by the perspective of putting needs at the center?
  • How do trauma and power differences affect the body and how can NVC learning support an accelerated path to inner freedom?
* We define power as the capacity to mobilize resources to attend to needs
** The dictionary definition of privilege is “a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people.” We also rely on Stephanie Wildmans’ definition of privilege as “the systemic conferral of benefit and advantage. Members of a privileged group gain this status by affiliation, conscious or not and chosen or not, to the dominant side of a power system."


This IIT is our first experiment in doing this integration. As such, we anticipate learning together and co-creating aspects of the curriculum. Participants' experiences, insights, and whatever prior exposure to NVC and/or to social justice work - they have are likely to be core and central to this process.(NOTE: prior exposure to NVC or to social justice work are not in any way an expectation or condition for attending. We anticipate having a rich mix of social justice folks with no experience in NVC, who want to hear if this lens could transform their work, NVC folks genuinely curious and open to learn about the frameworks that power and privilege offer, and others without experience in either aspect of what we are exploring in this IIT.)

Our goals are affected by this being a first:

  1. Within the training:
    1. Creating the conditions for people to be able to engage meaningfully with their own and others experiences, needs, and challenges across differences in power such as race, nationality, culture, and class.
    2. Supporting people in engaging with their bodies to learn about and free themselves from the effects of trauma and power differences on their bodies.
    3. Facilitating significant learning of NVC principles and practices
    4. Facilitating greater capacity in approaching the daunting task of learning about, mourning, and working to transform the existing power structures in the world.
  2. Beyond the training:
    1. Creating a community of people committed to carrying forward the work of integrating NVC with social analysis and practice.
    2. Offering the fruits of our work together to the larger NVC community in the form of a revised NVC curriculum more accessible to people in marginalized groups; materials for NVC trainers and candidates to engage with and learn from; and proposals for how to attend to power differences within the NVC community.

Trainer Team

Trainer: Roxy ManningRoxy Manning
a Certified Trainer with the CNVC, has been co-leading BayNVC's Leadership Program since 2008. A passionate champion of social justice, she brings NVC to her work as a licensed clinical psychologist serving the homeless population in San Francisco, NY, and has volunteered and supported groups around the world interested in causes from LGBTQ rights to equity and transformation of social structures related to race, ethnicity and social class. Roxy uses her own experiences as an Afro-Caribbean immigrant in the United States, a clinician who has worked intensively with couples and families, and a consultant to businesses and organizations to deliver trainings that are attuned to the needs of participants with diverse interests. She combines vulnerability and transparency with a delight in explaining the nuances of this work that results in deep appreciation and learning in those who experience her modeling and clarity. Her website is www.manning.learnnvc.org.

Jeyanthy SivaTrainer: Jeyanthy Siva
is an international trainer, mediator and coach. Having worked as a trainer since 2000 (in USA, Europe and Asia), she has trained change makers, leaders and teams in interpersonal communication, conflict mediation and group decision-making process. When requested, she provides coaching and sounding board service for decision makers, working with clients in different sectors ranging from NGOs, government agencies, hospitals, schools and the private sector. Her educational background is from University of California, Berkeley and Rutgers University, New Jersey (USA). Currently she is based in The Netherlands and travels to other parts of the world.

Her varied training back ground ranges from community and youth groups and peace building organizations (Sri Lanka, East Timor), to academic institutions and hospitals (Sri Lanka, Italy), to police departments (UK), to social change activists (USA, Thailand) and to the general public (Finland, USA).

She also serves as board of director of the Sandhi Institute, a nonprofit organization that provides training and facilitation in nonviolent communication, conflict resolution and skills for healing and reconciliation.

She studied for many years with Marshall Rosenberg, developer of the Nonviolent Communication (NVC) model and founder of the Center for Nonviolent Communication. She first studied with and then collaborated with trainers from BayNVC in Berkeley, CA (USA) in the late 1990’s. She has been mentored by and worked with Joanna Macy (author, systems theorist and Buddhist scholar) for many years.

Sarah PeytonTrainer: Sarah Peyton

offers trainings focused on learning and using resonant language to transform the brain and heal trauma. She integrates Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) with the healing potential of Nonviolent Communication's verbal and non-verbal empathy. Sarah has a particular interest in the way human brains respond to power differentials and microaggressions, the social trauma that can result, and how to use depth empathy to bring people into their full power. She teaches and lectures internationally, and her book, Your Resonant Self: Guided Meditations and Exercises to Engage Your Brain’s Capacity for Healing, will be coming out in September 2017 from Norton Publishing. Her website is here.

Miki KashtanTrainer: Miki Kashtan
is a practical visionary pursuing a world that works for all, based primarily on the principles and tools of Nonviolent Communication (NVC). From the start, she’s been interested in NVC as a tool for social transformation. She dreams of local and global systems based on care for the needs of all life. In her work with individuals, she focuses on supporting movement towards rapid empowerment in service of the whole. Choice, purpose, inner freedom, non violence, dialogue, collaboration, interdependence, leadership, conscious use of power, and a commitment to structural change are the lenses through which she looks at every moment and interaction. Her deepest sources of inspiration are many feminist theoreticians, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Marshall Rosenberg, radical economics, and the commons movement. She strives to bring together theory and practice, spiritual commitment with conceptual clarity, radical vision and practical applications, heart and mind, and self and other.

In 2002, she founded Bay Area Nonviolent Communication (BayNVC) with her late sister Inbal Kashtan. She teaches and consults in many countries, with both individuals and organizations. She blogs at The Fearless Heart and publishes articles elsewhere. She published three books so far and has about seven more she plans to write. A full list of books and articles appears here. Miki participated intensively in the New Future Process for CNVC for two and half years, from its start through the integration phase.

Twice a month, Miki holds free calls on the topic of Facing Privilege.

In April 2017, Miki is co-presenting a session at the White Privilege Conference.

Bob WentworthTrainer: Bob Wentworth

played a lead role in initiating and supporting the CNVC New Future Process, a multi-year community-based process in which the Nonviolent Communication (NVC) movement was invited to re-envision how it would like to organise itself globally. That process resulted in a plan to assimilate CNVC into a new global NVC organization founded on self-management and evolutionary principles, with a commitment to awareness and care regarding issues of access, power, and systemic marginalization.

Bob once asked himself the question, "Is there a single key that could make a difference in addressing all the world's problems?" It seemed to him that if we could find ways to more reliably partner to work together, instead of battling or working at cross-purposes, then this could make all the difference. For him, NVC offers some critical pieces of the puzzle, concerning how we can be together in more satisfying ways. NVC powerfully contributes to making new things possible interpersonally (between people), intra-personally (in how we relate to ourselves), and potentially on larger scales (institutionally and politically). At the same time, Bob continues to search for a complete answer to his question. He has spent years looking at issues of trauma and skillfully relating to ourselves, and is also deeply interested in the functioning of groups and institutions.

Bob is a CNVC Certified Trainer, and former CNVC Board member. He co-founded Family HEART Camp, a week-long NVC camp for parents and children, currently active in six states in the U.S. He earned a Ph.D. in Applied Physics, and worked as a technologist before shifting to focus his attention on improving our collective experience of the human condition.

Venue: Vallombrosa Center

Vallombrosa Center, in Menlo Park, California is a secluded 10 acre site graced with trees from all over the world. It is a retreat within a city. With easy access to San Francisco Bay Area, Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39. Also close by is world famous Stanford University. If you want peace and quiet staying on the grounds will satisfy those needs. If you are seeking adventure and stimulation you need only jump on a train, bus, bike or take an Uber to various sites including the beautiful Bay. Like the Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park.


By airplane:
The closest airport is San Jose Airport.

By car and public transportation:
Info will be sent after registration.

Note: Participants are asked to wait until the CNVC office has confirmed their enrollment in the IIT before booking travel and accommodation reservations. 

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 June 1, 2017. Tuition Fee Payable to CNVC under this option is $1,989.

Receive 10% off tuition on payments received in full*** by October 10, 2017. 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 October 10, 2017. 

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

Accommodation Type

Accommodation Fee

(meals included)


Tuition Fee (discounts available above)



(Payable to CNVC in USD)

Single occupancy

$1,490 $2,340 $3,830 **

Double occupancy

$1,330 $2,340 $3,670 **
Commuter with Food
(facility usage fee included)
$970 $2,340 $3,310 **

Meals: The venue offers vegetarian and non-vegetarian (meals with meat) options (included in the fees above). Please indicate your choice in the IIT application form. 

How to register:

  1. Click here to fill out the online IIT Application Form in English,  please follow the instructions in the form to make payment: or
  2. Applications sent before 1 November 2017 need to include full or partial payment, with a minimum of $100. The balance is due on 1 November, 2017. For applications sent on or after 1 November, 2017 please include full tuition fees.
  3. CNVC usually acknowledges your application within 5 business days; please contact the IIT department if you did not receive an acknowledgment within this time.

For questions, please contact the IIT Department at +1 505-244-4041 or email us at iit@cnvc.org or contact the Local Organizer Karen Starz: starz.organizer@gmail.com, her phone: +1 281-910-2921

**Attendance at an IIT is a request of those who wish to become CNVC certified trainers, and it is highly recommended to anyone who wishes to share NVC, whether you want to be certified or not. more info here


  • When

  • Friday, December 1, 2017 - Sunday, December 10, 2017
    17:00 - 12:00
    Pacific Time

  • Where

  • Vallombrosa
    250 Oak Grove Ave
    Menlo Park, California 94025

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