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Meet the team

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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. He has written a regular column in Juno Magazine on NVC and parenting, and he’s author of a forthcoming book Empathy: the art of compassionate presence.
*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.”
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Dorota Godby — Decor Coordinator
Dorota has been a non-affiliated sharer of NVC since 2006, having studied with Vicky Peirce for over twenty weeks. She uses NVC and everything else she has learned about life to mentor naturally more sensitive men and women. People whose systems respond to stimuli relatively intensely comprise 20% of the population and are Dorota’s tribe by choice and affinity. Walking the world in a thin skin makes you search really deeply for solutions that work for everyone, or you feel the remaining distress. Dorota hungrily took to NVC as an invaluable resource in that journey. Dorota has a parallel passion: for decluttering/organising homes and offices. The common thread in both of her roles is making an overwhelming situation into something beautiful and life-serving. Visit Dorota’s website at: www.gentlepower.co.uk

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 — Children’s Coordinator
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 is training with Shantigarbha and Gesine in the Year Training 2016-2017. For the past two years, she has been practicing and sharing NVC with a passion locally in Manchester and internationally on online platforms.

Susannah Diamond — Camp Care Coordinator
In the role of Camp Care, Susannah will be encouraging the matching of requests and offers, to help with the smooth running of the camp, and the well-being of participants. Susannah has been exploring NVC since 2013, and is experienced in navigating the day-to-day complexities of communal living, and in supporting the personal development of others. She is looking forward to returning to Summerfest as a place for connection and community, for practice and play.

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.