What people say
"Verene's training and support of our organisation's work has been very useful to me personally and to the development of a new area of work using the skills and principles of Nonviolent Communication. She brings clarity and offers feedback in ways that support and nurture our learning."
Roz Adams, Community Development Worker
"The value of this material is immeasurable. I understand now that there is a possibility that the concept of self-compassion can be beautiful and life-empowering, and can help to lead to a peace within."
"The programme I and my team took part in has helped us find a common language of human needs, with which to get beyond the superficial to the nitty-gritty of what life is about. Whether in a faith tradition or not, whatever your philosophy or perspective, I trust Verene will stretch and take you to a place of growth."
Neil Urquhart, Church of Scotland Minister
"Verene's Collaborating for Change course is not only intelligent but also compassionate and very human. It made me think about conflict in a way that was no longer frightening but achievable and even exciting."
Amy Anderson, Carers Advocacy Worker.
"Verene's sensitivity made her available to speak on a one to one basis to participants and I found this emotionally containing for me. The focus was on deepening our practice and I think this was achieved successfully."
Satya Dunning, Performance Artist and Facilitator
"Verene's insightful and compassionate approach to this work has added great value not only to my work life but also to my personal world. She is passionate about people being able to connect with one another and this shines through in each session."
Neil McLean, Chief Executive
"No words do justice to the strength of Verene's wisdom, vision and passion for social justice and community power. She is a constant source of inspiration to myself and many people and networks creating positive social change in the wider world. She facilitates with passion. This will light the fire in your heart."
Dan Glass - Popular Educator, Performer + Activist and general rascal
"The Collaborating for Change course was challenging and has certainly helped me review how I personally communicate and deal with conflict in a variety of work and non-work settings. Verene is the genuine article; she clearly "knows her stuff" and relishes working with people from widely varying backgrounds and life perspectives."
Ian Davidson, Advice Worker.
"Verene is an inspiring role-model and teacher. She has an incredible ability to read a situation with a sharpness that pierces through to the most pertinent needs of the people she works with. She then has a knack for turning this into meaningful and practical solutions."
Roland Playle, Trainer and Gardener.
"I appreciated the process you modelled of giving space to another person with presence, without judgment and without rescuing. It allowed the inherent deep wisdom in me to recognise what was going on and come to a better understanding of it."
Keith Farvis, Therapist
"Verene teaches what she is passionate about and has the ability to put across concepts clearly and accessibly. In a group setting she can touch the core of the issues around so simply and directly and with such a quality of shared humanity that it almost belies the profundity of what has just taken place."
A group participant