Mika Maniwa

Mika Maniwa is a Japanese Canadian certified trainer based in Vancouver. She has been teaching NVC and leading practice groups for over 15 years. She shares the relational language of NVC with information about our nervous systems to help people cultivate more self-compassion, resilience, and warm community. She has been exploring how NVC can be used to share power and address issues of social location and trauma to support stronger relationships between people within organizations. As a master of violent communication, she is constantly learning how to "be NVC" without the jargon. She enjoys working with multicultural groups and is interested in what is needed to create safety and trust between people across power differences. “I love creating spaces where the wisdom of the group can emerge. I'm interested in how our nervous systems react to one another when there is perceived threat and mistrust; and what is needed to build bridges.”