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Taste of the BayNVC Leadership Program (LP) Retreat and Youth Program

June 17, 2018 - June 24, 2018

With Roxy Manning and Co-Trainer Aya Caspi leading the adult program, and Cathy Bucher and Talli Jackson leading the youth program.

Are you passionate about NVC and NVC Leadership?

Whether you’re an alumnus of one of the sixteen years of the BayNVC Leadership Program (LP) or you’re new to LP, there’s an opportunity to experience some of the community and deep learning that happens at LP at the Taste of BayNVC LP retreat this summer!

BayNVC’s Leadership Program (LP) is a year-long program for people that are passionate about NVC and want to share it with others (teaching, applying it to social change effects, using it in workplaces or families, etc.). The BayNVC LP has empowered dozens of practitioners to step into NVC leadership and even certification!

The BayNVC LP is on hiatus this year and will be resuming in 2019. So this June 17-24 we are offering a special “Taste of LP” Retreat.

At the retreat will be sharing some of the core concepts unique to the curriculum of the BayNVC LP. There will also be many opportunities for LP alumni to share their own NVC offerings and get in-depth feedback.

And, once again, our beloved Youth Program, part of BayNVC LP summer retreats since 2012, will be returning, at the request of youth who have attended for several years!

The youth will have their own independent program and trainers but there will be a special Q & A session with both the adult and the youth participants where the youth will have the opportunity to answer questions about their experience of growing up with NVC. Everybody loves this session!

There will also be a highly qualified support team of experienced assistants at the retreat to support you. Assistants on the team all have extensive (40 – 100+ days) experience in NVC workshops. Assistants will be available to support you with in various ways including private empathy, mediation, coaching, healing from painful relationships, staying in NVC consciousness, and further exploring material presented during the sessions.

This is a retreat where learning doesn’t mean leaving family behind, where adults can get a glimpse into the magic that happens when youth are held in NVC consciousness, and youth get a taste of living in a world that fully values their needs.


This retreat is for three groups of people:

  • BayNVC Leadership Program alumni
  • People interested in deepening their integration of NVC to support their capacity to use NVC to further their work in the world, especially if you want to see if the LP is a good fit for you!
  • People ages 6 to 17

People ages 16 and 17 can choose to either participate in the youth program or the adult program after consultation with program leaders.

People ages 5 and younger are also welcome if attending the retreat with a parent or guardian that accompanies them in the Youth Program itself. We have also had mothers bring their newborns into the adult program, so we do have flexibility about this. If this is a question of yours please let us know.

Topics Covered

Our retreat is designed to support you to create connection with other NVC practitioners and leaders and deepen your own NVC knowledge, skills, and consciousness. We will be covering many topics during the retreat including (but not limited to):

  • Core principles of NVC and principle-based teaching
  • Mediation and group facilitation
  • Transparency, authenticity, and vulnerability in relationships and groups
  • Conscious interdependence
  • Structural power and unequal access to resources

Special Learning Opportunities for BayNVC LP Alumni

Leading up to the retreat the BayNVC LP alumni will have an opportunity to extend their learning through a series of four tele-classes facilitated by Roxy Manning and Mireille Van Bremen. Roxy and Mireille will guide the alumni to develop their own NVC training sessions to be offered at the retreat. Alumni participating in this enhanced learning opportunity will also participate in feedback sessions on these offerings during the retreat.

Youth Program

We offer an incredible NVC adventure for children. Our youth program will be packed full of fun and creative activities throughout the week and will be led by Cathy Bucher and Talli Jackson – both highly skilled in the use of NVC with children.


Our retreat will be held at Monte Toyon in Aptos, Santa Cruz County, California. Monte Toyon is an inviting and versatile camp and retreat center secluded among coastal redwoods just inland from the shores of Monterey Bay south of Santa Cruz.

Monte Toyon
   Website: http://www.uccr.org/camp/monte-toyon
   220 Cloister Lane Aptos, CA 95003
Phone: 831-688-5420
Get directions here: http://www.uccr.org/getdirections/location/to/59

Dinner will be provided at 6:00 PM. Opening circle will be at 7:15 PM on June 17. Please arrive on June 17 after 3:00 PM and before 7:00 PM; or by dinnertime if you want dinner.

Breakfast will be provided at 8:00 AM and lunch will be provided at 12:00 PM on June 24, the last day of the retreat.

Our group will need to be fully departed from the grounds by 2:00 PM on June 24.

Most people can expect to share a room with 2 to 4 others, though some private rooms are available (see pricing below).

Family members will be housed together unless prior arrangement with program leaders are made.

Bathrooms are communal which means that there are several toilets in the shared bathrooms (there are doors on the stalls), and there are private showers in the communal bathrooms.

You will also need to bring your own bedding (sheets, blankets/sleeping bags), pillows and pillow cases, towels, soap, shampoo, and other toiletries, etc.

Please also note that the sleeping rooms will not be locked, so please do not bring valuables with you.


The Monte Toyon kitchen crew will prepare meals that emphasize healthy choices, for vegetarian, vegan and omnivore diners. We will pass along special food requests to the chefs.

While they often can accommodate special diets, we also ask you to bring any food items that you would need to ensure your health and well-being.

Room and Board Cost

Room and board costs are in addition to the tuition amount. Room and board costs are non-negotiable and are required by our host venue.

Room assignments are subject to availability and are first-come-first-served.

Meals start with dinner on June 17 and with lunch on June 24.

Adults,  12 and up
$850 per person, quad occupancy (four people to a room)
$950 per person, double occupancy (limited availability)
$1150 single occupancy (limited availability)

Youth, 11 and under
$650 shared room (family members will be housed together unless prior arrangement with program leaders are made.)


We would like to make it clear that tuition is in addition to and separate from room and board costs (see above).

Tuition is on a sliding scale as follows:

  • $900 – $1500 Adults Program
  • $300 for Youth Program
  • Suggested corporate rate $2500

Tuition paid beyond $1500 is tax deductible, and the money will be used to support others with attending the retreat.

When selecting the amount to pay for your tuition please consider your own needs, the sustainability needs of BayNVC and the trainers, and the other retreat participants.

Please review the BayNVC refund and cancellation policy before registering here: https://baynvc.org/refund-policy/


Click the link below to begin the registration process. At that link you will see a questionnaire that we will need you to respond to.

Once you fill out the questionnaire we will follow-up with you by email and/or phone so you can make your payment for your room and board cost and your tuition cost.

Click here to register now.




June 17, 2018
June 24, 2018
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Roxy Manning
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Monte Toyon
220 Cloister Lane
Aptos, CA 95003 United States
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