Communication for Transformation – Exploring Nonviolent Communication & Restorative Circles

What you can expect at this event
Trainer team
Fee structure and how to pay

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Is this a Convention?
No. It’s not a convention. NVC events are usually quite creative and interactive. Over the past several years, we’ve had annual NVC Conventions in India, with marketplace-style offerings (short workshop sessions).
This time we want to offer more structured learning (although fun, creative and interactive at the same time), and an opportunity to really deepen our NVC journey together.

Dates: 17th – 21st January 2016
Check-in check-out time: Check in after 17th January 5pm. Check out on 21st January before 2pm
Venue: Ecumenical Christian Centre, Whitefield, Bangalore (map), Phone number +918028452270
Fees: Rs. 20,000. Includes tuition fee, accommodation, all meals from 5pm on 17th Jan to 2pm on 21st Jan, handouts and materials, and 15% service tax. (We will accept payment in Indian Rupees only, and click the links for an equivalent sum in USD, EUR and AUD and GBP)
Topics: Foundation training in NVC, Living NVC with Somatics and Body Awareness, Education for life with NVC, Restorative Circles
Registration link: This form. Here. And if you have already made the payment, click below to mail us the screenshot of your transfer.
Alternatively, you could even mail us the account name from which you transferred money, the bank name and the transaction ID.
For foreign nationals:
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What is Nonviolent Communication (NVC)?

We all grew up in environments in which the focus often lies on what is “right/wrong”, “appropriate/ inappropriate” or “deserved/undeserved” etc. This habitualised way of thinking and communicating tends to drive us apart in arguments, it drains our energy in any interactions with others and sometimes even leads to permanent disruptions.

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) offers a concrete set of tools which enables Read more

How will I benefit from NVC?

In organizations

Across the world, NVC has been used in business to:
●  Improve teamwork, efficiency and morale
●  Resolve workplace conflicts quickly and effectively
●  Make meetings more effective
●  Enhance adaptability, flexibility, and responsiveness
●  Hear and address customer needs more effectively
●  Offer employee evaluations that promote growth


●  Maximize the individual potential of all students
●  Strengthen students’ interest, retention and connection to their work
●  Improve safety and trust in your classroom
●  Improve classroom cooperation

Personal growth

●  Deepen your emotional connections
●  Transform judgment/criticism into understanding/connection
●  Listen so others are really heard
●  Get what you want more often without using demands, guilt or shame
●  Hear the needs behind whatever anyone does or says

Personal relationships

● Hear the needs behind whatever anyone does or says
● Get what you want more often without using demands, guilt or shame
● Transform judgment/criticism into understanding/connection
● Listen so others are really heard


● Transform enemy images and moralistic judgments
● Overcome cultural conditioning that promotes violence
● Care for your own needs first to fuel compassion for others
● Connect to our common humanity

Anger management

● Transform anger before it leads to behavior you’ll regret
● Discover the needs behind your anger
● Learn to appreciate what triggers you and others
● Identify solutions that are satisfying to everyone
● Express anger in ways that connect you to others


What you can expect at this event

We have four separate tracks in this event:

1. Foundation training in NVC
Read more about Foundation training in NVC

2. Living NVC with Somatics and Body Awareness
Read more about Living NVC with Somatics and Body Awareness

3. Education for life with NVC
Read more about Education for life with NVC

4. Restorative Circles
Read more about Restorative Circles

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Trainer team

Kirsten Kristensen


Kirsten is a family therapist, mediator and Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication, through which she has led Nonviolent Communication trainings in Europe, Asia and the United States. Her passion is to contribute to the personal development and healing that enables people to move closer to conflicts and to grow relational competencies. People who experience Kirsten’s training and facilitation often express enjoyment of how she models what she teaches with a drizzle of humor.For 22 years, Kirsten has devoted her working life to supporting others in personal development and between 1998 and 2006, she spent more than 100 days learning with Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, the creator of Nonviolent Communication (NVC).

In 2014, Kirsten was on the trainer team for Healing and Reconciliation with NVC in Nepal, which resulted in a documentary “Raamro Aakha Ma (In the Eyes of the Good).”

She leads several year-long NVC programs in Denmark and Germany and serves as a consultant and supervisor for institutions and organizations. She also publishes books on NVC in Danish and films about “Culture of Peace in Schools with NVC”.


L’aura Joy


L’aura Joy is a Certified Trainer in Nonviolent Communication (CNVC, USA). She has been sharing and living this practice for the past 9 years, and has traveled and shared in different countries and contexts, ranging from the corporate sector, to schools, to NGO’s working with women and street kids.

Having grown up in Auroville, an international intentional community in Tamil Nadu, L’aura is passionate about exploring how we can live our lives in empowered and co-creative ways. In addition to NVC, L’aura is also trained in Restorative Circles and Sociocracy, and she applies these approaches to her work with justice, conflict resolution and governance in Auroville.

L’aura has been a pioneer in bringing NVC to India and has hosted and organized several international events here. In addition, she offers her own training programs and has worked with leading transformation coaches and HR managers, exploring NVC as a means to transformation and sustainable change.


Sabine Geiger

Sabine Geiger

Sabine is a psychologist, and NVC trainer.
Her passion: to make NVC accessible to all.
Her focus: to use the deep wisdom of the body.

Sabine studied with Marshall Rosenberg, Miki & Inbal Kashtan and Robert Gonzales.
She has been leading groups in consciousness work and NVC for 25 years – both in Europe and the US.



Shantigarbha believes that compassionate connection can change the world!

“I want to connect with people, to create a safe learning environment, to have fun, to mourn and celebrate,” he says. He has been certified with CNVC for the past 12 years. During this time, he has shared NVC in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Far East with individuals, communities and companies. He is a CNVC Assessor-in-Training.

He has worked with caste issues in India and in Sri Lanka during the civil war. In 2012, he co-led a reconciliation retreat on the West Bank for Israelis and Palestinians. In 2015 he was a trainer at a Healing and Reconciliation event in post-conflict Nepal, which resulted in this documentary.

Shantigarbha has written a book on empathy, and is looking forward to seeing it published. He’s delighted to have another opportunity to be connect with the land and people of India.



Siddharth Singh


Aditya Jeurkar

Aditya Jeurkar

Fee structure

Confirmation policy:

Please register using the form below and we’ll send you an email with all the bank details. We will confirm your seat after you mail a screenshot of your bank transfer of Rs. 20,000 to the following bank account:

Account name Paradigms Unlimited
Bank name ICICI Bank, Deonar, Mumbai Branch
Account number 109805500934
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Account type Current Account

If you have already made the payment, and just want to send us the screenshot of the payment, please click below to mail it to us.


Do you have questions about the payment?

I can’t pay right now. Can you block my seat?
We’re guessing you’d like to be sure that you’d have a seat? We have limited seats and we get applications almost every day. To make sure that as many people as possible can benefit from the event, and also that it’s sustainable for the organizers, your seat would be confirmed after you pay the full fee online.

Can I pay on arrival?
We’d love the participants to have that flexibility, and at the same time we have to make provisions for the upfront costs like deposit at the venue and the travel tickets of all the trainers that need to be covered before the event. So we’re choosing to request payment from the participants before we confirm their registration.

I don’t have an internet banking account. What do I do?
We understand that it’d be easier to pay in cash. Would you be willing to consider requesting a friend or a family member to make the online payment and pay them in cash? That would be easier for both of us. You could even deposit a cheque or cash in our bank account and send us an image of the acknowledgement receipt. We’d be happy to consider that as an option if that would be easy for you

Can I pay in installments?
Yes. We are willing to take a non-refundable deposit of Rs. 5,000 and book your seat. Please transfer the whole amount before December 25th so that we can confirm your seat.

I’d like to pay after a few days. Will that do?
Sure! You can click the links below to add a reminder to your calendar.
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Cancellation policy:


  1. Up to 15th December 2016: Refund of entire contribution, minus Rs 1500 for administrative fee
  2. After 15th December 2016: Please find us a replacement and we’ll be willing to give you refund of entire contribution, minus Rs 1500 for administrative fee

Venue and travel


Ecumenical Christian Center, Bangalore (Bengaluru) (
Directions: Click here
Phone number: +918028452270

Our venue, the Ecumenical Christian Centre, supports programs that enable inclusive cultures and peace-building movements. The Centre is located in Whitefield, one of Bangalore’s business districts. The campus spans over nearly 30 acres, and has several green spaces as well as walking paths. The accommodation is basic yet well-maintained; all rooms have attached bathrooms and toilets. The Centre offers simple Indian menu with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.

The weather in Bangalore in the month of January is expected to be pleasant, with temperatures ranging from 20 to 28 degrees Centigrade, with the possibility of rain. Please bring an umbrella and comfortable shoes.

Photos of the venue

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By air: Nearest International Airport: Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore, 52 km from venue.

By taxi: Our venue is roughly 1.5 hours from Bangalore’s airport in non-peak hour traffic.From the airport, you can take a licensed taxi to the venue (look out for “Airport Taxi” or “KSTDC Taxi.”). Take the Devanahalli-Hoskote Route to avoid traffic.

If you wish to pre-book a taxi, here are some helpful links:
Taxi for Sure:
Meru Cabs:
ixed rate cabs from Bangalore airport to anywhere in the city: Uber, Uber X and Uber Go


I’m a beginner in NVC. What can I expect?
Perfect! We’re offering a track that responds to your needs!  The “Foundation training in NVC” track will carry you through the NVC process, from beginning to end.

I don’t work as a coach or a trainer. Will I still benefit from this event?
Yes! All of us can benefit from NVC, as its application is adaptable to just about any life situation, be it professional or personal or spiritual.

Can I switch tracks?
No. We are intending to provide an in-depth learning environment, so please choose your track carefully. If you need to switch tracks, please write to us before Dec 31st, 2016

Will I be NVC certified if I attend this training?
No. NVC Certification is an intense program that generally runs over 3-5 years. However, you can use these days towards your Certification, if you so wish. We’ll be happy to offer you more information during the event itself! For more on certification: click here

What languages will the session be in?
English. Sorry, we do not have the facilities right now to offer translations into different languages.

What if I can’t attend the whole event?
We are requesting full participation, meaning arriving by the evening of Jan 17 and leaving any time after lunch on Jan 21. Our intention is create a focused learning environment as well as a sense of community and togetherness.

Can I come early? Can I join late on the day 0?
We will only be able to receive you after 5pm on Jan 17. If you land in Bangalore earlier, please arrange for a leisurely ride to the venue, or stop and have a coffee somewhere! It’s also not ideal that you arrive any later than 7pm because we’ll be having dinner and our evening activity, and it will be harder to arrange for your room and key later in the evening.

Can we stay for a day later?
You’ll have to coordinate this directly with the venue staff upon your arrival, and then pay them separately for your additional charges. We will not coordinate this for you.

Is it ok if I stay off campus?
This is a residential program, and we are paying our rooms as per our number of participants. We request that all participants stay on campus, so that we can create the learning and community environment we’re hoping for.

Can I bring my children along?
We are not arranging for child-care at this event, and we hope to provide a space for focused learning, so it would be best if could arrange for other ways to care for your children at home, while you attend the event.

Do the rooms have Wi-Fi and hot water?
There are solar water heaters in each hostel, and electric water heaters in the common bathrooms.
Wi-Fi isn’t available in the rooms. There is an internet cafe on the campus, though it’s very likely that it’s open only during session hours. If you think you’ll need internet access during your stay, please arrange for a 3G/4G connection on your phone or bring an internet data card.

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