Although leading workshops and trainings has been my way of living for a quarter of a century (nooo, can’t be, I am not that old) and I lead on average three full training days per week, the European Intensive Course in Nonviolent Communication, on which I am one of the 6 trainers, holds a very special place in my heart and I look forward to it for many months in advance. I believe it is so because with the 9-day span, its format and six trainers present, it meets so many of my longings for certain qualities.
The first one is the quality peace, ease, spaciousness and flow. While shorter trainings often have this fear of lack of time to address everything, in this 9-day retreat I can relax and follow the energy of the group, offer workshops on aspects of NVC that are being requested, and respond to what is alive in participants. I can work alone, or offer workshops together with another trainer and explore new horizons.
The second one is the quality of a true community that tends to get formed, not just a pseudo one, as Scott Peck called it. After so many days of crying and laughing together in our vulnerabilities and openness, the difference between the roles of a trainer and the one of a participant start melting and we are fundamentally a community of learners, exploring Life together, hosting ourselves and each other. There is shared purpose, care and empathy and the vision of what human societies could look like starts incarnating.
I love retreats which are long enough so that the end is beyond the horizon and not just around the corner. This not only provides lots of space for the integration to happen, but also somehow seems to centre everybody more into the here and now, into living and fully embodying the essence of the Nonviolent Communication and compassionate relating. I lose the perception of today and tomorrow, and just move through the hours and days, in a sense of a total immersion. For me, a long intensive retreat is like a little lifetime within the large lifetime.
And the last one that I so much enjoy: the growth and the fundamental shifts toward full living that happen in front of my eyes, with the beauty starting to radiate out of everybody – because the time and the intensity of the experience makes it almost impossible to not grow and to not start shining.
So, in essence, what am I so much looking forward to experience in August in France? To experience our human beauty! And I invite you to join me at the European Intensive Course in Nonviolent Communication in August, South France.