Building Authentic


How to bring Balance, Trust,

Collaboration & Efficiency

at Home and Work

Slovenian Intensive Training (SIT) in

Nonviolent Communication (NVC)


(4. – 11. July 2020)

Podcerkev - Slovenia
up to 24 participants - 3 trainers
7 day retreat - full board

Building Authentic Relationships is a 7-day intensive residential retreat with focus on our

personal and professional relationships. The retreat is suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners in Nonviolent Communication (a process developed by Marshall Rosenberg) 

Facilitators and Trainers: Kathleen Macferran, Javor Škerlj Vogelnik, and Dmitriy Kopina.

We would like to welcome you to this special retreat which we designed for people new to Nonviolent Communication as well as for advanced practitioners and trainers in the process of certification, who wish to deepen their already abundant skills and experiences with the Language of Life. 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 personal relationships as well as at work.

The process work will be facilitated by Kathleen Macferran who has abundant experience in holding spaces for learners of all levels participating in the same room and everyone getting learning.

Please feel most welcome even if you have no experiences with Nonviolent communication whatsoever. Participants who are new to NVC will have additional support from trainers Dmitriy and Javor with parallel workshops. 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 personal environment:

  • 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
  • What is NVC
  • How can I be guided by the principles of Nonviolent Communication while being true to my own authentic expression?
  • 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?
  • Transform blame and judgement into connection
  • 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?
  • Empathic responses in the midst of conflict to deescalate the situation

Topics related to work environment:

  • A quality of listening that inspires connection
  • Expressing yourself in ways that inspire collaboration
  • How do I interact with my professional colleagues and keep an authentic connection as well as efficiency at work place.
  • What is conflict?
  • How to engaging with conflict at work place in a 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 an authentic and empowering speech as a leader
  • Explore individual and systemic options for engaging with conflict in the work environment
  • How to co-create restorative systems in the professional working environment
  • Leadership with shared power and shared resources
  • How to build trust with co-workers
  • Mediation processes at work place
  • Efficiency at work place and care for all employees
  • How to structure and lead inspiring meetings and conferences
  •  How can I give and receive feedback as an executive of a company and be honest and caring at the same time
Language: English
Translation: into Slovene if needed


Trainers and organizers 

    Kathleen Macferran

    Kathleen Macferran

    Certified trainer and assessor with the International Centre for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC)


    Kathleen holds a vision for a peaceful, just and sustainable world. She has worked as a Certified Trainer for the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) since 2003, is an assessor for CNVC certification candidates, and served on the Integration Council for the restructuring of this international organization. Community system building and conflict transformation are passions of hers.


    Kathleen has worked with organizations and individuals including businesses, schools, colleges, community groups, faith-based communities, hospitals, families, prison inmates, and correctional and law enforcement employees. She serves as a lead trainer for the Freedom Project of Seattle, an organization that strengthens community safety by supporting the transformation of prisoners into peacemakers.


    Kathleen offers trainings, facilitation, system building and mediation using practical skills that lead to reconciliation with ourselves, our loved ones and our communities. For over 30 years Kathleen has explored ways to restore harmony to communities including two decades as a music conductor and leader of a nonprofit organization, and seven years as a public school teacher. Her website is where her two TEDx talks can be found.


    As Kathleen will not be able to travel to Slovenia at this times, she will support the event by offering three days of afternoon and evenings sessions on-line with the on site support of two other trainers.. 




    Javor Škerlj Vogelnik

    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.


    Dmitriy Kopina

    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 27 years, he is keen in exploring and sharing life with others. 

    Tuition fee

    Tuition fee covers workshop materials, boklets and at least three workshop offered by the trainers per day.

    First Early Bird Price (registration before 31.1.2020)

    390 €

    Early Bird Price – offer EXTENDED (registration until 12.6.2020)

    430 €

    Regular Price (registration 13.6.2020 and after)

    510 €

    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.

    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 / camping

    Double Bedroom

    Natural ambient double room

    • Shared Bathroom
    • Rooms with Private Bathroom may be available for 49 EUR / week extra
    • Two Beds
    • Full board & coffe brakes included
    Price Per Week


    Three Bed Bedroom

    Natural ambient four bed room

    • Shared Bathroom
    • Three beds (out of 6) will be used
    • Full board & coffee brakes included


      Price Per Week


      Commute daily / Camping

      This option does not include overnight accommodation

      • Usage of seminar rooms and full workshops access
      • Lunch, dinner & coffee brakes included
      • Breakfast availiable for 5 € /day per person
      • On site camping availiable for 5 € /day per person extra (limited number of tents or campers) 
      Price Per Week


      We have a limited number of places availiable.

      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 2019 tourist tax price is 1,50 EUR per day and for 2020 it may may be changed by authorities. You will be able 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 catering service. 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 & Alergies

      If you may have a special diet or an alergy please let us know in advance so we can check the ability to provide proper meals for you. There is also availiable fridge and storage cabinets, if you want to brong some special food extra. Meat of any kind will not be served from our side, yet you can provide your self with it from the store ar 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.”

      Marshall Rosenberg

      founder of NVC, CNVC



      Free WiFi

      is availiable at location free of charge.

      Free Parking

      is availiable in front of the venue.


      You can store limited amount of food in common refridgerator.

      Common space

      Dining room and seminar rooms ara availiable for extra acitivities 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 are two lakes in several minutes car driving distance. Depending on weather swiming may be availiable.



      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, …).

      Final payment

      You will receive proforma invoice payment information for the difference between the deposit and the full price. Accomodation fee is payable directly to Organizers and Tuition fee is payable to Trainer organisation. We expect all fees to be paid by 14. June 2020 at latest.

      Cancellation Policy
      • Until 31.3.2020 we will refund full payment less the deposit (the deposit of 150 EUR / per person will not be refunded)
      • After 1.4.2020 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.


      Ars viva hostel in Podcerkev village

      Youth Hostel Ars Viva is located in a rural setting in the village Podcerkev, part of the Loška valley overlooking the beautiful Snežnik forest. It is located  just 62 km from Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia and the accommodation has been carefully designed & built using natural, local materials.

      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.

      Video on Loška dolina (in Slovene language) .

      Draft daily schedule

      7:45 – 8:30 Breakfast
      9:00 – 12:00  Morning session (will include an opening, exploration of concepts, practice in small groups or break out sessions, large group dialogue
      12:00 -13:30 Lunch
      13:30 -15:30 Afternoon session
      15:30 – 16:00 Break
      16:00 -16:45 Community gathering/integration practice
      17:00 – 18:00 Home group dialogue
      18:00 – 19:00 Supper/Dinner
      19:00 – 19:30 – Break
      19:30 – 21:30 Evening session (optional) all participants are welcome to make an offering

      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 12:00 till 14:00 o clock.

      Getting there

      By plane:
      From Airoport Jože Pučnik Ljubljana, buses are available to the city of Ljubljana. From Airoport Trieste or Venice, Goopti shuttle transport is available to Ljubljana. Please visit Goopti web page and arrange your transfers;

      By Bus:
      From Ljubljana main bus station to Podcerkev, there are regular buses everyday. The journey takes 1h and 40 minutes and costs around 7 eur one way.

      For more information and timetables in regard to busses from Ljubljana to Podcerkev, please visit:

      As you arrive to Podcerkev, the hostel is in walking distance from the bus station.


      Ars Viva hostel
      Podcerkev 24
      SI – 1386 Stari trg pri Ložu
      Slovenia – EU
      Tel. +38640501116

      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.

      Alles Liebe”

      Gundi Gaschler (Germany)

      Trainer & Book writer, Slovenia IIT 2019 participant

      “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 …”

      Markus Schafrath

      ICT expert & Trainer, Slovenia IIT 2019 participant

      “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.”

      Meshack Wachianga, (Kenya)

      Trainer & School Founder, Slovenia IIT 2019 participant

      “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.”

      Polona Siter Drnovšek (Slovenia)

      Trainer, Facilitator and Yoga Teacher, Slovenia IIT 2019 participant

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