The most meaningful aspect of my life is to share practices I know well, with people who are journeying towards their own liberation, or with teams and organisations that are trying to develop more collaborative ways for working. For each of those practices, community is key as only when we are and work with others can we find the support, love, diversity and energy to sustain our journey.
Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
Nonviolent Communication is at the same time a practice of dialogue and self-connection, a philosophy about human nature and a set of practical tools and principles to address a whole range of challenges at personal, organisational and global levels. .
Nonviolent Communication was initially developed by Marshall D. Rosenberg in the 70s, 80s and 90s. There is now a growing community of learners, facilitators, and other professionals sharing and living NVC all over the world.
I discovered Nonviolent Communication in 2004 and became a CNVC certified trainer in 2014. The person who has most influenced my NVC journey is Miki Kashtan, author of several books and writer of the FearlessHeart.org blog. Miki has developed a unique approach that expands the principles of NVC into new fields of practice, teaching and practical application. Those include supporting a culture of collaboration in organisations, making collaborative decision-making, overcoming patriarchy, facing power and privilege, transforming our relationship with money, and living collaborative leadership.
Biodanza is a powerful, fun and relaxing movement-based practice. It has a profound liberating impact on our ability to access joy, pleasure, creativity, tenderness and playfulness. Together with others, we stretch, open our hearts, move more freely, play more wildly and express more creatively.
Biodanza was created in the 60s and 70s by Rolando Toro, a Chilean poet and anthropologist, and has now grown into a significant global community.
I discovered Biodanza in 2000, and qualified as a facilitator in 2009. Biodanza is a tool for personal development and nurturance. It’s a bit paradoxical for me to teach it considering that my work mainly focuses on structural and organisational change. After stopping for several years, I started again because I’d like anyone who’s actively engaged in the world to have a chance to discover it. For me, working with our body, opening our heart, cultivating joy, gratitude and sensitivity are key ways to transcend the legacy of patriarchy and embrace nonviolence.
Circles of Trust
This work was developed by Parker Palmer, author of “A Hidden Wholeness – A Journey toward the Undivided Life” and “Let your Life Speak” (amongst other books). His work is rooted in the Quaker tradition which I am also part of and speaks powerfully to this part of us that is thirsty for meaning, truth and courage.
I discovered Parker Palmer’s work many years ago when a friend dropped “A Hidden Wholeness” at my door at a time of deep grief in my life. His words acted as balm to my soul. I experimented with organising a ‘meeting for clearness’ with friends (a core practice of this work) to help me gain clarity on what was going on in my life. I was blown away by the power of this gathering. Since then I’ve been sharing this work in different settings, under the radar as it is as I am not accredited by the Center for Courage and Renewal in the U.S. to officially facilitate ‘Circles of Trust’. I use different names such as “Discerning your Role”, “Soul work”, “Finding Nurturance”, “Walking home” etc. but essentially I share a set of practices and principles that help each of us to dialogue with our core Being or Soul in community. It’s powerful work.