Walk the Talk, Hungary, 16-25 July 2021

Walk the talk is a 9-day residental non-violent communication workshop is where you might find some of the answers to the most peculiar questions:

  • What is the contribution to life when we speak 5 hours about closing the window or not?
  • Why you get enlightened when you live with your mother?
  • What is the difference between the crown and clown chakra?
  • Which bomb do we drop as a group on the 6th day ?
  • Whats the fun of pissing in the punchbowl ?

What might be strange or funny to read, we believe can be entry points to very important issues of forming a community, and deep inner processes.

What can you learn here?

Every day there will be multiple workshops held by CNVC certified trainers along all major NVC topics (see Program). But more than the workshops, we believe that living in a NVC-based community is a rich experience that is not simply tought. It is the feeling that builds up over time of care from the community, everyones contribution when making decision together and the level of presence and honesty among the group.

At this program, we 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 self-development, communication skills and understanding of community you can take home to your family to heal and create deeper bonds, your workplace for more powerful collaboration and leadership and people you’re living with to find the inclusion and safety you like to act from.

Is this 9-day workshop an IIT?

Although we have a core curriculum which contains all topics of an IIT and the trainers are (mostly) CNVC certified trainers, we decided to offer this 9-day workshop NOT as an IIT.

One motivation is for cooperation with other IIT’s in Europe at a similar time, which got postponed last year due to Covid-19 restrictions. Another, which is very dear to us, is to offer this workshop for a price, that allow more Local and East European people to join.

This means for you, when you are on your path to become a CNVC certified trainer, that this workshop will be counted as training days, but might not be accepted to meet the requirement of having joined an IIT.

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. NVC reminds us what we already instinctively know about how good it feels to authentically connect to another human being.