Ruud Baanders

Facilitator, Coach, Mediator

United Kingdom

Areas of Interest
Emotional Intelligence
Restorative Justice
Social Change
Spiritual Growth
Spoken Languages
Training Countries
United Kingdom
Public Message

Compassion has always been a key part in my life. In the late eighties that I met my current Zen teacher Ton Lathouwers who was, and still is, leading the MahaKaruna Ch'an organization in The Netherlands. I was very touched and inspired by the the key role that the Bodhisatva Kuan Yin (Kanzeon) plays in Ch'an in which she symbolizes infinite compassion. Ton inspired me deeply from the first time we met, a direct heart-to-heart connection, as a person who brings his whole being into the openness of his teaching. In the two decades of our connection I have met with other spiritual teachers such as Ama Sami and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (Art of Living). In the ashram of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Bangalore (India) I have experienced my second heart-to-heart connection, the transmission of compassion at such a deep level that it completely changed my life. Compassion became the core not only of my spiritual practice but also of my daily life and has affected all my decisions since. Still, how does one express compassion and what language does one use? It was in 2006 that I had my third heart-to-heart connection, this time with Marshall Rosenberg. The Nonviolent Communication (NVC) process developed by Marshall offered me a way to connect compassionately and honestly with myself and others. It was the step from the meditation cushion into the real world. Since 2006, I have trained with many NVC trainers internationally. I am a Certified NVC trainer with the Centre for Nonviolent Communication and lead practice groups and run Introduction, Foundation and Deepening Trainings/Workshops in the United Kingdom and Internationally, both public and in organizations with focus on workplace transformation. I have many years of experience with coaching and training of individuals and organizations, in both profit and not-for-profit organizations. As learning consultant in a Fortune 100 company, I have managed leadership development programmes, mentoring schemes, and coaching programmes Some of my credentials are  International Certified NVC Trainer, a certified coach with the International Coach Federation, an MBA from Webster University, qualified in Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) step 1 and 2, and certified in Ken Blanchards High Performance Team process, and NLP and Reiki practitioner. Also I am a certified facilitator for the Be The Change organization. I am also active member of the Global Alliance for Ministries and Infrastructures for Peace (GAMIP).      


Mahakaruna provides NVC based workshops, coaching, facilitation and mediation in open workshops and one-to-one sessions. We also provide customised trainings to groups, teams, communities, partnerships, organisations/companies (profit and not-for profit), NGO's.      


MahaKaruna stands for Great Compassion, a leading force that has been central in my life for over many, many years. Through my MahaKaruna organization I support others in developing satisfying relationships with themselves, at home and at work, and in developing a society that is based on compassion and honesty and that contributes to the wellbeing of every living being.  


The world I want to live in is world in which there is no intention in human beings to create suffering, neither at a physical, nor at an emotional, nor at a mental level. A world in which we can live in a sustainable way at all these three levels with respect for current generations and the many generations still to come. A world in which all life is respected and in which the full humanness of every individual is present in all aspects of life. I have a deeply believe that the Nonviolent Communication process can play a big role in creating this world.