Tuition: Sliding scale of $650-$1150
Room and Board: $750-$1000 (commuter rates from $250)
Scholarship support available
The NLSJ team returns for our 12th annual week-long retreat!
“Have you ever been with activists who work passionately for their cause but don’t have NVC consciousness? Have you ever been with deeply caring, passionate NVC folks who don’t have a systemic understanding of how power works on a mass-scale in the world over time? This is the place where you get to have conversations with people who have both.”
Mika Maniwa, past participant and current Trainer in the NLSJ Retreat
Drawing on the tools and consciousness of Nonviolent Communication, following in the tradition of Nonviolence as modeled by Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and taking inspiration from Dr. King’s vision of Beloved Community, the Nonviolent Leadership for Social Justice retreat offers an intensive immersion into the heart of nonviolence and social transformation, calling together a community of committed practitioners working to manifest a nonviolent future.
Come deepen your understanding of the systems that promote racial, ethnic and class inequities in North America, and begin healing from the impact of living within those systems. At this one-of-a-kind NVC retreat, you will learn to use a language of compassion to walk the talk of critical social change.
Gwendolyn Wilson-Cobbs, a participant in the NLSJ Retreat says:
“I have seen NVC Diversity/Social Justice trainers apply their skills to major real world social and cultural conflicts and resolve those conflicts in ways I would never believe possible in the absence of miracles and magic. Through NVC Diversity /Social Justice retreats I have watched my all-too-familiar feelings of fear and reluctance evolve into compassion and connection. These retreats have given me the freedom to be in choice about how to respond to painful stimuli. I attend this retreat every year because being with these trainers in this environment has allowed me to dance and sing and play and remember that joy is possible.”
Who’s it For?
Past retreats have been attended by activists, educators, social workers, mediators, human resource specialists, communication consultants, conflict resolution professionals, community organizers, educators, psychologists, nonprofit managers, artists, therapists working with people of color, lawyers, healers, religious and spiritual leaders, health care professionals, judges, government staff, legislative staff, etc.
Saint Mary’s College of California
About the Team:
Since it’s inception in 2007, we have worked together to design, develop and present the work offered at the Nonviolent Leadership for Social Justice retreat. Our passion for this work is founded in our own life experiences with the issues we address and is fueled by extensive study in Nonviolent Communication and the theories and practical application of frameworks for social transformation.
Alicia Garcia, Trainer
Edmundo Norte, Trainer
Kristin Masters, Trainer
Marina Smerling, Trainer
Roxy Manning, Trainer
Mika Maniwa, Trainer/Constellations Facilitator
Mike Tinoco, Transitional Trainer
Talli Jackson, Organizer