about the festival
LEARN from world-known NVC trainers from 5 different continents.
CONNECT with the community from all around the world.
ADDRESS the crisis and potential of this moment in history together.
And on top HAVE FUN And let your BODY AND HEART enjoy offerings of yoga, dance parties, story telling, art, open stage.
4 Days- Over 30 Teachers
May 29 to June 1, 2020
evening giraffe price: $135 / 124€ | SOLD OUT
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ANYONE can participate, it's online. This means that we can offer extra affordable prices and still have amazing teachers on board.
This is a wonderful opportunity! We donate 10% of the income to local NVC initiatives!
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morning giraffe price: $110 | SOLD OUT
Over 45 NVC live workshops from work-known teachers
Over 25 live energizing offerings that will nourish you as we connect online.
Don’t worry about missing a workshop, much of the learning content will be recorded and available for you on demand.
We invite you to listen, to speak up, and to act for change, self care, support. To bring your presence, to feel, to meet, to open, and to explore the needs that we all share. To find your honest, compassionate expression, moment by moment, and journey deeply in becoming a stand for what you wish to see in the world.
The motto she is guided by is - ''Énough of Survival, I Choose to Thrive.'' AND; in an inherently interdependent world, one cannot thrive unless all do! To that purpose she offers workshops and holds space for Empathy, Mourning, Gratitude, Compassion and Forgiveness. She is keen to support personal and group transformation that manifests as shifts from a sense of Scarcity to Abundance, Vulnerability as Courage, Presence driven engagement with Conflicts, so new reality may emerge; and Trusting the process with openness to Outcome ... She brings strength to the design from the Sufi wisdom of Kabir, Mindfulness based on Buddhist perspectives, Human Dynamics from Process Work and of course the guiding principles of Nonviolent Communication. She enjoys bringing tools and skills to a wide range of participants from all walks of life. Her most precious celebration is raising three daughters as a single parent. She is deeply satisfied and grateful for how they are engaging as change makers in the world while she builds her mission for Peace, Harmony, Inclusion and Social Change. Currently she has completed her pre-assessment and is looking forward to her final assessment as a CNVC certified trainer.
Watching Marshall again and again, seemingly work magic in his Transforming Old Pain process, touched me very deeply. A door inside, call it awe, swung open to the beauty and wonder of life. By some grace, sharing that sacred process is now a gift I can pass on to others.
I live in a beautiful part of our world, on an island in the Salish Sea. I get to work and play with my beloved partner Doug Dolstad, and together we host an amazing NVC Family Camp on our farm every summer.
After years of NVC with couples and her own relationships, her exploration became about going beyond the idea of love as a need. She shares the crucial impact of our unconscious strategies for meeting needs of safety and love; emotional regulation with feelings and needs, and relationship as a by-product of sharing radical emotional intimacy.
Mukti enjoys, with new and experienced NVC'ers, exploring essential nuances which can lead NVC skills adding or subtracting from intimacy.
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 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/
· Wilderness of the Olympic Mountains from ages 2 -15 years for weeks at a time with student volunteers, our horses (plus Zorro the donkey) and my parents serving with the Student Conservation Program
· Socially activist parents, always involved with some activity that served people and the planet
· Living in Finland for a year at age 9, taking in the echoes of war and especially, visiting an SS concentration camp… asking “why?”
· Music, Piano, flute, trumpet, guitar, voice…. Was headed for a career as a musician once upon a time….
· Murder of two very close women friends just out of high school, loss of innocence, an intensified quest for wholeness, living the word, “incomprehensible”
· Sailing across the Pacific, living on a coral atoll, getting hepatitis
· My children, their mother, our time together and the aftermath,,, loss of a dream and waking into a new one, It’s not the Truth, it is just the dream that dies…”
· Barbara, NVC, a Love Story, “after the final NO! there is a Yes and on that yes the future of life depends”
NVC has given me a treasured tool chest to better live the Rumi poem at the beginning of this bio. Many IIT’s, 15 years of NVC Family Camp at our farm.
what they are passing through
I dream of a world in which tears, anger and laughter can all have a space to be.
I dream of a world in which no one will ever have to face life traumas and challenges alone
Finally, I dream of a world in which empathic support systems would be so widespread that each request for being heard and held would find an answer
Sharing NVC full time to individuals, groups and organisations (like schools, companies, communities etc.), as well as co-creating support system communities through empathy and NVC is my drop of contribution towards this new world" https://orianeboyer.com/en/home-."
Shari has worked extensively with Dr Marshall Rosenberg and is Certified as an International NVC Trainer with CNVC since 2004.
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.
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.
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.
Robert received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1989, and was a practicing therapist for many years, offering individual and couples counseling. He met Marshall Rosenberg in 1985 and began teaching NVC in 1986.
Robert’s work Living Compassion has evolved as an integration of embodied spirituality and Nonviolent Communication. His trainings offer ways to cultivate daily practices for living life fully, grounded in compassion for one’s self and others.
Liu Yi is the first certified trainer CNVC trainer in China (Mainland) who has been organizing NVC Chinese Net over the last 4 years. Proudly, NVC Chinese Net has established a solid curriculum of NVC studies for Chinese-speakers and a network of communities throughout China to experiment a model of collaboration that can catalyze transformation both for individuals and the organization. The latter particularly fascinates her and inspires the understanding and practice of social-change work.
Her life is enriched by both eastern wisdom such as Buddhism, I-Ching and western spiritual practice such as Anthropsophy.
She was a teacher in public and alternative schools for 32 years before devoting her full time energies NVC. She has posted a number of NVC based materials online for free, including feelings & Needs cards and the Courageous Communication curriculum developed with men who are in prison. http://opencommunication.org/resources.html
She is a co-founder of the Maine NVC Network. She has done international NVC work through Seeds of Peace International Camp.
A student of Mindfulness since 1991, Peggy has been ordained as a teacher by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. She has a passion for helping everyone develop their innate capacity for empathy by integrating mindfulness into how we think and communicate.
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.
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
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
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 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'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.
Certified Trainer and Assessor for the Center for Nonviolent Communication
Owner Strength of Connection in Seattle, WA
MMus in Conducting, Western Washington University; BA, Whitworth University
Kathleen holds a vision for a peaceful, just and sustainable world. She is committed
to spending the rest of her days building a world where peace replaces violence,
love replaces hate, equity replaces inequity, and all people live meaningful lives. She
has worked as a Certified Trainer for the Center for Nonviolent Communication
(CNVC) since 2003, and as a CNVC Assessor since 2010 when she pioneered a
community-based path to certification. Community system building and conflict
transformation are passions of hers.
Kathleen has worked internationally with individuals, community groups,
businesses, schools, colleges, faith-based communities, hospitals, families, prison
inmates, and correctional and law enforcement employees. She serves as a trainer
for the Freedom Project of Seattle, WA, an organization that supports healing
connection and restorative communities both inside and outside prison through the
strategies of Nonviolent Communication, mindfulness, racial equity and anti-
Kathleen offers trainings, facilitation, system building and mediation using practical
skills that lead to reconciliation with ourselves, our loved ones and our
communities. . Kathleen is the author of,and conductor for Giraffe Tales, a children’s CD setting stories to music. She is the conductor on multiple classical music recordings. Her website is
www.StrengthofConnection.com where her two TEDx talks can be found.
From early teenage years I have been inquiring into the questions of meaning of life, the nature of existence and the ways of meeting each other at the heart level. The journey led me through studying Psychology, working as a psychotherapist for 12 years, and working as a trainer, facilitator for over 32 years, covering areas from spiritual retreats to business trainings. Within the context of NVC I am most passionate about its spiritual and embodied dimensions and about conflict mediation. Besides NVC, most important explorations on my journey have so far been Soto Zen, Art of Hosting, Bohmian Dialogue,Contact Improvisation...
I have been regularly serving as a trainer on IITs and have shared NVC in over 30 countries in Europe, Mideast, Asia, USA, Australia…My permanent address is in Slovenia, which used to be a part of a country that does not exist anymore, but still resides in my heart as the place where I grew up — Yugoslavia. I have given two TEDx talks, connected with Nonviolent Communication one in 2012 on Global Citizenship, and the other in 2013 on Personal Growth. My website is: www.thatfield.eu
Giving trainings all over the world on different themes and to different audiences since twenty years. Embracing Shame, empathy, vulnerability and power is at the core of all Livs work. She is a mother, is passionate about cross-country skiing and loves to spend her time in nature and lives in the forest of northern Sweden
Find out about trainings with Liv: www.friareliv.com