Mary Mackenzie

Mary Mackenzie is a Certified CNVC Trainer and author of Peaceful Living: Daily Meditations for Living with Love, Healing and Compassion.  She holds a MA degree in Human Relations and is a trained mediator.

Mary is the co-founder of the NVC Academy, an online school for learning Nonviolent Communication; and the executive director of the Peace Workshop, International, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting practical methods for living nonviolently.  She teaches Nonviolent Communication to individuals, couples, and families, and offers retreats and workshops to help organizations strengthen their productivity and success. 

To reach Mary Mackenzie: mary@nvcacademy.com  or call 562.856.9417 or visit:  www.nvcacademy.com or www.peaceworkshop.org

 Shoshana Wheeler

Shoshana Wheeler is a teacher, counselor, and parent educator who has been active in the field of communication for over 20 years.  Shoshana is a highly acclaimed, award winning teacher.  She taught for 15 years in the Conejo Valley where she was awarded "Teacher of the Month, April 2004," and the Ventura County SELPA's "Golden Bell" for her work in Inclusion with Special Education children into the mainstream classroom.

In 2003 she discovered the work of Marshall Rosenberg, founder of Nonviolent Communication, and has incorporated this practice and philosophy into all of her teachings.  Founded in-part upon the principals of Nonviolent Communication, Shoshana brought to students, parents and teachers connecting communication skills, The Way of Council, 2nd Step  (a violence prevention program),  and Family Coaching.

Shoshana is a certified parent educator through The Center for Nonviolent Education and Parenting (CNVEP).  She is committed to bringing Compassionate Parenting to families everywhere. 

Rodger Sorrow

I’m a certified trainer for The Center for Nonviolent Communication since 2001 and now an Assessor in Training. Nonviolent Communication (NVC) has changed my life.  It has given me a process to understand what was going on inside me and express it without criticizing, blaming or making others wrong.  NVC has given me the tools to differentiate between what was happening and the story I was making up about it.  This opened the door to authenticity and accountability as I connected to my feelings and values and became empowered to express my truth openly and vulnerably.  At the same time there was now space inside me for others.  I can now hear others and what’s alive in their hearts.  This process is powerful and can support individuals, couples, groups and organizations find more connection and the win-win in any situation.

You can reach Rodger's home/office at 805 452-8874 in Santa Barbara, CA or email RodgerHSorrow@gmail.com  or to schedule an appointment, at http://rodgersorrow.youcanbook.me/


Jared Finkelstein

is a consultant and trainer who specializes in communication that transforms conflict into connection. Jared has over 20 years experience in alternative education. A former filmmaker and media educator, Jared taught Media Literacy to youth in Poughkeepsie, NY through the Children’s Media Project, as well as through the Summer Institute for the Gifted, The Randolph School, and the Poughkeepsie Day School. In his years as an educator he has worked closely with children as young as 3 and as old as 21, facilitating hands on experiential learning projects, coupled with character education and community building. Jared is a graduate of the 2009 BayNVC Leadership Program and has been a teaching assistant for both the 2010 Immersion Program and the 2010 and 2011 Leadership Programs. As a Collaborative Trainer with BayNVC, Jared offers professional development training in NVC to Bay Area school teachers and administrators, as well as workshops for parent groups and student classrooms. Jared is also a certification candidate with the Center for Nonviolent Communication.

Ariel Wrye

Ariel Wrye is a gifted trainer, mentor, and coach who specializes in helping adults reflect deeply on their relationships with children.  She has developed curriculum, facilitated dialogue within schools, and leads trainings and professional development for parents, teachers, child care providers, and teens in both English and Spanish.

Ariel has a Masters degree in Human Development, and is an Echo Parenting and Education certified trainer of Nonviolent Parenting (www.echoparenting.org)  She began studying and practicing Nonviolent Communication(NVC) in 2002, and has been experiencing drastic shifts in consciousness ever since.  Ariel is also a graduate of BayNVC’s Committed NVC Practitioner Program and Leadership Programs (www.baynvc.org). Deeply grateful to Marshall Rosenberg and the NVC community for the support she has received, Ariel feels honored to have the opportunity to share these tools with others. 

Prior to working with adults, Ariel also spent over 14 years as a pre-school and elementary school teacher.   She draws from her experience working with children and her fluency in experiential teaching methods to create dynamic classes that engage participants in dialogue, inspire reflection, and offer frequent opportunities to practice.  Her classes combine NVC concepts with critical information about neurobiology and child development. Still connected to her roots as a pre-school teacher, she is often found mirroring movements of children and inviting adults to join in the play.