Me, myself and I: self empathy and our inner critic

Oct 5th 2019, 10.30am to 5.30pm Facilitated by Cath Burke

Many of us come to NVC looking for a way to survive, improve, enjoy our relationships. I know I did. Then I discovered that the most important relationship is the one with myself.  This is because when we relate empathically to ourselves we are empowered to calm our reactivity and take responsibility for meeting our needs. When we understand and acknowledge our needs we naturally have more inner resource to face challenging conversations and relationships ‘out there’.

This day will draw on Sarah Peyton’s research into NVC and neuroscience.

The facilitators were warm, present, helpful and contributed to the day feeling held and nurturing.
— Course participant April 2019

60 minutes of movement and conscious dance

There’ll be an invitation to explore this theme somatically through up to 60 minutes of movement and dance.  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 email or call me for a chat.

You’ll be supported to take away skills to:

  • precisely name your feelings and needs in relation to a stimulus

  • identify self-sabotaging behaviours and core beliefs

  • get familiar with different parts of your inner life, such as the critic, the self, the witness

  • find your unique empathic voice that’s able to regulate your nervous system

Be warned! Relating to yourself with compassion could lead to a lack of inclination to judge yourself and others and an inability to worry. You may find yourself acting spontaneously rather than from fear-based habits and even enjoying each moment as it comes!


Participants will be expected to have completed a two day foundation training in NVC, or equivalent. This will ensure a common foundation for intermediate level engagement and practice.


City & Westminster College, Paddington Green Campus, 25 Paddington Green, W2 1NB, London


  • Individual rate £80 (If you are a regular employee and you will be paying for the training from your own pocket).

  • Small Charity rate £100 (If you work for a charity with fewer than 15 employees and they will pay for the training).

  • Public sector/Large Charity rate £120 (If you work for a public sector organisation, such as a local council or the NHS, or a charity with more than 15 employees, and they will pay for the training).

  • Private sector rate £150 (If you work for a profit making company and they will pay for the training).

If any of the above prices would make it difficult for you to attend, please contact me – concessions are available.

I loved the day and leave excited!
— Course participant April 2019

Curious about Why I include movement & dance in an NVC workshop? Find out more>>>


Feedback from Intermediate workshop dance session, April 2019:

  1. “It was nice to do something different and more embodied.”

  2. “Being able to practise with the body was very insightful.”

  3. “I found some of it uncomfortable to start with and it felt easier as the session continued.”

  4. “I enjoyed exploring the non-verbal communication that I may not have noticed before.”

More info about Open Floor Movement Practice:

Cath Burke is a qualified Open Floor Movement Practice facilitator and a member of the International Conscious Movement Teachers Association (ICMTA)