Nonviolent Communication skills can help transform relationships with friends, family, and colleagues. Shantigarbha and Gesine, CNVC certified trainers, believe that social change starts with compassionate communication, hearing the needs behind our feelings. We work with a wider team of trainers and contributors.
Founder, Co-Director and Certified NVC Trainer
Shantigarbha is an international NVC trainer, certified with the Centre for Nonviolent Communication. He teaches on CNVC’s International Intensive Trainings (IITs) and coordinated the New Future Process’s Social Change and Peacemaking working group.
In 1996 he was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order. He was given the name Shantigarbha, which means “seed of peace”, hence the name of our organization. He currently serves on the Triratna International Council, is Secretary of the Triratna Trust (the Order charity), and coordinates the Triratna Restorative Pilot Project.
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’s author of a book on empathy: I’ll Meet You There and The Burning House: A Buddhist response to the climate and ecological emergency. He says:
“Communication can change the world. I want to connect with people, to create a safe learning environment, to have fun, to mourn and celebrate!”
Why I do what I do: read an interview with Shantigarbha from Bristol’s Spark Magazine.
Co-Director and Certified NVC Trainer
Gesine is a CNVC-certified trainer and a Montessori-certified teacher, living in Bristol, UK. For the past five years she has been facilitating NVC events with and without Shantigarbha in the UK, India, USA and Germany. Gesine is passionate about her work and how it encourages self development, conflict resolution and community building. She is actively involved in different kinds of NVC projects, for example supporting a home school and a Community Orchard in Bristol, offering Nonviolent Clowning in cooperation with Holly Stoppit (Clown therapy) and Embodied NVC in cooperation with Filip Kijowski (Dance choreographer). When she is not working, Gesine enjoys being out in nature whether that is going for walks, wild swims, or doing projects in the garden.
Gesine says: “I really love to be connected with like-minded people – here and globally – and co-create a world where everyone’s needs matter. It’s so enriching and diverse.”
Maria Webb originally trained as an actor in New Zealand with the well known and respected TAFS (Theatre and Films Studies) school in Christchurch, New Zealand. During her time there she performed in various stage productions and films. Since moving to the UK in 2013 she has continued acting but has also recently started diversifying her work as a Writer and Director. She is happy to be working with Gesine and Shantigarbhe at Seed of Peace to support them in their admin work and learn more about NVC
Harry is a filmmaker who joined the Seed of Peace team in 2019. Originally from Christchurch, New Zealand he has a keen interest in the humanities and environment which has meant he’s felt right at home working in the Nonviolent Communication space. When he’s not behind a camera Harry loves to bake and cook.
Esme originally trained and worked in ecology and still has a love of the environment and outdoors. She has lived in Bristol for over 5 years and feels very much at home, having found a supportive community. She also loves stories and myth and takes in a lot of audiobooks, podcasts and books when not working. Esme has an interest in NVC and is looking forward to learning more whilst she supports Seed of Peace with their social media.