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Mika Maniwa

Empathy is an Equity Issue.
Speaks English, Japanese, Spanish
Certified Trainer since 2017

Based in Vancouver, Canada, I’ve been offering NVC training for individuals and organizations for over 15 years. As a second-generation Japanese Canadian impacted by war-generated trauma, I practice compassionate inquiry about emotionally reactive behaviours and explore what is needed to increase our capacity for wellbeing, dialogue and collaboration. I have been exploring what NVC can bring to issues of social location and racialization to strengthen relationships within organizations

As a settler on the unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, I work to understand the scope of my responsibility under this colonial system. I have longstanding commitments to work with people impacted by colonization, classism, racism, and intergenerational trauma. I am passionate about supporting people:

  • To unpack self-limiting beliefs, while holding compassion for our younger selves who tried to make sense of suffering.
  • With empathy for what it’s like to endure relentless self-criticism, while understanding the urgent messages of survival that guided past generations.
  • To explore the roots of anger and channeling its energy to enhance life.
  • To overcome blocks to accomplishing tasks, support with follow-through on goals and cultivating self-trust.
  • Accompanying parents committed to working through their own challenges to leave a lighter load for the next generation.

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