Program

Midnight Sun IIT Finland
July 1st – July 10th, 2022

IIT – International Intensive Training in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a nine-day immersion into various workshops, home groups, practices, and direct application of the principles of Nonviolent Communication.

The training is open to an international group of about 70-80 people from various countries, cultural backgrounds, professions, and walks of life to co-create a safe space for exploring vulnerability, gaining communication skills and consciousness, and fostering change in personal and community levels.

The retreat will be held by the organizers and five internationally established certified trainers in Nonviolent Communication. I extend a warm welcome to join us whether you are a parent, teacher, activist, leader, businessperson, social worker, or a curious explorer of life.

 

Some of the topics that will be explored are

  • Self-connection and principles of NVC
  • Dynamics of empathy
  • Honest self-expression
  • Healing and reconciliation
  • Gratitude
  • Mediation and conflict resolution
  • Social change
  • Sharing NVC

Daily Schedule (from Saturday to Saturday)

06:30 – 07:30 Morning offerings
07:30 – 08:45 Breakfast
09:00 – 10:00 Communicty Meeting (=Remembering*, logistics, NVC offerings etc.)
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 12:15 Session One
12:15 – 14:15 Lunch & Break
14:15 – 15:15 Session 2 – Homegroups
15:15 – 15:30 Break
15:30 – 17:30 Session 3
17:30 – 18:30 Community Meeting (Celebrations & mournings, evening session announcements, logistics etc.)
18:30 – 19:30 Dinner
Between 19:30 -21:30 Session 4

*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. Should you enjoy doing so, please bring materials to contribute to the Remembering Sessions.

The Schedule on the first and last day

On (start) day 1, Friday: Dinner is served. Please arrive between 16-17 in order to register, settle into your room, eat dinner at 17.30, and be ready for the first meeting at 19:00. The scheduled start of the program (first meeting) is at 19:00.

On (last) day 10, Sunday: Lunch is included in the package and is served at 12:15, after our last meeting in the morning, 

 

What is Nonviolent Communication?

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a practical, learnable process based on universal human values that help people connect more deeply with themselves and others, promoting congruency with one’s thoughts, speech, and actions.

The purpose of NVC is to create a quality connection where everyone’s needs are equally valued and where the strategies contribute to connection, harmony, and peace.

Nonviolent Communication develops one’s ability to transform blame, anger, and criticism into understanding, effective communication, and a peaceful resolution of conflict.

Nonviolent Communication focuses our attention on what matters most, leading to language and actions that are efficient, effective, and full of integrity.

Nonviolent Communication strengthens our ability to inspire compassion and teamwork in others. It guides us to reframe how we express ourselves and hear others.

Nonviolent Communication, as developed by Marshall B. Rosenberg is a way of opening space for deep and sincere connections that encourage people to express their needs and feelings in an honest and full-hearted way. It thrives for equality and connection instead of hierarchy and asks for readiness to show vulnerability instead of convincing others of their wrongdoing. This specific language provides space for efficiency, clarity, concrete strategies, and requests that will best serve the needs of everyone through joyful giving and receiving.

Rosenberg developed Nonviolent Communication based on the humanistic psychology of Carl Rogers and his experiences of mediation in high conflict areas all over the world. Since its beginnings in the 1970s, Nonviolent Communication has become renowned and recognized. Today there are hundreds of thousands of practitioners and around 700 certified trainers all over the globe, organized and supported by the Center for Nonviolent Communication. People use NVC in various contexts, from personal relationships to business settings. It is practiced in school systems, NGOs, activism, and remedial work in jails, municipalities, police, community setups, mediation, etc.

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