Join the 2019 Living Peace Retreat

with Oren Jay Sofer & Roxy Manning
February 15-20, 2019

Are you interested in developing skills to keep your heart strong in the face of the immense challenges of our times?

The tools of Nonviolent Communication can support us to keep ourselves healthy in turbulent times and to make a difference for everyone whose lives we touch.

Join us for this special residential retreat program where we’ll delve into NVC as an embodied practice for transforming our lives, relationships and world. During this five-day retreat, you’ll learn ways to:

  • Stay grounded and balanced in challenging moments
  • Enhance your ability to listen well and speak with clarity
  • Deepen intimate and family relationships
  • Develop insight and self-mastery

space is limited — register early

About the Retreat

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Each day at the retreat includes teaching sessions with the whole group, practice in smaller groups, empathy groups, participant-led offerings of arts and movement, and time for rest and enjoying the outdoors.

The retreat curriculum is designed to meet the specific needs and interests of participants, including flexible workshops focused on skill-building in a range of contexts. You will have the time, space, and support to work on the issues that matter most to you. Typical topics include:

  • Doing political or social change work
  • Being in a partnership or being single
  • Parenting or connecting with children in other contexts
  • Communicating across any kind of divide
  • Collaborating at work
  • Help others work through conflict

BayNVC Immersion Program:

Participants may apply to continue their learning in the BayNVC Immersion Program, an 8-month intensive program that meets in Berkeley one weekend per month in 2019, March through October.

 
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“There is no replacement for working with this material in an interactive group field with a grounded and spiritually mature, capable instructors. It’s been invaluable!”
— Dawn Neal, Life Coach, Berkeley CA.
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Who's it for?

This retreat is appropriate for those new to Nonviolent Communication as well as for experienced practitioners seeking to bring their practice to a new level. Previous retreats have drawn therapists, activists, teachers, health care providers, parents, writers, artists, engineers, life coaches, and many more.

Get support in key communication areas, including:

  • Understanding internal conflicts or "stuck" places
  • Making clear decisions
  • Collaborating more effectively
  • Resolving conflict with colleagues
  • Working with clients, patients, and customers
  • Growing communication skills with children
  • Embodying nonviolence in social change work
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“Learning NVC has changed my perspective on communication... It has positively impacted my relationships with adults and with my students. I feel more space for compassion and understanding, even in stressful times.”
— Maria, Elementary School Teacher, San Francisco
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Location:

The 2019 Living Peace Retreat will be held at the beautiful Vajrapani Institute, in a spectacular redwood forest of the Santa Cruz mountains. Hiking trails weave through the hills right from the retreat venue.

All meals are provided by Vajrapani, starting with dinner on Friday evening and ending with lunch on Wednesday the 20th. All meals are vegetarian, delicious, and accommodate most common dietary restrictions.

Vajrapani Institute: 19950 Kings Creek Road, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
Arrival: Friday, February 15th, 3-5pm (retreat begins with dinner at 6pm)
Closing: Wednesday, February 20th, 12pm (retreat ends with optional lunch)
Download a sample daily schedule.

Program Leadership

The Living Peace Retreat will be co-led by Certified Nonviolent Communication Trainers Roxy Manning, Ph.D. and Oren Jay Sofer, and will be supported by a team of experienced NVC assistants. Our leadership team is designed to provide significant individualized coaching in small groups, with an average teacher to student ratio of four or five to one.

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Roxy Manning, Ph.D., a CNVC Certified Trainer, has been co-leading BayNVC’s Leadership Program since 2008. A passionate champion of social justice, she brings NVC to her work as a licensed clinical psychologist serving homeless populations, and has supported groups around the world interested in causes from LGBTQ rights to equity and transformation of social structures related to race, ethnicity and social class. Roxy lives in San Lorenzo where she brings NVC to her most rewarding work as a mother.

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Oren Jay Sofer, a CNVC Certified Nonviolent Communication Trainer, teaches workshops and retreats on meditation and communication nationally. His teaching emphasizes how awareness practice and communication training deepen one another in a synergistic manner. He holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, is a Somatic Experiencing for healing trauma, and is a member of the Spirit Rock Teacher’s Council. Oren is also the author of Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication.


Program Cost

This retreat has a separate cost for Tuition and Room & Board.

Retreat Tuition

Sliding Scale: $1400 - $750
Our sliding scale is intended to make this retreat accessible to people of a wide range of income levels. Please choose an amount that reflects your ability to contribute. Scholarships and youth rates (24 and younger) available. Apply here.

Room & Board

Sliding Scale: $875 - $400
When you register, please choose an available housing option (all options include meals).

Commuter: $400
Dormitory: $560 (bunk beds)
Private Single: $790 (queen bed)
 

Private Double: $650 (per person, shared queen)Private Cabin, Single: $875 (twin bed)
Private Cabin, Double: $700 (per person, twin + cot)

 

Space is limited - register early

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Download the Living Peace Flyer.
Sponsored by BayNVC

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“Roxy is a natural healer with a huge capacity to hold pain and and create space for deep healing. I love the way Roxy facilitates groups; there’s something about her energy and the way she leans forward that inspires me and gives me hope.”

— Martha Lasley, Founder and Certified Coach, Leadership that Works

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“I was blown away by Oren's ability to clearly, consciously, and potently articulate and bring to life so many teachings. The organization of his retreat was flawless, which made it much easier for me to see the connections between various ideas and practices. I would be thrilled to spend another retreat with Oren.”

— Retreat Participant

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“Being able to tune in to myself and become more fully present while in the presence of challenges with loved ones has been revolutionary. This training is making me more attuned as a therapist.”

— Kitty Costello, Author and Psychotherapist, San Francisco, CA

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“This practice has brought me closer to my family and friends than any other life event. I see the world as a more beautiful place now.”

— Laura W., Middle School Teacher, Oakland, CA.