NonViolent Communication invites us to face life with honesty and compassion, inviting interpersonal harmony and connection between people through a needs centered language of the heart
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JOIN us as we gather new and old friends to dive deep into the learning of
Nonviolent Communication with a variety of trainers from around the globe, continuing to build an inclusive learning community for mutual support and in depth practice of this path.
Special for this festival
Special for this Festival: Working Through Polarization: Master Workshops
Sadly, these days some topics are really driving us apart.
When it comes to Politics, Vaccines, Social distancing, Racism (more examples come to mind), our core values are immediately touched, and It can be extremely challenging and explosive to speak with our closest ones or others.
How do we do this? Can we stay authentic and connected to our inner needs and voices while being in the presence of, and holding conversations with people who see things very (very!!) differently than us?
We are so happy to take part in sharing what NVC has to offer as support here.
In the 2021 NVC Rising festival will be hosting Master Workshops on current such polarizing struggles.
Gaining tools and looking closely at what NVC has to offer on
“Working Through Polarization”
Join us and build up skills for yourself that you can later take home and share with your local community.
We will explore in general how to hold this challenge, as well as dive into live examples in a variety of topics that tear us apart in these challenging times:
List of Master Workshops will be posted in our full Festival Schedule soon.
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If you would like to attend and need assistance to be able to use the technology, please contact us to explore options for support.
A variety of additional creative spaces to engage and connect in:
24 hour Empathy Cafe and themed Sharing Circles to dive deep into small group connection
Working through polarization
As often happens under pressure, the world seems more and more divided these days. How do we stay centered and connected as we deal with increasing polarization? How do we engage in different spaces in our lives with people with opposite views? In this festival we invite you to a series of master classes on bridging the gaps with compassion and authenticity.
Honoring Our Pain: Global Mourning Ceremony
followed by 5Rhythms Dance to bounce back into our center
What is the Mourning Ceremony? An invitation to collectively connect with our grief, fear, anger, or emptiness from the pain we see in ourselves and in the world. Grieve our losses together, and find renewed hope and strength in our common humanity, and a renewed commitment to preserve this home we share.
The Ceremony will be followed by a facilitated 5Rhythms Dance and small group sharing to process and land back softly into our center.
5Rhythms DANCE is a dynamic movement meditation, a medicine for the body and a practice of being in your body that ignites creativity, connection, and community. Dancing the wave of 5 rhythmic sounds invites you to relax into the authentic movement and expression of your body as you are guided through the inspired states of Flow, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness.
Over 30 live interactive NVC workshops with incredible NVC trainers from all over the world
Beginner level all the way to “Nourish the trainer sessions”
Suitable for ALL time Zones
Arabic, Russian, German and Japanese translation available
Meet old and new NVC friends from all continents
Majority of sessions will be recorded + available for 1 year
Small group practice to nurture deep connections between participants
The Activism Hub-get inspired!
In order to allow a more continuous learning journey and integration some trainers will teach several workshops
Born from a Belgian mother and an US-American father in Italy, and having lived and travelled in several different countries, Stefania was always fascinated by the question of what unites us human beings, what connects us beyond our differences in culture, language, beliefs. In the 5 Rhythms® and in NVC she found a home, movement and empathy as universal common languages and an international tribe where people from different backgrounds can fully explore the art of being human, rediscovering the essence that connects us all beyond the different ways in which we describe our world, and developing awareness, understanding and compassion for our differences. Using the NVC and 5 Rhythms® maps for orientation and inspiration, she is dancing towards the world she longs to live in, in her workshops and offerings as well as in daily life. She currently lives in Graz, Austria with her husband and 2 children, offering 5 Rhythms® and Non-violent communication as part of her Project "WONDERLINE", www.wonderline.at created to support people connect to themselves, to each other and to the dance of life that moves us all.
Anissa Vermeil de Conchard has an engineering degree and worked as a senior director in international software companies with teams from diverse cultures and backgrounds. After 15 years, she pursued her calling to become a certified executive coach and trainer in NonViolent Communication® (NVC) and is also an Internal Family Systems® (IFS) therapist. She is passionate in her work where she combines her corporate experience with NVC and IFS. Of Indian origin, born and raised in Kenya, and currently living in France, Anissa is driven by the belief that there are no boundaries to our humanity. https://www.av2c-consulting.com
Tammy Avichail, NVC certified trainer. I was fortunate enough to stumble upon NVC 10 years ago in a training for Israelis and Palestinians and had an awe moment of 'this is home', this is how the world can look and feel like. I research empathy and conflict resolution and work with individuals, couples and families on the path to a deeper understanding, inner and outer freedom and choice. Deeply in love with this planet and all its creatures. BOT, Clinical Msw.
Mary Mackenzie, M.A., is an author, trained mediator, and CNVC Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication. She holds a master's degree in human relations from Northern Arizona University and is the co-founder of the NVC Academy, the only online school for learning Nonviolent Communication. Mary teaches Nonviolent Communication and other spiritually-based programs to individuals, couples, families, organizations, and spiritual communities through a wide variety of workshops and retreats. Her book Peaceful Living: Daily Meditations for Living with Love, Healing and Compassion offers inspiring practical methods for creating peace in our everyday lives. As a pioneer of online NVC training, Mary runs her company in harmony with what she teaches. She and NVC Academy co-founder, Mark Schultz, paved the way to NVC online training in 2006 and have been instrumental in alleviating the financial and geographical barriers to learning NVC skills. One of her passions is facilitating critical dialogues between people, and she has spent more than 20 years learning a wide variety of effective processes she can draw on in a moment's notice. Known for her clear communication style, she is especially skilled in helping individuals within groups put aside their preferences and find ways to collaborate with each other that are in alignment with their values. Her ability to cut through the confusion in a group has helped many teams quickly move forward in their desired progress. To reach Mary: firstname.lastname@example.org 562.856.9417 or visit: www.nvcacademy.com or www.peaceworkshop.org
Hi, my name is Jihan [They/Them] and I am a non-binary Black womxn from Oakland, CA [Huichin Village of Chochenyo Ohlone land]. I have been practising NVC for 8 years, serving as a trainer for 5, and look forward to a lifetime of developing my practice. While my work takes many different forms- workshops, rituals, nonprofit consulting, 1:1 coaching/counseling- all of it is oriented towards the evolution of humane beings into human(e) beings and I see nonviolence as a cultural necessity for that possibility. I hold an M.A. in Social Transformation and in addition to NVC have training in Kingian Nonviolence, Capacitar Trauma Healing & Release, and Life Coaching. I also bring a lifetime of living expertise in navigating systems of oppression as a marginalized person within a socio-cultural system defined by beliefs in White supremacy, capitalism, and heteronormative patriarchy.
Alexandra lives on the Central Coast of Australia, and is a certified NVC trainer with a decade of experience in the (giraffe) field. The name of Mind the Gap NVC is a nod to her English heritage, and a reference to the proverbial ’space’ between stimulus and response. Empowering people to inhabit that space with more honesty, compassion and connection to our shared humanity, is Alexandra's purpose and passion: She runs a popular, fortnightly, online NVC workshop called Connect, Refresh and Integrate; Collaborates with other Australian trainers in face to face & online events; Runs a private NVC coaching practice; supports members of The Narara Eco Village to foster a culture of compassion in their community; Volunteers at Lifeline NSW; and is a sole parent which helps keep her practice real. Alex also moonlights as a circus performer! www.mindthegapnvc.com
CNVC Trainer . Samwel is living in Rusinga island, and has been working at the grassroot level with both local and international groups, to transform the world to a more peaceful environment than we found it. Samwel is passionate about peace building and coexistence among everyone.
"Maria joined CNVC as the Executive Director in November 2019. She was introduced to NVC by UK Trainer Daren de Witt, who invited her to see Marshall speak in London, a moment that literally changed her life. She was inspired to attend one of the Special Sessions on Social Change in Switzerland in 2005 and then invited Marshall to Malta where she organised a conference between concentration camp survivors and the multi-national corporate that had bought the site formerly used as a place of torture. Since then she has worked with marginalised, hard to reach individuals and communities and taken her work into prisons, schools, neighbourhoods and workplaces."
I was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya along with my four siblings by my single Mum. Growing up was tough and humbling in the Nairobi slums, having one meal a day was a privilege and school was a luxury. The circumstances cultivated a lot of anger, resentment, hopelessness, judgment and self limiting beliefs. In 2008, after post election violence in Kenya, the practice of yoga found me. The practice turned my life upside down, inside out, and challenged everything thing I knew about life in the most enriching way possible. My first yoga class felt as if I was returning back home. It gave me the power to take actions in my life, step outside of the confinements of my mind while creating extraordinary results for myself and my community. Each day on my mat never disappoints. It has become a place for me to practice living my life FULL ON while cultivating OUT OF THE BOX rich experiences for me and the world, BIG TIME! The results are real. Now I am a world class, international recognized yoga teacher, leader and influencer. I lead transformational yoga programs and teacher trainings around the world, with the Baptiste yoga institute and Africa yoga project. I travel the world either teaching or supporting yoga leaders such as Baron Baptiste and senior Baptiste power yoga teachers facilitating life changing programs. In addition, I co-own Yoga Heart Kenya studio with the most inspiring humans I know, something I never imagined possible. As a teacher my intention is to vulnerably, vividly and generously share the practice that gave me access to a purposeful life, strength and courage to live boldly with anyone, anywhere and anytime.
Manasi Saxena (CNVC Certified Trainer; Founder, enCOMPASSion) is a learning facilitator whose focus lies around the intersection of spiritual/personal growth and social change/community development. More recently, she has been engaged with emergency relief services after the violence in Northeast Delhi and during the Covid-19 lockdown in India. Her core focus now is to work closely with communities at the grassroots, with a vision of shifting from sustenance-survival to a paradigm of sustainability, collaboration, and resilience through community-driven social change.
Jeyanthy Siva Sri Lanka/ Netherlands My work is rooted in principles of Nonviolent Communication as developed by Marshall Rosenberg, deepened through de-colonial lens and an understanding of domination systems and how they facilitate systemic oppression (i.e. white supremacy, ableism, transphobia, etc). Systems of domination display themselves in both visible and invisible ways. In some contexts, the invisible ways are most pernicious. Authentic living and transformative & compassionate communication becomes possible when these systems are made explicit. My current focus is facilitating & training groups to address issues of inclusion, equity, diversity as well as anti-racism training. When requested, I offer conflict mediation training and coaching as well as doing mediation & restorative circle dialogues to support individuals and groups to work through conflicts. For 20 plus years, I did training in Nonviolent Communication in different parts of the world (see below). I have skills in areas of conflict transformation and dialogue, restorative and transformative justice, facilitation (team retreats, project planning, caucus’), gender and social inclusion & community engagement. For more information: https://communication-matters.net/about/about/
I’m the first certified trainer from Venezuela! My passion for NVC came from living and working in the midst of violent conflict and a humanitarian crisis in my homeland. When sharing NVC I intend to integrate body, heart and mind through embodied self-expression. I have an MA in Peace Studies and Conflict Transformation from Innsbruck University (Austria) and I’m currently completing a MSc in Psychology at the University of Reading (England). I’m a translator and interpreter focused on peace and conflict work.
I grew up in post-war Germany with guilt and shame about our history. NVC supported me to differentiate between guilt/shame and responsibility. It is out of this responsibility and being inspired by Marshall’s work that I chose to share NVC in regions of conflict like Israel/Palestine, Kenya, Ukraine and Somalia to support reconciliation and social change. It is important to me to contribute to a world where everybody’s needs matter, to get to know about the privileges I have and to be curious how I can use them in a collaborative way with people who have less access to resources.
P. Leonie Smith is a first-generation Canadian of Jamaican heritage and is founder of The Thoughtful Workplace, a consultancy that uses a relational and skill-building approach to coaching, training, and mediation. Informed by modalities such nonviolent communication and Sociocracy, she is dedicated to supporting organisations and individuals find ways of working that create more space for humanity and generate less harm She has more than 20 years experience in senior management positions championing an approach to leadership that supports care and efficiency towards a shared purpose. Links: Web: www.thethoughtfulworkplace.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThoughtfulWork/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThoughtfulWork
Shigeko Suzuki and Ken Anno have been involved in introducing NVC in Japan since 2004. They both have been involved in translating and Publishing Marshall Rosenberg’s “Nonviolent Communication, a Language of Life” in Japanese and were part of the organizing team of International Intensive Trainings in Japan, in 2014 and 2017. They have participated and assisted in BayNVC leadership program for over 10 years. They continue to collaborate with the members of the NVC community in Japan, to introduce trainers from abroad, as well as share NVC, as CNVC certified trainers themselves.
I began my career as a journalist and have worked for several years in the media and communications industry. But it was when I attended my first few NVC workshops that I realized that the ways in which I had learnt to communicate were not the most effective! Learning NVC, I began to unlearn so many ideas and habits, a process that continues until today. Today, as a certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication, I share NVC with individuals, groups and organisations. I enjoy working with teachers to support them in making their classrooms more compassionate and inclusive. I dream of a day when there is a generation that doesn't have to unlearn habitual ways of communication, and is able to stay in touch with themselves.
Camila Reyes is the initiator of Resuena: Comunicación que conecta vidas, an organization set out on a dream to expand Nonviolent Communication in Colombia so that it becomes part of the day-to-day culture. She is a certified trainer by The Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) in the US. Camila is committed to building peace and strengthening trust and mutual support among human beings. She has led training programs, addressing the development of relational skills that are essential to comply with the humanitarian missions of the Disappeared Persons Search Unit (UBPD) and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Colombia. https://resuenacolombia.com/
Roberta Wall Is a certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication. She met Marshall Rosenberg 20 years ago when she was a civil rights lawyer in New York City. Since then, she has shared NVC on five continents over 18 years, in Buddhist monasteries, Palestine, religious Jewish communities throughout Israel, the United Nations, and at numerous retreat centers and communities throughout the world. She brought nonviolent communication to communities as diverse as Eco Me in the West Bank, the United Nations and Plum Village Buddhist Monastery - Upper Hamlet in France. She also has the pleasure of practicing Nvc with her three-year-old grandson and the extinction rebellion in her hometown of Asheville North Carolina in the US.
Roxy Manning’s life experience as an Afro-Caribbean immigrant to the United States combined with her academic training and professional work as a licensed clinical psychologist and CNVC Certified Trainer have cultivated her deep passion to support social change, whether that’s with individuals, couples, or institutions. Her own inner work coupled with her professional experience has grown her capacity to meet people with varying levels of education, disparate life experiences, and the most intense feelings in ways that help them feel heard, respected, supported and loved.
Shari is a co-founder of NVC in Australia and has offered NVC trainings for almost 20 years. She is inspired by working with people to powerfully and authentically create trust and connection, and transform the quality of relationships. She mentors future NVC trainers, works in organisations, runs a 6 month Peer Leadership Program, holds advanced trainings & coaches one on one. Shari has worked extensively with Dr Marshall Rosenberg and is Certified as an International NVC Trainer with CNVC since 2004.
Makiko is a CNVC certified trainer in Japan. She met NVC when she was engaged in environmental activism and suffering with the enemy image she’se created from her own passion. She truly enjoyed NVC concept of "language of life” which enabled her embrace every aspects of life which opens up more chances to create connections. She found NVC as life-transformative experience and decided to committee herself to live & share its spirituality since then. She’s been enjoying building connection and creating collaborative projects with other NVC practitioner / trainers domestically and internationally. She is a graduate of Bay NVC Leadership Program 2017, and served as translator at Japan IIT 2017. In 2019, she initiated “Earth Empathy Project” with NVC trainer Liv Larsson, Dian Killian, and Jessica Vogt, with support of NVC Academy, to fund call for donation to environmental organization. She is invited to several universities to teach NVC as part of their Environmental Studies program. She is a member of NVC University project in Japan which offers year-long leadership program in Japanese. Together with Martha Lasley and Mari Sakai, she presented NVC - Authentic Facilitation- at IAF Asia conference in 2019. She is a master facilitator of NVC-based "Love Smart Cards" developed by Katrina Vaillancourt. She is currently working on translation of a Marshall Rosenberg’s book with Shigeko Suzuki and Ken Anno. Thanks to NVC spirituality, she enjoys so much gift she’s been receiving from life itself.
I met NVC in 2001. While being a dancer and a choreographer, in 2008 I decided to stop all my artistic activities in order to have my time and energy fully be dedicated to teaching/living NVC. I teach regularly and nonstop Workshops as well as Year Long Courses nationally and internationally. My focus lies on the Embodiment part of NVC- on Radical Honesty/Radical Empathy. My whole being is focused on my relation to people, while my teaching navigates in the subtle delicacy of figuring out ‘what (the fuck) is going on between and within people’ moment by moment by moment.
Azzam Talhami is a Palestinian CNVC Certified Trainer, peace-builder, and mental health advocate. He has trained hundreds of people across the Middle East, Europe and the US in peace-building and Nonviolent Communication (NVC), including at the MidEast International Intensive Training in NVC in Beit Jalla, Palestine. Dedicated to supporting historically conflicting communities towards a just peace, he has trained the students at the Peace Engineers School in Ukraine in sustainable peace and NVC, in partnership with PAX, the Netherlands, with the support of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany. Azzam founded the NVC Arabic Academy, leading in-person and online classes for Arabic-speaking journalists, psychologists, and aspiring peace-builders across the world, as well as creating programs that train international peace organizations, such as for forumZFD. Devoted to sharing the story of his people through the lens of compassion, his interests as a guest speaker and teacher include deepening the conversation around power and privilege. He has served as an on-camera political analyst, news correspondent, documentary filmmaker, journalist, translator, and war-zone photographer for many Palestinian, Israeli, Russian, and American media outlets. Among these, he has been a translator and Middle East journalist consultant for the AT&T Original Documentary The Volunteers, on Audience Network, as well as writer and reporter for Huffington Post Arabic and Ma’an News Agency. As a means of self-expression, Azzam pours his heart and soul into writing poetry. One of his particularly compelling pieces, What Does Living Under the Occupation Mean? gained attention from peace activists around the world and was translated into English and Hebrew.
Kirsten is a family therapist, mediator and certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication, through which she has led NVC trainings in Europe, Asia and the Americas. She spent more than 100 days studying with Marshall Rosenberg. Kirsten has devoted her life to supporting others in personal development. Her passion is to contribute to the personal development and healing that enables people to move closer to conflicts and to grow the relational competencies that support social change work. She enjoys working with body, mind and energy consciousness that leads to connection beyond words. People who experience Kirsten’s training and facilitation often express enjoyment of how she models what she teaches with a drizzle of humor. www.kirstenkristensen.com
Sandra Caselato & Yuri Haasz Sandra Caselato & Yuri Haasz are passionate about contributing to creating a world where all voices matter and conflicts are seen as opportunities to notice the human needs that were not met and cared for before. They believe in creating safe and compassionate spaces that allow to get into the necessary difficult conversations that need to take place in order for identities, narratives and cultures to make room for care for self AND others.
Tarek Massaarani is passionate about orienting the inner self, communities, and institutions towards mutual liberation and transformation on the basis of self-reflection, empathy, critical awareness, and strategic nonviolence. Tarek has been learning, teaching, and practicing Nonviolent Communication since 2006, integrating it into parenting, lawyering, cooperative housing, community organizing, dialogue, mediation, and training around the world. Tarek also contributes to capacity building, networking, and program development in support of restorative justice, primarily, in Washington DC.
Sabine Geiger (Germany) Sabine Geiger has been leading workshops all over the world for 30 years, supporting people on their path to freedom and choice. Sabine came into contact with NVC in 1998 and started teaching soon after. As a certified trainer and assessor, she promotes a community-based certification approach. To Sabine, NVC is a journey of the Heart: ”When I crossed paths with Marshall Rosenberg in 1998, I was amazed. How could he describe my inner processes so accurately, without ever meeting me? The empathic, curious and open heart has always seemed natural to me. Discovering NVC and passing it on to others has immensely enriched my life.” Since Sabine recognized conflict as an invitation to learn more about others, restorative approaches have become an integral part of her teaching. Another focus of Sabine’s work is on community. We all live in one, so how about exploring ways to make them work? Sabine supports people to set up communities and make them flourish. Her passion? Tapping into the wisdom of the body. She follows the framework of the NVC process to explore body sensations and link them to feelings & needs. To Sabine, this is a never-ending journey. You are kindly invited to join. Sabine's website: sabinegeiger.com
Samuel is a Centre for Nonviolent Communication certified trainer from Nairobi Kenya. He grew up in Mukuru ‘slums’, the second largest informal settlement in Kenya. Life in the ‘slums ‘enabled him learn self-reliance and self-responsibility for his own actions from 10 years old. He is passionate about social change more so a shift from power over to power with structures. He has been sharing NVC with his childhood community since 2011 through in different capacities through the Mukuru Peace Forum which has created a safe space for youths to engage and explore turning community challenges into opportunities. Samuel has been a part of International Intensive Trainings in Kenya as an organizer and trainer in Austria and Argentina. He is currently an NVC role filler on the Global Social Innovation Academy as the organisation nurtures social entrepreneurs from vulnerable backgrounds who would embrace social accountability and power with team members.
David Weinstock is a Somatic Coach through the Strozzi Institute, Stuart Heller’s Five Rings Coaching Institute, a certified international trainer of Nonviolent Communication and Aikido instructor. His approaches provide insight into the self as well as tools for increasing awareness and the ability to respond with clarity and integrity to the complexities of life. David is the author of: “Becoming What You Need” which explores practices for embodying Nonviolent Communication. David and his wife Judith, along with 8 other families, co-founded an intentional community where they have raised their family and supported community connection and land stewardship since 1990. David is also a Master Goldsmith leading the way with recycled, post-consumer gold and stones. He is a board member and co-founder of Peace Dojos International.
Arnina Kashtan, certified NVC trainer (1992), is the creator of “The Compass”, the process for personal, familial & social liberation, and author of “Falling in Love with Myself Again” (2016). Founder of Meitarim, the Center for The Compass & NVC Studies in Israel (2000), she delivers workshops and trainings, online & offline, to the general public, as well as trainings for coaches, mediators & trainers (in Hebrew, English & Spanish). Arnina's passion and special gifts are in enhancing breakthroughs in awareness, thus bringing forth deep transformations on all levels. Her unique approach combines a profound, laser-like exploration into our innermost core, supported by a rare sense of humor and embedded in deep, embracing empathy. The emerging almost magical space she creates has enabled her students all over the world to open up into new understandings and embark on a fresh, compassionate, and expanding free path.
and more trainers to come,
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More about who we are and this Festival’s intention
We are a group of NVC Activists from around the world whose lives were utterly changed by NVC in the context of Palestine/Israel. Now our team is growing into a global collaborative circle of NVC practitioners who are working together to make the path of NVC more and more inclusive and widespread.
In our team, we do our best to make our decisions, handle our conflicts, and invest in our relationships using NVC tools.
We remember the period in US history of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights movement, when, in response to this, Marshall Rosenberg developed NVC, intending to transform the world into a place where all needs are accounted for.
This work is not done yet.
We create the annual NVC Rising Festivals to fuel and nurture the much-needed compassionate shift we believe NVC was created for.
No one can do this alone and we need each of you reading this and your friends to join, collaborate, and continue to nurture this compassionate revolution.
We are able to learn and practice NVC thanks to Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, Founder of Nonviolent Communication, and to the many teachers who taught us and others around the world who made this path their vocation! Much love and gratitude!
And another huge plus - Projects we nurture together
10% of all NVC Rising projects’ profit go back to supporting exciting NVC projects around the world. Learn more about how you can apply, the projects we support, and about how the decision process works here.
In the 1 year since the initiation of the NVC Rising Festivals and movement we were able to give 10 grants to local NVC Projects around the world. Please buy your ticket today, invite a friend to join, and in addition to your wonderful experience you will also enable us to collectively support these amazing people reaching out with more and more NVC to people all around the world.
Kenya - Grant recipient 2nd NVC Rising Festival
Uganda - Grant recipient 2nd NVC Rising Festival
China - Grant recipient 1st NVC Rising Festival
Kenya - Grant recipient 2nd NVC Rising Festival