Sally MarieORNCC board member
I've been actively pursuing competency in NVC since 2008 or so and figure I'll be working on it for the rest of my time on this planet. I facilitated NVC classes at Oregon State Penitentiary as part of the Oregon Prison Project for about three years and loved to learn with the inmates. Needs met for me there were primarily connection, community and contribution. I've taken quite a few workshops from a variety of trainers, helped facilitate NVC community classes with Gary Baran from time to time, and I'm in a long term small practice group. Currently the Eugene/Springfield NVC Organizing Team meets in my home. I hope to bring more NVC trainers to Eugene/Springfield in the coming years. The new joy in my life is Jamie, my "DoggaBoy" (he's a lively Vizsla). My partner Doug and I smile and laugh more with him around than at any time I can remember in 10 years or more.
Gary BaranM.A. CNVC Certified Trainer
I envision a world in which the needs of all people are honored, in which the abundant resources of our planet are both respected and also flow freely so as to reliably meet those needs, and in which people resolve their conflicts peacefully. I strive to live in harmony with the principles of NVC and to offer NVC training to the public and to those organizations and institutions that resonate with those principles. I also provide counseling and consulting services to individuals and groups, and help to contribute to the spread of NVC by serving as a member of the board of directors of the Oregon Network for Compassionate Communication. I have a special affinity with educators, having been a professor of philosophy for 35 years; with parents and mental health professionals, having been a marriage and family therapist for the same length of time--and a co-parent of two for over 25 years; and with those who are responsible for organizational leadership, having served as executive director of the Center for Nonviolent Communication for nearly 8 years. I am also especially eager to contribute to the work of social activists.
Selene AitkenCNVC Certified Trainer
When I met Marshall in 1996, I came to NVC with a background in teaching, mediation, languages and peace and justice activism. NVC changed my life. I have gained a sustaining confidence that I can bridge differences and conflicts with compassion. My relationship with myself is now mostly characterized by joy, peace and acceptance. Most important to me is that NVC continuously nourishes a hope that the caring world I want to live in is possible.
My experiences in Kabul, Syria, Jordan, El Salvador, Buenos Aires and most recently, Mexico, as well as the US. has confirmed for me the universal application of NVC principles and practices. I see myself as a resource to explore issues of reactivity, conflict, communication, collaboration and reconciliation. My Restoring Kinship work focuses on parents and their adult sons and daughters. I’m available by Skype and phone as well as in person.
Mark learned about NVC in 2008 at a training with Marshall in Eugene. He took an online Parenting course from CNVC, and joined a couples' group with Tim Buckley and Elaine Hultengren. Mark has been co-leading NVC groups in the Salem-area prisons and the community for the past 3 years. He is currently leading a Spanish-language NVC course at Oregon State Prison.
Bryn has been learning and sharing the Compassionate (Nonviolent) Communication skills created by Marshall Rosenberg since 2001. She is President of the Board of the Center for Compassionate Living (CCL) in Bend, a nonprofit that offers communication skills, workshops, classes and practice groups. Bryn enjoys sharing these skills at CCL, for local groups and organizations and at Deer Ridge Correctional Institution in Madras. She also serves on the board of the Oregon Network for Compassionate Communication (ORNCC) and is a founder of ORNCC.