Training course “Non Violent Theatre”

July 26 – August 9, 2019, Homade (Brivezac, France)


About the workshop

Non Violent Theatre was a project developing competencies to communicate in a nonviolent way – acknowledging own and others’ needs, recognising and expressing emotions, building peaceful relations with young people, and co-workers. The aim of the project was to deal with situations of conflict or misunderstanding in the work environment, where reaching a compromise is needed for common good and growth. As much as conflicts are natural for human relations, our concern is not to let them threaten the basic sense of safety, when a person feels their needs are endangered, which might lead to violent defensive reactions.

Those competencies to be in contact with own needs, and communicate them to others, are especially valuable working with multinational and cross-cultural groups, youth at risk, migrants, where backgrounds, contexts and understandings, which are shaping the strategies to meet the needs, might be so different from one another, thus leading to in the communication process and coexistence.

The name of the training course comes from two methods “Theatre” refers to Theatre of the Oppressed and applied drama methodology, created by Augusto Boal, a theatre director and community and social activist. NV refers to empathic communication language – called the language of giraffe, from Nonviolent Communication method by Marshall Rosenberg, a psychologist and mediator.

>> Read our Marta’s article about the method here. <<

Are you curious about how the project went? Here are some photos to give you an idea!

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Katarzyna Stępień

I weave together my passion for embodied practices, nature and communities, inspiring mindful re-connection with self, others and the Earth. I’m certified dance meditation facilitator, mindfulness practitioner, explorer and activist. I have several years of experience in group facilitation within non-formal education setting, developed training content and delivered workshops and trainings on empathic communication, self awareness, nonviolence and peace education. In my work I create heart-based spaces supporting young people and adults on their journeys to wholeness, based on compassion, authentic expression, self-awareness and play.







Marta Skorczynska

„There’s madness in this method. Though this be madness, yet there’s method in it” (Drama Way). That quote describes my attitude towards education – connecting with the not obvious in our society, yet the most natural elements of our existence and learning – the body, movement, singing, role playing and drama.

I am a non-formal education trainer, certified in drama methodology experienced in communication and managing multi-cultural group. In my work I find inspiration from voice and body training methods, coaching and solution focused approach, and educational games. Graduate of Psychology and Social Animation studies. I wish that everyone could recognise, live and express their feelings and needs. Being aware of the diversity within us makes it so much easier to appreciate the diversity between us.






Homade: The project took place at Homade – an artistic training center located in the small village of Brivezac. The funky house is a renovated barn with a big workshop room, kitchen, dining and chill-out area, big green garden and rooms located in a 2-floor mezzanine. During their stay the participants were accommodated in rooms of 2 or 3 people with the same gender. Their meals were served in the dining area and our amazing cook Alison prepared delicious lunch and dinner, and the food will be mainly vegetarian. The breakfast is self-prepared by the participants who had the ingredients and equipment available each morning.



Brivezac: a village located in the Corrèze department of the Limousin region. It is located on the right bank of the river Dordogne and has a community of 175 inhabitants. The church of Saint-Pierre, in the heart of the village, has one of the oldest Roman portals in Limousin. The interior of the village is a patchwork of old houses built from stones of the ruins of old buildings and pebbles from the Dordogne. The bridge over the Dordogne crossing Brivezac offers a beautiful viewpoint between cliffs and fields bordering the stream. Find out more information about the location here.


The participants about the project

Full of feelings and emotions, and satisfied needs, especially learning outcomes and experiencing French rural area, its culture.


I got trapped in this amazing place :) Thank you for sharing energy! Love all of you


Homade it’s a charming place placed in a stunning location. I found it warm and peaceful, a lovely setting to recharge my energies and focus on our work as a group. The program was interesting and made me curious to read and learn more about the subject. I’m taking away more awareness in terms of communication, hoping to apply what I learned with my job and in multi-cultural context. Also, improving my everyday communication skills.


Everything was very well organized. I felt at home and I knew where to go and who to speak to if I needed something.


A good balance of physical exercices and more “intellectual” ones.


NVC is a opportunity to have a common language between us, based on empathy, feelings and needs, self emotions /fears knowledge. Language in the jungle of words but also with a involvement of body and a commitment in the “intention”. Get NVC as daily work for yourself and others, is a chance for empowerment and to survive collectively in the next few years.


It was one of the best experiences of the past couple of years. I’ve rediscovered parts of myself that I’ve tried to hide for a long time and here I have felt in the right place and mindset to reconnect with them. Just a big thank you for the whole team that made this experience so great and that has been working so hard to fulfill our needs.


I will include some of the techniques learnt here in my future trainings and sessions. I am also thinking about having a full training on this topic.



This training course has been co-funded by the Erasmus+ Program. If you would like to find out more about the program, please visit


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