International Intensive Training
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an IIT?
- A residential workshop
- An experiential workshop for developing fluency in Nonviolent Communication
- An opportunity to learn and practice Nonviolent Communication with CNVC certified trainers
- A safe environment for personal growth
- A time to make deep connections
- A group of people from different cultures working together toward transformed relationships and social systems
What will it be like?
- Challenging and supportive
How will I learn?
- By listening to presentations about various aspects of Nonviolent Communication
- By participating in small groups and through informal practice with other participants during meals, walks, etc.
- By remembering the purpose of Nonviolent Communication
- By contributing to other participants and receiving their contributions
What does an IIT cost and what do the fees include?
- IIT costs consist of Tuition plus Accommodations (room and board and facility usage fee). See costs listed on the Prices page.
- Accommodation charges vary from one facility to another but are never optional. If you do not sleep but only dine at the IIT facility, there will be an accommodation fee. This is separate from and in addition to the IIT Tuition.
- Meals begin with dinner on the first day of the training and include lunch on the last day of the training.
- Additional meals due to early arrival or late departure are not handled by CNVC. Similarly, CNVC does not handle arrangements for lodging before the IIT check-in time nor after the IIT check-out time. Arrangement for these accommodations, and payment for them, is the responsibility of the individual participant.
- Transportation to and from the training location is the responsibility of the individual participant.
What is the Daily Schedule & Structure?
(Subject to Change)
8:00- 8:30 am Breakfast
9:00- 9:30 am Remembering*
9:30- 9:45 am Logistics and NVC offerings
10:00-12:00 Session One
12:00-12:45 pm Lunch
1:30-3:00 pm Session Two
3:15-5:00 pm Session Three
5:15-5:55 pm Celebrations
6:00-6:45 pm Supper/Dinner
7:30-9:30 pm Session Four
*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.
What are the Format and Structure?
To provide participants with a choice of learning opportunities IIT’s typically operate in a manner that is similar to the principles of Open Space Technology. For more information about the principles see http://www.openspaceworld.org/
What are the start and end times?
On (start) day 1: Dinner is served. The scheduled start of the program (first meeting) is at 7:00 pm (19:00hrs).
On (last) day 10:The last meeting ends before lunch. Lunch is still included.
What Payment options do I have?
For the tuition:
We request payment in US dollars ONLY.
We accept all credit cards (prefer visa or master card), PayPal, money orders, cheques or traveler’s cheques, and bank wire transfers
For the accommodation:
We request payment in EUR ONLY.
We accept bank wire transfers only.
How to apply for an IIT?
You can apply for this IIT by clicking the “Register” button at the end of this page and by filling the required information.
Applications received without payment will not be processed, unless you are applying for a scholarship and your application is accompanied by a Scholarship Request and is received at the CNVC office before the scholarship application deadline. (See IIT scholarships on this page).
CNVC will reserve your place at an IIT based on the sequence in which applications are received and processed. Payment in full is due four weeks prior to the IIT start date. Registrations that have not been fully paid by that due date may be canceled by CNVC. Application forms received after the due date must be accompanied by full payment (not just the minimum 100 US$) in order to be processed.
Once an IIT application has been filled, the CNVC creates a waiting list. If the IIT is full when your application and payment arrive at CNVC, (1) your name is automatically placed on the waiting list in the order received, and (2) your payment is not processed. CNVC will not cash your check or run your credit card unless/until you are promoted from the waiting list and registered into the IIT. There is no guarantee that space will open up.
CNVC will notify you of the status of your application. Notification is usually sent 1-7 days after the application is received. Please wait until your registration has been confirmed before making travel reservations.
Can I record the sessions?
Please do not plan to film or record any part of any session at the IIT. Such recording often interferes with the group process or thwarts other participants’ expectations of trust and privacy.
How to do advance planning for an IIT?
IITs often fill to maximum enrollment capacity weeks or months before the event. Most people who send an IIT application do receive a seat at the training: however, this is not guaranteed. Since transportation to and from the IIT is your responsibility and may be costly, please wait to book your transportation until AFTER you have received confirmation of your acceptance for the program.
What are the IIT cancellations and refunds policies?
In the event that an IIT does not take place, the IIT enrollee agrees that CNVC shall have no obligation to compensate the IIT enrollee above paid IIT tuition. (In such an event, CNVC may offer to reassign the payment to another IIT or CNVC Workshop, if this is the IIT enrollee’s preference.)
CNVC incurs significant expenses with every application processed, so we request that you refrain from applying for an IIT unless your plans are firm, and you are confident of your ability to attend.
In the event that you cancel your IIT application, or do not complete the registration process, CNVC will ask how you want us to handle any monies you have already sent us for the IIT. At your request, prepaid TUITION fees (minus the nonrefundable part of your payment as described below) may be donated to CNVC to defray administrative expenses, refunded, or reassigned to a specific, later IIT.
Most ACCOMMODATION charges can be reversed; prepaid accommodation fees can then be donated, refunded or reassigned as above. However, please note that some accommodation fees are irreversible. CNVC does not refund any fees incurred on your behalf that are not refundable to CNVC.
The nonrefundable portion of the Tuition payment is $100 .
Does CNVC offer financial support?
CNVC gives a limited number of Tuition Reduction to IITs. Below are the criteria de tuition reduction committee takes into consideration.
Please remember: To be eligible for consideration, submit your online IIT Application, with the Tuition Reduction Request section completed, three (3) full months before the start of the IIT. Late applications will not be considered.
To minimize the chance of disappointment, we would like you to know that CNVC’s tuition reduction funding is limited. We do not expect to give tuition reductions to all, or even most, of those who apply. Please note also that CNVC rarely offers reductions for room and board or transportation expenses to applicants other than those from developing countries. We use the following criteria in selecting recipients:
- Potential of applicant to share NVC widely, especially among populations not already reached.
- Economic need, especially if resulting from circumstances beyond one’s control.
- Previous NVC training (those with more training will generally be given preference over those with less training).
- Connection to the CNVC community, and previous contribution to the CNVC community.
- Except in extraordinary circumstances, reductions are not offered to people who have previously attended an IIT.
Scholarship requests must be received by the CNVC office at least three months prior to the beginning of the training to be considered.
What is the Waiting list procedure?
Once an IIT application has been filled, CNVC creates a waiting list. If the IIT is full when your application and payment arrive at CNVC, (1) your name is automatically placed on the waiting list in the order received, and (2) your payment is not processed. CNVC will not cash your check or run your credit card unless/until you are promoted from the waiting list and registered into the IIT. There is no guarantee that space will open up.
Can the whole family come to the IIT?
We want the IIT to be a deep learning and personal growth experience for participants and to create a space likely to meet needs for community, trust, and emotional safety. Because of the emotional depth and intensity at an IIT and the range of issues that arise that may not be suitable for children, our policy at this point is to have only registered adult participants at the IIT sessions (i.e. not children or non-registered partners/family members). If children and family member(s) are with you while you are at the IIT, it is our request that they reside offsite. If you would like to share NVC retreat experiences with your children, there are opportunities in our network, such as family camps, in which you can participate together as a family.
A couple from Europe that had their children with them while they were at an IIT and took turns attending IIT sessions and taking care of their children who were staying offsite at a nearby hotel shared the following about their experience:
“I came to appreciate why children being on the sessions could disturb the connecting processes, because the emotional work involved was indeed very delicate many times. Just minor disturbances may be a hindrance to ones ‘listening’ to ones own and others emotional processes, I believe. But it became less of a problem in that the whole event was structured as a kind of smorgasbord of offerings, making it easy for me and my husband to take turns. But I do regret my not being able to participate more totally and fully during the nine days.”
I attended an IIT before can I attend again?
Yes. People find great value in attending IITs several times during their NVC journey. We provide a 15% tuition reduction to people who have previously attended an IIT.
Is attendance of an IIT still required for CNVC Certified Trainer?
Please note the change in language regarding IIT’s and Certification. In an effort to support clarity and easy access to information, here is the updated language.
We strongly recommend candidates to attend an IIT before becoming certified, but we are no longer in integrity with having a “requirement” in the CPP. Therefore, we have come up with the following requests to be fulfilled if a candidate does not attend an IIT before becoming certified:
- Multi-day, in-depth, residential training
- International NVC experience
- Areas fully experienced: NVC community (ongoing peer support), spirituality, and social change
- Significant NVC experience with multiple CNVC certified trainers and mentors
- Established a connection to CNVC, have a clear priority to support CNVC’s mission, willing and able to renew annual certification. If a candidate didn’t participate in an IIT before certification, she or he pays for the first IIT as a certified trainer.