Center for Nonviolent Communicationsm
France, February 27 – March 8, 2017

Discover skills that will help you improve the quality of your relationships, deepen your inner peace, and increase your contribution in the world.

Join us to be part of a compassionate community learning together how to create strong communities; practice deep, nonjudgmental listening; and build empowerment from the inside out. 

practice deep, nonjudgmental listening; and build self empowerment from the inside out. 

The purpose of this IIT is to offer you the opportunity to live the process of NVC in community in order to develop the mindsets and practical tools to create communities that thrive, communities that can reconcile differences, communities that can integrate cultures living peacefully side by side, communities where there is equity. We invite people to join us who want to impact their communities.

We will do this by looking at three areas:

  1. Personal and Professional Relationships
  • Increase connection and closeness with the people you love.
  • Speak in a way that inspires compassion and understanding.
  • Initiate and take part in, difficult conversations with more ease and confidence.
  • Remain centered and peaceful when receiving difficult messages.
  • Express and receive anger fully, safely and respectfully… yet powerfully.
  • Resolve long-standing conflicts and heal painful relationships.
  • Parent children from the heart and move beyond power struggles into cooperation.
  • Translate criticism, judgments and blame into life-serving messages.
  1. Inner Transformation
  • Shift patterns of thinking that lead to depression, guilt and shame and perpetuate pain.
  • Transform anger into self-understanding, thereby increasing inner peace.
  • Enliven yourself by expressing and receiving gratitude.
  • Learn to embody unconditional love.
  • Explore a world view where all people are valued
  • Act, think and speak from your deepest integrity
  1. Contribution and Social Change
  • Explore systems and processes that will support communities in creating a world that works for all
  • Share NVC in a ways that contains/transmits it’s power to transform and that inspires others.
  • Create educational systems where students love learning and teachers love teaching.
  • Learn to engage in effective, lasting nonviolent social change in the tradition of Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Explore ways to shift the culture around you that is aligned with your values.
  • Apply this work to current issues such as integration of refugees into European communities

Seminar Language: English with French translation.

Trainer: Farrah Baut-Carlier
Farrah Baut-Carlier is Belgian of Indian origin and works and lives in Luxembourg. She graduated as a translator and discovered NVC in 1999. Coming from two very different backgrounds, Farrah is passionate about diversity and cultures and sees NVC as the common denominator between all human beings. She met Marshall for the first time in Switzerland in 2003. She then served as a translator on several IITs when Marshall came to Europe. Farrah translated NVC books into French. She is an NVC certified trainer since 2009 and a member of the Francophone assessors team, A-Certif ( ). She is dedicated to making NVC trainings and art of living accessible to distant communities. With the francophone assessors team, she is developing tools, training and certification programs to reach out to the growing French-speaking community around the world (in Africa, in the French Pacific, West Indies, …). Farrah’s website: here

Trainer: Duke Duchscherer
Duke has been a CNVC Certified Trainer for 16 years and worked with the MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence for 8 years. Duke really enjoys working with people from a variety of backgrounds to support them in creating understanding and seeing themselves and each other in ways that generate compassion, connection, peace, and action. He has worked with youth in Sri Lanka who have seen their lives torn apart by war; communal harmony workers and UNHCR staff in Pakistan; social welfare staff of the Islamic government of Iran; and community peace workers in Nigeria.

He has also supported deep dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians; between the Ukrainian army and the pro-Russian community where they reside; and between ex-combatants, victims, and government trying to reconcile after 10 years of war in Nepal.

Duke’s vision includes creating resilient communities that care for themselves and each other through collectively finding ways to transform conflict and make decisions that acknowledge the shared humanity of all.

Trainer: Kathleen Macferran
Kathleen holds a vision for a peaceful, just and sustainable world. She has worked as a Certified Trainer for CNVC since 2003 and serves as an assessor with CNVC by supporting trainer candidates through a community-based certification process.  Offering communication and conflict resolution exploration is a passion of hers having worked with organizations and individuals including businesses, schools, colleges, community groups, faith-based communities, hospitals, families, prison inmates, and correctional and law enforcement employees. Kathleen is on the faculty of Seattle Central Community College where she offers courses in Conflict Management.

Kathleen enjoys exploring ways to engage with conflict in life-serving ways through the development of restorative systems. She serves as a lead trainer for the Freedom Project of Seattle, an affiliate organization of CNVC that strengthens community safety by supporting the transformation of prisoners into peacemakers. Kathleen offers trainings in concrete skills of nonviolence leading to reconciliation with ourselves, our loved ones and the community. For over 25 years Kathleen has explored ways to restore harmony to communities. Her experience includes two decades as a music conductor and leader of a nonprofit organization, and seven years as a public school teacher. Her website is You can see Kathleen’s 15 minute Ted Talks. (There are two: “Art of Listening” and “Houses of Healing“)

Trainer: Roxy Manning
a Certified Trainer with the CNVC, has been co-leading BayNVC’s Leadership Program since 2008. A passionate champion of social justice, she brings NVC to her work as a licensed clinical psychologist serving the homeless population in San Francisco, NY, and has volunteered and supported groups around the world interested in causes from LGBTQ rights to equity and transformation of social structures related to race, ethnicity and social class. Roxy uses her own experiences as an Afro-Caribbean immigrant in the United States, a clinician who has worked intensively with couples and families, and a consultant to businesses and organizations to deliver trainings that are attuned to the needs of participants with diverse interests. She combines vulnerability and transparency with a delight in explaining the nuances of this work that results in deep appreciation and learning in those who experience her modeling and clarity. Her website is

When we have more the 55 participants, Godfrey Spencer will join the team.

Trainer: Godfrey Spencer
Communication lies at the heart of Godfrey Spencer’s career. He read linguistics, philosophy and history at the University of Cambridge and became a senior bilingual interpreter at NATO. He studied NLP in London, the US and France; he trained with the Institute for Training in Intercultural Management. IBM Europe retained him for over ten years in a six-strong International Effective Communication team. Since 1997, he has specialised in Nonviolent Communicationsm. He was appointed as an expert to APM (Association Progrès et Management). He has led seminars for the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the European Space Agency. He held a year-long assignment with the European Investment Bank. An ING subsidiary took him on for eighteen months to run a management supervision programme, which was nominated for an ING award. Since 2006, he has mediated in the 34-year-long civil war in Senegal. In 2016, he was invited to Brussels by Mind and Life Europe to facilitate two NVC workshops within the framework of the ‘Power & Care’ event organized for the Dalaï Lama. He became a Certified Trainer in 2001. He trains in universities, bar associations, the judiciary, corporations and governments… for which he is also called upon to coach and mediate, as well as to teach negotiation skills.

His website is


L’arche de Saint-Antoine
Cour du Cloître – Place de l’Abbaye
38160 Saint-Antoine-l’Abbaye

Telephone : +33 4 76 36 45 97

You will be welcomed in a building classified as a Historic Monument situated in the medieval village of Saint-Antoine-l’Abbaye, placed among the “most beautiful villages of France”, half an hour from Vercors. Numerous walks are available on the hills nearby. The house (formerly an abbey) offers an environment both restful and stimulating, particularly with its historic garden, its cloister courtyard and direct access to the heart of the medieval village..


All meals are vegetarian and homemade, with lunch and dinner served buffet-style. Some special diets (gluten-free and dairy-free) can be accommodated upon prior request. We are excited to offer you produce harvested directly from our gardens, and we use organic and local products as much as possible.

Breakfast: 7.30am–9am
Lunch: 12.30pm
Dinner: 7pm


To reach Saint-Antoine-l’Abbaye

By air: Lyon Airport – St-Exupéry

By road

Lyon (90mn, Valencia (50mn), Grenoble (60mn), from the south, take Valence-South, Romans, Saint Marcellin;
from the north, towards the Lyon-Est motorway, then Vaulx-en-Velin, St-Priest, St-Jean-de-Bournay, Côte-St-André, Roybon.

By rail

Saint-Marcellin Station (Isère) 12km. Change at Valence from the south or Grenoble from the north.

(Warn us early so that we can pick you up at Saint-Marcellin Navette Station. 9am, 12 noon, 3.15pm and 6pm).

Transport to and from the station

At your request, received at least two days in advance, we will come to fetch our members from the Saint-Marcellin Station (Isère) at precise times (9am, 12 noon, 3.15pm and 6pm. Taxis: +33 6 82 71 91 83 and +33 6 80 11 58 45. We also provide the return journey at the same times.


Fee: Total IIT Fees consists of a tuition fee (payable in US Dollars to CNVC) and accommodation fee (payable in local currency to the venue) – as outlined in the table below.

Early Bird Discount: Receive 15% off tuition on payments received in full by 28 December 2016. Tuition Fee Payable to CNVC under this option is $1,989.
Receive 10% off tuition on payments received in full by 28 January 2017 Tuition Fee Payable to CNVC under this option is $2,106.

Other discounts: If you are a registered certification candidate with CNVC or have attended a CNVC IIT before, we offer you 15% discount off tuition (not to be combined with other offers).

Scholarships: The due date for Scholarship Applications for this IIT is 28 December 2016 (2 months prior to the start of the IIT.)

Accommodation Type

Accommodation Fee, meals included, Payable to Venue

Tuition Fee

(Payable to CNVC in USD)
(discounts see above)

A : Single “SIMPLE” with bath and toilets in the corridor (limited number of singles)

€670 per person $2340

Luxury room in a pavilion:
B : Room “COMFORT”, two or three beds, which contain a space with a shower and toilets shared by two rooms

€620 per person $2340

C : Room “SIMPLE” , two or three beds, with bath and toilets in the corridor

€575 per person $2340

Duvet, bed linen and pillow are supplied for each person.  Please bring your own bathroom towel, soap and shampoo, as well as your toiletries.


  1. Click here to fill out the online IIT Application Form sent at least a $100 payment is in US Dollars to CNVC.
  2. Applications sent before 28 Jaunary, 2017 need to include full or partial payment, with a minimum of $100. The balance is due on 28 January, 2017. For applications sent on or after 28 January, 2017 please include all fees
  3. CNVC and organizer team usually acknowledges your application within 5 business days; please contact the IIT department if you did not receive an acknowledgement within this time.

For questions please contact the IIT Department at +1 505-244-4041 or email at or contact the local organizer of the France IIT in France: 

ACNV France at


  • WHEN

  • Monday, February 27, 2017 – Wednesday, March 8, 2017
    17:00 – 12:00
    Pacific Time
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