NYCNVC Residential Self-Empathy Intensives

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Deepening Our Ability To Be Our Own Best Friends

As we study and practice NVC, we learn that our ability to self-empathize is a requisite skill for living out our NVC consciousness in the world. Deep empathy, dialogue, mediation, teaching NVC, and perhaps most importantly, knowing what we want to do, versus what we think we should do, are all supported by our skills in self-empathy.

This ability to self-empathize is a key to being compassionate with ourselves, in our significant relationships and in our professional lives. Through self-empathy we can understand what we want and how to get it in a way that is in harmony with our values. We can hold a more compassionate view of the world more often. We can practice NVC anywhere and everywhere.

This intensive is intended to support and inspire participants in breaking through and getting a deeper,  more sustainable integration of self-empathy. In a supportive, community environment, we experience challenge, guidance, nurturing and support in the limitless practice of self-empathy and seeing the world empathically. Throughout the training, we will build on our work with well-defined self-empathy practices and processes to develop an immediate, fruitful and sustainable practice.

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- Feeling our Feelings

- Connecting to the Energy of Needs

- Mourning Unmet Needs

- Self-Empathy Demonstrations

- Self-Empathy Exercises and Practices

- Emergency Self-Empathy

- Deep Self-Empathy

- Empathy and assisted Self-Empathy Sessions


-Understanding Self-Empathy

-Your Personal Relationship to Feelings and Needs

-Distinguishing Observations and Needs from What We Tell Ourselves

-Distinguishing Needs from Strategies

-Working with Triggers

-Self-Empathy and Requests

-Self-Empathy in Dialogue

-Self-Empathy, Pain and Suffering

-Distinguishing and Translating "should/shouldn't" Thinking

-Self-Empathy and Making Choices and Decisions

-Core Jackals and "Life Sentences"


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Suggested Experience

This training is designed for people with an intermediate to advanced experience level. This usually includes a minimum of 10 weeks NVC Practice Group experience, or a Discovery Weekend, PLUS an Empathy Intensive, or a minimum of 20 hours of NVC training with a NVC Trainer or equivalent.


September 21-24, 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.


Registrations for first-time participants of our residential training retreats include an intake dialogue (usually 5-10 minutes) regarding your NVC experience, your physical needs and comfort, your training needs, our understanding of details (times, dates, payments and so forth), plus any preparation we imagine would add to your learning so that you have the best experience possible. Registrations are then completed by phone or over the internet (link provided by email after dialogue). To facilitate this intake dialogue, please click here to complete the Pre-Registration Form.

If you have previously attended an NYCNVC Residential Intensive and you would like to register OR if you have any questions, please contact Clara at or (646) 201-9226.