30 March - 25 May 2023

Weekly on Thursdays

Our Zoom sessions are:   Mar 30, Apr 6, 13, 20, 27 May 4, 11,18 and 25

18.30 - 20.45 (Amsterdam/Paris Time)

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Join us for this LIVE advanced online training module.

These sessions are geared towards taking your NVC practice to the next level beyond our Foundation Course and Intermediate Courses.

Nine Zoom sessions are facilitated by CNVC certified trainers Sarah Dekker and Nicholas Burnand.

The advanced course will go into more depth than the Foundations and Intermediate courses. We will cover some new theory, and yet the primary focus will be on supporting you to begin to fully embody living a life of nonviolence. There will be live demonstrations of the processes and longer break-out room sessions where you will get to dive even more fully into the practice.

In this course we will explore:

  •  3 Choices - Handling difficult conversations
  • Transforming Enemy Images
  • Self Forgiveness
  •  Listening to the Chooser & Educator in me
  •  Core beliefs
  • Tor-Mentors as a path to inner transformation
  • The Beauty of Needs

Weekly Course Curriculum

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  Three choices - handling difficult conversations
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  Transforming enemy images - Theory and demo
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  Transforming enemy images - Process week
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  Self forgiveness
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  Listening to the chooser & educator in me - Theory and Demo
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  Listening to the chooser & educator in me - Process
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  Core beliefs
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  Tor-Mentors as a path to inner transformation
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  Beauty of Needs
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What past participants have to say.

Jacqueline du Plessis

"Studying and learning from Nic and Sarah is empowering. I feel very seen, heard and understood.

I have gained so much clarity from their insights and perspectives. They have a gift for teaching and sharing the wisdom of NVC which they both embody."

Tally Pachter

"Sarah and Nic are masterful at holding courses and truly listening in to their participants, leading to lots of AH HA moments. The online course has been an excellent way to learn this new connective language - once you learn it you can’t unlearn it!"

Felicity Hart

"Sarah embodies the principles of Non-Violent Communication and this flows seamlessly into her role as teacher. As a student, I felt safe and challenged simultaneously. I loved the feeling and have been inspired to learn and grow more. Thank you.”



Is there a prerequisite to joining this course?

Yes, to join this Advanced Course module we require that you have completed a minimum of 24 hours of NVC training with a certified NVC trainer.

Will I need to attend all the sessions?

We have a strong preference that participants attend every session, for a number of reasons:

  • The sessions build on each other and missing a session may make participating in the exercises challenging.
  • The presence of all participants contributes to group safety, motivation, building trust and community.

Are live calls recorded?

Some sessions will be recorded when there are participants missing. The break-out room sessions will however not be recorded. The recordings will be uploaded to the course platform and will be exclusively available for the participants in the group who missed a session. This is not a given.

Will these recordings be shared elsewhere?

YES and NO. We reserve the right to share the audio and video of the trainers on platforms of our choosing. We will not include any audio or video of participants without the express consent of the person.

Can I access the course once the live sessions are complete?

You will be able to download PDF handouts and keep them for life. You will, however, only have access to the video recordings and course curriculum for 60 days after your course ends.

What if I miss a session?

Although we do request a strong commitment to being at each session, life happens and you may need to miss a meeting. If you miss a session, you can catch up on what you missed by viewing the recording. You will unfortunately miss the opportunity to practice and experience the methods for yourself.

Course Pricing

We want to be sure that our courses are accessible to all regardless of access to resources. We therefore offer them on a sliding scale. We trust in the integrity of our participants and ask you to check which of these amounts you can comfortably pay whilst keeping in mind that offering these sessions is part of how we cover our basic living costs. We have listed different options below. Should you find that this is still out of reach, do get in touch to explore a different form of exchange.

Invoice and Alternative Payment Options

If you require an invoice and/or would like to pay via PayPal or Bank Transfer we charge a €100 admin fee. Email info(at)compassionate-self(dot)com for this option.

Meet your facilitators

Nicholas Burnand is a certified Nonviolent Communication trainer and therapeutic coach. Nic was born in South Africa, and currently lives in Belgium. He has travelled the world, exploring different inner transformation, meditation and communication practices. His passion is creating safe spaces to support people through deeply transformative inner journeys. He combines inner parts processes and mindfulness with NVC to form a powerful trio that support inner healing and personal growth.

Sarah Dekker is passionate about integrating Nonviolent Communiction (NVC) with embodied spirituality. Her workshops offer ways to cultivate daily practices for living life fully and authentically, deeply grounded in compassion for one’s self and others. Sarah’s interest in individual and collective trauma healing has had her exploring numerous self-development and trauma healing modalities and attend various meditation retreats. Sarah is an internationally certified NVC trainer.