IntentionAll:  “Intention and Attention as keys to NVC

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

 This weekend will have a flavour of innovative practices and open ideas with plenty of space to reflect and discover

 Are you curious about what lies behind the NVC steps, and about how NVC fits in your life?
Would you like to develop your awareness of intention and attention as key to your NVC practice?

This workshop is for you if you have been practising NVC for a year or longer and want to go beyond the learnable steps of NVC to explore the ground from which those steps arise.

We intend to create a space where you can clarify and deepen your understanding of NVC – not in the particulars of observation, feeling, need and request, but so that you know more about why these particulars are important to you. There are diverse approaches to NVC, and the only one that will really resonate with you is your own!

Come and explore some Big Questions with others:

  • What connection does your spirituality have with your NVC practice?
  • Which words and images connect you to the energy you want to live from?
  • What are needs anyway? 

We’ll offer practices to stimulate and guide you into discovering for yourself:

  • The subtlety and power of intention
  • Developing the muscle of attention
  • The meaning of living with unmet needs
  • The freshness that ‘not knowing’ brings
  • Experiencing feelings without naming them
  • Being with challenges – personal and political - from your NVC ground of being

About us (Ruud and Bridget)

RelationshiFt Weekend Retreat with Ruud Baanders and Bridget Belgrave

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. 

This workshop is intended for people at ‘intermediate’ and ‘advanced’ levels of NVC.

We ask that - at the very least – you have attended a one-day Basic NVC workshop, and for at least one year you have been actively engaged in bringing NVC into your daily life.

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