Intention & Attention

Intention and attention as keys to your NVC practice 

A 2.5 day non-residential workshop
with Ruud Baanders and Bridget Belgrave
in Oxford, Friday 25 to Sunday 27 May, 2018

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Intention and attention are fundamental to your NVC practice, and make a huge difference to outcomes, yet they are harder to name, to develop and to maintain than the skills of communicating about observations, feelings, needs and requests. And they are not often explored in a workshop.

When connecting with yourself and other people, do you make conscious choices about your intention and attention?

“Think about your intentionality - are you getting lost in the method or coming from the intentionality, the purpose? You don’t want to do the mechanics without the consciousness.”

“I developed NVC as a way to train my attention - to shine the light of consciousness - on places that have the potential to yield what I am seeking.”
The two quotes above are from Marshall Rosenberg, founder of Nonviolent Communication (NVC)

We became curious about this theme a couple of years ago, and have dived deeply into it, reading, exploring and experimenting. We created this workshop to develop awareness about what place intention and attention have in the practice of NVC, the different levels of intention, and the significance of our choices about how we focus our attention.

Some of the topics we will explore together:

  • What is intention
  • What intentions do you choose
  • How can you most effectively activate this intention

  • What makes attention so powerful
  • What do you give your attention to
  • Where do you give your attention from

This workshop will enable you to:

  • Expand the dimensions of how you understand and apply NVC
  • Awaken your own insights about the topics we will be exploring
  • Develop increased clarity and capability in how you use intention and attention in your NVC practice, and in your life
  • Be more powerful in creating the quality of relationships you want, and the world you want to live in

There will be intriguing and innovative learning activities, with time for discussion and integration of your learning. You will have a chance to apply the learning in a difficult communication (in a role-play) to prepare for bringing your learning into your daily life with your partner, family, friends, enemies, colleagues, and everyone you meet!

About us (Bridget and Ruud)
We are both certified trainers in NVC and share many views and understandings – but not all! We will each bring our unique experience and background to the workshop, to add to the mix of everyone’s contribution. We are married, and enjoy to work together sometimes, to offer a supportive, loving, non-judgmental space. To find out more about us, visit our websites: 

Group and language
We will run this workshop with 12 to 18 participants.
We welcome international participants.
The workshop will be run in English without translation.

The workshop is designed for people who have already learned the basics of NVC in four days or more of NVC workshops, and who have been applying this learning in their lives for more than one year. If you would like to come and do not meet these criteria, please contact us.

A peaceful village hall in Oxford next to a small nature reserve, 2 miles from train and bus station and city centre, and 2 minutes from the ring road (A420/A34 junction) with plenty of free parking.

Friday 25 May 2.30pm to 7pm
Saturday 26 May, 10am to 7pm
Sunday 27 May, 10am to 5pm

Teas, coffees and snacks provided
We ask participants to bring lunch to share for both days. 
We finish before supper each day

Booking information
Early Bird fee until March 1st: £180 (concessions), £215 (standard rate), £255 (high income)
Workshop fee after March 1st: £200 (concessions), £240 (standard rate), £280 (high income)
If you book before March 1st a £50 deposit will secure your place. Your balance will be due by March 1st.
If you book after March 1st your full fee is payable on booking.

To book please complete this form: Click HERE
Important! Remember to click on the ‘Submit” button at the bottom of the form otherwise your form will be lost and your booking will not reach us!

By train: The venue is a 5 to 10 minute bus or taxi ride from Oxford train station. (Bus £2.50, taxi approx £7).
On foot/bike: 2 miles from the train station and the Oxford City Centre.
By car: 2 minutes from the Oxford Ring Road (A34/A420 junction). Plenty of free parking.
By air: Oxford is one hour by train from Southampton or Birmingham International airports, 90 minutes by a frequent bus service from London Heathrow airport, and 150 minutes from Gatwick by hourly bus.

The workshop is non-residential.
We recommend High Hedges B&B from £40 single, £80 double (3 miles from the venue). There is also a YHA Youth Hostel next to the train station from £40 per night for two people. Of course there are lots of other options of where to stay in and around Oxford. Try or




















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