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Meet the team


Shantigarbha Warren — Core Team and Co-Lead Trainer
Shantigarbha is a certified NVC trainer* based in Bristol. He teaches on CNVC’s International Intensive Trainings (IITs) and is a CNVC Assessor-in-training.
Shantigarbha has led NVC workshops and retreats in the UK, the Middle East, the US, India and Sri Lanka and offers coaching / counselling for individuals and couples. In 2011 he ran a reconciliation retreat for 100 Israelis and Palestinians near the Dead Sea. See his forthcoming book on empathy:  I’ll Meet You There: a practical guide to empathy, mindfulness and communication, due out in June 2018 from Windhorse Publications.
*Certified with the International Centre for Nonviolent Communication.
More about Shantigarbha.



Gesine Schrader — Core Team, Children’s Coordinator and Co-Lead Trainer
Gesine is a CNVC-certified trainer, living in Bristol, UK. For the past three years she has been facilitating NVC events with and without Shantigarbha in the UK, India, USA and Germany. Her background is in teaching. She is a Montessori-certified teacher, and currently supports a home school in Bristol to integrate NVC. Before moving to the UK from Germany, she worked for five years in a private school as a class teacher. Alongside this, she spent seven years developing an NVC Schools project around her home town of Hamburg. And before that, for seven years she led year-long Mother and Baby courses as a PEKiP-certified trainer.

“My passion is sharing NVC and find a way to bring it into education systems, so kids can ‘soak up the water’ wherever they swim, experience compassionate connection and develop trust in dealing with conflicts.”
See more about her.



Rik Midgley — Site Manager
Since 2013 Rik has been holding regular workshops in North Wales, across the UK and in India as an independent trainer of Nonviolence and Compassionate Communication. He has been a practising Vipassana Meditation since 1990, having spent about 18 months on its intense retreats, and teaching his own variation of Qigong since 2008, in which he has incorporated self introspection and trauma release techniques. In his trainings, he enjoys applying his experiential understanding of the body and its sensory language to connect with our deeper intentions. He holds that nonviolence is the art of guiding our words and actions so that they lie in harmony with our body, thus taking full responsibility for ourselves and leaving us with a sense of well being and self-esteem. Rik also makes ceramics from his home in Snowdonia. You can read more about Rik and his work on his website: www.LiveNonviolence.uk



Selda San Ridley
Selda has various experiences with children as an English as a Second Language Teacher for 10 years in Turkey, as a coordinator and administrator of Bookstart in Manchester for 6 years, and as an Information Governance Officer for Children and Families for the past 5 years. She has designed and led playful learning activities for children and families in private schools in Turkey, in libraries, in various community spaces and as a mother of two (who are now teenagers).

Selda trained with Shantigarbha and Gesine on their Year Training in 2016-2017. For the past three years, she has been practicing and sharing NVC with a passion locally in Manchester and internationally on online platforms.


Mahesh — Catering
Catering at this year’s Summerfest is being done by Lungi Babas, from Frome. Lungi Babas provide delicious authentic home cooked vegetarian food prepared with mother’s love and affection. Their values of cooking are based on Ayurvedic principles: six tastes at every meal for us to feel satisfied and to ensure that all major food groups and nutrients are represented. By learning to listen to our taste buds we can ensure a balanced diet.


More team members to be confirmed.

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