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Empathy Moves

NVC & Open Floor Dance: intermediate residential training & retreat


Five days, four nights living and learning NVC in community, including an Open Floor Movement session each day - no ‘conscious dance’ experience necessary! For those who’ve completed at least a Foundation Training in NVC this is an opportunity to deepen your capacity for self-empathy and staying in dialogue when it’s difficult.



Wed 15th Aug - Sun 19th Aug

Shipston-on-Stour, the Cotswolds





Holycombe Holistic Retreat Centre, Whichford,

Shipston-on-Stour, CV36 5PH



Sliding scale for workshop: TBC 

Venue & accommodation:


Single room supplement TBC

Food: TBC


What to expect?

Plenty of fun and heartful connection in a safely held group of people wanting to be more conscious and compassionate in their communication. We'll have morning, afternoon and evening sessions, some shorter to make space for rest and enjoying the beautiful environment. There will be structured input on specific themes and practice using NVC dance-floors - kinaesthetic maps of our inner process and outer dialogue - along with guided meditations, exercises and role-plays. One daily movement-to-music session will help us embody specific aspects of NVC. If you’ve never done 'conscious dance' before - welcome! You absolutely cannot do it wrong, and you’ll be given guidance, exercises, as well as space to ‘just dance’.


Why movement?

Conscious dance increases Emotional Intelligence - quite simply, as we move our e-motions stir, our creativity awakens and we discover a richer internal landscape to bring into relationship, which is more satisfying for everyone. Many of us have been conditioned to cut off from our emotional world to stay safe, but sense that something is missing. When we move we can feel more alive and this empowers us to follow our intuition, set clear intentions and ask for what we want. Some of us are highly reactive, easily angered, fearful or disorientated by the words and behaviour of others. All of us have brains that are biologically programmed to react disproportionately to the common forms of stress we encounter every day. Bringing awareness to movement helps us regulate our emotions: we learn to use the body to ground and centre when we’re under attack, so we can choose how we respond in challenging conversations.

Testimonial: 'Using movement in dance helped me to connect to someone when words felt inadequate. It gave me the opportunity to empathise and feel compassion towards him without the pressure of getting it ‘wrong’.’

More info about Open Floor Movement Practice:



Simple vegetarian meals will be provided, with all food being prepared by you and the other participants, usually in teams of three / four. The menus will be planned in advance to make things simple and easy and an organiser is there to coordinate each meal. This is our tried and tested method of catering that keeps costs low and supports community-building.


There are lots of accommodation options from stylish comfort in the main house to glamping (yurt, gypsy caravan, airstream) and camping.
Have a quick look here:
And for a general overview of the venue:


Questions & booking:

Places are limited to 16 and accommodation is on a first-come-first-served basis. It really helps us with our planning & financing if you book early by sending a deposit. Contact Sue: OR Cath: 07847 828 636


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