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Lead Trainers and Organizers

Roxy Manning and François Beausoleil have skillfully lead the LP since 2008. Together they create a dynamic and rich learning laboratory. They delve into the depth of each topic they teach and use what is present in the group at each moment to model NVC facilitation, mediation and consciousness. They each have a unique NVC trainer finger print, and transparently share the space of co-facilitating for all to learn from.

RoxyRoxy Manning, PhD

Roxy Manning is a seasoned leader of high quality NVC intensives. Roxy has co-lead over 50 NVC retreats in the US and several Asian countries, and is a trainer for the first CNVC International Intensive Training in Japan.

Roxy’s transparent and authentic leadership creates safety, clarity and inspiration for participants to explore their full potential. She has a gentle, natural way of teaching profound concepts that makes learning advanced NVC skills a true delight. Roxy brings her passion for social justice to her teaching. She is committed to supporting people who lack structural power and to teaching others how to understand and work with structural power dynamics.

Roxy has a PhD in Clinical Psychology and her teaching draws on her experience and insights gained through her work with organizations, community development, coaching and therapy.

francoisFrançois Beausoleil, MBA
François trains, coaches and supports individuals and organizations throughout Canada, US and Japan. In addition to his engaging approaches on how to share the foundations of NVC with others, François brings a strong business and coaching focus to the LP.

With his expertise in business and working with organizations, François supports participants to clarify their vision, articulate what they want to contribute to the world and identify strategies of doing this that will meet their needs. François is highly skilled at helping participants discover and transcend internal and external barriers so that they can live from a more fully empowered state.  

François’ previous career was as a musician with Cirque de Soleil – he brings creativity, music and dance into the rooms and hearts of the LP.


mikiMiki Kashtan is a co-founder of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication (BayNVC), and this NVC Leadership Program (together with Inbal Kashtan and Julie Green).

Miki is an international teacher, creator of Convergent Facilitation, and author of Spinning Threads of Radical Aliveness: Transcending the Legacy of Separation in Our Individual Lives. She has supported the US Department of Peace Campaign with monthly conference calls since 2005.

Miki is inspired by the contribution that NVC can make to social change movements and values sharing these skills with leaders and activists. She most enjoys working with and coaching people who are deeply committed to integrating and sharing the consciousness of NVC.

Guest Trainers

Each year, guest trainers join the retreats to contribute their unique skills, experience and expressions of NVC. 

Kit Miller

kitKit Miller serves as the director of the MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence. Her prior position was as director/celebrator of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication in Oakland, California.

In part after coming to understand through meditation about violence within the human heart and mind, Kit began learning about and organizing for nonviolence for 16 years in many capacities, including serving as a board member and board president for the Center for Nonviolent Communication. 

Kit is a certified permaculturist, which she experiences as an applied nonviolence practice, and is active in the US Transition movement to create sustainable communities worldwide. She has 3 children and is amazed and grateful to have been happily married for over 20 years.

Assistant Trainers

Each year graduates of the LP program join our team as assistant trainers and are a powerful and essential part of the program. All of us – program participants, assistants, and leaders –deeply enjoy and appreciate the contribution of LP assistants. They contribute to the depth and richness of connection and learning through: personal contact with program participants (quarterly calls and some additional availability when the need arises); empathy support during retreats; leading small groups; and engaging in many other invisible support activities.

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