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Gain communication skills necessary to create win-win outcomes in any situation. This 4-day intensive training will immerse you in the consciousness, skills and practice of Nonviolent CommunicationTM (NVC), a powerful methodology for interpersonal harmony and effectiveness, and for creating positive social change that includes compassion.

With a powerful focus on positive Social Change, this retreat will amplify your ability to contribute to the world by providing you with crucial communication skills. These tools and mindsets will develop your relationships and internal awareness. You will earn and practice how to connect and transform conversations into productive, efficient and mutually beneficial situations!

Gather with other like-minded people at one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier sustainability retreat centers, Whidbey Institute, October 12-16, 2016

This is a four-day, four-night immersion in NVC, community, compassion, and making a positive difference.

NVC is a world-famous, proven, time-tested set of tools and skills with which you can:

  • Create exceptional personal and professional relationships
  • Offer compassionate understanding to others and know when and how to ask for it yourself
  • Prevent and resolve misunderstandings and conflicts
  • Speak your truth in a way that is far more likely to lead to harmony than conflict
  • Create mutual understanding without coercion

NVC was named by Marshall Rosenberg from a sense of alignment with Gandhi’s movement of truth-telling and compassion.

The term “Blackbelt” refers to Aikido — which is a martial art of peace — and also connotes the kind of mastery we want in high-stakes conversations and any time emotions are strong.

We will have a balance between time in the large group and activities in smaller groups, with meals, breaks and optional evening offerings.

We will have an Intro track on the first day to ensure fundamental understanding of the compassionate and effective communication and truth-telling that NVC is based on.

We will cover as much of the curriculum as time permits, but our focus will be on practice to help you accelerate in your skill development.

This retreat is designed to serve people at all levels of practice in NVC, from beginners to advanced practitioners.

This retreat is for you if:

You want to spend 4 days immersed and improving your NVC skills in a safe, growthful, and compassionate setting,

  • You are committed to your personal growth and development,
  • You would enjoy this NVC immersion at one of the most respected, Earth-friendly retreat centers in the Pacific Northwest,
  • You like eating wholesome organic food with access to many acres of beautiful nature trails,
  • You want all this as a member of a powerful and compassionate learning community.

This retreat is designed to serve people at all levels of practice in NVC. Beginners and experts will all have something wonderful to gain, learn, and contribute.   The venue is fantastic. The training is amazing. The timing is just right.

Wednesday, October 12 at 5 pm to Sunday October 16 at 1 pm


The Whidbey Institute

Located near Seattle, Washington State, USA, The Whidbey Institute has been at the forefront of sustainability and leadership education for decades. It is a place where people connect deeply with the natural world and each other, renew their life energy, and engage in deep conversation and learning to imagine and create an abundant, sustainable and life-affirming future.

Meet Your Facilitator

Alan Seid - photoAlan Seid

Alan Seid (pronounced “side”) has been studying NVC since 1995. After attending a 10-day International Intensive Training in 1999, Alan worked for 10 days as Marshall Rosenberg’s Spanish interpreter in South America. Alan has been a CNVC Certified Trainer since 2003. Since his teenage years, Alan has been passionate about best practices for creating harmony with the planet, between people, and within ourselves. Alan lives on 25 acres in the foothills of the North Cascades in the Pacific Northwest where he also engages in an ecologic design system called Permaculture Design. Alan works as a coach, consultant, and seminar leader, focusing on working with people who are committed to making a positive difference. Alan is founder of the Blackbelt Communication Skills Online Program ( as well as Cascadia Workshops, an internet publishing and live seminar production company for empowering Changemakers. Within NVC, Alan’s passion lies with how to apply NVC to positive social change. You can learn more about Alan at

How much is it?

The full cost for retreat is US$1295.
This will cover 4 days and 4 nights at the renowned Whidbey Institute, including on-site lodging and amazing meals, training and practice sessions, and a transformative time in a community of like-minded and like-hearted people.

How do I register?

Complete the registration form at the bottom of this page, then make your payment on the page that follows after clicking to submit the form.

What is the Cancellation & Refund Policy?

We will offer a full refund on cancellations 10 days or more before the start of the retreat. (This does not include the $97 registration fee for members of the BCS Coaching Program.)

Do you offer Continuing Education Units?

Please Contact Us About CEUs (Continuing Education Units).

I have a few more questions.

We welcome your questions, concerns, comments, feedback, and input.

Tel: 360-599-2134

Cascadia Workshops
PO Box 2329
Maple Falls, WA


…being in a cozy, rustic setting…

…with a group of compassionate and committed students of NVC…

… eating healthy, organic meals, with access to nature trails…

… with all the support you need to work on high level communication skills.