NVC Bushwalking Retreats – Northern Territory and Western Australia

Kakadu National Park

These Bushwalking Retreats are lead by Cassie Newnes and Kate Raffin.

Cassie is an experienced off track bushwalking guide with a long held passion for indigenous living skills and authentic communication. She has been taking people on remote, untracked wilderness experiences since 2002.

Kate is an experienced mediator, facilitator and trainer. She has worked in this area since 2005. She is certified with the Centre for Nonviolent Communication www.cnvc.org. She has also been an animator with Play in the Wild! – initiations into Nonviolence for youth, educators and families.

Kate’s work and passion highlights the power we have to represent our true longings in ways that inspire connection through engagement with life and each other. Kate brings an appreciation for the human challenges of ‘being nonviolence’ as well as inspiration and courage for real change in our lives. 

During the retreats we will spend time living and moving together as community, connecting with all of life – our surroundings, ourselves and others to tangibly experience our interdependence. This moves us beyond our ideas of separation, habitual thinking of right and wrong.


The prerequisite for these retreats is prior attendance at a NVC 2-day foundation training or equivalent. Arriving with some understanding of NVC helps people to benefit from each moment of the retreat (not just the sessions). Kate will offer us all an experiential style of integrated practices that support learning NVC in ways that are lively, relevant, engaging and deeply enriching. If you are unable to attend a 2-day foundation course prior to the retreat and are still interested please let us know what experience you have in this area prior to booking.

Kate and Cassie regularly check in with what will best serve every member of the group and therefore what will serve the whole, adapting the NVC component to support all who join.

We will live in Community for the time we are together and for many this will be a challenge well worth having. The invitation is for us all is to step into self-responsibility and consideration for the whole.

Our days will be spent walking in this unique and varied landscape

We will be supported by engaging in ( but not limited to) the following :

  • Self connection practices – in heat of the moment as well as journaling in our own time
  • Celebration/Gratitude practices – acknowledging what we already have
  • Mourning practices – acknowledging and responding where we feel a sense of lack, loss or sadness
  • Life-Constricting Core beliefs – identifying and releasing them
  • Enemy Images – recognising and harvesting them into life-enriching opportunities
  • Despair work – honouring our pain for the world – acknowledging our interdependence with all of life transforming tension into energy – using the ‘work that reconnects’ by Joanna Macy
  • Healing and reconciliation – integrating our past experiences
  • 3rd-siding –how to support ourselves and others in conflict
  • Visioning – aligning our work and passions
  • Going forward – practices that will support us to make the most of our time on these retreats and offer congruence with our lives at home

We are delighted to be offering these opportunities to practice and lean into these elements as a way to connect to life because we are both constantly astounded at how simple yet powerful they can be AND acknowledge that we can all do with more practice.

Please feel free to email or call us if you want further information.

Cassie- cassie@bushwalkingholidays.com.au ph- 0428 829 757

Kate – kate@kateraffin.com ph-0488 550 979

What Kate says about Cassie…

“When I think of walking the bush with Cassie, my heart settles into a deep breath… and then another and many more. There is an expansion of my inner world and my capacity to say ‘YES’ to life – there is not only space, there is a deep sense of peace and homecoming. Cassie shares SO generously of what she knows and connects to in this land. I love what she says and what she leaves space for. A true guide and teacher. We pause at a place so she can allow us to see and feel and connect to this – there is plenty to connect to. You cannot miss it with Cassie. Your own experience of this big red land. We are SO very fortunate for every opportunity to be walking with Cassie as our guide.”

What Cassie says about Kate…

“Kate has such deep, genuine care for those she is working with. Just to be around her is an NVC lesson as she authentically embodies what she teaches. That combined with a passion to take people where they wish to go on their NVC journeys makes for a powerful experience”

Testimonials from last years trip with Cassie and Kate as guides…

“Come! It’s a life changer. The country is incredible and the beauty+ wisdom that shines through Kate and Cassie is inspirational”

“ If it calls you and you want to learn something special whilst in the beauty of nature – the beautiful Kakadu. The beauty and quiet pace of the land helps top immerse fully into a deep heartfelt learning. The closeness of a group walking together, talking together, sitting around a fire together and being in awe of nature with no external interruption helps to encourage amazing listening skills and how to truly speak from the heart. All of that is NVC in action.”

“Just do it !!”

‘ I am taking away a relaxed body and open heart”

“I have a refilled cup both for activism and personal relationships that have been challenging me”

“ The two ( NVC and Bushwalking) were woven beautifully together”

“ The main thing I am taking away is connection with the land, group, self, the elements and my body”

“The main thing I am taking away is Cassie’s deep love and care for the land and respect for all creation”

‘ I have taken away a wonderful experience, being held and supported with plenty of fun, joy and connection to nature”

“I would recommend this walk to everyone! (And have been recommending it to everyone!) Walking through Kakadu while learning and practicing NVC was such a precious opportunity. The sacred and spacious landscape of Kakadu provided the perfect classroom to be able to explore and delve into NVC material and Cassie and Kate held the space so graciously and lovingly.”

“Just do it! (I have said this to people and happy for you to quote me). A unique opportunity to combine learning and exercise in a fabulous natural “classroom” setting” – Bevan Bates

“I highly highly recommend doing an NVC bushwalk and this location was magical. I felt so at home there and so safe and secure with the group. The love and care cultivated within the group during the course of the walk was palpable. The simultaneous internal and external journeys were insightful and life changing. Thank you Cassie and Kate!” – Beth

“This journey changed my life! I left Kakadu with a deeper understanding of and connection to my true self. This journey into pristine nature really supported healing, integration and fun! I am so very grateful for Cassie and Kate and I recommend their offerings completely.”

Nothing short of a full palette of colour and delight – only every day and night

“ This is an Amazing trip. If you are interested in natural landscapes, hiking and NVC, this is a unique and powerful trip with opportunity for learning, inspiration and fun”