A 3-Day NVC Retreat with Nicholas Burnand

Empathy – freedom from suffering

Retreating from the pace of our lives can open us to new possibilities. We’re inviting you to a journey of direct experiencing, sensing and being, witnessing the mystery of existence unfold. Join us for a time of deep self-connection at Grotto Bay Private Nature Reserve.

The main focus of the retreat will be on direct experiencing primarily through dyad work but also through individual and group processes, including body-work and integration time in nature.

Dates: 12-15 October 2017 (Wednesday 6:00pm dinner to Sunday after 1:00pm lunch)
Venue: Samadhi Retreats, Cape Town
Cost: R4500 incl. accommodation & meals


Relationships, work, paying the bills, life’s purpose, stress, the rush of modern living.

  • Do some or all of the above words create tension in you?
  • Do you want to be free from life as a struggle to survive or perform?
  • Are you stuck in patterns of behaviour that you just can’t seem to break through?
  • Do you find that you are often nice at the cost of your own needs?
  • Do you long to be fully you, fully REAL without censoring parts of yourself?

If you answered yes to one or more of the above then we invite you to join us for 3 days of experiential exploration. We will offer some practices that invite deep inquiry into the inner world.

Nicholas Burnand (CNVC Certified Trainer, Blabla Belgium) will facilitate the retreat with support from Sarah Dekker (NVC Trainer with Language that Works, Cape Town)

This is not a self-improvement workshop, in which certain aspects of ourselves would be perceived as needing change, fixing, healing. The participants will be continuously encouraged to experience and embrace the Whole, rather than move from an „imperfect” state to a „better” one.

We are both very excited and passionate about creating this intensive retreat in which we as a community witness and support the embodiment of our deepest authenticity.

Samadhi Retreats is situated just 45 minutes from Cape Town in the pristine West Coast Grotto Bay Private Nature Reserve. See www.samadhiretreats.co.za

The cost of R4500 includes all workshop materials, accommodation, three breakfasts, teas, lunches and dinners. All meals will be vegetarian. Let us know if you have special dietary requirements.

The programme is rooted in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) as a methodology, which was developed by clinical psychologist Marshall Rosenberg in the 1970’s. There are currently over 450 certified CNVC trainers working in over 65 countries around the world. To find out more about NVC visit www.cnvc.org

This workshop is for all levels from beginner to advanced.

Spaces are limited and booking is essential.

Fill in the form to book for the event: A 3-Day NVC Retreat with Nicholas Burnand
  • Reservation deadline will be on 25th September 2017

For more information call Sarah on +27 73 960 3406 or write to sarah@languagethatworks.co.za

Dates: 12-15 October 2017 (Wednesday 6:00pm dinner to Sunday after 1:00pm lunch)
Venue: Samadhi Retreats, Cape Town
Cost: R4500 incl. accommodation & meals

For more information call Sarah on +27 73 960 3406 or write to sarah@languagethatworks.co.za

“Empathy is not something I do, it is rather an act of not doing. A part of myself holding space while allowing another part of myself to exist. There is really no difference whether I listen to myself or another, it is all the same. Self-empathy, and empathy for another are just concepts, and I feel some concern that they may be concepts that contribute to the illusion of separation.

Nonviolent Communication has been a fantastic process to support me in learning this, and offers me maps to inner experiencing. With these maps I can navigate the inner world. The inner world becomes clearer. I become ever more transparent and free from the ideas and concepts that I have put in place to keep me safe. I realise that there is no safety, because when I am honest, open and transparent, there is nothing left to protect, nothing to keep safe. I am free and my heart is open again.” – Nicholas Burnand


Nicholas Burnand is a CNVC certified Nonviolent Communication trainer. He offers coaching, therapy, mediation, workshops and programs in organisations and is dedicated to sharing, and living Nonviolent Communication. Having travelled to and lived in 20 different countries, he enjoys connecting with people from all walks of life.

Nic currently works as a trainer with Team Blabla in Belgium. He is also a board member of Stichting Transformi, an organisation that is forming partnerships to facilitate bringing NVC from resource rich to resource poor areas in the world. Nic has trained with various NVC trainers, including participation in the 2-year Euro Life program led by Robert Gonzales. He first came into contact with NVC in 2009 and was particularly drawn to this methodology as an authentic communication practice that can be used in daily life to restore connection.


Sarah_DekkerSarah Dekker is a partner and trainer at Language that Works in Cape Town and trained in Nonviolent Communication and Mediation.

Sarah also serves as an executive board member of Tri-Nexus SCS, a South African not-for-profit dedicated to social empowerment, using principles of NVC.  Sarah was first introduced and drawn to practicing NVC in 2003 and has actively facilitated practice groups, mediations and workshops in Cape Town and Gauteng since 2012.

She is a certified facilitator for Gender Equity & Reconciliation International. Sarah is passionate about contributing to healing, connection and understanding between all beings.

 “I’m writing to show my appreciation and gratitude. A spiritual guide, a conscientious and natural leader, with a heart as big as the world. A course worth the time and effort. Visionary and couldn’t ask for a better teacher.” – Donna Charlton, Director at Charlton PPMS


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