Why this retreat?
In our lives, our personal relationships play a very significant role. With partners, family, friends, and colleagues, the way we communicate can often lead to unintentional misunderstandings, as well as emotional and even physical tension. This retreat will introduce you to tools to help understand and communicate your emotions, as well as hold space for those in your life. We will be in an idyllic natural setting, and our days will be supplemented with beautiful mountain hikes.
What is NonViolent Communication (NVC)?
NVC is a method/process that allows you to better understand your internal emotional process, as well as how to express in order to care for yourself, for others, and your relationships as a whole. Founded by Marshall Rosenberg, a US psychologist and mediator, Non Violent Communication consists of 4 stages (observation, feelings, needs and a request) with practical and “magical” elements to avoid misunderstandings, tensions and conflicts and improve clarity and understanding.
What will you get with the NVC?
You will improve communication within yourself and the people in your life. You will learn to connect with your feelings and needs, as well as those of others. You will learn that “conflict” ultimately brings us the gift of deeper connection.
What’s the plan?
Duration: 2 nights 2 days
Requirements: All NVC sessions will be given in Spanish. It’s important to have a high level of Spanish comprehension, however, all team members speak English and will be able to assist if you need clarification.
Comments: Full board
Here is the program of this 2 days trip :
20h-20h45: Welcome activity
9h30-11h30: Introduction and practice of Non Violent Communication
12h-14h00: Conscious hike (mindful)
14h00-16h30: Lunch and siesta / free time
16h30-18h30: Practice of Non Violent Communication to embrace words, demands and needs
19h30–20h30: Communication and games (NVC)
8h00-9h00: Kundalini yoga
9h45-12h45: Walk with Nonviolent Communication practices
12h45-13h30: Closing activity
13h30-15h30: Lunch and free time
Pleases note the schedule and order of activities may change.
Accommodation & Meals
We will stay 2 nights in a country house in the middle of Montseny Natural Park. It is a rustic country house that has been restored. It’s a self-sufficient and sustainable farmhouse that is part of an agroecological project. It consists of 3 bedrooms. One with 5 beds and two with 4 beds.
All meals (from dinner on arrival to last day lunch, are prepared on site by 2 local cooks. They make vegetarian menus with seasonal and mainly organic products. Between hours there will be fruit, cookies, coffee and infusions.
About your hosts
Annabel Lemétais, NonViolent Communication trainer.
Annabel is the Founder of Happy Daystress®. French, former global communication director of a multinational, today she’s specialized in stress and conflict management. She changed her life after years of stress, certifying herself as a yoga and meditation teacher, coach (ICF certified program). Read more on the Happy Daystress website.
She’s going to be assisted by Moshe Mizrahi, Yepalo’s CEO and mountain guide and by another NVC profesional, Cécile Arondel.
How do we get there?
Sharing private cars from Barcelona. During the booking process, you’ll be invited to let us know if you have a car, and how many people can join you. Each passenger will pay the driver € 10 to cover gas and tolls. You can also meet us at the destination between 6 and 8 PM.
What to bring
- Raincoat/waterproof hiking gear
- Hiking shoes
- Appropriate clothing for the season
- Sleeping bag and / or sheets (there is a bed linen service for an additional €10pp if you prefer)
The price of the activity is €325 per person. If moeny isan issue and you’d really like to attend, please contact us.
- 2 nights accommodation in a privatize country house / hostel
- 2 days of NVC and hiking workshops (with an official mountain guide and 2 NVC professionals)
- A session of Kundalini Yoga
- All meals from dinner on arrival to last day lunch (including fruit and cookies between meals)
- Insurance in case of accident + CL
- Official mountain guide
It does NOT include
Transportation (passengers will pay €10 to the drivers to cover gas and tolls )
Good to know
To our greatest delight, we’ll be staying at quite a remote place in the middle of the nature. There are no ATM (or bank), so please make sure you bring enough cash money and that your car fuel tank is full enough:) Be prepared to be off-line:)