NVC Second Virtual Intensive Course 2021 - Cancelled

We are sorry to inform you but this course has been cancelled.

Starts at 8:30 am GMT Thursday, November 18th until 4:00 pm GMT Sunday, November 28th 2021
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About

We are delighted to invite you to the Second Virtual Intensive Course to learn and practice Nonviolent Communication in the secure multicultural community with the support of world-known experienced certified trainers (LINK). It’s time for you to learn skills which are quickly transferred, making profound changes to everyday life and to take a stand for a world where everyone’s needs matter.

Peace Factory’s team wishes to seize this moment together 🤝 as an opportunity for growth of the Nonviolent Communication movement. Along with feelings of fear, isolation and a need to mourn, this time is also a time of immense potential for life-serving shifts on a variety of levels. 

This Virtual Intensive Course is endorsed and fully supported by the Center for Nonviolent Communication. Join us for eight full days of NVC from the 19th to 28th November 2021 (with two days off - Monday 22nd and Thursday 25th). Adapted for Europe/Africa time zones 🌍

You can ask for what you want to learn and the trainers respond to your requests. Some of the possible topics are: conflict resolution, anger, personal growth, social change, relationships, spirituality, parenting, education, workplace, and a special beginner track - all sessions to choose from and 60+ videos 🎥 to watch later, for at least 1 year. 

Equipment required: a webcam, microphone and an internet connection.

Language: English (if you need language support, you can buy a ticket for two and work side by side with your own interpreter).

Course

Through a range of activities, the VIC aims to give you an opportunity to experience an International Intensive training virtually. With a ratio of about twelve people per trainer and number of participants limited to 75, the programme structure is intensive, with some participants who have NVC skills and awareness well beyond the early levels, whilst others are starting their NVC journey.

Dates and times

Starts at 9:30 CET (Paris time) on November 19th (Friday) and ends on November 28th (Sunday) with two days of rest in between (days off on Monday 22nd and hursday 25th). There are two community sessions (1 & 5) lasting a total of up to 2 hours that we would encourage everybody to attend in order to support our focus on community building. Three other sessions are highly recommended but optional: you have three choices between three different topics for your level of engagement according to your own learning needs. In our experience, a way to support the group's needs looks like this schedule.

What to expect?

  • Richness and diversity: For our last year’s Virtual Intensive Course we had 75 participants from 33 different countries speaking 25 languages and 13 trainers from 11 different countries. This tremendous inter-cultural diversity adds to the richness of experience and exploration.
  • Depth and breadth: Throughout the course, along numerous training sessions and community meetings, we explore together a needs-based consciousness in all facets of life – in relationship to self, others and life, at home and at work, in relationship to inner as well as outer resources. We want to fully explore what life is and what it can be, from the very practical realms to the deeply spiritual ones. No theme is off-topic and everything is embraced.
  • Community: The course is designed to promote the integration and sustainability of work throughout the following year. In addition to the eight-day course in November, you will have access to the Peace Factory’s forum where you can discuss with the participants and trainers before, during and after the Course. Moreover, there is an option for small groups to stay in active contact once a fortnight and to enjoy monthly mentoring from one of the trainers.

Language

English is used as our shared common language during community sessions. No translation is envisaged by the organisers, although our experience is that many bilingual people are happy to jump in when necessary on an ad hoc basis. You can also buy a ticket for two and work side by side with your own interpreter.

What you need

All the meetings will take place on Zoom which is compatible with Microsoft or Apple. After registering, if you’re new to Zoom, you can access detailed information about how to use it and be supported with technical aspects. Peace Factory has 10 years of experience offering online courses, so you’re in good hands.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Nonviolent Communication?

NVC was developed by Marshall Rosenberg, an American psychologist, who was the Educational Director of CNVC, the world-wide organisation that brings NVC together on a global basis.

Nonviolent communication (NVC) is an approach and a way of living that aims to bring all human being closer to themselves and to those around them. Above all, it serves as a compass for creating a life that is aligned with our deepest values, moment to moment, inviting systemic change to support a world that works for all human beings.

Through a set of tools, NVC offers us an opportunity to communicate effectively with people around us, and helps us solve conflict in a compassionate and connecting way. In addition, NVC can be used for designing life-supporting communities and systems, in government, business, schools, and more.

Why are you organising this Virtual Intensive Course?

Our team believes that Nonviolent Communication is one of the most powerful tools to bring the social change to contribute to peace in the world. We know that there is a different way of being which brings more joy and satisfaction for everyone, including children, parents, managers, couples. This is why we created a platform which allows people from all over the world to learn about NVC in the safety and comfort of their own homes.

What will it be like?

Unpredictable, Informal, Challenging and supportive

What do I learn?

We have based this Nonviolent Communication course on the co-creation of a safe container where people from different countries tap into the living energy of an emerging community using Nonviolent Communication. You are able to request what you want to learn, so you get to explore the topics which are really important to you. These may include : social change, conflict resolution, personal growth, relationships, spirituality, parenting, education, workplace, and a special beginner track - many sessions to choose from and all the videos to watch later!

Can I offer workshops during the course?

Yes, if a trainer is willing to be present with you, otherwise there is plenty of space for you to lead workshops outside the daily schedule.

What does a VIC cost and what does the fee include?

The fee to participate for the eight days online course includes access to the Virtual Exchange Platform, to the Peace Factory’s NVC Forum, to full course documentation, to the access of all the recordings of the sessions (more than 60) and to the technical support. It does not include equipment to join or your internet connection.

Why does it last for 8 full days with 2 days off?

The Virtual Intensive Course replaces European Intensive Course which was held at the Peace Factory in France this past 9 years. It was about practising and living NVC every day, being immersed in a language of feelings and needs for 8 full days.

Eating and breathing NVC as an immersive experience.

Science shows that this is exactly what our brains need to break old habits to learn new life-serving habits. Nonviolent Communication is not a thing to DO, it’s a way to BE.

And we’ve taken into account that 8 days in a row would be unmanageable for most of you AND us, so we’ve come up with 2 days off to digest, stretch and MOVE!!

What time does it start?

This course is designed to be convenient for people living in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

All times quoted are Universal Time Coordinated. On day 1: the scheduled start of the program (first meeting) starts at 08:30 UTC - London which is:

09:30 - France, Germany, Switzerland

10:30 - Russia

11:30 - South Africa

14:00 - India

15:30 - Thailand

Please check your time using this time convertor.

What is a “Remembering”?

The Remembering Sessions help participants be aware of the purpose underlying NVC. Participants who wish to share may express this remembering with a short exercise, a ceremony, poem, musical selection, a reading, etc. If you would enjoy doing so, please bring materials to contribute to the Remembering Sessions.

Is my internet connection good enough?

You can use a site like www.speedtest.net to check if your download speed is 3MBPS or more. More technical information here: system requirements

The interactive platform, how does it work?

It’s easy to the platform created by our technical team who are all trained in NVC and are willing to support you if you need help. Technical glitches are a normal part of any virtual course. Rather than panic and blame, issues are handled with grace and support.

What is the format?

The format of the course is designed to promote the integration and sustainability of work beyond the course and throughout the following year. There is an option for small groups to stay in active contact once a fortnight and to enjoy monthly mentoring from one of the trainers.

To provide participants with a choice of learning opportunities VIC’s typically operate in a manner that is similar to the principles of Open Space Technology. For more information about the principles, please look at www.openspaceworld.org

Can I buy a ticket once the course has started?

No, because community is at the core of this course, so starting together is especially important (and any child who misses the first day at school can explain this to you), so tickets sales close the day before we start, on the 12th of November 2020.

I am worried about my privacy. What are the measures you take ?

We all want to feel secure and we want everybody to feel secure too. The virtual platform has been designed by experts with privacy in mind. We are aware that during the course people may share personal information. Our data collection is the bare minimum to conform to European law and our Terms of Invitation (ToI) include a written agreement to withhold from registering any part of the VIC and to respect the privacy of everyone’s personal details unless they have written informed consent for another participant.

I want to join with my partner. Is this okay?

Of course, you’re welcome! You have paid the couple price with two tickets, however if it’s at all possible, we recommend you have two screens because if you only have one screen, a) you have to sit further away from the screen so that you can both be seen and b) one screen means you will always be in the same session!

When you exchange between yourselves, please make sure you’re muted and please check from time-to-time whether other people might benefit from your reflections.

What are the VIC cancellations and refunds policies?

Peace Factory incurs significant expenses with every application processed, so we request that you refrain from buying a ticket for the course unless your plans are firm, and you are confident of your ability to attend.

In the event that the VIC 2021 does not take place, the VIC enrollee agrees that Peace Factory shall have no obligation to compensate the VIC enrollee beyond the tuition fee they paid.

In the event that you cancel your VIC application, Peace Factory will ask how you would like us to handle the ticket you have already bought. At your request, if you have registered and decide to cancel your place, you may offer the place to someone you know or to someone on the reduced-resources fund list.

Does Peace Factory offer financial support?

Peace Factory has a limited reduced-resources fund for VICs. Below are the criteria which we take into consideration.

Please remember: To be eligible for consideration, please submit your completed reduced-resources fund form. Request at least one month before the start of the VIC. The form is here. Late applications will not be considered.

To minimise the chance of disappointing you, we would like you to know that Peace Factory’s reduced-resources funding is limited. We do not expect to give reductions to all, or even most, of those who apply. Please note also that Peace Factory rarely offers reductions to applicants other than those from developing countries. We use the following criteria in selecting recipients:

  1. Potential of applicants to share NVC widely, especially among populations not already reached.
  2. Economic need, especially if resulting from circumstances beyond one's control.
  3. Previous NVC training (those with more training will generally be given preference over those with less training).
  4. Connection to the CNVC community, and previous contribution to the Peace Factory community.
  5. Except in extraordinary circumstances, reductions are not offered to people who have previously attended an NVC intensive course.
Why do some people attend the course each year?

Even the more experienced participants don’t find an intensive course repetitive. Course materials are continually evolving, so it’s somewhat different from year to year. Additionally people report that the material is so rich that they hear something different even if a topic is the same! Most important, peer learning is an integral part of our course. Having applied the material in their lives for a year, they enrich and broaden the programme for everybody. They may coach during mediation role-plays, offer empathy and support between training sessions so first-time participants get all the support they could want throughout the course.

My employer might pay for my course – can you provide them with an invoice?

Sure thing! As long as we have your permission and details, we can provide an invoice for your course.

What happens if I get sick or can’t attend?

Most sessions are recorded, and we’ll work with you to catch up. If you fall too far behind please contact one of our Care Team members and we’ll see what we can do.

What happens if I can't attend some of the days?

The sessions with trainers are recorded and will be available for at least 1 year on the platform, so you'll be able to catch up on content. You might also consider making a request to people in your home group to spend some time with you so you can ask them any questions once you've watched the videos or to practice an exercise with them!

What if I have a complaint?

Disclaimer : NVC is not a therapy, and participating requires a basic level of robustness.

We take your experience seriously. In the event of a conflict with one of our trainers, if after several direct exchanges with the person concerned, you are unable to resolve the conflict satisfactorily, you can contact our Peace Factory mediator.

Your complaint will be reviewed by the mediator who will contact you to listen to your situation and help you either to:

  1. get back in touch with the trainer, or
  2. choose a restoration practice (e.g. mediation, restorative circle, etc.) carried out by a professional third party.

If, after several direct exchanges with the person concerned and our mediator, you are unable to resolve this conflict, you can refer the matter to our conflict resolution system at the international level by writing to us.  The chosen restoration practice will probably have a cost fixed by the chosen professional, which will be shared by the people concerned.

Are you offering other languages than English?

For the moment, this course is only offered in English, and if you need language support, you can buy a ticket for two and work side by side with your own interpreter. In future, we hope to offer this platform in many languages.

What are the dates for the 2nd VIC 2021?

Day 1 - Friday 19th November

Day 2 - Saturday 20th November

Day 3 - Sunday 21st November

  • Rest Day - Monday 22nd November

Day 4 - Tuesday 23rd November

Day 5 - Wednesday 24th November

  • Rest Day - Thursday 25th November

Day 6 - Friday 26th November

Day 7 - Saturday 27th November

Day 8 - Sunday 28th November

The daily schedule is subject to change to take into account your requests made during the Course Schedule.