Meet the team

Discover our team of experienced NVC trainers & assistant.

Languages: English and French, with translation

Trainers

Sarri Bater

OpenEdge Transforming Conflict, Sri-Lanka / UK

As a scholar-practitioner in Conflict Transformation, Sarri holds Non-Violent Communication (NVC) as a foundation of her approach.

For 20 years she has worked extensively in Sri Lanka, the Middle East, Europe and the UK, with diverse engagement in the field:

  • Dialogue projects in Northern Ireland
  • Election monitoring and supporting NGO’s and communities in Sri Lanka
  • Lecture and seminars at Universities
  • CEO of a refugee charity
  • Various programmes with schools
  • Applying Conflict Transformation to Child Protection in a leading INGO
  • Detached youth work and forums
  • Supporting alternatives to violence in Israel and occupied Palestine
  • Conflict Transformation with music and drama in various settings
  • Working with men in Maximum Security Prison in UK
  • Training in Gender and Sexual Rights and Equality
  • Participating in UN Human Rights Council Sessions
  • Running local learning and practice groups in NVC andsocial change
  • Working with police and government on reforming ‘communityand race relations’
  • Working in schools and communities in mediationprojects 
  • Working with youth in the probation service
  • Experimental programmes with restorative circles
  • Transitional Justice research and applied projects in Northern Ireland and Sri Lanka…

Sarri holds a First Class Honours Degree in Peace Studies, and an MSc with distinction in Transitional Justice and an LLM in Human Rights.

Sarri has training in many other related subjects and processes which she uses in herwork (e.g. Living and Full Embodiment NVC, Mediation, Restorative Circles, Holacracy, Permaculture Design, Convergent Facilitation, Theory U, GlobalCitizen, Theatre of the Oppressed, …).

In the tradition of Adam Curle, first Professor of Peace Studies, Sarri’s practice ‘goes beyond political and technical engagement with conflict, to include deeper spiritual and philosophical resources for moving from paradigms of violence to paradigms of peace‘.

 Sarri has a passion for work that engages with the relationship between personal transformation and transforming systemic and structural violence, and has developed work on conscious evolution in organisations. Sarri also specialises in ‘identity and difference’ conflict.

Sarri’s third passion is bringing together research and practice in the field, and she is currently developing collaborative projects with scholars and students in the UK and practitioners in Sri Lanka. Sarri is highly committed to learning, integrating, embodying and developing re-humanising processes and systems as an alternative to existing domination systems.

Anne Bourrit

NVC Trainer, Switzerland

Anne is a certified trainer since 1991. She is one of the founders of the francophone NVC network and an active member of A-CERTIF, the francophone association for NVC certification. She is also an active member of AH-CNV, an association that forms to a specific approach to support individuals with NVC.

She worked for different institutions, like the Red Cross International Comity as visitor for political prisoners.

She met Marshall Rosenberg in 1989 and worked alongside with him as an interpreter, translating in French some of his books and assisting him often in many workshops around the world.

She shares her understanding of NVC in different countries and regions of the world (French-speaking Europe, Quebec, West Africa and Great Lakes region, Maghreb countries, etc.), as well as sometimes in other linguistic regions, such as Italy, Spain, the United States.

“Looking back over the past 25 years, I feel privileged to practice and share this art of living, which teaches me to listen to myself and to others, as well as to discover the beauty hidden behind the attitudes that offend or cause misunderstandings – even if I still sometimes let myself be trapped in them!

I continue to look for ways to acquire know-how and interpersonal skills that will enable us to live better together in a society where crises and stress are commonplace. Finally, I remain amazed by the mystery of the inner world of each human being, infinitely vast and rich, and by the mystery of what subtly connects us to one another”.

Roxy Manning

NVC Trainer, USA

Roxy Manning, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and CNVC Certified Trainer. She has served as the Executive Director of BayNVC, lead trainer for BayNVC’s NVC Leadership Program and is co-founder and trainer for the NVC and Diversity Retreat. Roxy has been using NVC in her psychotherapy practice since 2003 and has been formally teaching NVC since 2005. Roxy currently works part time as a psychologist with the City and County of San Francisco’s Disability Evaluation and Consultation Unit.

In addition to supporting clinicians and others seeking to improve their ability to serve individuals from diverse backgrounds, Roxy has worked directly with programs and people working towards individual and social change nationally and internationally.

Within the United States, Roxy’s work includes:

  • Coaching mental health staff at a large government agency through severe conflict that had previously resulted in legal action,
  • Training direct service staff at Nashville’s Public Health Department in ways to increase engagement with the families they serve,
  • Leading workshops on race and facilitating cross-racial dialogues at the Gandhi Institute that resulted in an ongoing initiative to address racial tension within the Institute’s home city of Rochester, NY.

Internationally, Roxy’s social change efforts include:

  • Supporting former rebel soldiers working for grass-roots peace organizations in Sri Lanka in finding new ways to nurture peace in their communities,
  • Coaching artists seeking to contribute to greater acceptance of homosexuality in Japan,
  • Holding dialogues with those interested in examining growing racial tension within The Netherlands,
  • Supporting the acquisition and deepening of Nonviolent Communication with both direct service providers (including principals, teachers and therapists) and members of the public in Poland.

Roxy has combined her life experience as an Afro-Caribbean immigrant with her extensive academic and professional training into a passion for supporting both larger social change and individual healing and growth.

Jeyanthy Siva

NVC Trainer, Sri-Lanka

Jeyanthy Siva is an international trainer/facilitator, mediator and coach. She has been facilitating trainings and team retreats since 2000 and travels between Asia, Europe and the USA.

In the course of her work, she has trained/facilitated various populations such as professionals working with refugees (Netherlands), climate change Activists (Global Network), mutli-religious clergy engaged in peacebuilding (Sri Lanka), women grass roots activists and peacebuilders (Thailand), development and peace building organizations (East Timor, Sri Lanka), engaged Buddhists coming together to dialogue (India/Sri Lanka), police officers wanting to build trust and get cooperation from minorities in their district (UK), war affected youth to heal trauma and build community and resilience (Sri Lanka) and dialogue and skill building among groups in conflict (Nepal), NVC skill building in 7 and 10 day intensive residential trainings (Sri Lanka, USA), Power of empathy for healing painful experiences (Finland, Singapore) and more. In Sri Lanka where she was based for many years, she has trained teachers, university students, lecturers, NGOs, media personal as well as medical professionals (doctors, psychiatrists & counselors).

Recently, her focus has been facilitating organizations in transition to address issues of inclusion, diversity, power/privilege and internal dynamics of discrimination and conflict in teams working together. In collaboration with colleagues, she has been developing curriculum incorporating the perspectives of power/privilege into Nonviolent Communication and diversity/inclusion trainings and facilitation, contextualizing for Asia as well working in western contexts.

Her educational background is from University of California, Berkeley and Rutgers University, New Jersey (USA). She studied for many years with Marshall Rosenberg, developer of the Nonviolent Communication (NVC) model. She first studied with and then collaborated with trainers from BayNVC in Berkeley, CA (USA). She was mentored by and worked with Joanna Macy (author, systems theorist and Buddhist scholar) for many years.

Websites:
Communication Matters
Sandhi Institute (NVC in context of peace building and healing/reconciliation in conflict and post conflict context)

Bob Wentworth

NVC Trainer, USA

Bob played a lead role in initiating and supporting the CNVC New Future Process, a multi-year community-based process in which the Nonviolent Communication (NVC) movement was invited to re-envision how it would like to organize itself globally. That process resulted in a plan to assimilate CNVC into a new global NVC organization founded on self-management and evolutionary principles, with a commitment to awareness and care regarding issues of access, power, and systemic marginalization.

Bob once asked himself the question, “Is there a single key that could make a difference in addressing all the world’s problems?” It seemed to him that if we could find ways to more reliably partner to work together, instead of battling or working at cross-purposes, then this could make all the difference.

For him, NVC offers some critical pieces of the puzzle, concerning how we can be together in more satisfying ways. NVC powerfully contributes to making new things possible interpersonally (between people), intra-personally (in how we relate to ourselves), and potentially on larger scales (institutionally and politically). At the same time, Bob continues to search for a complete answer to his question. He has spent years looking at issues of trauma and skillfully relating to ourselves and is also deeply interested in the functioning of groups and institutions.

Bob is a CNVC Certified Trainer, and former CNVC Board member. He co-founded Family HEART Camp, a week-long NVC camp for parents and children, currently active in six states in the U.S. He earned a Ph.D. in Applied Physics and worked as a technologist before shifting to focus his attention on improving our collective experience of the human condition.

Assistant

Amal Mekouar

NVC Trainer, Morocco

Amal earned a Bachelor’s degree in engineering and an MBA from Columbia University – New York (USA), and worked in finance in international groups before shifting in 2008 to focus her attention on supporting business leaders, individuals and teams in organizations to experience cooperation and fluid communication and fulfillment at work. 

In 2002, she had decided to take a year off to travel around the world, curious to meet people on the other side of the globe, and secretly searching for what is similar and what is specific about human beings. This experience profoundly transformed her and planted the seeds for her return to her home country, Morocco. 

She met with NVC in 2006, and started sharing NVC in 2008 with different audiences (organizations, associations, youths, parents, doctors …). Her interest in diversity and multi-culturalism led her to co-organize and co-facilitate residential trainings in Morocco, Tunisia, and Ivory Coast from 2012 on. 

She has actively contributed to the introduction of NVC in Morocco and in Ivory Coast where she lived for two years, and supported team leaders engaged in social change projects in Ivory Coast and Cameroun. She is the first trainer certified by the CNVC in the Maghreb region.

Annie Scarborough

Counsellor/Psychotherapist and Family Recovery Worker, UK

Annie came to NVC in Sri Lanka in 2006,because of dissonance around issues of power and privilege in the country and the impact on her interpersonal relationships. She studied NVC with Jeyanthy Siva and with Robert Gonzalez as well as in NVC community camps and practice groups.

Annie won a grant to study at a French secondary school for a semester in 1982. From 1997 to 2013, she lived and worked for local NGOs and international organisations in the USA, Guatemala, Armenia, Sri Lanka, Albania and Burma, and in Rwanda and Mali, where she worked primarily in French, including for UNICEF and Save the Children: 

  • Developing materials and writing donor reports,
  • Facilitating focus group discussion in a refugee community about their children’s schooling,
  • Training teachers of refugee children on psychosocial needs and the impact of trauma,
  • Interviewing children and government Ministers on the impact of programmes intended to benefit the children,
  • Training border police on HIV/AIDS and on the protection of separated children.

She has an M.Sc. in Educational Psychology (Developmental) and has worked as a humanistic counsellor (MBACP Accred.) and Family Worker in a London substance misuse service since 2015. She is delighted to seethe very positive impact of NVC approaches and tools, along with body-based therapies, in her work. Annie was a member of the Research Advisory Group on mental health service provision in the aftermath of the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire.

She has over twelve years’ experience managing international development and emergency response projects, teams and budgets in 13 countries on 5 continents, including in war zones and post-conflict environments. For 25 years she has used her management, communications, training, organisational and analytical skills to benefit vulnerable populations, including refugees and other migrants, children and young people, as well as to support humanitarian aid workers.

A team of translators with experience in NVC will be available during the event and will ensure, during the various activities, the translation from English into French and from French into English as needed.

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