Mitch Miyagawa is a multi-faceted community organizer, leader, facilitator, and artist, based on Vancouver Island, on Canada's pacific coast. His work crosses many areas and fields. He currently works at Vancouver Island University supporting intercultural training, programs, and events. He continues to do community and artistic work through his business, Maji Events. This includes producing community festivals and dance events, facilitating and hosting community gatherings and consultations, co-creating a dance performance, or putting on silent disco events throughout his community.
Mitch's work in many areas is rooted in his beliefs in the power of respectful listening/ embodied connection, power sharing/ exchange, artistic expression/collaboration, the wisdom of the natural world, and the beauty, mystery, and energy of the human spirit. Recently, he has been breaking new ground with his land project, a 2-ha property on a small rural island, where he and his former wife and friend Angela Walkley (also an NVC Trainer) raised their two sons. He and Angela have developed an innovative co-ownership model with a professional team that is creating a model for further co-ownership, in direct response to the local and global crisis in affordable housing and community fragmentation.
Mitch was mentored into his role as an NVC Trainer 10 years ago by Penny Wassman, who studied with Marshall Rosenberg directly. Part of the post-Rosenberg NVC community, Mitch was a full-time Trainer for 5 years, offering workshops around western Canada and internationally at the New York Intensive and 2018 Texas IIT. Since then, Mitch has applied his NVC skills and approaches to artistic and community work, where he is well-known for his relational, caring, and inspiring leadership style - as well as his fun and playful approach!
Mitch is a loving father of two sons, Tomio and Sam, now living in Nanaimo, BC. He and Angela "consciously uncoupled" two years ago. His father's family was from Japan, and his family was interned during WWII. More of Mitch's family story can be seen in the documentary he made in 2013, called A Sorry State, about state racism and government apologies, for which Mitch won the Writers Guild of Canada Documentary Award. Previously, Mitch lived for 15 years in Canada's North, in Whitehorse, Yukon, where he practiced as a writer and filmmaker, including producing the film, "A Sorry State."