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 928 380 8077 or visit:  www.nvcacademy.com or www.peaceworkshop.org

Jim and Jori Manske

Jim and Jori Manske, married and working together for over 30 years, share the intentions to cooperate together in the great adventure of life, to openly and honestly share their deepest thoughts and feelings, and to honor and accept each other with ever-increasing ability. These intentions continue to frame not only their relationship together, but also all their relationships and work.

As co-creators of peaceworks, they offer training, mediation, facilitation, organizational development, consulting and mentoring. They have been working with a variety of businesses, community groups, government, NGO's, private groups and individuals since 1971.

They each have certifications as Trainers, Mediators, and Facilitators, as well as certifications in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), and individually have degrees in Communication (Jim) and Social Work (Jori).

In June 2008, they completed their year and a half term as inaugural leaders of the Global Community Circle (GCC) for The Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC), supporting the growth and well-being of communities in the worldwide CNVC network.

They were founding members of the New Mexico Network for Nonviolent Communication. and have contributed directly to many emerging NVC communities worldwide. Jori also served as Interim Director of CNVC from January 2006 until May 2007, on the CNVC Board of Directors for 3 years, as founding board member of Comienzos (a program for jail inmates and staff), and serves on the Advisory Committee for NVC Academy

They continue to evolve Compassionate Leadership and Pathways to Liberation, and remain eager to discover new ways of evolving personal leadership and compassion.  Currently Jim and Jori are contribute to Hawaii NVC and the Network for Nonviolent Communication's NVC in the School's program in Hawai'i.  They offer a telephone-based training, Mentoring+ and enjoy contributing to the growing NVC communities of Korea, Japan, and China.

David Paul, M.D., Ph.D. & Bonnie Paul, Ph.D.

The award winning husband-and-wife team Drs. David and Bonnie Paul are the co-founders of The Freedom to Choose Project (https://freedomtochooseproject.org/), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Santa Barbara, whose mission is transforming the lives of individuals impacted by incarceration through compassionate experiential education.  Their corporate specialty is coaching, training and consulting with physicians, nurses, and health care systems to resolve burnout and create corporate cultures that foster health and personal resilience. Bonnie and David also coach individuals and couples who want to learn how to create or enhance loving and conscious relationships

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 and facilitator who specializes in creating empathy led spaces to reflect on our relationships and find pathways to connection.    

She is passionate about nurturing nurturers, and primarily teaches trauma informed and restorative practices with teachers, staff at agencies serving children and families, change-agents, activists, and care-providers.  She also provides individual coaching for anyone looking to shift relationships and learn tools to access more connection in their lives.  

Her classes combine critical information about neurobiology, child development, trauma, and resiliency with the tools of Nonviolent Communication. Since she began practicing and integrating nonviolent communication in 2002, she has found this practice to be invaluable, bringing greater harmony, power, and clarity to both personal relationships and to her work for healing and social justice.  She is profoundly grateful to have opportunities to share this practice.   

Prior to working with adults, Ariel spent over 14 years as a pre-school and elementary school teacher.  She draws from her experience working with children to create dynamic classes that engage participants, inspire reflection, and offer frequent opportunities for movement and practice. 

She holds a Master’s degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College, and is a CNVEP certified trainer of Raising Children with Nonviolence.  She is also a graduate of BayNVC’s Committed NVC Practitioner Program and 2009 and 2011 Leadership Programs, and is a CNVC certification candidate. 

Loraine Aguilar

Lorraine Aguilar is passionate about empowering people to collaborate, innovate and influence others for the greater good. She has trained and coached senior leadership teams at Nissan, Merck, the United Nations and other organizations whose success depends on effective collaboration.  

Lorraine speaks internationally to business leaders on how to influence and engage people using Nonviolent Communication (NVC). A certified trainer in NVC and former engineer and Fortune 500 corporate manager, Lorraine is internationally recognized for her development of NVC-based programs and tools that create a more empathic, collaborative and innovative workplace.  In addition to her consulting practice, she teaches NVC-based communications at the University of Southern California (USC) Executive Masters of Leadership Program.

James Kwako, M.D.


James Kwako, M.D. is a Family Physician, practicing in Santa Barbara and an Instructor with the Santa Barbara City College Adult Education Program for almost 30 years. He emphasizes wellness medicine, the art and practice of lifestyle management, which is the development of nutrition, exercise, stress, and psychospiritual skills of living.



  Craig Chalquist, Ph.D.


Craig Chalquist, PhD is Associate Provost of Pacifica Graduate Institute and the author of several books at the intersection of storytelling, folklore, and cultural transformation.




 Dana Drobny

Lalli Dana Drobny is grateful for the myriad ways Marshall and NVC inspire her to co-create collaborative 'labs' where we can practice curiosity, wonder, and being more ourselves with each other.  For three decades, she has integrated creative and contemplative practices into schools, business teams, government agencies and non-profits. 

Lalli received her MA in Writing and worked at the University of Iowa, studied and served 12 years on staff at a meditation retreat site, organized and presented HR trainings in Silicon Valley, led AmeriCorps Literacy teams in Santa Barbara County, and was Jack Canfield's Executive Assistant at Chicken Soup for the Soul. An international facilitator, she currently teaches Writing and Mindfulness at SBCC. 

In her EMBODIED MINDFULNESS workshops, participants play with simple, powerful practices to empower and sustain kindness and well-being.

Tera Gardner

Tera Gardner CLC, is a Life Coach specializing in NVC-based Relationship Communications and “Relationship Addiction” re-patterning.  SDCCD credentialed in Communications and Personal Development, Tera taught communication skills building classes with the SD district for more than two decades.  Practicing NVC since 1992 and as a San Diego NVC coordinating team member/facilitator since 1998, she now offers workshops and on-going classes privately and in the workplace and is available for private individual, couples, group and family coaching.