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Relationships can be our greatest joy… and our worst nightmare! 

They can give us so much… and can drain us so much!

And these extremes get amplified the closer or more intimate we are to the other(s). So this series is even more necessary in these more intimate relationships. At the same time, it is applicable to ALL our relationships, whether with colleagues, friends or family (excluding ‘Let’s Talk About Sex’!)

So, why are relationships so fulfilling, and then so often so challenging?

How could they be more fun? More meaningful? More in service of a good life, rather than a drain on it?

Communication always plays an important role. But it's not so easy, especially when we mislearn it, and are full of internal blocks, limiting beliefs and unconscious patterns. We have inherited harmful habits and stories about how to relate: ​

  • Obligations and expectations: What is and isn’t OK; what we should or shouldn’t do.

  • Confusion around giving and receiving

  • Blaming and shaming

  • Making demands and subtle (or even direct) threats

  • Fears about other’s (and our own) reactivity and intensity

We have thus lost access to our inner knowing about what we do and don’t want, and so struggle to express (and hear) desires and limits.

We need to return to our bodies, to bring our attention within, to the place we can trust. With just a small shift in intention and attention, we can reconnect with ourselves, our feelings, our longings and our values. From here, we can express ourselves with courage, clarity and care, and find ways to stay open to others despite their confusions, criticisms, or angry projections.

As we navigate these intricacies of human connection, these trainings offer a unique opportunity to deepen your understanding of essential relationship dynamics. 

Each training, we learn and practice together, so we can then apply it in our lives and share with others.

Join us for all or any of these experiential explorations to uncover the keys that will open doors to more fulfilling and meaningful connections in your life. 

4 independent half day trainings


All packed into 1 weekend: 2nd & 3rd March,

at Ritmo da Terra, Aljezur

You are welcome to join as many as you like

....and a sauna on Saturday night.

(Prices outlined below)

Click the images below for descriptions of each training


para Português disponível


Saturday, 2nd March: 9.45 - 13.00



Saturday, 2nd: 14.30 - 17.45



Sunday, 3rd March: 9.45 - 13.00

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Sunday, 3rd: 14.30 - 17.45

Tradução em Português disponível: mediante solicitação. Se tiver dificuldades em entender o texto em inglês, por favor informe-nos.


Lead trainer Donal Gannon, certified with the Centre for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC), brings over 20 years experience facilitating groups, and draws from a variety of modalities for this series

Previous Participant:

"Donal is one of the best teachers I know, really coming from the heart and bringing huge experience, and he lives what he teaches too.


His NVC trainings take you beyond techniques and deep into human connection, empathy, and living more beautifully. There's always lots of laughter, wonderful people and a real life-enhancing magic at them

Anyone who wants better relationships, more freedom to give and receive what you truly want, great boundaries, ease in love and connection, and skills to shift conflict into healing and closeness, I highly suggest going to this! "

 - David Rock - 


Donal will be assisted by a team of inspiring and loving leaders,

each bringing a unique skillset and experience.

They will each be available to support you during the trainings. 

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Donal Gannon

Certified Trainer,

Consultant, Coach

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Anita Correia

Communication Specialist,

Empathy Angel


Marina Cervelati

Community Co-Creator,

Mama Bear

Training Content


Each training is standalone and independent of the others, so there are no overlaps or succession of content. At the same time, the natural accumulation of related skills means attending more trainings brings even more benefit.


No previous training (or relationship) experience required. 

We bring the most essential principles and practices together, making it accessible and useful for everyone. The life skills we’ve always needed, but never received.

We balance teaching, practicing and facilitating individual and group processes, games, role plays, exercises, meditations and body/gesture based activities.

So, expect insights and heart opening; lots of fun and laughter; maybe tears and surfaced fears; building new friendships, community and supportive network.  And all within a sweet, safe and cosy group field, so we feel held and cared for along our transformative journey.

Venue Location


Ritmo da Terra (shown in the photo gallery below) is 7 minutes drive from Aljezur, direction Marmelete / Monchique.

If you are interested in accommodation for the weekend at Ritmo da Terra, send an email to

Answers to other commonly asked questions here

Stay Connected in South Portugal


We use a Telegram group to notify the local network (and anyone who wants to come and join it) about trainings and retreats we will offer around here, or occasionally longer events that we can travel to.

We'd love you to join the group. Check it out here

Financial Contribution

We truly want to make these trainings available to everyone who would benefit, regardless of access to money. 


We balance this with the need to sustain ourselves financially and to take care of the amount of resource (including time and attention) our team invests in supporting individuals.


So, these payment options invite the wider network to share the responsibility in giving access to those with less financial abundance.


We offer three prices (per half day training) to choose from depending on your available finances and enthusiasm for this intention:

For the first round (early bird) these are:

  •  Supported 25€ 

  •  Standard 30€

  •  Supporter 35€

If you can afford and choose to pay at the 'Supporter' price, it allows us to welcome more people to attend while contributing less.​

We do our best to practice what we preach in all aspects of this work, so, true to NVC, these are requests and not demands, thus we are open to dialogue. So, If you can’t afford to pay within this range, please contact us and we will try to work something out.

There are suggestions for how to choose prices and other answers to commonly asked questions here

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