Mediation: When conflict happens, we each have our unique way of responding. Most of us have had very little training that prepares us to handle times of conflict with grace and confidence and we have had little experience of conflict leading to improved relating. Is it any wonder so many of us avoid conflict? I enjoy helping people communicate during times of conflict in a way that allows everyone to be fully heard and understood about what matters most to them.
Facilitation: Challenges also show up in group settings where people have come together to work toward a common purpose and become bogged down when they don't know how to manage widely differing viewpoints. Or perhaps a diverse group of people would like to come together to discuss an important topic in a creative way. Facilitation is the process of increasing the ease & effectiveness with which a group functions using processes that allow all views to be expressed and fully considered productively and efficiently. Facilitation increases a group's ability to navigate the creative tensions that arise when the stakes are high and there are many differing views.
Training: I offer training in the skills and consciousness of Nonviolent Communication. This training is helpful for everyone, from individuals wanting to communicate more skillfully to large organizations wanting culture change.
Music: I write, perform and record music that inspires and furthers nonviolent consciousness.
I specialize in communication challenges where the people involved will have ongoing contact and would like a way forward that will be sustainable and for the good of all concerned. As we become aware of our own needs as well as the needs of others, we become more empathic and creative in finding ways for all needs to be considered. Learning and practicing the skills & consciousness of NVC can lead to more connection to needs, bringing about the possibility of more peace within and without.
To assist people in remaining true to themselves while in effective connection, collaboration and communication with others, thereby harnessing the creative potential within diverse or differing viewpoints. I envision a world where mutual flourishing is the highest priority.