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.



Mary Mackenzie, M.A., is the author of Peaceful Living: Daily Meditations for Living with Love, Healing and Compassion, co-founder of the NVC Academy, an online school for learning Nonviolent Communication; executive director of Peace Workshop, International, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting practical methods for living nonviolently; and Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication through the Center for Nonviolent Communication.  

Mary brings extensive experience in creating and maintaining collaborative organizations and partnerships, finding a way forward that values all needs even in challenging group decision-making processes, balancing efficiency and heartfelt connection, and living authenticity and spiritual depth in all interactions.

Mary’s guiding vision is to help people learn concrete, practical tools for living peacefully day-to-day.  She believes that if each of us steps up to the plate to transform our own negative behaviors and thought patterns we can create world peace, one heart at a time.  Her workshops, retreats, organizational development, group facilitation, public speaking engagements, and personal daily life reflect this passion. 

To reach Mary: email mary@nvcacademy.com or tel 928.380.8077 or visit: www.nvcacademy.com or www.peaceworkshop.org 

Sabine Geiger has been leading workshops all over the world for 28 years, to support people on their path to freedom and choice. She came in contact with NVC in 1998 and started teaching soon after that. As a certified trainer and assessor for CNVC, she promotes a community-based certification approach.
To Sabine, NVC is a journey of the heart: ”When I crossed paths with Marshall Rosenberg in 1998, I was amazed. How could anyone describe my inner processes so accurately, without ever meeting me?! The empathic, curious and open heart has always seemed natural to me. Discovering NVC and passing it on to others has immensely enriched my life.”
Since Sabine recognizes conflict as an invitation to learn more about others, exploring and sharing restorative approaches has become an important part of her teaching.
Her passion? Tapping into the wisdom of the body while using the framework of the NVC process. How can we explore body sensations and link them to our feelings and needs? To Sabine, this is an ongoing exploration, which you are kindly invited to join.
Sabine's website is under construction, but you will find some info at sabinegeiger.com


Agnieszka Rzewuska-Paca  I'm a free spirit with a great appetite for life. Seeker of meaning and life fulfillment, stemming from a deep connection to my own power. I am convinced that every person has a sage inside, who knows what is best for them. My passion is to support people in connecting to their inner sages and wisdom. Working with me is a journey, an exploration, in a safe space of acceptance, which I create. 

My primary point of reference is Nonviolent Communication - “What I want in my life is compassion, a flow between myself and others based on a mutual giving from the heart.” - this quote of Marshall Rosenberg went straight into my heart and initiated my journey of heartful living. Several years and several hundred workshop-days later, the NVC community has become my tribe, and the approach itself a way of living and the essence of what I share now in my professional life as a certified trainer.

In my work I am particularly fascinated by the interplay of the intrapersonal, the interpersonal and the systemic. I balance great intellectual clarity and insightfulness, with the transformative potential of body-based practices – together with a collegue we set up an “NVC in Motion” in Poland, offering and organizing workshops that combine body-awareness and NVC.

My other passion is bringing NVC into education – for the past 4 years I’ve been working with an NVC kindergarten and nursery in Warsaw, as well as offering workshops for teachers. I have also co-created and run a first gap-year program for youth 18-25 in Poland, aiming at supporting young people in re-discovering their gifts and crafting a life journey, which is a manifestation of who they really are.

I was born and live in Poland, in a beautiful house by a forest, with my partner, two kids, two cats, two lizards, two snakes and a turtle.  www.empoweredliving.pl