I relish working with individuals, groups, and myself(!) to find “no-brainer” practical ways to embed nonviolence into our daily lives and work together. I do this by facilitating connection to purpose, and finding doable and tangible ways to manifest it. The foundation of my work is Nonviolent Communication where what I offer sits at the nexus of inner/personal transformation and collective/structural change, a merger of the work of Arnina and Miki Kashtan; supporting the development of internal capacity and providing a framework on which to build structures that support living from purpose moment by moment.
In the context of the global social and ecological crisis, I see aligning our lives as deeply and concretely as we can to our purpose and values as a sure path toward releasing the full potential of our contribution to the future of life on the planet.
This is what I live by and offer to you in various forms depending on your context and needs.
I copy my purpose framework below offering me as an example of my work. This is a living document, I will update it over time.
Check out my purpose framework below offering me as an example of my work. This is a living document which will evolve over time.
I am originally from Cornwall, UK, where I grew up in a working-class family on the rugged windswept coasts of West Penwith. My parents brought a necessary and contagious resourcefulness to the ration-book-like bare-bones of my upbringing. It presented me with a rich environment in which to nurture my affinity for creatively utilising my surroundings. I learned to build systems and structures that enabled me to do what I wanted to do and express what was important to me, regardless of the circumstances in which I found myself.
I grew up quite wild and with a deep and very physical connection to the earth. I have vivid memories of the beginnings of my conscious awareness of the horrors that I saw happening within this world that my body knows as home and loves so dearly; destruction of the earth, war, and a deeply disturbing desensitisation to violence. I became avid in my search for the essence of what was needed for us to be able to build our world together from a place of connection to joy for life.
This journey of enquiry has led me through various fields of focus and development including acoustic ecology and urban design, psychoacoustics, vipassana meditation, nonviolent communication, restorative practices, working with children to develop listening and communication skills, and working with individuals and groups developing collaborative team working practices and systems design.