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non violent communication: a process of life


AN NVC retreat with Mitchell Miyagawa



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This week-long program is designed to support the ongoing development and integration of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) consciousness, 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.


Mitchell Miyagawa, the NVC trainer for this program, says this about his personal experience of NVC: I was first drawn to NVC in the midst of a period of turmoil and change.  NVC was a gift during this time.  It was a new way of relating, first with myself, then my wife, children, family, and community.

NVC allows me to stand strong in my weaknesses and those parts of me I would rather sedate or control – most notably those pesky things called feelings. Using the NVC process helps me to be stay present in all my relationships, and listen with empathy and understanding. Having an NVC consciousness has supported me to stay strong and clear as I explore what’s most meaningful in my life.  Most of all, NVC is a lens through which I see every conflict or “disconnect” as a message - an indication that I need to look inward to what is alive in my heart.


Read an article about Nonviolent Communication on the Haven Shen Blog archive.


This training will include opportunities to:

  • Understand the spiritual dimension of human needs 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.
  • Increase your awareness of your own inner chatter - projections, moralistic judgements, right/wrong thinking, blame, criticism - and learn to embrace it honestly and with compassion as you own the difference between the chatter, what you are truly observing, and the qualities you value in life.
  • Transform lingering pain as you harvest the living energy of underlying needs.
  • Discover core self-deprecating beliefs that repeat throughout 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 empathic 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.


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 sufficient for you to enjoy this NVC immersion retreat, please email Mitchell Miyagawa at to arrange time for a brief phone conversation to discuss this.



Beginning on Friday evening, with an opening circle for sharing and connecting, the retreat will flow into Saturday with a full-day NVC review - an opportunity for seasoned NVCers to learn new ways to enhance their own outreach and for those new to NVC to learn the process. The balance of the week will deepen the process for all, with an emphasis on the spiritual foundation of the NVC process, natural and authentic expression, transforming pain, and deepening empathy skills. Be sure to bring ideas, props and musical instruments if you have them for the "No-Talent Show" on Thursday evening.


Faculty: Mitchell Miyagawa


2014 Dates: This program has run in 2014.


Tuition: $1225.00(Accommodation and meals extra.)


Early Bird Tuition: $1085.00 if you 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 three types of room: Basic, Forest view, and Ocean view.
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If you have any questions or would like further information about this program, please contact the registrars by or call 1 800 222 9211 ext 1.


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"Seven days to deeper peace - discovering and re-discovering self - offering a space of non-judgmental understanding to move through past pains, creating personal freedom and liberation."

"The teacher, Penny Wassman is an amazing and exceptional woman! She manages NVC in a professional and kind manner."

"This is something one can really use and feel comfortable with in ones workaday life creating more meaningful interactions with each other."

"A practical training in a method of communication that is sure to promote compassion and deepen relationships in every aspect of life."

"In an intimate sized group, opportunities to practice both theoretic and your own real situations and "stimuli", to practice really hearing, and accepting being heard, a greater sense of self-worth and connection arises through the week."

"An intimate gathering to explore the heart and human consciousness and find ways to dive for love or invite it to emerge."

"An opportunity to deeply integrate NVC principles and concepts through the experience of applying the practice to a wide range of important personal issues in a loving and supportive group and with a skilled and compassionate facilitator"

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Your tuition may be tax deductible

The Haven is a certified educational institute and is registered with the BC Private Career Training Institutions Agency. All eligible participants will receive a T2202A in January. For more information contact the registrars:


Phone:     1 800 222 9211 ext 1

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