Toward a Compassionate World: A Bilingual Virtual Intensive Training (VIT) [January 15 -24, 2021]

January 15 -24, 2021

This VIT is designed to work for any time zone in the Americas; UTC time zones -3 to -10.

This training is being offered by a team of CNVC Certified Trainers: 
David Weinstock, Fabiola Fuentes, Robert Gonzales, Dian Killian and Yuri Haasz! (See detailed bios below.)

Find out more here!

Nonviolent Communication guides us to connect to ourselves and others in the fullness of our human-ness from our hearts. In these times of limiting physical contact, this kind of heart-based connection is even more important and vital to our well being. This Virtual Intensive Training (VIT) offers an opportunity to strengthen our inner connection and connection to others in community, as well as an opportunity to heal, learn, grow, clarify, and restore.

At the heart of this Virtual Intensive Training (VIT), you will discover simple yet deep practices for self-connection and discernment, listening empathically through tough conversations, and finding common ground, and speaking your truth with power and compassion. Embodying Nonviolent Communication’s compassionate nature requires personal, deliberate, committed, intentional practice, honing our empathic faculties, and gently attuning to what we feel and to our present and deep needs. This is where we come face to face with our deeper selves and our greatest gifts: the motivation to heal past hurts and develop new, more skillful, inclusive responses to life’s challenges.

This learning and embodiment will be accelerated by doing it together, in a virtual community created over nine days.

Training virtually offers the advantages of allowing the time and space needed for learning to settle in. Each day we tune in at a certain time, practice together, and bring it directly to our homes and into our daily lives without having to travel! It also gives us ease in continuing the international quality and experience of intensive NVC trainings. For this VIT, we will be holding sessions in English and Spanish with simultaneous translation, encouraging people from throughout the Americas (and around the world) to join us. We are excited about creating this international, bilingual community together, fostering connections across the Americas (South, Central and North).


Trainer Team:

Trainer: David Weinstock is an international trainer of Nonviolent Communication, Somatic Coach, Aikido instructor, master goldsmith and author of “Becoming What You Need”: Practices for Embodying Nonviolent Communication”. All of David’s work – in particular his present organization, Liminal Somatics and his original works, Somatic Consensus–are committed to developing our capacity to honor what each of us brings to the circle, to reclaim community and value diversity for the sake of creating a nurturing world for generations to come. David and his wife Judith, along with 8 other families, co-founded an intentional community where they have raised their family where NVC has been practiced since 1990. –

Trainer: Fabiola Fuentes I am a lawyer and I hold a Master’s degree in Political Science in Colombia, my country of origin. I lived in Britain for 11 years where I studied Nonviolent Communication (NVC) from 2001 with Marshall Rosenberg and other mentors, and in 2004 I was certified as a CNVC trainer.
My passion is to work with individuals and communities who wish to contribute to making this planet a better place, healing their families, their communities, their workplaces and their organizations, creating trust, connection, cooperation and teamwork. I have done this work in different places in England, Scotland, Sweden, Spain, Colombia, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Argentina. In my work I also include other tools like permaculture, Transition Towns and support of the local economy. My intention during this VIT is to support participants to learn and apply NVC principles, to listen, connect and value their own resources, using a participative approach based on Paulo Freire’s popular education. I am also interested and willing to create and to hold the space for transformative conversations that matters to participants.

Trainer: Robert Gonzales has contributed to the work of the International Center for Nonviolent Communication as a Certified Trainer, serving as a Certification Assessor, and as former President of the Board of Directors. He continues to serve as a trainer for International Intensive Trainings (IITs). As the director of the Center for Living Compassion, he conducts seminars and retreats internationally. Robert’s work, Living Compassion has emerged from a lifetime of inquiry into the intersection between spirituality and human communication. His primary influences include Dr. Marshall Rosenberg (founder of Nonviolent Communication), Stephen Schwartz (creator of Compassionate Self-Care). His trainings offer ways to cultivate daily practices for living life fully, grounded in compassion for one’s self and others. The integration of self-compassion and compassionate communication is at the heart of his work. “All my life, I have yearned for practical ways to integrate the depth and richness of spirituality with the realities of daily life and relationships. As a psychotherapist and teacher, I worked to develop and offer effective pathways to the most enriching and authentic experiences of life.

Trainer: Dian Killian PhD is a Certified Trainer with the international Center for Nonviolent Communication, a certified life coach (a graduate of the Coaching for Transformation program) and author of two books, Urban Empathy: True Life Adventures of Compassion on the Streets of NY, and Connecting across Differences: How to Connect with Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere (now in its third edition, in English and German, and soon Chinese). Founder and former director of the Center for Collaborative Communication, she now offers coaching and training via her company, Work Collaboratively, to diverse organizations from small and large NGOs to multinational and Fortune 100 companies. She also founded and co-leads the International NVC Women’s Retreat and has regularly offered public programming at Kripalu, the 92nd St Y, Omega, the NY Open Center, NVC Academy, and in Asia and Europe. Learn more and join her blog post and mailing list at

Trainer: Yuri Haasz M.A. is the first Brazilian Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication. He holds one MA in International Relations (ICU, Tokyo), focused on Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies, and another in Social Sciences (University of Chicago, USA), focused on Systemic Social Innovation.
Alongside his partner, Sandra, he’s shared NVC for over a decade all over Brazil, as well as in another 12 countries around the world. A double-national, Yuri was born and raised in Israel, and has been back there and to Palestine many times to support and lead NVC work, after years of doing human rights work in the region.
His experience with NVC is diverse, having worked with the general public, as well as government agencies, universities, private sector, NGOs, social movements, human rights organizations and communities.
Yuri integrates in his work other practices such as Deep Democracy (DD) and Process Work (PW), the Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter (AoH) and others, seeking to explore how empathy can contribute to processes in which narratives and identities can shift, domination systems be made visible and influence collective intelligence to create a world where all needs matter equally.

For those who wish to become CNVC Certified Trainers, contact your assessor to see how a VIT may help you to fulfill the certification requirements for participating in an intensive training.

Can’t wait and want to register now?

4 thoughts on “Toward a Compassionate World: A Bilingual Virtual Intensive Training (VIT) [January 15 -24, 2021]

  1. Hi Shoana, It is being offered on a sliding scale. We’re asking those in N. America (unless you are unemployed or facing other hardships) to register at the top of the scale. You can learn more here: world-a-bilingual-virtual-intensive-training-vit/

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