2020 Los Angeles IIT

Basic Information Sheet

Center for Nonviolent Communicationsm
USA - Los Angeles CA, October 30 - November 8, 2020


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.

Trainer Team:

Full bios in the trainer tab in the menu on the left

Kirsten Kristensen Jim Manske Mary Mackenzie, M.A Yuko Goto
Kirsten Kristensen (Denmark)
Jim (and Jori) Manske (USA)
Mary Mackenzie, M.A (USA)
Yuko Goto (Japan)

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 (May 1st 2020) - 15% off full tuition $1,989USD
3 month early-bird - payments received in full 3 months prior to start of IIT (July 31st 2020) - 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 July 31, 2020 (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 send Register buttonat least a $100 payment is in US Dollars to CNVC.
  2. Applications sent before September 30th, 2020 need to include full or partial payment, with a minimum of $100. The balance is due on September 30th, 2020. For applications sent on or after September 30th, 2020 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 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, October 30, 2020 - Sunday, November 8, 2020
    17:00 - 11:00
    Pacific Time

  • Where

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

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