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Core Practices for Inner Freedom - Part 1 (Denman Island)

Facilitator: Angela Walkley


Compassionate or Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is more than an empathy technique. It is an orientation to all aspects of life that includes powerful principles and practices to increase our inner freedom.

Inner freedom is our ability to stay present, be creative, and respond consciously to life, no matter what the circumstances, guided by what matters to us most.

NVC is both a process of personal exploration and change, as well as a practice for social change and restorative justice. Marshall Rosenberg (founder of NVC) strongly believed that social change and peace need to permeate all aspects of who we are and what we support. From the manner in which we communicate, to the intention we bring to every interaction, to the organizational structures we support, social change "begins with me."

This retreat focuses on the power for transformation that we have within our own lives and experiences. We will explore and experience several core practices for inner freedom, based on the work of NVC visionaries such as Dr. Marshall Rosenberg and Miki Kashtan, co-founder of BayNVC.

These are practices that require no special equipment, vocabulary, dojos, gyms, or particular spiritual beliefs – only the spaces of your everyday relationships.

Core Practices

  1. Being present to difficult emotions

  2. Taking responsibility for the quality of our experience - our feelings and actions

  3. Seeing everyone's innocence and humanity, no matter their actions

  4. Giving and acting only with full willingness, and without expectation

Dates and Times

Fri, May 26, 5:30 - 9:00pm (Dinner provided)

Sat, May 27, 9:30 - 4:30pm

Sun, May 28, 9:30 - 3:30pm


$175 Early-bird (on or before May 15)

$225 Regular (after May 15)


It is helpful to have a basic knowledge of NonViolent Communication. Youtube videos are available on line or reading the book: 'Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life' by Marshall Rosenberg are both good ways to get a sense of the work. There are introductory workshops being held on Gabriola Island (April 8th) and in Nanaimo (May 6th) that would provide the necessary foundation.