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About the Team

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.

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.

View Shantigarbha Warren's profile on LinkedIn


Gesine Schrader

Co-Director and Certified NVC Trainer

Gesine is a CNVC-certified trainer, 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. 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.”


Maria Webb

Admin Assistant

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 Knight

Video and Marketing Support

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.