Authentic & Extraordinary Relationships
How to find Authenticity, Connection, Balance and Trust
Slovenian Intensive Training (SIT) in
Embodiment, Movement & Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
(24. – 31. October 2020)
Ribnica na Pohorju - Slovenia
up to 24 participants - 2 trainers
7 day retreat - full board
Moving Into Authentic Relationships is a 7 day residential retreat with focus on personal transformation experiences by learning how to use your body movement and spoken language as communication and healing tools.
The retreat is carefully designed to provide individuals with tools and essence of communication and movement resources for enriching their lives and supporting intimate partnerships into next level of human consciousness.
We are open to receive 24 people of different background and personal development paths.
This intensive training may bring you additional value and resources for your work if you are facilitator, teacher, trainer, coach, therapist or other specialist dealing with personal and relationship support services.
You are special welcome if you come as a couple, jet all individuals with willingness to improve your intimate partnerships are welcome. The training is based in Nonviolent Communication, Movement Medicine, Authentic Movement and Contact Improvisation approaches and it is suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners.
Facilitators and Trainers: Javor Škerlj Vogelnik and dr. Dmitriy Kopina.
We would like to welcome you to this special retreat which we carefully designed for:
– couples and individuals wiling to change in the purpose of higher quality of life and building extraordinary relationships
– trainers, coaches, therapists, facilitators and other specialist dealing with individuals and groups in well-being, personal development and healing processes
There are no prerequisites in terms of previous knowledge. We welcome people new to Nonviolent Communication, Authentic Movement, Movement Medicine and Contact Improvisation as well as advanced practitioners and trainers, with the intention and willingness to deepen their already abundant skills and experiences with the Language of Life, Movement and Embodiment. You might wish to join this retreat if you are interested in achieving better understanding, cooperation, efficiency or mutual respect in communication both in your relationships.
Please feel most welcome even if you have no experiences with Nonviolent communication whatsoever. There will be additional support from trainers Dmitriy and Javor and lots of opportunities for learning and get support from more experienced participants. Our group diversity will bring additional aliveness into the focused learning process and invite direct application of the teachings.
Below are some of the topics you will be invited to inquire about during this retreat. While some of topics focus more on the work environment and leadership, others embrace the personal relationships with family, partners and children, all of them are interconnected.
Topics related to intimate relationships:
- What matters most to me?
- How can I more fully live in alignment with my values?
- Speaking and listening to my loved ones in ways that inspire compassion
- How to connect to your feelings in an embodied approach?
- How can I be guided by the principles of Nonviolent Communication while being true to my own authentic expression?
- How can I use my body as an authentic communication tool?
- How can I use body touch in a trustful and authentic way to express myself without using words?
- How do I interact with my children, friends and intimate partners in ways that are authentic to me, yet connecting in all the different contexts?
- How to use our beliefs to support me and how to let go the ones that do not support life in me any more?
- Develop the concrete skills of nonviolence leading to reconciliation with ourselves and our family members,
- How to facilitate reconciliation when you are part of the conflict?
- How to facilitate reconciliation when you are not part of the conflict?
- How can we engage with conflict in ways that make us all more secure?
- Can we find the beauty in conflict?
- How we use the inteligence of our bodies to heal traumatic experiences from our past?
- How can we use movement as expression of our met and unmet need?
- How to explore different body landscape thru dance and movement?
- How can I use my body to communicate in NVC?
- Embodied tools and approaches to connect deeply with the body and the life in me.
Topics related to professionals supporting individuals on their development path:
- A quality of listening that inspires connection.
- Expressing yourself in ways that inspire collaboration.
- How do I interact with my partner na people that matter most in my life.
- How do i facilitate / initiate personal change for patients / customers
- How to establish and maintain my inner connection in supportive and constructive way
- How can I make a difference in my professional relationships to bring about more collaboration and ease in getting along?
- Discover how to come back to centre when upset and deliver authentic body and mind responses,
- Explore individual and systemic options for use of NVC and embodiment with conflict situation,
- How to co-create restorative systems in the professional working environment
- Leadership with shared power and shared resources using your body and mind,
- How to build trust in relationship with your customers,
- Mediation processes using NVC,
- Efficiency at work place and care for patients/customers,
- How to structure and lead inspiring workshops using Movement and NVC,
- How can I give and receive honest and caring feedback.
Translation: into Slovene if needed
Trainers and organizers
Javor Škerlj Vogelnik
Candidate for certificate trainer with the International Centre for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC)
Javor is a professor of Sport Science with many years of work experiences in the field of sports. In the last years his passion is in dance/movement, music, artistic wood crafting and in offering conflict resolution support to individuals and groups. He sees Nonviolent communication as a bridge to a deeper self connection and to connection with others. He is excited about its practical application in everyday life and has decided to step into the certification process with the International center of Nonviolent communication.
Javor’s inspirations for art, projects and workshops mostly derive from a unique connection with nature and its Fairy wonders. In his workshop offerings, he enjoys combining NVC with movement based practices, which welcome movement with whatever is alive within self in the present moment.
dr. Dmitriy Kopina
Certified trainer with the International Centre for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC)
Dmitriy is being human at first and finding precious gift of Life in him and any other living being, thru connection and empathy, is the main aim of Life in him.
Deeply connected with mother Nature he is in his quest toward exploration, joy, grow, care, love and admiring the beauty of needs and feelings Life brings to us.
His life mission and purpose involve activities that are supporting individuals finding their authenticity, fullness of life and awareness; connecting people together, building “power with” communities based on equality of all needs and using forms of communication and full embodiment to support connecting individuals and groups into their essence, consciousness and spirituality.
Working as trainer, expert, adviser, manager, father and a teacher for over 30 years, he is keen in exploring and sharing life with others.
Tuition fee covers workshop materials, boklets and at least three workshop offered by the trainers per day.
Early Bird Price (registration before 13.9.2020)
Regular Price (registration 14.9.2020 and after)
You are invited to pay more, based on what you can afford to contribute. By contributing more you may enable some people, who can not afford to pay the full tuition, to join us.
If you have a burning desire to join us and you cannot afford paying the full tuition fee please send us an e-mail and we will try to figure it out together. There may be some people wiling to contribute more in your behalf.
natural ambient hostel ars viva
All rooms and furniture are built using natural materials, with lot of care and special design to provide you best living experiences. We can also support people with special needs and disabilities.
places in double bedrooms
places in three bed bedrooms
people to commute daily
4 * apartment double room
- Shared Bathroom
- Two Comfortable separate beds
- Full board & coffe brakes included
Price Per Week
Three Bed Bedroom
4 * apartment three bed bedroom
- Shared Bathroom
- Three beds in shared space
- Full board & coffee brakes included
Price Per Week
This option does not include overnight accommodation
- Usage of seminar rooms and full workshops access
- Lunch, dinner & coffee brakes included
Price Per Week
We have a limited number of places available.
Prices are per person and and include 7 day accommodation of selected type and full board with carefully designed vegan menus with 3 meals per day.
The tourist tax is not included in the price. For the year 2020 tourist tax price is 1,50 EUR per day. You will invited to pay TT at the reception.
Food & Drink
Full Board Meal Service
Daily Seasonal Meals
During the retreat you will be served three special designed vegan meals per day made mainly from fresh seasonal local resources and provided by local producers. Food ingredients will be carefully chosen to further support the learning and transitioning process in 7-day common journey. Menus are simply and wisely selected. We will provide tea, coffee and simple snacks during our breaks. If you have any special diet please let us know, we will do our best to fulfill your special food requirements.
Coffee, Tea, Water, & Snacks
will be availiable at self service coffee breaks twice a day.
Special Diet, Meat & Allergies
If you may have a special diet or an allergy please let us know in advance so we can check the ability to provide proper meals for you. There is also available fridge and storage cabinets, if you want to bring some special food as extra. Meat or any animal based products of any kind will not be served from our side, yet you can provide your self with it from the store or bring it with you.
“Some people use NVC to respond compassionately to themselves, some to create greater depth in their personal relationships, and still others to build effective relationships at work or in the political arena. Worldwide, NVC is used to mediate disputes and conflicts at all levels.”
“NVC can be effectively applied at all levels of communication and in diverse situations: intimate relationships, families, schools, organizations and institutions, therapy and counseling, diplomatic and business negotiations, disputes and conflicts of any nature.”
is availiable at location free of charge.
is availiable in front of the venue.
You can store limited amount of food in common refridgerator.
Dining room and seminar rooms are available for extra activities when not occupied by meals or workshops.
Printer will be aviliable on site for printing some materilas on request.
Walk in nature
There are many walking posibilities near the vilage and from the site.
There is a eco natural swimming resort in several minutes car driving distance. Depending on weather swimming may be available.
Registration and Reservation
After filling in the registration form here, you will receive instructions for paying the non-refundable deposit of 150 EUR per person. The payment of the deposit confirms your interest in attending the event and secures your place at the event.
Payments can be only made via bank transfer.
We have a limited number of places/beds available. You will be asked to make the deposit payment within 8 working days from your registration. If we do not receive your deposit payment, your place could be offered to another potential participant.
Please note that the deposit is nonrefundable. If you change your plans, and do not join the event, then this deposit will cover the costs of reservation and will not be returned to you. If you want more support and reassurance about cancellation options, we invite you to consider other strategies (travel or medical insurance, …).
You will receive proforma invoice payment information for the difference between the deposit and the full price. Accommodation fee is payable directly to Organizers and Tuition fee is payable to Trainer organisation. We expect all fees to be paid by 13. September 2020 at latest.
- Until 21.9.2020 we will refund full payment less the deposit (the deposit of 150 EUR / per person will not be refunded)
- After 21.9.2020 no refunds are possible
- At any time you can offer your place to another participant to different person without any cost , but please let us know if you decide so.
Have a Question?
Get in touch with organizers
Location, Logistics & Travel
Here you find information on location, adress, how to get there, start nad end of the event and daily schedule.
Tisa & Breza apartments in Ribnica na Pohorju
Breza & Tisa apartments are located in beautiful natural surroundings in Ribniško Pohorje. It is located just 44 km from Maribor, the second biggest city in Slovenia and just several km away from Austrian border. The accommodation has been carefully selected and already hosted SIT events this year.
Surrounded by colorful meadows, an intermittent lake, natural bridges, mystical underground world, streams and magical forests the region offers plenty opportunities for discovering natural and cultural heritage of the region.
Draft daily schedule
7:30 – 8:30 Morning sessions & offerings
8:45 – 9:30 Breakfast
10:00 – 13:00 Morning session 1. (will include an opening, exploration of concepts, practice in small groups or break out sessions, large group dialogue
13:00 -14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 14 :30 Free time
14:30 -16:30 Session 2.
15:30 – 16:15 Break
16:15 -18:15 Session 3. Home group dialogue
18:15 – 19:00 Community gathering/integration practice
19:00 – 20:00 Supper/Dinner
20:00 – 20:30 – Break / Free time
20:30 – 22:30 Evening session 4. & offerings
Please note that the daily schedule is subject to change.
Start and end of the event
Arrival time: please arrive between 15.00 – 17.30 hrs on first day.
Dinner will be served from 18:00 till 19:30
The opening circle will start at 20:00.
Departure: the retreat ends with lunch on last day. Lunch will be served from 13:00 till 14:00 o clock.
Nearest Airports are :
Jože Pučnik Ljubljana, Graz, Austria or Zagreb, Croatia.
Use of train or bus is available to the city Podvelka near by- There are som bus lines toward Ribnica na Pohorju available but they are rare. We can organize shuttle service to the venue location at affordable price.
From Ljubljana or Maribor to train or bus station in city Podvelka. There are regular buses everyday.
For more information and timetables in regard to busses from Ljubljana to Podcerkev, please visit: https://www.ap-ljubljana.si/en/
As you arrive to Podcerkev, the hostel is in walking distance from the bus station.
Use navigation system to the address povided below.
Ribnica na Pohorju 22b,
SI – 2364 Ribnica na Pohorju
Slovenia – EU
Short trips or visits
Will be aviliable soon.
What participants of our previous NVC events say about us
“The IIT was for me a very intense time of diving into life. Meaning that I really felt all kind of feelings as I went on my journey of learning and growing. I got nourished in so many ways and now my tanks are full with life energy. Thanks to everybody that was there with me.
“This was by far one of the greatest experiences in NVC for a long time. Really intense and powerfully transformative! We shared so much love, vulnerability, joy and tears togehter. Absolutely feeded my needs for learning, beeing seen and heard, companionship, integrity, love and so many more …”
“I enjoyed being in the IIT in Slovenia. The 10 days spent there brought a new awareness of deeper self connection, inner peace, learning, growth and adventure. I never witnessed such a lovely and amazing organizing team before which supported me to celebrate belonging, community, nourishment and care. I cant wait to attend another IIT in Slovenia.”
“My 9-days Intensive training on non-violent communication with CNVC in Kranjska gora, Slovenia, was a beautiful journey to vulnerability, authenticity, discovering background of my core beliefs and patterns and travel above the dualism of wright and wrong. I felt strongly supported by warm-hearted people from all continents and trainers Kathleen Macferran, Robert Krzisnik, Vivet Alevi and Yoram Mosenzon. Organising team did an excellent job as well. They were extremly helpful, always present and very well connected with participants, trainers and among themselves.”
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