2018 Costa Rica IIT

Basic Information Sheet

Center for Nonviolent Communicationsm
Costa Rica, October 12 - 21, 2018

Program: This International Intensive Training (IIT) is a 9-day, Nonviolent Communication “immersion experience.” It is a residential workshop led by a team of experienced CNVC certified trainers.

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

This event is a 9-day residential training designed as an "immersion experience" in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) led by a team of experienced CNVC certified trainers.

The purpose is to offer you the opportunity to live the process of NVC in community over an extended period of time, in order to develop the mindsets and practical tools to help you in 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 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.

3.  Contribution and Social Change

  • Teach others a way to increase inner peace, liberate themselves and strengthen relationships.
  • Share NVC in ways that transmit and model it’s power to transform and inspire 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. 

We intend to prioritize these three areas within the IIT curriculum and there is also room for co-creation. There will be opportunities for you to make requests for specific topics that you imagine will support you in applying NVC in these areas of your life.

You will receive much more from this IIT if you are acquainted with the basics of NVC before you come. However, if you have no previous knowledge or experience of NVC, or would like a refresher course, a foundation training will be offered during the first three or four days of the IIT.

Seminar Language: English, with Spanish translation.

Liv LarssonTrainer: Liv Larsson

is Certified Trainer with CNVC since 2002. She has worked as a coach, mediator and workshop leader since 1992. Liv has written 18 books on the theme of NVC, for adults and children, translated to different languages.The titles include Anger Guilt and Shame - Reclaiming Power and Choice, A Helping Hand- Mediation with Nonviolent Communication and Cracking the NVC Code.

She lives in the north of Sweden and one of her contracts as a mediator is for Swedish FSC - Forest Stewardess Council - mediating between the indigenous group of Sweden - the Same - and the biggest forest companies in Sweden as well as mining companies.

Liv has been sharing her special way of teaching mediation skills to many different groups - from UN mediators to social workers and parents and has been leading mediation trainings in Australia, Europe and Asia. One of here special skills and areas of interest is how shame is affecting both the mediator and the parties in a mediation. Her passions are cross-country skiing, hiking, swimming, yoga, nature, her son, writing and connecting with people.

Raj GillTrainer: Raj Gill

Certified Professional Co-Active Coach and CNVC Certified Trainer. When she transitioned out of a career in health care she launched a Training and Development Company, Prosperity Circles Coaching International to provide coaching, mediation and trainings in communication, Emotional Intelligence and Inclusive Leadership to audiences worldwide. She is a founding member of Freedom Project Canada offering NVC in prisons and the Experiential Leadership Initiative. A 4 year collaboration with Judi Morin and Lucy Leu provided many opportunities to learn and they published the Nonviolent Communication Toolkit for Facilitators. she has enjoyed developing Compassionate Communication curricula and manuals for a variety of organizations, including the Cowichan Intercultural Society, Community Colleges, Correctional Service of Canada and Relationship-Based Classroom Management for teachers throughout Latin America she enjoys working with people co-creating a motivational and supportive environment for managing the human aspect of growth and development. She is a strong believer in the power of human connection and compassion for resolving conflict and creating universal success This belief has taken her to North America, Latin America, Nunavut, Africa, Ireland, and beyond, in settings of higher education, prisons, religious communities and boardrooms. Her experiences and skills gained working alongside Marshall Rosenberg are gifts that keep manifesting in her personal and professional life. she recently adjusted her work schedule to include much more playtime with her much loved grandsons. She looks forward to welcoming you and sharing Nonviolent Communication in community.


Ian PeateyTrainer: Ian Peatey


was born in the UK and now lives in Bucharest, Romania with his daughter, wife and black Labrador. He also lived in Poland for many years, playing a part in the rapid growth of NVC awareness there. Together with Monica (his wife - also a Certified Trainer), he runs the Romanian Association for NVC which aims to be the focal point for bringing NVC to Romania.

Ian’s background is originally in the corporate world where he worked in financial audit and HR before embarking on a radical change of direction after discovering NVC in 2001. He was certified as a CNVC trainer in 2008 and integrates NVC into his business training, facilitation and coaching as well as offering NVC programs in personal development and for couples and parents. He is also a Solution Focus coach and a team coach for the Romanian part of the Team Academy network of ‘alternative’ educational approaches.

In his work he seeks to combine the transformational quality of NVC with the pragmatic and, despite their popularity, resolutely refuses to use puppets in his workshops. Though some close to him might disagree, he is also known for his humour!

David ShindollTrainer: David Shindoll:

  David holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Colorado College and a master’s degree in education from Loyola University. David has been studying NVC since 1999 and became a certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication in 2010. In 2009, David co-founded the Rocky Mountain Compassionate Communication Network. David has worked with children and their families for over 25 years in a variety of contexts from villages for abandoned children in Costa Rica, to Montessori schools in Taiwan, Bolivia, and the United States. David has been a teacher trainer in language at the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies and currently works with 1st graders as a literacy interventionist. David lives with his wife and daughter in Denver, Colorado. David’s passions include yoga, reading, being in nature, contributing to children and their families, and exploring how to live life from presence, truth, and compassion.


Mountain ParadiseVenue: Hotel Mountain Paradise

Set in lush tropical grounds, this laid-back hotel is 3 km from Kalambu Hot Springs, 10 km from La Fortuna Waterfall and 12 km from the Arenal Volcano. Warmly decorated, Colonial-style suites. Restaurants with terraces overlooking the volcano. Other amenities include an outdoor pool and hot tub with a waterfall, as well as a spa.

By air:
The main airport in Costa Rica is San José the hotel is a 2,5 hour drive

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

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

Accommodation Options and Fee: Total IIT Fees consists of a tuition fee (payable in US Dollars to CNVC) - as outlined in the table below. No part of the fees is optional or negotiable.

Tuition Rates (different rates for locals ask organizer) Total Fee
Full Tuition $2,340USD
5 month early-bird - payments received in full 6 months prior to start of IIT (May 31, 2018) - 15% off full tuition $1,989USD
3 month early-bird - payments received in full 3 months prior to start of IIT (July 12, 2018) - 10% off full tuition $2,106USD
Certification Candidate or Previous IIT attendance - If you are a registered certification candidate with CNVC or have attended a CNVC IIT before - 15% off full tuition $1,989USD

Scholarships: The due date for Scholarship Applications for this IIT is July 12, 2018 (3 months prior to the start of the IIT.)

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

Accommodation Type

Accommodation Fee Payable to the Organizer

Single occupancy


Double occupancy


Commuter - stay off-site

575 (lunch and dinner only)

How to register:

  1. Click on Register below to fill out the online IIT Application Form sent at least a $100 payment is in US Dollars to CNVC.
  2. Applications sent before September 12, 2018 need to include full or partial payment, with a minimum of $100. The balance is due on September 12, 2018. For applications sent on or after September 12, 2018 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 (English only)
organizer of the Costa Rica IIT in Costa Rica: Mary Scholl via email cnvciitcostarica@gmail.com / phone: +506 8863 5744

****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, October 12, 2018 - Sunday, October 21, 2018
    17:00 - 12:00
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • Hotel Mountain Paradise
    Volcán Arenal, La Fortuna
    San Carlos
    Costa Rica
    (+506) 2479-1414

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