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2019/2020 Nonviolent Communication Integration Program

THIS PROGRAM IS FULLY ENROLLED for the 2019/2020 session.

We offer this program annually between September & May.

We hope you will consider enrolling for a future session, registration usually opens by March




Payments are due on the 15th of each month from August through November.

Please remember that there is a $40 late fee for payment more then a week late. There is a payment option below for payment plus late fee.

Nonviolent Communication Integration Program
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September 2019 through May 2020

with certified NVC Trainers Peggy Smith & Leah Boyd

An Intermediate NVC Experience

9 months of Deepening NVC Consciousness in

Five Workshop Weekends

Program Highlights - In this experiential Nonviolent Communication program, we will explore themes that lead to an embodiment and deepening of NVC awareness and skills. Led by Peggy Smith and Leah Boyd, experienced certified NVC teachers and practitioners, participants will have the opportunity to shift from simply understanding NVC as a concept to living from NVC consciousness.  

The program is dynamic and lively, based on proven learning methods.  Woven into NVC practice is current understandings gleaned from Sarah Peyton’s ( synthesis of Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB). We delve into not only how NVC works but why it works with our neurobiology.

 Throughout the program a strong bond of NVC community grows among the participants. The direct instruction will be enriched by home practice and phone connections between sessions. 

The first four weekends begin Friday, with supper. The fifth session begins Friday morning. 

This is an amazing opportunity to develop NVC consciousness and skills while staying in New England.  The direct instruction will be enriched by home practice and phone connections between sessions.  

"I knew I needed the discipline and practice the Integration Program provides because my behaviors that didn't serve me well were so long-standing and rigid.  I need strengthening in my abilities to stay present and accepting during a flow of dialogue.  I have been profoundly impacted and nourished by my participation!" Arlene Nickerson, past participant

  • Five Themed Weekend Retreats

  • Weaving NVC and Interpersonal Neurobiology

  • Creating a learning community that includes home practice groups, empathy partners, readings, journaling

Retreat Dates & Venues - each weekend begins at 7:00 pm on Friday and ends at 3:00 pm on Sunday EXCEPT the final weekend which begins at 10:00 am on Friday

Session 1 September 13-15, 2019 at Pilgrim Lodge, West Gardiner, ME  

Hearing the Needs within our Judgments

We will explore our cultural conditioning around judgment. We will hold with tenderness and compassion those parts of ourselves that are conditioned to name and blame. Sitting with whatever our thoughts and feelings are, the ‘now’, we will strengthen our abilities to find the needs, (Life-force) hidden within our judgments. Using all feelings and emotions as guides to self-awareness, we connect to the needs underneath. We will observe our patterns rather than getting absorbed within our stories. Using NVC to find our way to authenticity and self-care.

Session 2 October 25-27, 2019 at Ferry Beach Conference Center, Saco, ME

Ever Deepening Empathy

What happens when we are suffering? Where do we go in ourselves? How do we react to others in pain? We will study how our brains react when old traumas are stimulated and how empathy can transform old memories. We will explore how NVC is a key form of Resonant Language, what the Right Hemisphere uses for self-regulation.

This weekend we will learn more about how to use presence to actively explore the space of inner calm and awareness that 

Carl Rogers andNVC calls Empathy. The quality neuroscientists call Warm Accompaniment.While all our sessions will hold Empathy at the core, this particular weekend will focus on strategies to strengthen our access to Empathy – both for ourselves and others.

Session 3 January 10-12, 2020 at Marie Joseph Spiritual Center, Biddeford, ME

If I'm Triggered It's Mine

Needs are the very heart of NVC. They are the means by which we connect with our own deepest humanity and the humanity in everyone else. Using personal inquiry to explore the realm of needs we will interactively investigate: how we hold needs; how to separate needs from strategies; discover how strategies can masquerade as needs; and inquire into the layers of what we call needs. 

Session 4 March 13-15, 2020 at Marie Joseph Spiritual Center, Biddeford, ME

Strengthening Relationships

Relationships are usually the place where the rubber meets the road of life. This context of intimacy puts all our learning to the test. We will use supported inquiry to explore how old trauma affects our closest relationships. We will actively explore Relational Dialogue and use Time Travel Empathy to separate current relationships from old woundings.  We will set the stage for NVC consciousness and skills to open new possibilities. 

Session 5 May 15-17, 2020 at Pilgrim Lodge, West Gardiner, ME 04345 (3 FULL days)

Communication Where Being Right Doesn't Matter Anymore

We will experience bringing the art of NVC dialogue to life. This dynamic, interactive session will strengthen our abilities to bring NVC into our internal and external conversations. Whether we want to enrich our internal dialogues, our family/ work communications or political/activist communications, participants will practice, practice, practice within the supportive community developed over our five sessions together. 


Fee request:  Residential Participants - $2900,  Commuting Participants - $2650

Residential participants will receive rooms and meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch.  Commuters will receive Friday & Saturday dinner, Saturday & Sunday lunch

Registration is for the duration of the five weekend program.  Class size will range from 15 - 25 participants.  Registration form accompanied by a $600 deposit will hold your space.

You are welcome to pay the total program fee at any time.  Otherwise, our payment plan is as follows:

Deposit with Application         $600

August 15, 2019            $600

September 15, 2019     $600

October 15, 2019          $600

November 15, 2019       $500 Residenial or $250 Commuter

It is expected participants will pay the full fees even if they are unable to attend a segment of the program.  Payments over one week late will incur a $40 fee.  Payment over a month late, without prior mutual agreement, is reason for removal from the program.                                                                                                                                          

We appreciation registration by June 15, 2019. It will substantially support the success of this program.

Cancellation Policy:  The deposit will be refunded in full if we cancel the workshop.  If you withdraw before June 15, 2019 we will refund the deposit minus $100.  If you withdraw after June 15 there will be no refund of the deposit.


We are able to offer a small number of limited scholarships based on financial need. If you are interested in applying to be considered please click here to apply.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SPONSOR SOMEONE TO PARTICIPATE? We would love this program to be accessible to everyone regardless of financial means and to make that a reality we’ll need support!

If you would like to provide financial assistance, please Contact Us


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If you are unable to pay using PayPal, you can pay by check payable to Clarity Services, LLC. Click on To Register above and complete the registration form and then print it and mail it with your deposit check to:  2807 Atlantic Highway, Lincolnville, ME  04948.  You are not registered for the program until we have received your deposit check.

Earlier Event: June 22
Sacred Vows & Time Travel
Later Event: September 27
From Conflict to Connection