(Ireland) IIT – International Intensive Training: Compassion in Action [February 24-March 5, 2022]

Be part of a compassionate community for a 9-day residential retreat in Ireland, Compassion in Action, where we will learn together how to speak from the heart; practice deep, non-judgmental listening; and build self-empowerment from the inside out.

You will discover skills that will help you improve the quality of your relationships, deepen your inner peace, and increase your contribution to the world… all based on the teachings of the author and international peacemaker, Dr. Marshall Rosenberg.

This event is a 9-day residential training designed as an “immersion experience” in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) led by a team of experienced CNVC certified trainers.


Thank you to our partners:

The Hollies Centre for Practical Sustainability

The purpose of this training is to give you the opportunity to live the process of Nonviolent Communication in community over an extended period of time, in order to develop the mindsets and practical tools to help you in 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 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.

2. Inner Transformation

  • Shift patterns of thinking that lead to depression, guilt and shame and that perpetuate pain.
  • Transform anger into self-understanding, thereby increasing inner peace.
  • Enliven yourself by expressing and receiving gratitude.
  • Learn to embody unconditional love.

3. Contribution to Others and Social Change

  • Share NVC in ways that transmit and model its power to transform and inspire 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. 
  • Facilitate meetings and support group decision making in a power-sharing, collaborative, and consensus-based ways.
  • Support holistic and human-based workplaces
  • Engage with others at work and in the community to foster openness, trust and authenticity.
  • Foster restoration and harmony by mediating conflicts and helping to resolve differences among others.

While we will prioritize these three areas in the curriculum, there is also room for co-creation. There will be opportunities for you to request specific topics and applications to support you in living and sharing NVC at work, home, and in the community as well as internally in how you relate to yourself.

The Trainers:

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Dian Killian, Ph.D., (United States) has been a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication since 2005 and has offered training around the world.  She is a co-author of two well-loved NVC books, Connecting across Differences: How to Connect with Anyone, Anywhere, Any Time (in English, German, and Chinese) and Urban Empathy: True Life Adventures of Compassion on the Streets of New York.

Dian has worked with diverse organizations including Americorps, the United Nations Development Program, the Peace Alliance/Department of Peace campaign, New York University, and Cornell University.  She is known for sharing NVC in a clear, down-to-earth, and engaging way with humor and stories. Dian, who lived and studied in Dublin for eight years, is especially excited about organizing this first-ever IIT in Ireland! Learn more about Dian.

Donal Gannon (Ireland) is a nomadic catalyst for personal, relational and cultural transformation, striving to take steps towards a world that works for all.  Since 2003, he has been travelling extensively providing public and private training, facilitation, consultancy, system building, mediation and coaching. In these, he uses an extensive tool kit from various modalities, to support individuals and groups to develop skills in conscious communication, effective collaboration, authentic relating, community/team building, shared leadership, as well as personal and relational healing. He continues to collaborate as a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC), Creative Director of HeartSpace Collective, and a member of the Cultural Catalyst Network (CCN), the School of Consent and Arise to Succeed.  Learn more about Donal and his work at www.donalgannon.com.

Shona Cameron

Shona Cameron (France, originally from Scotland) Shona is a psychologist, coach, and mentor and is known for her presence and clarity that supports people to find depth and integration, which she believes arises from a radical acceptance of oneself. 

She began exploring Nonviolent Communication in 2003, learning from both Marshall Rosenberg and trainers around the world. Shona became a Certified Trainer in 2006 and an Assessor in 2016, currently working with English Speaking European Assessor Team.

Recognising NVC’s potential for personal and social change, Shona told the head of schools where she worked that if teachers really knew the power of being in touch with their own needs, they may decide never to come back. “Great,” the person said, “then we’ll have the teachers who really want to be here.” Inspired, she brought Nonviolent Communication into spaces where no one knew what she was doing. 

Shona authored a chapter in the book, Restorative Theory in Practice: Insights into What Works and Why and runs an online community called Words are Windows. One of her favorite learning methods is the NVC Dance Floors, which offer an embodied yet simple way to integrate NVC into our daily lives. Learn more about Shona.

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John Kinyon (United States) has devoted his life and career to the furthering of empathic communication and human connection around the world through the integration of consciousness and language. He has an M.S. in Clinical Psychology.

He is the co-creator of the international Mediate Your Life Training Program that is based in the work of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and integrates a mediation framework, mindfulness, and neuroscience. The training provides skills and conversation “maps” for navigating challenges and conflicts, inner and outer, in all aspects of life. Learn more about John.


The cost of this training includes two components: 1) Tuition; and 2) Room and Board.

1. TUITION (USD): convert to your currency

  • $1,989 Early Bird (make your payment by 05-Dec-2021)
  • $2,340 Standard (after 05-Dec-2021)

Discounts (only one discount may apply):

  • 15% discount for Certification Candidates and repeat participants of an IIT or VIT
  • 10% discount for people living in Ireland (minimum one year)

You will pay tuition to the Center for Nonviolent Communication starting 25-November-2021 (once we have confirmed the training regarding any COVID concerns).

2. ROOM and BOARD (EURO): convert to your currency

  • €963 Single Room (private room)
  • €765 Double Room (you will have one roommate)
  • €657 Triple Room (you will have two roommates)

Note: Rooms and types of rooms are limited and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis; we encourage you to book your housing as soon as you complete registration and payment for the IIT.

If you choose a Double or Triple room, you can choose your own roommate(s) (either someone you already know and/or are traveling with or via an IIT roommate connection page you will be invited to once you register), or the hotel can assign roommate(s) for you.

You will pay Room and Board to the Lucan Spa Hotel starting 25-November-2021 (after you have paid your tuition and received instructions from us).

Location and Travel

Venue: Lucan Spa Hotel

Junction 4A, N4 Westbound, Lucan, Co. Dublin. K78 X3H3 (map)

Tel: 00353 (0) 1 628 0494  Email: lreception@lucanspahotel.ie Website

The Lucan Spa Hotel is an Irish family-owned hotel offering a unique, authentic experience in Irish hospitality while visiting Dublin and the East of Ireland. Owned and operated by the Colgan family for over 60 years, Lucan Spa Hotel prides itself in creating a warm and cosy atmosphere for all our guests.


By Air:

Dublin Airport (DUB) is the largest international airport in Ireland and is just 21 km from the Lucan Spa Hotel.

Once you arrive at the airport, there is local bus service or airport shuttles that will bring you to the Hotel.

If you are traveling to the U.S. after the event, the Dublin Airport is especially convenient — it’s one of only two airports in Europe with pre-clearance services for U.S.-bound passengers, which allows passengers to have their paperwork dealt with before departure, saving time upon arrival in the U.S.

By Sea:

For a scenic train-to-ferry trip from Britain or France, use Irish Ferries’ Sailrail service.

Covid-19 Considerations

We are living in an era in which we need to take into consideration the current situation with Covid-19. Since this event is in-person, the conditions could impact international travel and gathering in large groups. Click here to learn more about COVID-19 considerations for this event. 

Schedule, Format & What Will I Learn?

Are your curious about the daily schedule, when the IIT begins and ends, and what you’ll learn? Click here to learn about your IIT experience and other logistics. 

Registration Process

Given ongoing uncertainties regarding travel due to COVID, we have organized the registration process in three parts. Click here to learn more

In addition to learning and practicing Nonviolent Communication in community for nine days, you can visit places of interest in the area, including Newgrange, a prehistoric site near the retreat center that dates back 6,000 years. If you are coming from overseas, you may also wish to arrive early in Ireland or stay after the IIT to explore Ireland more!

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Watch a video [2:36] about the nearby Newgrange, Ireland’s mysterious, massive, 5,000-year-old tomb that you can visit during or after this event!

9 thoughts on “(Ireland) IIT – International Intensive Training: Compassion in Action [February 24-March 5, 2022]

    • Hi Linda,

      Thanks for your interest in the IIT! CNVC, who administers this program and sets the fees, offers about 10% scholarships for each program. Also if you register by Super Early Bird – Before 23 May 2020, the fee is: 1775€.. If you live in Ireland, you can also take an additional 10% off. The total is a 25% discount with the super early bird. RE: the process, CNVC handles this and I believe they look at all the requests that come in and do their best to accommodate as many people as possible, taking different considerations into account such as if the person has attended before if they’re a candidate for certification, if from a developing country, young, or other factors impacting their finances. All scholarships I believe are partial scholarships, so to support as many people as possible receiving support. If you are based in Ireland, CNVC I believe will especially make an effort to include you since we’re hoping this IIT, as the first in Ireland, will especially support the growth of NVC there. I hope this information helps and to see you in October. I would definitely encourage you to apply for a scholarship! You can learn more here: bit.ly/iit-financial-assistance

  1. Dear Dian

    I am so happy this is happening in Ireland and I hope I manage to get a place; I missed out on Germany last year as I applied too late. Looking forward to my NVC journey.

  2. I am very interested in this training. I am from Africa specially from Ethiopia.
    Please help from scholarship grant and inform me if any news

    • Hi Sabsibe, I am excited about your interest in the IIT! There are scholarships available. Please contact CNVC about that; or, when you register, I believe you can request a scholarship. There are also now VITs happening which also have scholarships available. Again, you can learn more at the CNVC website.

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