Lead Trainers

Roxy Manning and François Beausoleil have skillfully lead the LP since 2008. Together they create a dynamic and rich learning laboratory. They delve into the depth of each topic they teach and use what is present in the group at each moment to model NVC facilitation, mediation and consciousness. They each have a unique NVC trainer finger print, and transparently share the space of co-facilitating for all to learn from.

Roxy Manning, Ph.D.
Roxy Manning, Ph.D.Lead Trainer
Roxy Manning is a seasoned leader of high quality NVC intensives. Roxy has co-lead over 50 NVC retreats in the US and several Asian countries, and is a trainer for the first CNVC International Intensive Training in Japan.

Roxy’s transparent and authentic leadership creates safety, clarity and inspiration for participants to explore their full potential. She has a gentle, natural way of teaching profound concepts that makes learning advanced NVC skills a true delight. Roxy brings her passion for social justice to her teaching. She is committed to supporting people who lack structural power and to teaching others how to understand and work with structural power dynamics.

Roxy has a PhD in Clinical Psychology and her teaching draws on her experience and insights gained through her work with organizations, community development, coaching and therapy.

François Beausoleil, MBA
François Beausoleil, MBALead Trainer
François trains, coaches and supports individuals and organizations throughout Canada, US and Japan. In addition to his engaging approaches on how to share the foundations of NVC with others, François brings a strong business and coaching focus to the LP.

With his expertise in business and working with organizations, François supports participants to clarify their vision, articulate what they want to contribute to the world and identify strategies of doing this that will meet their needs. François is highly skilled at helping participants discover and transcend internal and external barriers so that they can live from a more fully empowered state.

François’ previous career was as a musician with Cirque de Soleil – he brings creativity, music and dance into the rooms and hearts of the LP.

Guest Trainers

Each year, guest trainers join the retreats to contribute their unique skills, experience and expressions of NVC.

Kit Miller
Kit Miller Guest Trainer - January
Kit Miller serves as the director of the MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence. Her prior position was as director/celebrator of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication in Oakland, California.

In part after coming to understand through meditation about violence within the human heart and mind, Kit began learning about and organizing for nonviolence for 16 years in many capacities, including serving as a board member and board president for the Center for Nonviolent Communication.

Kit is a certified permaculturist, which she experiences as an applied nonviolence practice, and is active in the US Transition movement to create sustainable communities worldwide. She has 3 children and is amazed and grateful to have been happily married for over 20 years.

Aya Caspi
Aya CaspiGuest Trainer - June & Teleclasses
Aya Caspi has dedicated herself to applying radical, uncompromising nonviolence in every small detail of life, starting with the ongoing laboratory of her family, including her three children. She continually grapples with the joys and challenges of being raised in Israel and finds deep meaning and hope in applying NVC to the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its effect on the regional community. She works with individuals, couples, families and groups, responding to their issues and challenges with a depth of empathic understanding that is likely to take your breath away.

Aya has brought her unique blend of vision, practical clarity, utter innocence, and deep commitment to transformation to settings as varied as previous LP years, family and businness mediation, couple counseling and promoting Israeli-Palestinian dialogue.

Miki Kashtan
Miki KashtanBayNVC LP Founder, Guest Trainer - October
Miki Kashtan is a co-founder of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication (BayNVC), and this NVC Leadership Program (together with Inbal Kashtan and Julie Green).

Miki is an international teacher, creator of Convergent Facilitation, and author of Spinning Threads of Radical Aliveness: Transcending the Legacy of Separation in Our Individual Lives. She has supported the US Department of Peace Campaign with monthly conference calls since 2005.

Miki is inspired by the contribution that NVC can make to social change movements and values sharing these skills with leaders and activists. She most enjoys working with and coaching people who are deeply committed to integrating and sharing the consciousness of NVC.

Assistant Trainers

Each year graduates of the LP program join our team as assistant trainers and are a powerful and essential part of the program. All of us – program participants, assistants, and leaders –deeply enjoy and appreciate the contribution of LP assistants. They contribute to the depth and richness of connection and learning through: personal contact with program participants (quarterly calls and some additional availability when the need arises); empathy support during retreats; leading small groups; and engaging in many other invisible support activities. Here are some of the folks who will be on the 2017 assistant team.

Ann Malabre

Montana, US

About Ann

Ann is a certified empathic coach. She is currently working with a New England Prep school facilitating a restorative process for navigating sexual misconduct. She is always practicing growth, learning, and humility where the rubber meets the road, as a home schooling mother of four ages 11-20.

Erin Merrihew

Washington, US

About Erin

Erin, a Certified Trainer Candidate with CNVC, weaves together concepts from NVC, Empathic Coaching, Neuro-linguistic Programming, mindfulness meditation, and various personal development models to gently push each of her clients toward their growth edge.  ErinMerrihew.com

Giovanna Alvarez

Florida, US
Caracas, Venezuela

About Giovanna

Giovanna works as a physician in the hospital setting where she also teaches residents and medical students. Her NVC practice informs how she interact with patients, residents, students, colleagues and staff. In doing so, Giovanna models NVC leadership at all levels of power, providing insights into the challenges of integrating NVC in non-NVC settings.

Jagruti Gala

Baroda, India

About Jagruti

Jagruti works largely in the field of education with both adults and children. She is also a leadership coach. NVC is both an explicit and implicit part of her offerings into the world, almost indivisible!  auraplace.com

Ken Anno

Tokyo, Japan

About Ken

Ken has been actively bringing NVC to Japan since 2004 and involved in the LP since 2008. He oversaw the translation of Marshall’s foundational book  to Japanese. Ken and Shigeko have supported many Japanese NVC community members to participate in the LP program, many of whom are contributing to a rich and diverse NVC community in Japan.

Pam Orbach

Washington, US

About Pam

Pam uses NVC in all she does: mediation, restorative justice, parenting workshops, supporting organization teams, business partners and schools and a university to act from the heart, a paradigm shift involving authentic communication and integrity in action and decision making.  EmpoweringConnection.com

Ranji Ariaratnam

California, US
British Columbia, Canada

About Ranji

Bringing together NVC and TRE (Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises), Ranji holds space for people to heal themselves, integrating the different layers of their beings.  Ranji offers private sessions, workshops and series in California, Vancouver, BC and internationally.  RanjiDavid.LearnNVC.com

Sheila Menezes

California, US

About Sheila

Sheila works weekly at San Quentin State Prison facilitating a NVC class for our community members “inside”. She is also a Leadership Development Coach; incorporating NVC and coaching to be a loving witness holding space to catalyze her clients into their gentle, fierce belonging. www.CompassionateReturn.com

Shigeko Suzuki

Tokyo, Japan

About Shigeko

Shigeko has been involved with the LP program since 2009. Shigeko and Ken have been instrumental in nurturing the NVC community in Japan, from facilitating workshops, organizing and translating for visiting trainers, and supporting Japanese participation in the LP.  A certification candidate, she is also a teacher of the Alexander technique and an award-winning vocalist.