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“(This was) a helpful ‘taster’ workshop providing insight into personal and interpersonal intimacy through various practical exercises in pairs and larger groups. Thought-provoking, self-reflective and fun, the two-hour session explored intimacy in relation to issues of gender, sexuality, love and fear… The trainer was particularly attentive in creating and holding a safe space of trust to encourage openness and courage amongst participants… a genuine work of love and care to help reorientate our society towards authentic and open-hearted connection”. Luis de Sousa Pereira, London, August 2017.

“I loved our empathy group at NVC camp. Thank you for contributing to creating that safe space for me. A lot of things have shifted since: I am feeling a little bit more daring in my daily life and having that space in the empathy group has certainly contributed”.

“The workshop on Transforming Core Beliefs was a very moving experience and it felt very relevant to me. I was glad to witness Graham gently guiding another participant through the process he has developed. I would happily attend another session on this subject.” Marta Pascual Argente, London, August 2017.

“I really enjoyed the Core Beliefs process we did today, your guidance Graham was very clear. I also enjoyed that you put a lot of energy into getting to the core/root of our beliefs by distilling our thoughts, ideas and feelings.
Many needs of mine were met, (such as) inclusion, acceptance, safety, learning, authentic connection and communication and I’m hopeful and excited about what the future will bring now that I said good bye to one of my strongest core beliefs. Thank you Graham for holding the workshop”. Alexandra Lupu, London, July 2017.

“Graham is an assured practitioner, creating safe spaces for people to explore themselves and practise their growth. Very well run and relaxed workshop… The ritual on the river was spectacular!” Tom Hitchman, London, July 2017.

“Thanks, Graham – I loved the care for all, inclusiveness and know-how you brought to the workshop, which met my needs for learning and healing”. Rich Waring, Reading, July 2017.

“I have experienced the transformative power of this (Core Beliefs) process & heartily recommend it as a very important healing tool. Graham facilitates the process sensitively & with authority.”  Peter B., Reading May 2017.

“I really liked the exercise of getting in touch with needs – how they live in you; and the feeling of playful exploration you held alongside us”. H.P., Stroud, November 2016.

“Got in touch with my feelings, needs and beliefs more powerfully [and] in a new way. Understanding now how each is different and my beliefs aren’t reality…. Looking forward to follow up and check out more NVC.” K.S, London, October 2016.

“Your professionalism and caring for letting all of us get the best out of the workshop shows how committed [you are] to help building a community of empathy. Thank you.” C.C., Reading, October 2016.

“Intelligent, logical and consistent…. showed how to boil the ‘story’ and all the extraneous stuff down to the key feelings. Straightforward strategies for how to be understood. Potentially life-changing strategies presented in a simple yet compelling format.” Martin Etheridge, Surrey, October 2016.

“Thankful that these things are ‘out there’ now: named, spoken about without the shame we’ve attached to them. Often the world seems damp, dour and cold – the sun shone and broke myths and has shown me new horizons – a thing of beauty! The group dynamic was wind in the sails of this precious stone-studded workshop, adding new colours to life. Thanks Graham for your needs [which lead you] to do this work which we benefit from.” E.H., London, October 2016.

“Really useful illustrations of how to approach difficult situations in a non-violent way”. Gill Elson, Reading, October 2016.

“Attending this workshop has been very beneficial to me. It has helped me to understand other people more, and more importantly to understand myself more”. Koralea Preedy, Stroud, September 2016.

“I very much enjoyed the course and found it incredibly useful. NbC is potentially life changing, for me and those I communicate with. I would love to deepen my knowledge”. D.S., Stroud, September 2016.

“Before going on this course, I could be very reactive, in an aggressive way… [It] has enabled me to stop and think – story, feelings, needs, action. At last I know where all the emotion is coming from!” Lizzie G., Stroud, September 2016

“Very engaging facilitator… The trust established within the group enabled us to be open and engaged”. Alan Dale, Stroud, September 2016.

“This has been a fantastically helpful workshop because it has given me real insight into how we habitually communicate… I have gained some new tools in how to communicate empathically and look forward to putting it into practice”. Joanna Casey, Stroud, September 2016.

“I found the course really intriguing, and it made me think about what I do”. H.Huntley, Stroud, September 2016.

“.. this is the first time I have really realized how [everyday] language hinders communication… By taking responsibility for my underlying feelings… I have become so much happier”. K.D., Stroud, September 2016.

“This workshop has been very worthwhile as I am learning.. to make peace with myself and the world. Graham’s delivery and explanations have been restorative and positive, he has kept my interest throughout the two days. I would like to deepen my understanding of NVC and learn to use it in my everyday life. Gratitude and thanks.” Su Bittleston, Stroud, September 2016.

“Fantastic! I’ve started thinking differently [about] any situation and I pause and consider the other person’s real feelings and needs”.  Jen Mann, Stroud, September 2016.

“This workshop has really opened up for me the way we all communicate – and often mis-communicate –  our needs, which are consequently left wanting”.  J.Griffiths, Stroud, September 2016.

“The workshops were valuable for me in several ways. I learned a lot from the way you held them – things like choosing who to bring to the ‘dance floor’, and the way you explained very clearly your needs surrounding that. That was empowering to me in itself. The clarity of it, and the way you presented it without apology were a startling revelation of the power of knowing your own limits, what you wanted to achieve and how that could best be done to serve everyone present.

Going through the process was easier than I expected. You were very patient and present without being too intense or expecting, so you gave a lot of space for a genuine response. I had a sense of being protected in a serious but playful way, which supported without creating attachment, if you know what I mean… I  guess I mean, you got out of the way of the flow while expertly directing it when required. So it felt like my achievement that you had merely facilitated.

I admired the way you managed the very tricky moment of looking back and seeing how to incorporate all the met and unmet needs into a new thinking. That seemed quite fluent and natural as people went through it, but actually was very skilfully done. You almost casually offered different thoughts and alternatives, intuitively fishing through everything to find the key elements, recalling things said and the emotional emphasis expressed  at the start of the process that I had already forgotten about.

So overall it was the highlight of the camp for me, and much appreciated. Thank you.” Dorothy O’Grady, Colchester, August 2016.

“Graham supported me and others through a wonderfully effective process for moving beyond old patterns that no longer serve us, in a way that’s dynamic, and creative, and healing, and freeing. It’s also pretty good fun! More please!” Rich Waring, Reading, August 2016.

“During the core belief process I felt really safe. It was easy for me to trust you and open up, so that I could get in touch with my emotions and was not afraid to show them. You gave me time when I needed it and you got me to move when it was neccessary so that at the end I was able to fully embrace my new belief”. Andrea Hechenberger, Salzburg, Austria, July 2016.

“Very enriching, personally and professionally”. Veronica A., Albufeira, Portugal, November 2015.

“I appreciated very much the ‘games’ and sharings in small groups as a way of getting into self-connection and listening/expressing. It was very interesting to learn to start looking at my emotions as a [way] to my needs….  very useful to learn to distinguish between judgments and feelings”. J.Fernandez, Almancil, Portugal, November 2015.

“I felt comfortable and happy with the workshop. It gave me a lot of new ideas about myself. Thanks a lot!” U.G., Cavalheiro, Portugal, November 2015.

“I felt safe and supported doing the [Core Beliefs] process, and appreciated your presence, flexibility, understanding and empathy”. U.K, Vila Nova de Milfontes, Portugal, November 2015

“I’m very glad I joined your workshop on Intimacy! Some things that inspired, supported and served me:
– The exercises were varied and you changed the pairs randomly each time using playing cards
– I could decide how deep I wanted to go with each topic
– You kept track of the time and the structure was clear
– The instructions were clear and understandable
– I liked your energy: dynamic, focused but also gentle and with humour.
Please continue your workshops! They are very helping and inspiring!” Malgorzata Sobiesiak, Lublin, Poland, July 2015.

“I really want to give you feedback/appreciation as your workshops at the European NVC Festival meant so much to me.
At the Intimacy workshop, I loved the way you asked the specific questions clearly and calmly and then gave us time for inner exploration – that was perfect for me to really get into it. You created an atmosphere where we could really share openly about our needs and fears. And the questions you asked opened my eyes as well as my heart. After this workshop I was so aware about some patterns I wanted to change that I dared to open myself and so it changed my experience of the rest of the festival immensely.

The workshop about Inner Child regression also opened my eyes about some of my very unconscious stuff. I really appreciate that you gave this workshop despite being short of time. You doing this inspired me to dare things and try them out!” Melanie, Fynshav, Denmark, July 2015.

“Very useful tools, enlightening and interesting. Wanted more time!”  Jeannine B., Ullenwood, Glos., April 2015

“You did not just tell us what to do, you made us realise it for ourselves. Really appreciated this weekend. I thank you from the bottom of my soul for what you made me find in my heart today. Continue with these courses, it brings fulfilment and happiness in more ways than you can imagine!” Axel Fabricius, Gothenburg, Sweden, January 2015

“You impress me with how clearly you are in touch with your emotions. I really liked the humour mixed with universal truth. It equals the perfect mix!” Isak Alin, Gothenburg, Sweden, January 2015.

“An amazing introduction in such a short time with quite a number of people. It was great to have it ‘from the ground up’ starting from our own experiences early on.” Hettie Peplow, Stroud, January 2015.

“The informal and participatory style facilitated reflection and learning in a non-threatening way … with everyone having the opportunity to engage and be engaged.” Helen Brown, Gloucester, January 2015.

“Content was interesting and far more vibrant than my previous experiences of NVC. Liked it all. Will study further and do additional workshops if available”. Clare Fletcher, Gloucester, January 2015.

“Very much enjoyed the way the workshop unfolded – revealing NbC in a way that allowed me to relate to work and home life situations. Useful, interesting and fun. Thank you!” Philip Booth, Stroud, January 2015.

“What a lovely weekend with some very tender moments in the shared exploration. I really enjoyed the warm and informal presentation of the workshop, helping me to feel integrated with the group. The pace was very relaxed and unhurried but we managed to fit a lot in, I gained insights and engaged with long forgotten questions and longings and rememberings. I really liked the balance between structure and fluidity and thank you for your warmth and humour in holding the space so beautifully. I come away feeling open hearted and nourished.” Loulou B., Bath, December 2014

“Felt significantly safe/held. Content was interesting, pace was perfect. There were moments of fun and Graham balanced these with pace /transitions into the next exercise to stay focused and minimize distraction from our feelings and needs. I met needs for learning, shared experiences, connection and companionship, as well as touch. Also I learnt practical strategies that I can apply to relationships in my life”. A.T., Colchester, December 2014

“A workshop on intimacy where intimacy was definitely created. It was born, explored and developed throughout the two days. As a result I feel more connected to my blocks and my stretches to intimacy, and I also felt closer to the other participants”.  Laura Martinez, London, December 2014

“I’m really happy to have joined for this weekend and enjoyed every minute of it. Even in the moments when it seemed to be getting harder inside, the support of the group created these secure spaces where it was alright to let these things be. I had a lot of fun and at the same time felt challenged and encouraged to go deeper within me with the help of NVC, in order to learn how to be there complete and whole for others (and myself) when needed. Big hug with a grateful heart!” Sara Roda, Portimao, Portugal, October 2014

“I liked the persistence to connect us to our needs, as the pearl from where we make connection… I liked your authenticity, sharing your own feelings and needs with the group…. For me definitely both healing and learning happened.. yes, good value! I would come back”. Ulrike Krampen, Tamera, Portugal, October 2014

“I liked all the exercises and I felt safe and challenged in equal measure. This was truly good work for me … to be more aware and in touch with my feelings and not so absorbed by my thoughts which tend to dominate. I feel the need to go deeper with this work, to bring it in a disciplined way into my life. I will certainly use this process in my personal and professional life, and I will certainly come back for another workshop with this trainer. So please, come back to Portugal!” Carla Guiomar, Santiago, Portugal, October 2014

“Graham, I need to express to you how deeply grateful I am for the Inner Child workshop  you held at camp. I have found it so valuable and self-connecting, reassuring and inspiring. I felt you held the space really well, with a lot of care. Thank you so much. Mmm it feels so good to express my gratitude…” Holly G, Norwich, September 2014

“The content was interesting and well thought-out. I liked the style of presentation, moving smoothly from one exercise to the next. I really liked the speed drills which helped me focus on improving my access to my feelings and needs. Also the practice with empathising in small groups.  My needs for stimulation, personal growth, empathy, fun, connection and acknowledgement were met. I will use what we practised here and look forward to more workshops with Graham!” Helen Lane, Vila Nova de Milfontes, Portugal, April 2014

“Thank you Graham for the smoothness with which the weekend was conducted. It made me feel safe in an environment of community and compassion, thus making it easy to open my heart and heal. It’s been without any doubt a transforming couple of days… I honestly believe I can’t put into words the importance of this past weekend to me.” Nuno Henriques, Faro, Portugal, April 2014.