What is an IIT?

An International Intensive Training, or IIT is a 9-day residental workshop is where the first thing we talk about is sex.

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But if you would like to know more before you commit yourself, here are some information in advance: on this program, many of us experienced much more intimacy than we were used to in everyday life, and for those of us who were not aware of the difference between emotional and physical intimacy, it may have created problems in their relationships at home. We are inviting you to enjoy all that is offered on this program, while you are aware of the possible long term consequences of your choices.

Also, we plan to put great focus to other aspects of this process, such as social change and NVC in education.

What can you learn here?

You can learn a process that makes “stupid” people around you disappear. Are you fed up with a politician (or many of them)? Here you can learn how to get your power back from them. Are you having a hard time with your family members, friends, colleagues or neighbours? Join us and practice how you can tell them honestly what’s alive in you, better understand what might be alive in them, and strengthen your relationship at the same time. Would you like to gain more consciousness about what’s going on in you? Is your goal to contribute to peace on Earth?

Based on our experiences, this is all possible by learning and practicing Nonviolent Communication. At an IIT, you can live, eat, play and learn together with approximately 70 participants and a group of CNVC Certified Trainers, experiencing real-life opportunities to live Nonviolent Communication over an extended period of time.

The concept of the IITs was developed by Marshall Rosenberg, the founding Father of NVC, and is uniquely offered through the Center for Nonviolent Communication as part of his legacy.

What is Nonviolent Communication?

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing, and right-doing, there is a field. I will meet you there.
— Rumi

With Nonviolent Communication (NVC) we learn to hear our own deeper needs and those of others. Through its emphasis on deep listening—to ourselves as well as others—NVC helps us discover the depth of our own compassion. This language reveals the awareness that all human beings are only trying to honor universal values and needs, every minute, every day.

NVC can be seen as both a spiritual practice that helps us see our common humanity, using our power in a way that honors everyone’s needs, and a concrete set of skills which help us create life-serving families and communities.

The form is simple, yet powerfully transformative.

Through the practice of NVC, we can learn to clarify what we are observing, what emotions we are feeling, what values we want to live by, and what we want to ask of ourselves and others. We will no longer need to use the language of blame, judgment or domination. We can experience the deep pleasure of contributing to each others’ well being.

NVC creates a path for healing and reconciliation in its many applications, ranging from intimate relationships, work settings, health care, social services, police, prison staff and inmates, to governments, schools and social change organizations.

“All that has been integrated into NVC has been known for centuries about consciousness, language, communication skills, and use of power that enable us to maintain a perspective of empathy for ourselves and others, even under trying conditions.”
— Marshall B. Rosenberg, Phd

Nonviolent Communication contains nothing new. It is based on historical principles of nonviolence– the natural state of compassion when no violence is present in the heart. NVCreminds us what we already instinctively know about how good it feels to authentically connect to another human being.