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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. 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 Montessori-certified teacher who is also registered with CNVC as a certification candidate. For seven years she led year-long Mother and Baby courses as a PEKiP-certified trainer. For five years she has worked in a private school as a class teacher. For the past seven years she has been developing an NVC Schools project around her home town of Hamburg. She is the proud mother of two teenage boys.
See more about her.



Dorota Godby — Decor Coordinator
Dorota uses NVC to help naturally more sensitive individuals and couples repair and increase connection with loved ones and at work. Her organisation, Gentle Power, increases awareness of the natural, beautiful sensitivity present in 20% of people and promotes skills for gentle resilience in the world. You can connect with her in Bristol, UK and online at Gentle Power.



Rik Midgley — Site Manager
Rik’s journey with NVC began 2011 and he is registered with CNVC as a certification candidate. His passion is in the liberating power of connecting to our physical bodily sensations, whether through focus of attention as we communicate, or through listening to our inner worlds as we move. He shares this awareness in his workshops in NVC and qigong. He also makes ceramics in Snowdonia.


More team members to be confirmed.


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