A.C.T. Retreat Center
A.C.T. Retreat and Event Center situated in the spectacular natural beauty of West Virginia. Eco-Friendly Lodging, Camping, Cabin and Cottage rentals along a beautiful cascade and waterfall filled stream in the West Virginia Potomac Highlands; perfect for vacation getaways. Group retreats and events welcome.
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Family HEART Camp is a unique community experience for all people who long for more Harmony, Ease, Authenticity, Respect, and Trust (H.E.A.R.T.) in their families, in their communities, and in the world. Grounded in the principles of Nonviolent Communication, our camps offer an unforgettable lived experience of compassionate community, in places of natural beauty, for people of all ages.
We have a dream...
... that all children everywhere are treated with unconditional love and respect. We long for children to have a say in matters that affect them, learn to trust that their needs matter, and are spared unnecessary physical or emotional pain. We envision a world where children grow up into empowered, caring, compassionate and kind individuals, imbued with a strong sense of purpose and equipped with skills to resolve conflicts and differences and build long-lasting meaningful connections with people around them.
... that all parents everywhere find relief from struggling with their children and have all the support they need to raise their children in accordance with their values. We want to build a society where parents cherish and enjoy time with their children, attend to their own needs for rest, rejuvenation and self-care, and have meaningful and supportive relationships with their significant others. We want to help parents gain the skills to inspire joyful cooperation from their children and teach them the values they hold dear, while forming strong, life-long bonds with them.
... that Family HEART Camp is a place where children learn to cherish, honor and respect their parents, and parents learn to cherish, honor and respect their children. We create a supportive community of like-minded people who feel like a new family by the end of the week. We envision an environment where parents and children thrive, supported by experienced staff and by their new friends. We want to make it possible for parents and children to learn new skills together to support harmony, cooperation and peace in their families, with lots of play and fun for everyone.
... that Family HEART Camp brings together families from different backgrounds and socioeconomic status to celebrate diversity in all forms. We long for all families who are drawn to the camp to be able to attend, regardless of their financial means.
Does this dream speak to you?
Compassionate Communication, also known as Nonviolent Communication or NVC, is a system of ideas and skills with the power to support our living this dream as a reality. NVC originated with Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D, forty years ago, and has been exploding in popularity in recent years as people come to understand its potential to transform our personal lives, our families, and our world in ways that people find deeply satisfying.
HEART stands for Harmony, Ease, Authenticity, Respect, and Trust, important family values that Compassionate Communication supports us in living, both at camp and in the wider world.
"It is my honor and privilege to be with you all in June to play, laugh, cry and grow together. I am immensely grateful to my mentor and friend, Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D for giving me a Life's passion and thirty years of learning and facilitating NVC, twenty-five of which as a certified trainer. I know I am blessed to have had so many years under his guidance. I feel much gratitude and excitement to be coming back for a second year. My needs for community, co-creation, joy, warmth and adventure are jumping up and down like a frog!
As a young person, I spent hours by myself in our Connecticut woods, daydreaming while lying hidden in tall field grasses and watching clouds make shapes, reading in the branches of specially shaped trees, making forts under pine trees or blazing new trails with my compass.This early connection with Nature and my years as an elementary school teacher, is why I have such an imagination and feel such joy to be with kindred spirits who want to play, learn and do inner work. I have turned this curiosity and imagination into creating NVC games that help folks practice, integrate and personalize NVC skills, while laughing, running, drawing, cooking, singing, swimming, or whatever…
I have also had the profound experience of working with individuals and couples in what we lovingly term, "Fishbowls." Someone comes with an important issue and asks for a Fishbowl. Anyone interested will join us with a willingness to add their focused, silent Presence in a bowl around us while we have an Empathy Session in the middle as the "Fish." This conscious holding of love and acceptance so often brings a significant transformation for the "Fish" person and magically seems to offer insight and even healing to the people holding the "Bowl".
For me, this is Sacred NVC in action, available through profound, deep empathy. Together we create a trust big enough to let our vulnerable selves be seen and consciously embraced in unconditional love. Within this safety orb there can be amazing transforming, shifting, reframing… whatever you want to call it. I call it Life Energy helping people to unhook from old pain, limiting beliefs, self-judgements or whatever is holding them back from aligning in harmony with their Essential Self. We can do one a day. Would you like to play with me at this level?" See more photos and other events by this presenter
Gregory is a founding organizer and the current Director of Family HEART Camp, and a ten-time staff member for FHC in Virginia, West Virginia, Colorado and Wisconsin. He lives with his family in a cohousing community near Boulder, Colorado and is a graduate of the Master of Divinity program at Naropa University. See more photos and other events by this presenter