NVC & dance holiday retreat in France

26th to 31st May 2019

Are you busier than you'd like to be?  Would you like to pause and attend to your own self-care and practise of NVC? 

This is an invitation to nurture yourself in many ways:

The venue is part of the nourishment: it's in an ancient oak forest with a heavenly swimming  pool - I know, I've tried it! It’s in the south of France - hot in May - and can be reached in a day by Eurostar and train from London (no need to fly)…


Board & accommodation

There’s a variety of accommodation - rooms or gorgeous huts in the woods. The food is all prepared for you and served on a terrace over-looking the hills. Luxury!

Participants book their accommodation directly with the venue. See the range of options here: http://www.hameaudeletoile.com/en/training-booking-request.html 


What to expect

A smallish group of about 10 spending the mornings practising NVC. No planned theme but an opportunity for everyone to have group time working on whatever they want - a role-play, a difficult conversation, an NVC kinaesthetic dance-floor - processes for  transforming regret, anger, shame, depression, making decisions; self-empathy, empathy, whatever. We would respond to what’s wanted…The afternoons will be free to swim, read, snooze, walk…And small empathy exchange groups for an hour before dinner. Then a dance session in the evening. If you’ve never tried ‘conscious dance’ before you are especially welcome. No experience is necessary – you cannot do it wrong! And all ages, body shapes and fitness levels are welcome. Any doubts or queries please call me for a chat.


I’m guessing all this would add up to a holiday workshop meeting needs for connection, nourishment, rest and relaxation, growth, learning, discovery, companionship and community, warmth of all kinds, fun, beauty…..



6pm Sunday 26th May till 11am Friday 31st (4 full days / 5 nights)




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1. Accommodation & food (vegetarian meals, snacks, drinks included): £310 (E345) (for a wooden hut shared between 2 people: 5 nights @ £62 (E69) per night); other accommodation is available. Participants book their accommodation directly with the venue. See the range of options here: http://www.hameaudeletoile.com/en/training-booking-request.html Please fill in the form asap and state your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of accommodation and reminder that you'd like the cost of lunch on the last day to be deducted from what you owe. Payment is on arrival at the venue

2. Dance / NVC room hire: £60 (E67) paid in advance as your deposit

Total fixed cost: £370 approx

3. Cath’s facilitation (payable after the event): sliding scale £200 - £300. Any cash flow issues please talk to me - I’m open to instalments / later payments.



As places are limited to 10 I’m asking for a deposit of £60 ASAP to confirm your place on a first-come-first-served basis. This covers the cost of the group room hire. 


If you'd like to travel with others we'll coordinate Eurostar and train to and from Montpellier and share the cost of taxis between Montpellier and the venue (28 km).


Train tickets for the dates below go on sale on March 1st and I recommend booking immediately if you can, to get the cheapest ones (currently estimated at between £70 and £130 return).
Assuming you are not going to extend your stay in France before or after the retreat these are the trains I recommend which will get you to the venue in time for dinner on Sunday May 26th and home by 18.30 on Friday 31st May.
Return ticket from London St Pancras to Montpellier
Depart London St Pancras 9.22am 26th May via Paris
Arrive Montpellier  17.37
Depart Montpellier 11.56  31st May via Lille
Arrive London St Pancras  18.13


We will start with dinner at 8pm on Sunday May 26th followed by a short welcoming session at 9pm. 
We will end after breakfast at 10am on Friday May 31st
Please note, it’s a 45 - 60 min taxi ride between the venue and the station in Montpellier http://www.hameaudeletoile.com/en/index.html so we are best to coordinate and share.


Cath: info@empathymatters.net / 07847 828 636


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