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Living NVC: 7-Day Immersion

  • The Haven 240 Davis Road Gabriola, BC, V0R 1X1 Canada (map)

Facilitators: Angela Walkley and Mitch Miyagawa

Offered at The Haven, Gabriola Island, BC

This week-long program is designed to support the ongoing development and integration of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) into every aspect of life, whether participants are relatively new to NVC or experienced practitioners.

You'll have an opportunity to practice NVC with guidance, compassion, and support, whether your aim is to broaden awareness in your personal life, teach the process to others, impact positive social change in the world...or all three.

During this intensive week, you will:

  • Find greater inner freedom as you become the bridge between the outer dimension - the pain and chaos of our human conditioning - and the inner dimension - the true authentic self.
  • Grow "power-with" vs. "power-over", by looking deeply into personal and social sources for choice and courage in your life
  • Increase your awareness of your own inner chatter - projections, moralistic judgments, right/wrong thinking, blame, criticism - and learn to embrace it honestly and with compassion
  • Discover core beliefs that restrict your day-to-day life, and use this awareness to understand your deepest yearnings.
  • Work through apparently "conflicting" needs to align your choices with authenticity and with full commitment to life.
  • Enhance your own "empathy power" as you learn to really listen to others, whether or not you agree with their choices in life
  • Express yourself freely, authentically, compassionately and naturally.

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a world-renowned approach to relationships and conflict that has been helping people make peace in their families and their communities for 30 years.  It’s been used by couples, parents, schools, organizations, and conflict zones in the Middle East and Asia.

Come experience NVC.  Spend 7 days living and practicing with others.  Connect deeply with other individuals wanting to make powerful change in their lives.  Leave with a commitment to peace in yourself and the world.

Course Prerequisite: We ask that you read Dr. Marshall Rosenberg's book, "Nonviolent Communication, A Language of Life" and that you have introductory level training in Nonviolent Communication. If you are unsure whether your NVC experience is enough for you to enjoy this NVC immersion retreat, please contact Mitch Miyagawa at to arrange time for a brief phone conversation to discuss this.


In group circles, pairs, and solo work, we'll bring NVC principles and practices to different aspects of your life.  We'll strive to find a balance between practical application (such as authentic expression, transformation of pain, and empathy skills), and digging deeper into principles and theories.  This week includes lots of time for integration of the work, and will include written work, storytelling, movement, rehearsal and "posthearsal".


Tuition: $1315 (Accommodation and meals extra.)

Early Bird Tuition: $1175

To be eligible register and pay in full at least two weeks in advance.

Accommodation and Meals
The Haven offers a range of comfortable rooms and suites. All accommodation is designed to be shared by two or more people, though private rates are available. We make every effort to meet the needs of all our guests, but cannot guarantee specific rooms. Rates include three buffet-style meals per day.

There are four types of rooms: Dorm, Basic, Forest View, and Ocean View.
Find out more about accommodations.

There is a $10 per day non-resident fee for guests staying in accommodation outside The Haven.

If you have any questions or would like further information about this program, please contact the registrars by email or call 1 800 222 9211 ext 1.