Program Details

Nonviolent Communication and Meditation Retreat

with Simon La Haye Alexis Proniewski
November 9 / 5:00 AM - November 16 / 6:00 AM



Towards true exchange, more authenticity and a more harmonious life

A week retreat to learn the basics of Nonviolent Communication with the support of meditative practice.

Developed by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is "the combination of a language, a way of thinking, expertise in communication and means of influence" which aims to improve the quality of our exchanges.

The Shambhala teachings - based on Tibetan Buddhism - are used in support of the NVC curriculum, providing meditation instruction - a practice which helps us maintain presence. The wisdom of this ancient tradition and the practice nourishes an authentic and caring relationship with oneself and with others, while NVC provides practical tools of communication.

Conflicts, disputes, controversies, confused feelings: we are often faced with challenging situations, where there is a mixture of incomprehension and conditioned behavior which prevents clear and healthy interpersonal communication.

NVC teaches us to "decode" what others really mean to understand what lies behind their words or behavior. It’s a question of first becoming aware of our own feelings and needs, of being in the present moment, and then formulating, with precision and accuracy, what we really want to express. By learning to be present, listening to others with greater openness and then expressing ourselves clearly and coherently, we open a sincere, genuine and respectful dialogue. We develop a language that triggers constructive and fruitful exchanges.

More broadly, we recover the confidence and inner resources necessary to act on our environment - to regain control over our lives as well as interdependence and harmony with others.

More about

Alexis Proniewskicertified NVC instructor

Simon La Haye, Shambhala Meditation teacher




9.00 - 10.00                       Meditation Practice

10.00 - 10.15                      Break

10.15 - 12.30                      NVC workshop

12.30 - 14.45                      Lunch

14.45 - 15.15                      Meditation Practice

15.15 - 17.00                      NVC workshop

17.00 - 17.30                      Tea

17.30 - 18.30                      NVC workshop

18.30 - 20.15                      Break and Dinner

20.15 - 21.45                      Meetings and Talks


This programme will start on Sunday evening at 20:00 and end the next Sunday at 12:30. You can choose to leave anytime on Sunday afternoon.


This programme is both an introduction and further deepening course: no prerequisites are required.


This retreat is taught in French.


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