Registrations for 2016 Convention now open!

Dear all,

We are happy to announce that the registrations for the Indian NVC Convention 2016 are now open.

You can register here.

To understand the spirit in which the Convention is being held, we request you to first go through the following posts:

  1. Our Journey with Giftivism
  2. 2016 Convention: Financial Requests

The theme of this year’s convention is: Trusting Community.

We will be sharing more information soon!

With love,

The 2016 Convention Organising Team

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2016 Convention: FAQs


Please go through the following to make your stay in Chinmaya Vibhooti pleasant. If you have any other question, please write to us at

1. Where is Chinmaya Vibhooti?


Chinmaya Vibhooti (CV) is situated between Mumbai and Pune in India’s Kolwan village. CV is an expression of gratitude concretised in the form of a centre that spans 65 acres of serene, pictorial landscape surrounded by the Sahyadri Mountains.

The postal address is:

Chinmaya Vibhooti, Post Kolwan, Taluka Mulshi Pune, Maharashtra 412108 Phone: 020 2296 00

You can view it on the map here.

  1. Who is our local contact person?

In case of any queries, please contact:

Reena Ginwala: +91-9657769310

Samyak: +91-9657769310

  1. How do I reach Chinmaya Vibhooti?

Chinmaya Vibhooti is approximately 41 km from Pune and 130 km from Mumbai off the Mumbai Pune Expressway. It can be approached from Hinjewadi exit and also from Chandni Chowk exit, which are on Mumbai-Pune highway. CV can be reached by bus or by car/cab.

You can view directions on the map here.

From Mumbai, depending on traffic, it may take between 4-and-a-half hours by car. Likewise, from Pune, it may take an hour to an hour-and-a-half by car or cab.


Pune airport to CV: Rs 1800-1900. Up to 6 people depending on luggage in Xylo and similar cars.

From Aundh, Baner, in Pune to CV: Rs 1200–1400. Up to 6 people depending on luggage in Xylo and similar cars.

Here are three contact numbers for taxis

Kolvan: Ramesh 08888164544 Paud Gaon near Kolvan

Mumbai: Sachin 09820091916 from Mumbai to CV

Pune: Tushar 09822616414

  1. Are there buses to Chinmaya Vibhooti?

From Swargate, Pune: to Kolvan Village: at 7 am Rs 50-60 up to CV gate.

From Mumbai: Take a bus from Shivneri/Dadar/Chembur (if you are arriving by train ) and Ville Parle (if you are arriving by air) in Mumbai and get off at Chandni Chowk (preferred). Ask the taxi (you need to hire one in advance from Pune or Kolvan; see contact numbers given above.) to wait for you at Chandni Chowk for your onward journey to CV. Taxis can be shared and must be booked in advance.

  1. What will the weather be like there in January?

Temperatures in Pune in January are expected to range between 10 deg C and 20 deg C. Chinmaya Vibhooti is on the outskirts, amidst the hills, and the temperature may be a few degrees colder. It may be cold and windy even if it is 10 degrees. The winter sun can be fun. Nights will be cooler. CV will provide extra blankets if needed.

  1. What sort of clothes do I need to carry with me?

Please bring some woollens and warm clothes. Some sessions may be held outdoors, where it may be breezy and chilly. You may also want to bring along something to cover your head and feet for early mornings and nights. During the day, if it’s sunny, you may not need any sweater. It is recommended that you wear layers.

Note: The venue has certain clothing restrictions. No sleeveless clothes or shorts are permitted. Stoles to cover sleeveless clothes are sometimes not adequate. This is therefore not acceptable. Participants are requested to honour the rules and sentiments of the venue.

  1. Is hot water provided in the rooms?

The rooms will have running hot water only between 6 and 8 am in the morning.

  1. Are there mosquitoes in Chinmaya Vibhooti?

We expect that there will be a few mosquitoes in January; it would be a good idea to carry some mosquito repellent or mosquito nets if you think you will need them. Mosquito coils or incense to ward off mosquitoes are not allowed due to fire hazard.

  1. What do I need to be careful about in Chinmaya Vibhooti?

The venue is a spiritual center that has its own restrictions. We request you to follow rules. Smoking, drugs, meat and alcohol are prohibited on the premises. We need to be mindful that the clothes we wear (see details in Ans. 6).   

  1. Which is the closest hospital in case of emergency?

The venue has a hospital on campus for emergencies. Aditya Birla Hospital in Pune is an hour away.                                                                                Ambulance: +91-20-40707777, +91-20-30717777

  1. Do cell phones work in Chinmaya Vibhooti?

Mobile and internet connectivity is poor for some networks. IDEA has the best connectivity at the venue. Airtel and Vodafone do get connectivity in some areas on campus but this is not guaranteed. BSNL has low connectivity.

  1. Is Internet connectivity available in Chinmaya Vibhooti?

The center does not provide Internet or Wifi. You may bring your own connections and devices, should you need Internet access during the Convention. You may purchase or bring along an IDEA 3G sim card and a suitable Internet plan.

  1. Is there an ATM close by?

There is no ATM in or near the venue. You are requested to ensure that you carry sufficient cash with you for your requirements. ATMs may be accessed on arrival in Pune and Mumbai to avoid stress.  

  1. Are there any restrictions on movement in the evening?

There are no time restrictions because residence blocks and areas are not locked. However, please do not sit or gather near the session spaces after the sessions. There are enough spaces, balconies, terraces etc.  around the residences where you may meet. There is no restriction on access to rooms by men or women.

Alcohol, drugs, meat and smoking are strictly prohibited. Owing to the zero tolerance policy of CV, persons found smoking, using drugs or consuming meat and alcohol will be asked to leave. The organisers are committed to support CV in this.

  1. Are there any local shops nearby for supplies?

The nearest town is 20 minutes away from the gate and 40 minutes from the residential spaces. You may be able to procure some basic supplies at the local stores there; however, we suggest that you carry all essentials like towels, toilet paper, soap, toothpaste etc. with you. CV will provide locks against a deposit, which will be reimbursed when the locks are returned.

16.  What must I carry with me for my stay in CV?

  •  Your personal belongings, including warm clothes
  •  Any medication you may need for the duration of your stay
  •  Towels and toiletries
  •  Toilet paper (the center does not provide any)
  •  A water bottle (refillable)
  •  Notebook & pen
  •  Small immersion heater and a suitable mug/container for heating water for tea/coffee in your room.
  • Green tea, masala tea, coffee, vegetarian snacks/munchies
  • Tea/coffee mugs and spoons.
  •    Comfortable footwear: distances between spaces in the venue are considerable.
  •  A sun cap
  •  Mosquito repellant
  • Torch
  • Money for immediate needs. There are no ATMs in or near CV.

17. What food is served in CV?

Only vegetarian food is allowed and served at CV. The request for special food requirements/needs will be passed on to CV. We will do our best to accommodate your requests, however, we cannot guarantee it. Therefore, please make arrangements to come stocked with some of your vegetarian requirements. For example, those who like very spicy food are advised to bring pickles etc. with them.

A typical meal in CV is: Rice, chapatti, dal, vegetables, pickle. Milk and yoghurt are provided on payment of Rs 10 per katori (cup).

Tea, with pre-mixed sugar, made in a dispensing machine is available. If you would like something different, please bring your own tea/coffee with you. Hot drinking water is available in containers at the dining area and near residential areas. Please bring a spoon and a cup, if possible, for your own convenience.


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From our venue: Information for participants

Sharing some information for participants from our hosts, Chinmaya Vibhooti, Kolwan. We hope this information will help you prepare for your travel.

2016 Convention Organising Team

What to bring with you

Chinmaya Vibhooti is situated 45kms from Pune city. Due to its remote location, we would advise that you bring the following items with you.

 Sufficient clothes for the entire period of stay and a few extra sets as contingency (there are no laundry facilities available apart from hand washing one’s own clothes)

 Important medication

 Toiletries * and Towels (bath and hand)

 Appropriate modest clothing. Please bring some warm clothes like a shawl, sweater, woolly cap and socks, as it is the winter period and it might be cold. You may wish to bring a cap/hat for sunny spells during the day.

 Torch in case you need one outdoors at night

 Mosquito repellent *

 Comfortable footwear that can be slipped off easily as footwear is to be removed in certain areas

 Ear plugs (the near-by villages sometimes have all-night devotional music programmes)

 A camera if you wish, as the surroundings are very picturesque (photographs to be for personal use only)

 For visitors from abroad, the correct adaptor for your mobile phone chargers and other gadgets.

 For visitors from abroad, please bring a Xerox copy of your passport and Indian visa to submit to our office.

The items marked * will be available for purchase at the “Suvidha Kendra” convenience store on the campus, between 9 AM and 6 PM. Please note that the selection and quantities are limited.

We will provide the following items per person:

 Linen – 1 bed sheet, 1 pillow with cover, 1 blanket, 1 sheet for under the blanket.

Please Note:

 We would request you to inform us about your expected date and time of arrival and departure in advance, by phone or email.

 Please inform us about all children visiting with you, regardless of their age.

 Please inform us if there will be a driver accompanying you who will need accommodation and meals.

 Please inform us of any specific requirements in advance, such as whether you would be fasting during your stay here.

 BSNL and IDEA mobile connections have good network coverage at Chinmaya Vibhooti. Airtel coverage is good in some areas. Other networks generally have weak signals or no signal.

 There is limited Wi-Fi Internet access in the Chinmaya Vibhooti Swagatam (office) area between 9 AM and 6 PM.

 Suggested dress code: modest and comfortable clothing. No shorts for men and no short/tight/revealing clothes for women.

 Drinking water is UV-filtered. Mineral water is available for purchase at the Anjani office.

 Milk and curds are available for purchase in the Annashree.

 On arrival at Chinmaya Vibhooti, please go to our Anjani housekeeping office to collect your room keys. For arrivals after 9 PM, we would SMS the room number to you and keep the room open.

 Room keys will be issued upon receipt of Rs 100 returnable deposit per key.

 Meal times at Vibhooti are: Breakfast 8 AM to 8.45 AM, Lunch 12.30 PM to 1.30 PM, Dinner 8 PM to 8.45 PM (may vary slightly during camps)


While at Chinmaya Vibhooti

– We would strongly advise you not to leave any valuables in your room. Lockers are available in Swagatam.

– Entry into the kitchen for food preparation will be prohibited. Bringing in meals from out is also not permitted.

– Smoking and consumption of alcohol and non-vegetarian food is forbidden.

– If you need medical assistance, please contact a Chinmaya Vibhooti sevak.

– Please do not tip any workers. You may contribute to the Workers’ Fund by contacting our Accounts department.

– Please do not feed or touch any dogs as they are strays and not domesticated pets.

– You may wish to book pujas at one or both of the temples. The details can be found on the temple boards or you may inquire with the pujaris.

Contact Information

Address: Chinmaya Vibhooti, Post Kolwan, Taluka Mulshi, District Pune, 412108, Maharashtra

Email: Website:

Tel: +91-20-22960012 / +91-9689891959 Fax: +91-20-22960013

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What you can expect at the Convention

Our trainers are offering sessions on a variety of topics for beginners, intermediate and advanced practitioners. Here are some of the offerings.

If you haven’t registered yet, please do so here.


Session topics at the 2016 Indian Nonviolent Communication Convention


Session topics at the 2016 Indian Nonviolent Communication Convention – 2


Session topics at the 2016 Indian Nonviolent Communication Convention – 3

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Makig your contribution: A request from the organisers

A special request:

Those seeking scholarships are requested to contact the organizing team (before making their contribution ) so that their requests can be supported to the best of the team’s ability.

2016 Convention Organising Team

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Pre-Convention Mentoring Event

Edited to add: Please note that the finalised dates for the event are 5- 7 January.

A note from the trainers about the mentoring event:

We’re delighted to announce that there will be a special Mentoring Event just before the 2016 Indian NVC Convention.

Dates: Tuesday 5th – Thursday 7thth January, 2016 (The event begins on Tuesday afternoon and closes on the 7th)
Venue: Chinmaya Vibhuti, near Pune, Maharashtra, India
Trainers: Katherine Singer (Assessor for Asia), Shantigarbha (Assessor-in-training for Asia), Sabine Geiger (Assessor), Kirsten Kristensen.
Maximum: 40 participants.

Who is the Mentoring Event for?

We want the most experienced members of the Indian NVC community to benefit from this Mentoring Event. In order to register for this event, we ask that you have done more than 25 days training with a certified trainer. We understand that some people have limited access to training with certified trainers. If you have done less than 25 days training with a certified trainer, and think that you have the length and depth of NVC experience to benefit from participating this track, please apply by completing the form (see below) and include your training history. Participants will be selected on the basis of the length and depth of their practice of NVC.

Trainer Fees

We, the trainers, offer this event in the spirit of Gift Culture (see the post on Giftivism). Offering this work is our passion. It is also how we support ourselves financially. When you register, could you tell us how much you want give the trainers financially and in other ways?

Venue Costs

The accommodation (triple sharing), venue and food costs from 5th to 7th January is Rs 4,500, as fixed by Chinmaya Vibhooti. Participants wishing to continue to stay on for the Convention will need to pay Rs 1,500 for their stay on the 8th.

Applying for this event

Please fill up this form if you wish to attend the event:

The Center for Nonviolent Communication’s certification process

Katherine Singer (Korea) and Shantigarbha (UK) are the team supporting the certification process in India. Katherine is an Assessor and Shantigarbha is an Assessor-in-training. 

CNVC is committed to the vision of a critical mass of the world’s population using Nonviolent Communication (NVC) to resolve differences peacefully. A strong community of qualified trainers will play an important role in the realization of this goal.

CNVC has two long-term goals for the certification process:
– Create a community of trainers who want to work with CNVC to fulfill our vision.
– Ensure that the next generation and succeeding generations are taught NVC in a way that preserves and protects the integrity of the NVC process.

The certification process can support trainer candidates to reach the following goals: connection to CNVC, contribution to our vision, credibility, mutual support, and personal growth.

For more information about the Center for Nonviolent Communication’s certification process, please see: or contact Shantigarbha via the contact form on his

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