Living NVC

NVC Annual Retreat, Romania

22-27 July 2019 (Sorry – Fully Booked)


We are delighted to announce the 5th Romanian Annual Retreat in July 2019.

Join us for 5 days in the heart of the Romanian mountains for an experience in bringing NVC to life – together with like-hearted people sharing a common passion for peacefully living together. The emphasis will be on creating a retreat where we can all get our needs met and can enjoy a mixture of relaxation, time in nature, deep connections and light workshops.

The retreat will be in English and places are limited so please book early. 

The retreat will be hosted by three CNVC Certified Trainers (Ian Peatey, Monica Reu and Deborah Bellamy) and we will use community circles and open space technology to build our time together with all who come. We will offer some workshops and we very much encourage participants to offer workshops and activities as well.

There will be no demands – only requests.

You are welcome to come with your children and/or partners – though we do ask that one of you is already familiar with NVC and as a guideline you will probably have attended at least 5 days of training with a Certified Trainer.

While there will be no pre-arranged activities for children or partners our wish is for them to join in community sessions and workshops – our aim will be to find ways to take care of the needs of all.

The retreat counts for 5 days accredited training for anyone wishing to become a CNVC Certified Trainer.


The retreat will be in Pestera, near to Bran, with its world famous Dracula Castle.

Pestera itself sits on the top of a ridge and, surrounded on all sides by hills and mountains, is perfect for hiking or simply for slowing down into a more relaxed pace of life. We have selected Pestera for its beauty, tranquility and connection with a more traditional way of life.

We will stay in a local guest house* where the accommodation is comfortable, clean and basic. All rooms are double rooms (some ensuite) and air matresses/portable beds are available for families with children.

Food is home cooked, largely from locally grown sources and will cater for both meat-eaters and vegetarians.

* We may also use a neighbouring guest house for extra accommodation – we will still all eat and play together.


Coming from within Romania

The easiest way to get there is by car – we will provide detailed directions once your registration is confirmed.

If you do not drive then we will do our best to connect you with participants who are driving or help you with public transport options (train or bus to Brasov and then bus to Bran).

Coming from outside Romania

Travel is either by International Train from Budapest to Brasov (then about 1 hour to Pestera) or fly to Bucharest International Airport (about 4 hours to Pestera).

Once in Romania we will do everything we can to ensure you arrive at the retreat safely and relaxed. Romania, despite it’s reputation, is actually very safe and welcoming to visitors.

Contact us to discuss options and how we can help.

Arrival and Departure

Arrival is on Monday 22nd July from 14.00. Start time is at 17.00 – an opening community circle and then dinner.

We finish on Saturday 27th July after lunch at 14.00.

If you wish to arrive a day or two earlier or leave later to enjoy a vacation please let us know as soon as possible so we can help you organise extra accommodation.


The cost of the retreat covers your room and food for 5 nights plus a contribution to the organisers and hosts.

Accommodation Type Price per Person
Single Occupancy  2,000 lei (€425)
Shared Room* 1,550 lei (€325)

Above amounts are per adult.

People aged 6 to 16 pay 25% of the above and those who are 5 or under are free.

* Please note there are no twin rooms .. only double rooms. We suggest you only a select shared double room if you know who you are sharing with.  

We will contact you about payment after you register.


Ian Peatey

Ian was born in UK and has lived in Eastern Europe since 1994 – in Poland and in Romania. In 2001 he came across Nonviolent Communication and immediately experienced its transformative approach to life, self and relationships. He has been a internationally Certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication since 2008 and, together with Monica Reu (his wife), runs Romanian Association for Nonviolent Communication.

Monica Reu

Monica was born and lives in Bucharest and is founder of the Romanian Association for Nonviolent Communication. She is a Certified Trainer and has been working with NVC since 2004. She is very active and well known in the parenting and education fields running workshops and conferences across the country and with regular media appearances on TV, radio and national magazines.

Deborah Bellamy

Deborah is a trainer based in Vienna since 1991 in adult education using alternative methods.  She met Marshall Rosenberg in 1995 and became Certified Trainer in 2003 when she co-founded a network in Austria for NVC (GFK Austria) which now has over 50 trainers and 120 members through out the country. Deborah joined the CNVC Assessor team in 2012 and has taken on candidates for certification from Eastern Europe. She has had many years of experience working internationally, especially in Eastern European countries.

Contact Us

If you would like more information or have some specific needs or requests in relation to this retreat then please contact Silvia (in English or Romanian).

Registration – Fully Booked