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Non-Violent Communication 2021

Key Info: 
  • Learn to listen to yourself and develop deep auto-empathy (understanding of your feelings and needs)
  • Discover how to express yourself with clarity, nuance and sincerity, and how to dare to accept your vulnerability
  • Explore how to listen to others and to develop empathy for their feelings and needs
£ 625.00
Course fees include all meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions.
The programme will run from Tuesday to Friday, and includes two nights private accommodation and all vegetarian meals from the first lunchtime you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure. We recommend attending this course as a fully residential participant however you may choose to book as a non-residential participant. Please call 01803 847237 for more details.

Learning the art of communication is fundamental to life and to relationships at all levels, be they personal, political or social. Often human relationships breakdown because of the breakdown in communication. Breakdown in communication happens because of the lack of understanding of the needs of others and those of ourselves. Marshall Rosenberg designed an effective and powerful method of communication rooted in compassion, collaboration and empathy.

Nonviolence is one of the supreme principles in all religious traditions and well tried and tested technique of social and political transformation as well as a way of life. Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King are the two outstanding examples of leaders who showed the practical application of nonviolence in public as well as personal lives in the 20th century. In this course, the participants and the lecturers will explore the relevance of nonviolence in general and Nonviolent Communication in particular, in the 21st century, especially in the context of climate change, environmental sustainability and creation of a regenerative culture.

This course will be led by officially certified trainer in Nonviolent Communication Thomas d’Ansembourg, from Belgium, and Gandhian philosopher and activist Satish Kumar.

*The Booking Deadline gives us an accurate idea of course participant numbers at approximately 6 weeks before the course is due to run, at which point we confirm the course, add additional time for people to book on or cancel the course. We encourage people to register early for courses as places are limited.

Satish Kumar

Satish Kumar

Satish is a former monk and long-term peace and environment activist. He has been quietly setting the Global Agenda for change for over 50 years. He was just nine when he left his family home to join the wandering Jains and 18 when he decided he could achieve more back in the world, campaigning for land reform in India and working to turn Gandhi’s vision of a renewed India and a peaceful world into reality.

In 1973 Satish settled in the United Kingdom taking up the post of editor of Resurgence magazine, a position he has held ever since, making him the UK’s longest-serving editor of the same magazine. During this time, he has been the guiding spirit behind a number of now internationally respected ecological and educational ventures including Schumacher College. Satish has authored numerous books including No Destination: Autobiography of a Pilgrim, Soul, Soil, Society: a new trinity for our time and most recently Elegant Simplicity: The Art Of Living Well.

Thomas d’Ansembourg

Thomas says: “When we become ourselves, we become stronger, creative, responsible and generous. Therefore, the personal psychospiritual development is key to sustainable social development”.

In order to contribute to justice and conflict resolution, Thomas first worked as a lawyer for 15 years within law firms and in banking. Meanwhile, by dedicating his free time to working with vulnerable teenagers, he developed a better understanding of the mechanisms leading to conflicts, violence, addiction, prostitution and criminality.

He then decided to deepen his understanding of human beings by becoming a psychotherapist. As such, he has co-founded - with the Jungian psychoanalyst from Quebec Guy Corneau - the association, based in Quebec and in Europe, which provides workshops leading to personal and social transformation, heart opening and spiritual awareness.

Since 1994, he has worked as international trainer and lecturer in human relationships and nonviolent communication in Belgium, France, Switzerland, Spain, Québec and Morocco. Hi works aims to contribute to the development of emotional and intuitive intelligences, enhance assertivity and empathy, and to help others experience more heart opening and responsibility.

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A place can not be guaranteed unless we receive your deposit or payment on your chosen course. If you would like to apply for a bursary, please do this before making your course application.


Short Course Bursaries create an opportunity for an individual to experience the powerful transformative learning by joining a course that assists the participant to inspire their wider community and benefits from the participant’s own unique contribution. It is our hope that our bursaries support a wide cross section of participation on our short course programme. The number of bursaries available is limited, competition is strong and funding is not always available for every short course. Please be aware that most bursaries are in the region of 10% – 20% of the course fee so please be prepared to raise funding from other sources.  A bursary award is not intended to cover travel or incidental expenses.

Applications are viewed on a case-by-case basis and we are unable to enter into discussions on any decisions. We generally have many more applications for bursaries than we have funding available. We can only offer one bursary per person per year and priority is given to those who have not attended the college or received a bursary before. To help us support as many people as possible, please only apply if you would be unable to attend the course without a bursary.

How to apply for a bursary

NB: Please do not pay your deposit for the course yet. Any applications received where a deposit has been paid will be rejected and the deposit refunded.

Six weeks before the course is due to start all bursary applications will be considered and responded to.  If successful you will be required to accept our Bursary Terms and Conditions.

Please answer the following:

  1. What does a bursary mean to you?
  2. How will your attendance on this course benefit the wider community?
  3. If your financial situation justifies you applying for a bursary, how much are you able to contribute towards attending this course?

Please be prepared to supply an appropriate reference in support of your application.