Trainings offered by Kate Raffin

Kate has been facilitating trainings in a wide variety of places and situations. Including training and working with aged and health care workers, Juvenile Justice, parents, politicians, educators, youth, sex workers, special needs university teams. As well as her own family, friends and communities.

HEART TALK MATTERS – Foundation training in NVC.

12 – 15 hours 5 x weekly evenings OR 2.5 full days Or other combinations of evenings and full days.

Kate will consider travelling

HEART TALK MATTERS –  Introduction to NVC  2 – 5 hour


‘I can not rate this highly enough. Before doing this course my tool belt may have only included a hammer and some sandpaper. Now I have so many tools I need a new tool box! I’m particularly grateful that I came across Nonviolent Communication in a workshop rather than a book or video so that I could personally experience how powerful this is. Kate is a brilliant facilitator and clearly very experienced.  I will use this in all elements of my life: parenting, relationships, community, work. I have a new language and a new way to be in the world.’ – Charlotte McCabe, Newcastle

A powerful tool for living together in an increasingly complex and crowded world . It is extremely relevant to all your relations and doings in the world. The power of dialogue to change our directions and meetings in life. Wholeheartedly endorse and recommend this work. It has real power’ – Ben Emerson Canberra

‘Are you looking for deeper ways to connect with yourself and others? Do Kate’s NVC workshop and practice sessions ‘– Mark Spain, Canberra 

‘As a kinaesthetic learner I have really enjoyed Kate’s teaching style. Her genuine support to impart knowledge for a higher good and integrity. I would recommend NVC to anyone willing to grow in their relationships and ready to shine brighter.‘ – Participant, Canberra

‘I found this work very safe and deep and challenging. It was very empowering for me to be doing this work outside the context of “therapy” or any “mental health” framing. I’m also pleased that although I was crying a lot and often really quite distressed I never explained myself in terms of “mental illness”. I didn’t feel the need to. I didn’t feel the need to because this work doesn’t collude with the kind of individualism that demands an individual story/explanation or creates a situation where, for me, identifying as someone with a “mental illness” and therefore needing “special treatment” is the only way I feel I can protect myself enough to participate.’  – Bess H.Canberra, 

Life changing, enhancing, empowering. Brings everything I’ve ever done into one package : spirituality, values education, conflict resolution,  counselling, behaviour management etc in schools simple but profound, multi layered can have fun with it become part of a community supporting in and world peace’ –  Dale, participant Pomona

‘I think this content should be in everyone’s life curriculum’ – Frank Deveson, Canberra

‘Fantastic course with valuable content. So applicable to everyday life. Everyone should do it. – participant, Canberra

Kate, I find such ease in learning from your use of words, metaphor, illustration + humour and your fluency with the heart of this. Compassionate, empathic listening for teaching. If  you do this workshop, you will gain more than I hope to describe. Trust this workshop will enrich your life” – Chrissy Robb 

“I highly recommend this training. Kate is a skilled facilitator who offers a deep experience of NVC techniques and principles. This training opens up rich, new avenues for authentic communication” – Premkranti, Bega 

If you truly want to have meaningful communication, do this training” – Piers

Refreshing, feels organic, a type of remembering happened for me” – Sharon

“I highly recommend Kate’s workshops. They are fun, deep and inspiring. It gives me hope for the world. Kate is down to earth, authentic and caring” – workshop participant

” Kate is a true role model, a really authentic communicator. I love her passionate commitment to this work and her boldness and sense of fun.”  

 ” Kate has created a safe place for growth and vulnerability. She brings an air of magic with her that everyone gets to share. I have endless gratitude”.

 ” It’s not often that I ‘ve been to a workshop conducted by someone with such an open heart and so present. It is much valued.”

” It is particularly wonderful to experience being in a class situation with a teacher/facilitator who was not afraid of being open and vulnerable with the class. There was no pretence that you knew everything Kate, or that you had somehow transcended the kinds of struggles of daily life that we were noticing”

THE ART OF NVC MEDIATION – 5 day Immersion training in the skills of NVC Mediation.

This immersion will not only offer you the chance to learn and practise the 10 skills and understand the 3 stages of NVC mediation, we will also explore our own responses to conflict and begin to see what it is we might bring in the room with us and how we can best support ourselves in the most heated of dialogues.

As William Uri, the author of Mediation bestseller “getting to yes”, says ” Nonviolent Communication is a simple yet powerful methodology for communicating in  a way that meets both parties’ needs. This (NVC, a language of life by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg) is one of the most useful books you will ever read”  – William Ury.


“I highly recommend it. If you are interested in mediation especially, but also communication in general, peace community/world.’ – Mark Lazarus participant, Art of NVC Mediation training 

‘Do it ! Kate, I take a lot of inspiration from what I observed to be your ability to stay solid/ centered/ strong – while being very flexible and loving at the same time.’ – Rachel Hannam, participant, Art of NVC Mediation training 

‘DO IT ! With an open heart and mind. Especially recommended to people working in teams. Kate’s knowledge, ability and skill is rich + delicious + SOOO worthwhile to experience.’ – Erin Young, Sunshine Coast, QLD.

‘Do it you’ll learn heaps.’Paulette, participant, Art of NVC Mediation training 

‘Do it! Especially those who struggle in relationships and especially workplace and community conflict.’ – participant, Art of NVC Mediation training 

‘Do it ! If you want a positive paradigm shift in the way you relate to yourself, others and the world.’ – Renee Neely, participant, Art of NVC Mediation training 

‘It was AMAZING !   Kate is an amazing trainer + facilitator. A great mix of reflection, self care, community building, skill building, practise and integration’Marian James, participant, Art of NVC Mediation training Nov 2017

‘Go ahead ! Both for professional and personal reasons. It’s a rich learning experience.’ – Cara Phillips, participant, Art of NVC Mediation training 

“I highly recommend it for anyone who has any conflict resolution needs’Sharon Rallings, participant, Art of NVC Mediation training

‘An incredibly valuable training for anyone who wants to work in a supportive way with anyone in conflict – individuals and groups.’ – Jerry, participant, Art of NVC Mediation training 

‘Kate has an incredible generosity for nurturing the awkward learning journey. I had training wheels, she gave me ribbons for the handle bars’ – Ingrid, participant, Art of NVC Mediation training

‘ A True experience of growing in conflict. Being Ok and not being Ok in conflict. Owning it compassionately, pushing through – seeing the gifts and feeling the relief inside + seeing the relief in other and the lightness and grace with letting go’ – Lisa Herbert, participant, Art of NVC Mediation training 

‘It’s super fun, super interactive, rewarding, yummy and nurturing, deep , relevant, helpful, affirming with a sense of community and collaboration. Such an innovative, joyous creative learning environment. – Bridget O’Donnell, participant, Art of NVC Mediation training Nov 2017.

I would highly recommend this training to everybody ! It has deepened my understanding of myself in general AND my understanding of how to behave in conflict. I know it will help me in my everyday interactions – with myself, my family + my community’. – Ange Jackson, participant, Art of NVC Mediation training Nov 2017

‘These five days expanded my understanding and practice of NVC – opening to embrace conflict with curiosity, kindness and respect through the many practices, inspirational readings and quotes and most importantly from the opportunities of direct practice experiences.’ – Wendy Haynes, participant, Art of NVC Mediation training 

“A very valuable training that I will be able to take the skills and understandings into my work place of restorative justice and my private life / relationships- skills of empathy, understanding , listening and empathic communication – a very practical workshop – thank you Kate.” 

 Feeling inspired to take this work out into the world – in my daily life, in my family and in my work’. – Participant


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