Knowing ourselves - Inspiring social change - Leading the way - with NVC

February 13th - July, 2019

Cost For Tuition: $2,600 CDN


Registration: HERE 

Imagine that you, in your current journey of integrating and sharing NVC, are like a clay pot. The clay pot has form and shape, but is missing the final transformation needed to hold water and fulfill its purpose.

You are looking for your own process of fire; a process that brings together what you offer - your uniqueness, passion for change, knowledge and skills - with the support of structure, experience, collaboration, commitment and connections.

This is the vision for KILN: to fire and inspire you to be a powerful vessel in the world.

Program Elements

This program includes a variety of different settings and experiences for your learning, some of which may be “edgy” for you. While we absolutely value the workshop/retreat setting, we want to create as many applied, experiential, and real-life opportunities as possible. This is an intentional approach to “raise the heat” for our work together.


  • Gathering #1: Gabriola Island, BC - March 6-11th

  • Gathering #2: Gabriola Island BC - May 9-13th

  • Gathering #3 NVC Summer Jam & Camp: - Gabriola Island, BC - July 22-28


  • Personal Project March - April

  • NVC Sharing Project - May- July


  • Bi-Weekly Group Calls - online - ongoing

  • Support Triads - online - ongoing

  • Mentorship and feedback - two calls per participant

What is KILN?

KILN is a program for people who have been studying NVC (at least 20 days of training) and are eager to share it with others. It is an ideal support for those pursuing certification. It is a hands on opportunity for collaboration and learning how to step into the leadership role of a trainer. It offers a unique combination of experiences (eg. retreat, online calls, camp, and projects) within a supportive community of fellow learners. It is guided by an experienced and creative Certified Trainer and is supported by past members of the KILN program.

We see NVC as a powerful approach and worldview to support movements, organizations and individuals working towards important social and environmental changes and initiatives. We believe there is a great need for compassionate, conscious leaders to guide these shifts to a more life-affirming culture. We want to both be this kind of leader, and support others to step towards this as well.

The goal of KILN is to support each individual’s integration and unique expression of NVC, to explore NVC-based approaches to creating social change, and to assist candidates to complete the CNVC requirements for Certification. The program is lead by CNVC Trainer Angela Walkley with support from CNVC Trainer Mitch Miyagawa and KILN members from previous years. It has the direction and guidance of CNVC Assessor Penny Wassman.

I approached Mitch and Angela to create this program because I recognized there were a number of very able individuals already offering NVC in Western Canada who had expressed an interest in certification. I wanted to support them (and interested people from other areas) on their journey. I specifically asked Angela and Mitch because they are very familiar with my approach to certification, live in British Columbia, and also because I hold them as highly skilled and experienced educators living and sharing the NVC process with enthusiasm, commitment and full hearts. Mitch and Angela’s feedback will be invaluable to both me and the candidates. - Penny Wassman

KILN is for Individuals Who Are...

  • change-makers, active in social organizations, groups, or enterprises

  • contributing towards the kind of world they long for through nonviolence and compassion

  • wanting to share NVC with others but looking for the support to do so

  • contributing and offering Compassionate Communication workshop and are pursuing certification

  • finished with the on- paper requirements for certification, and are looking for support in pulling it all together and integrating the knowledge with your way of being and showing up in the world.

Concrete Outcomes from KILN

  • A supportive community and structure for stepping into the front of the room and moving through the certification process

  • 18 days of training (which can contribute towards certification)

  • “Assignments” throughout the year that dovetail with your CNVC assessor’s requests for submissions

  • Mentorship and feedback from at least 2 Certified Trainers

  • Exposure to a diversity of ways of holding, living and expressing NVC

  • An opportunity for exploring your own unique strengths and expressions of teaching NVC

  • Creativity and fun! Along with the depth work that happens with NVC, we offer lightness and laughter along the way.

Detailed Description of Program Elements

Bi-weekly calls:

These online calls will be facilitated through webinar software that supports us to meet, dialog, present and break into small groups. You will be able to see and hear everyone. The calls will cover NVC leadership and certification topics, such as key distinctions and will also be used to support the applied projects and lived experiences of integrating NVC consciousness. Participants will also have a chance to lead calls.

Gatherings (5-6 days):

These in-person training sessions will be held on Gabriola Island at a venue TBA (based on number of participants). Angela Walkley will be the lead Trainer for these gatherings with the support from Guest Trainers, Some of the key elements of this residence will follow three different threads:

  • Personal - Life Integration

  • Sharing and Facilitating with NVC:

  • Inspiring Social Change

  • Workshop or community initiative design and innovation

Summer NVC Jam and Camp (7 Days):

Gabriola NVC Jam and Camp takes place at Descanso Bay Campground on Gabriola Island. KILN participants will offer workshops and lead NVC offerings at the Summer Camp.

Immediately prior to the camp is the NVC Jam. This is an opportunity for the trainers and trainer candidates to bring their course offerings and jam on ideas, innovations and creative by-products linked to their offerings. Work on the jam offerings takes place in the days and months leading up to the Summer Camp.

The jam is an amazing opportunity to play creatively with new and revised ways of sharing NVC. You may want to try something new, get ideas and input or invent something with the group. The Summer Camp is then the opportunity to engage campers in the end result (or stick to your trusted material - that’s fine too!)

Camp will also provide lots of live opportunities to process dynamics within the group.

For potential participants who don't enjoy camping or have never camped before, please be aware that you'll be responsible for booking alternative accommodations.

Personal Project:

Participants will take on a relationship or personal growth edge as an area of exploration with their support triad (eg. I'm going to raise issues with my mother; I'm going to really dive into self empathy around this challenging situation at my work; I'm going to take steps to reconcile that conflict in my life; etc…).

Sharing NVC Project:

Participants will each organize and offer a workshop, facilitation, coaching session or other NVC offerings in their home community. Examples of this could be leading an introductory workshop, providing empathy to key members of an organization making a difficult decision, holding space for dialogue between 2 “sides” of an issue, an Empathy Day at a school, or the creation of a short video presentation.

KILN participants will be supported by their online support triad. The lessons learned in getting the project off the ground, the experience itself and the results are all part of the learning process and will be shared with the group.

Support Triads:

Participants form groups of threes to take the broader group discussions to greater depth. These groups will also be used to touch base on the progress and insights coming from writing journal entries based on topics provided (aligned with certification requirements).

Requests for Participating in KILN

Here are the factors we think about when we decide whether our program would be a mutual fit for an individual candidate. Please get in touch with us about how you relate with these requests. 

  • Focus on bringing NVC into the entire weave of life, not just professionally

  • Willingness to engage in difficult conversations

  • Desire to contribute to the group (self awareness/self responsibility)

  • Sense of fun, creativity and innovation

  • Commitment to both of the retreats, the camp  and the bi-weekly zoom calls

  • Candidate registration with an assessor

  • Recommendation by a CNVC Certified Assessor or Trainer

  • Diversity - of age, gender, background, etc


Angela Walkley (MA in Leadership, CNVC Certified Trainer)

Angela is the primary organizer and Trainer for KILN. She has facilitated key decisions, conflict situations, collaboration and dialog among First Nations, non profit, government communities and social change makers for over 20 years. Angela has led training in leadership, participatory/integrative land management, and of course Nonviolent Communication. She is passionate about creating positive change in this world through our own self awareness and shifts in the ways we relate to one another (and ourselves). She is particularly enchanted with sharing how increasing our consciousness of our breath and body responses can transform our experience of life.

Angela sees NVC as a path towards consciousness. It is an approach that leads to greater inner freedom, connection with others and positive contribution in the world. She also sees it as a powerful tool for meditation, facilitation, leadership and collaboration. She believes that embracing the consciousness sharpens the tool allowing it to transform both the hearts and minds of people.

In addition to her work with farthestshore.org, Angela offers organizational development and facilitation support through her company Cambio Consulting (www.cambioconsulting.ca)

Mitch Miyagawa (MFA, CNVC Certified Trainer)

Mitch’s “magic” as a facilitator is his blend of insight, humour, empathy, and humility. He brings creativity and depth to groups and individuals, and believes passionately in the promise of more interdependent relationships and cultures. Mitch has extensive experience facilitating for individuals and organizations across Western Canada, as well as online.

Mitch brings his NVC into active use as the Program Director for several major Gabriola Arts events. He is also a diversity educator and an award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker. He received the 2013 Writers Guild of Canada’s Screenwriting Award for his documentary A Sorry State, about the meaning of government apologies.

Mitch and Angela live on Gabriola Island, BC, with their sons Tomio and Sam, and various other creatures.

Penny Wassman is a Certified Trainer, an assessor for North/South America for the Center for Nonviolent Communication and a member of CNVC’s International Education Team. An original founder of the BC Network for Compassionate Communication in British Columbia, Canada, Penny has offered trainings in the Nonviolent Communication process to people in Canada and in the USA since 1999. At present, wanting to support her health in managing Parkinson’s Disease, she is no longer offering trainings though is delighted to continue to support candidates with her assessor service. She lives in Cowichan Bay, British Columbia with her beloved husband Ray and sweet kitties Tommy and Suzie Q.

Guest Trainers:

David Weinstock (CNVC Certified Trainer)

David Weinstock is a Somatic Coach through the Strozzi Institute, Stuart Heller’s Five Rings Coaching Institute, a CNVC Trainer and Aikido instructor. His approaches provide insight into the self as well as tools for increasing awareness and the ability to respond with clarity and integrity to the complexities of life. David is the author of: “Becoming What You Need” which explores practices for embodying Nonviolent Communication.

David and his wife Judith, along with 8 other families, co-founded an intentional community where they have raised their family and supported community connection and land stewardship since 1990. David is also a Master Goldsmith leading the way with recycled, post-consumer gold and stones. He is a board member and co-founder of Peace Dojos International.

Additional Costs:

  • In addition to program costs, you will incur costs for your travel, accommodation, and food during the two retreats and one camp.

  • We’re open to giraffe-style requests and needs-based negotiation around finances

  • We work hard to keep the costs low in an effort to keep this program accessible to a broad range of people, while still meeting basic sustainability needs.

How to Apply

Please get in touch with farthestshore@shaw.ca with any question you may have or fill out the follow-up form to begin the application process: FORM.

We'll follow up to schedule a time to talk on skype or phone.


Application Deadline: January 15, 2019