2019 USA Los Angeles IIT

Basic Information Sheet

Center for Nonviolent Communicationsm
USA - Los Angeles CA, February 8-17, 2019


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:

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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 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. 

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.

Seminar Language: English.

sabine geigerTrainer: Sabine Geiger (Germany)

Sabine Geiger has been leading workshops all over the world for 30 years, to support people on their path to freedom and choice. She came in contact with NVC in 1998 and started teaching soon after that. As a certified trainer and assessor for CNVC, she promotes a community-based certification approach.
To Sabine, NVC is a journey of the heart: ”When I crossed paths with Marshall Rosenberg in 1998, I was amazed. How could anyone describe my inner processes so accurately, without ever meeting me?! The empathic, curious and open heart has always seemed natural to me. Discovering NVC and passing it on to others has immensely enriched my life.”
Since Sabine recognizes conflict as an invitation to learn more about others, exploring and sharing restorative approaches has become an important part of her teaching.
Her passion? Tapping into the wisdom of the body while using the framework of the NVC process. How can we explore body sensations and link them to our feelings and needs? To Sabine, this is an ongoing exploration, which you are kindly invited to join.
Sabine's website is: sabinegeiger.com

Trainers: Jim and Jori Manske (USA)
married and working together for over 38 years, share the intentions to cooperate together in the great adventure of life, to openly and honestly share their deepest thoughts and feelings, and to honor and accept each other with ever-increasing ability. These intentions continue to frame not only their relationship together, but also all their relationships and work. As co-creators of peaceworks, they offer training, mediation, facilitation, organizational development, consulting and mentoring. They have been working with a variety of businesses, community groups, government, NGO's, private groups and individuals since 1971. They each have certifications as Trainers, Mediators, and Facilitators, as well as certifications in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), and individually have degrees in Communication (Jim) and Social Work (Jori). In June 2008, they completed their year and a half term as inaugural leaders of the Global Community Circle (GCC) for The Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC), supporting the growth and well-being of communities in the worldwide CNVC network. They were founding members of the New Mexico and Hawaii Network for Nonviolent Communication. and have contributed directly to many emerging NVC communities worldwide. Jori also served as Interim Director of CNVC from January 2006 until May 2007, on the CNVC Board of Directors for 3 years, as founding board member of Comienzos (a program for jail inmates and staff), and serves on the Advisory Committee for NVC Academy

Mary MackenzieTrainer: Mary Mackenzie (USA)

Mary Mackenzie, M.A., is the author of Peaceful Living: Daily Meditations for Living with Love, Healing and Compassion, co-founder of the NVC Academy, an online school for learning Nonviolent Communication; executive director of Peace Workshop, International, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting practical methods for living nonviolently; and Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication through the Center for Nonviolent Communication.
Mary brings extensive experience in creating and maintaining collaborative organizations and partnerships, finding a way forward that values all needs even in challenging group decision-making processes, balancing efficiency and heartfelt connection, and living authenticity and spiritual depth in all interactions.
Mary’s guiding vision is to help people learn concrete, practical tools for living peacefully day-to-day. She believes that if each of us steps up to the plate to transform our own negative behaviors and thought patterns we can create world peace, one heart at a time. Her workshops, retreats, organizational development, group facilitation, public speaking engagements, and personal daily life reflect this passion. To reach Mary visit: www.nvcacademy.com or www.peaceworkshop.org

Agnieszka Rzewuska-PacaTrainer: Agnieszka Rzewuska-Paca (Poland)
I'm a free spirit with a great appetite for life. Seeker of meaning and life fulfillment, stemming from a deep connection to my own power. I am convinced that every person has a sage inside, who knows what is best for them. My passion is to support people in connecting to their inner sages and wisdom. Working with me is a journey, an exploration, in a safe space of acceptance, which I create.
My primary point of reference is Nonviolent Communication - “What I want in my life is compassion, a flow between myself and others based on a mutual giving from the heart.” - this quote of Marshall Rosenberg went straight into my heart and initiated my journey of heartful living. Several years and several hundred workshop-days later, the NVC community has become my tribe, and the approach itself a way of living and the essence of what I share now in my professional life as a certified trainer. In my work I am particularly fascinated by the interplay of the intrapersonal, the interpersonal and the systemic. I balance great intellectual clarity and insightfulness, with the transformative potential of body-based practices – together with a collegue we set up an “NVC in Motion” in Poland, offering and organizing workshops that combine body-awareness and NVC.
My other passion is bringing NVC into education – for the past 4 years I’ve been working with an NVC kindergarten and nursery in Warsaw, as well as offering workshops for teachers. I have also co-created and run a first gap-year program for youth 18-25 in Poland, aiming at supporting young people in re-discovering their gifts and crafting a life journey, which is a manifestation of who they really are.
Agnieska's website: www.empoweredliving.pl

rodger SorrowOrganizer: Rodger Sorrow
I'm an organizer, certified trainer since 2001 and assessor in training for The Center for Nonviolent Communication. Nonviolent Communication (NVC) has changed my life as it gave me a process to understand what was going on inside me and express it without criticizing, blaming or making others wrong. NVC has also given me tools to differentiate between what was happening and the story I was making up about it. This opened the door to authenticity and accountability as I connected to my feelings and values and became empowered to express my truth openly and vulnerably. At the same time there was now space inside me so I can hear others and what’s alive in their hearts. This process is powerful and can support individuals, couples, groups and organizations find more connection, collaboration and the win-win in any situation. You can reach Rodger by phone or text at 805-452-8874 or email RodgerHSorrow@gmail.com.

Venue: Mary and Joseph Retreat Center.
The Mary & Joseph Retreat Center’s mission is to provide an environment of serenity, prayer, and natural beauty. It is surrounded by Eight Acres of Beautiful Gardens. The Retreat Center overlooks the Los Angeles Basin from its location on top of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. It is close to the city of Long Beach.

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By air: The nearest airport is Los Angeles International (LAX) Airport www.flylax.com with ground transportation to Palos Verdes Peninsula and the retreat center.

By car or public transportation: Once you are registered, you will receive a welcome letter with a rideshare document that can be filled out to meet ease in connecting and sharing rides.

IIT Options and Fees (for 9-day training): Total IIT Fees consists of a tuition fee and accomodation (payable in US Dollars to CNVC) - as outlined in the tables below. No part of the fees is optional or negotiable.

Tuition Rates Total Fee
Full Tuition $2,340USD
6 month early-bird - payments received in full 6 months prior to start of IIT (August 10th 2018) - 15% off full tuition $1,989USD
3 month early-bird - payments received in full 3 months prior to start of IIT (November 10th 2018) - 10% off full tuition $2,106USD
Certification Candidate or Previous IIT attendance - 15% off full tuition $1,989USD

Scholarships: The due date for Scholarship Applications for this IIT is November 10, 2018 (3 months prior to the start of the IIT.)

Accommodation Options and Fees (for 9-day training in addition to the tuition fees): 

Accommodation Type

Accommodation Fee Payable to CNVC

Private Room with Private Bathroom 

$1750 USD/Person

Double Room, shared Bathroom

$1325 USD/Person

Triple Room and shared Bathroom (includes one rollaway bed)

$1170 USD/Person


$900 USD/Person

Meals are included. Delicious and healthy cuisine is elegantly presented buffet style. Vegan and vegetarian choices available but not individual dietary requests.

How to register:

  1. Click on Register below to fill out the online IIT Application Form sent Register buttonat least a $100 payment is in US Dollars to CNVC.
  2. Applications sent before 10 January, 2019 need to include full or partial payment, with a minimum of $100. The balance is due on 10 January, 2019. For applications sent on or after 10 January, 2019 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 organizers of the Los Angeles IIT:

Rodger Sorrow, mobile 805-452-8874, rodgerhsorrow@gmail.com

****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, February 8, 2019 - Sunday, February 17, 2019
    17:00 - 12:00
    Pacific Time

  • Where

  • Mary and Joseph Retreat Center
    5300 Crest Road
    Rancho Palos Verdes, California
    (310) 377-4867

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