Residential Request Intensives

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Making Life More Wonderful with Requests

Once we have established our journey to seeing ourselves and the world empathically, requests are how we support our deeper connection to the life in ourselves and others and help others understand the aliveness in themselves and us. In using requests we can deepen understanding and heart connection and transcend conflict in real time in the real world.

In other words, requests help us increase our awareness of our own feelings and needs as well as the feelings and needs of others. In many ways requests represent the most spiritual part of NVC practice. They are the bridge between our life energy and what we choose to do, how we act. Requests help us discover our own attachments and suffering and give us the opportunity to move in the world and in our relationships in deeper accordance with our values.

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- Mediation

- Connecting Needs to Action

- Role Plays

- Demonstrations

- Empathy Sessions

- Connecting to Deeper Needs

- Embodying Needs


- Defining NVC Requests

- Connection Requests vs. Action Requests

- Requests vs. Demands

- Requests vs. Boundaries

- Hearing "NO" and Being Happy About It

- Finding Our Hidden Demands

- Requests and Empathy

- Requests and Self Empathy

- Navigating Conflict

- Connecting Judgment to Needs

Suggested Experience

This is an "advanced" training. It is open to those who seek to understand and practice requests, who have a clear understanding of NVC and NVC empathy. This usually includes a minimum of 9 weeks Practice Group experience or A Discovery Weekend PLUS an Empathy Intensive, Self-Empathy Intensive or a minimum of 25 hours empathy training with a Certified NVC Trainer, or equivalent


November 16-19, 2017 Thursday to Sunday

Thur - 3:00 PM-9:30 PM
Fri    - 9:30 AM-9:30 PM
Sat   - 9:30 AM-9:30 PM
Sun  - 9:30 AM-3:00 PM

Tuition - $395 

Location and lodging

(all the prices include food)

Shared Room (3-4 beds) - $375
Single Room - $555
Tenting - $260
Commuting - $260

The Lifebridge Foundation, Inc. was established in 1992 for the purpose of supporting organizations and individuals who, through cultural, educational, and/or scientific means, are creating bridges of understanding among all people by actions to realize the oneness of humanity and the interconnectedness of all life.

The Lifebridge Sanctuary is a 12,000 square foot hand crafted, green facility on 95 acres of forest and spectacular open space on the Northern crest of the Shawangunk Ridge, close to the small township of Rosendale, eighty miles north of New York City.

We are very excited and grateful to be making this our "home" again this year.


Amenities Include:

- Extensive hiking trails

- Off grid solar power

- Orchard restoration and ground breaking for additional land projects

- Organic homecooked food suitable for all diets

- Comfy beds and linens

- Multiple indoor spaces for breakout groups

- Public Transportation ~10 min. away

- Grocery and Coop ~10 min. Away


All meals and snacks will be provided throughout the training and are served in our communal dining hall.  All food is freshly cooked onsite and features organic or all-natural ingredients.  The menu accommodates gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and omni-eater diets.

Cooking services are provided while cleanup is generally shared by all.


There is a Trailways bus that goes from Port Authority in NYC to Rosendale (just 5 minutes from Life Bridge), as well as a Metronorth train arriving in Poughkeepsie where you can take a LINK shuttle to Rosendale. We will provide pick-up from there.

Stewart Airport is 40 minutes away. We will also provide a shuttle from there.