FUNfest NVC Retreat 2017

July 14 @ 4:00 pm - July 19 @ 2:00 pm

Living From the Heart: NVC Summer Retreat in the Santa Cruz Redwoods

Quaker Center

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Event Overview:

Time to make your summer retreat plans and join us for six glorious days of mindful living from the heart – a celebration of compassionate communication! (weekend commuter options available too) Join us to relax, rejuvenate, and refill your empathy cup! What do you want for your summer learning, fun, and community connection? Are you ready to treat yourself to six days of reconnecting with your joy with all your heart and authenticity?! Leave behind daily demands and immerse yourself in the flow of empathy and honesty. Grow skills and glean insights from working with our awesome team of NVC trainers. Awaken each day to what’s alive – engaging your mind, heart, body and spirit in harvesting the wisdom of your own feelings and needs. We’ll have multiple offerings of topics and trainers for each morning and afternoon sessions; whole group gatherings in the morning and late afternoon; and evening options of fun and related topics as well as whatever emerges from the group input.

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Christine KingNewt BaileyJean Morrison

We welcome new participants as well as those returning for this Santa Cruz tradition. Meet our three seasoned trainers, with over fifty years of combined NVC experience. CNVC Certified Trainers Jean Morrison and Christine King with NVC Santa Cruz will be joined by guest trainer Newt Bailey this summer. The trainer team will facilitate your learning and co-create with you a rich and connecting experience. Participate in large and small group learning experiences, personal and private sessions, empathy groups, games, journaling, art, and a final evening “Expression Session”. There will be time dedicated for art, music, hiking, walking the labyrinth, naps, meditation, and journaling. So many ways to connect deeply with yourself and others, enveloped in the beauty of the natural surroundings.

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Meals are guaranteed to be healthy, organic (whenever possible), and wholesome.

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When you register, you can choose to stay in a cabin/room, camp in your tent, stay in your small RV on site, or commute during the day and evening to the retreat center. Check out the Quaker Center online to see photos of the venue.

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Below is a partial list of workshops offered during the FUNfest

  • Boogie with the Basics (offered on Saturday)

  • Truth Without Blame

  • Compassionate Boundaries

  • Befriending Emotions

  • Our Jackal Guides and Gurus

  • Getting NVC “in the body”

  • Moment to Moment Connection

  • Transforming Enemy Images with the Ladder Questions

  • The Connected Conversation Process — An NVC Container!

  • Restoring Trust & Connection in Groups

Cost: The following includes the costs of accommodations, materials for the course and meals:

Early Bird prices until May 31
Weekend Commuters: $195 Fri.-Sun. ($225 after June 1)

Commuters: $385 ($425 after June 1)

Camping/RV: $485 ($545 after June 1)

Double: $585 ($645 after June 1)

Single: $785 ($845 after June 1)

Tuition (Trainer’s Fees) In the spirit of Dana, meaning ‘practicing generosity’, teachers/trainers are paid by your donation. A suggested donation for the teaching, for those who can happily contribute, is $100/day. If money is a challenge, please come and give what you joyfully can towards tuition.

Registration: Register online here with Eventbrite. To avoid the fees associated with registration, you can send a check to: NVC Santa Cruz, 157 Van Ness #5., Santa Cruz, 95060 before June 15. Please double check the EventBrite registration page to be sure there is still space in the housing option you are requesting before sending a check. When you send a check, be sure to note it’s for FUNfest registration and what housing option you are choosing. Your registration only covers your accommodation, materials for the course, and three meals a day. The trainers will collect your Dāna donations at the end of the retreat.All fees are refundable, less a $75 service charge, until July 1. After that, there is a $150 cancellation fee.

Nonviolent Communication Santa Cruz is a 501 c3 non-profit. We depend on a fee for service model to support and sustain the mission of our organization. If money is a challenge, please come and give what you can happily give towards tuition. We want to make NVC trainings financially accessible to all.

Diversity & Inclusion

NVC Santa Cruz is committed making our services accessible to all individuals. If you are in need of an accommodation please contact our Center at 831-440-8979 or email us at Additionally, we respectfully ask that participants refrain from wearing strong perfumes or colognes as others may have environmental sensitivities.

Financial Assistance

A limited number of scholarships are available for those who need financial assistance. Please contact our Community Liaison Kar Fraser at and let her know what you hope to gain by participating in the FUNfest and how much financial aid you need to make it possible for you to attend.

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