CNVC Certified NVC facilitator. Embodiment & NVC spirituality practitioner of Living Compassion. Filipa co created the teachings and practices of Robert Gonzales book The Spirituality of Nonviolent Communication: A Course in Living Compassion (2022). Filipa is the Content Creator for the NVC mobile app NVConnect.
Filipa provides public and personally tailored trainings for individuals, couples, parents and communities, small groups and teams, educators, social services and tools for clients. Facilitating through experiential learning, Filipa delivers global online programs and onsite (currently in New Zealand and Australia) including workshops, retreats, coaching, keynote presentations, and 1:1 sessions. Email Filipa for more information firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more on Facebook Communication for Connection NVC w/ Filipa Hope and in Filipa’s quarterly Newsletter.
Listen to Filipa talk about early childhood, parenting and NVC in this interview with Conscious Collective Education April 2020.
Why Filipa’s passionate about living and sharing NVC & Living Compassion..
“My daughters, now in their 20’s, astound me every day with what is possible when a human being develops amongst adults who can see and value them in their universal human needs. Their abilities to connect with themselves and articulate their needs with clarity, while acknowledging and valuing the needs of others, surpasses any awareness and authenticity I was capable of at 40! Like most people, I grew up amongst adults who did their best – and unfortunately that was full of judgments, labels, punishments (such as guilt & shame) rather than the supportive awareness, skill and empathy my development and optimal wellbeing required. Adding to my woundedness, I picked up societies conditioned patterns of reactive thinking and actions that limit all our lives. Determined to be able to model and give my daughters something more empowering started me on this incredible journey of growth and healing. Glimpsing what is possible, I want this for every parent. Providing workshops and supporting those nurturing children I am filled with that most precious need in me/us – to serve life. I see the generational change that it brings, how it saves lives, how children living amongst adults who care about improving their communication skills and ability for nurturing relationships – contributes to a more empowered world for us all.
As I continue to grow my ability to connect more fully with life I am deeply moved by the power of compassion to liberate my life force that is trapped in woundedness and reactivity. I am forever grateful to my teacher and friend Robert Gonzales for sharing his profoundly powerful life work Living Compassion – for simple ways to grow as a human being in the capacities necessary to live a life from love and inner freedom. With my partners Simone Anliker and Lynd Morris it has been a joy, a deep honour and a highlight of my life to bring the teachings and practices of Robert Gonzales to the world in the book The Spirituality of Nonviolent Communication: a course in Living Compassion. I look forward to continuing to provide Robert’s healing work for others and will be offering Living Compassion courses based on Roberts teachings in this book, and other programs. I hope you will join me.”
Filipa has been teaching and developing her work Communication for Connection since 2010 both online for the global communities, and onsite (predominately 2-day workshops in New Zealand). Filipa provides Professional Learning Development for early childhood services both privately, and as a funded contractor with the New Zealand Ministry of Education. She is a founder and a trustee of this Aotearoa NZ NVC Charitable Trust.
Filipa has an Honor’s degree in English Literature, a Post-graduate diploma in Information Systems, and an informed background in Early Childhood development as well as Trauma support. Other areas of interest have been: NVC mediation, Restorative justice circles, Sociocracy, Byron Katie’s ‘The Work’, Dances of Universal Peace, Landmark Forum, Co-Counselling, Family constellations, Anthroposophical studies, Vipassana meditation and others.
Feedback from Filipa’s workshop participants…..
Towards the end of 2017 our kaiako community identified a need to enrich the communication skills between us, and also to strengthen our communication with parents in our kindergarten and playgroup community. We were led to a tool; Compassionate Communication, by John Cunningham, and also Non Violent Communication (NVC) by Marshall Rosenberg. Filipa Hope brought NVC to our community and it has had a deep and lasting impact within the relationships we have with each other, and also our wider communities.
The two day workshop was full of rich learning in how to access a language that seeks to meet each of our needs, nurturing our care and understanding for each other. The best thing about the learning was that it spread deeper into each of our lives than we had originally imagined it would. The way in which we talk with our families, friends, children and partners has become richer in connection. Filipa has a way of guiding this work to meet each of the needs of the group before her, we were a varied bunch of people and each walked away taking learning with us to use in our daily lives.
The investment we made with ourselves and our time with Filipa was definitely worth it. It’s a workshop that will change the way you look at communication with yourself and those in your lives for good.
Manager, FOUR SEASONS – Rudolf Steiner Kindergarten, Taupo
Thank you so much Filipa, for allowing Shayne and I to attend your NVC parenting workshop that your recently facilitated. We both feel that working alongside our Dads and families and within Kidz need Dadz Hawkes Bay that this course will be very helpful indeed. It both meet our expectations and exceeded them. We were not prepared for how this parenting course would also spill into our own personal lives and be so useful in how we communicate within our own organisation and with others in our sector that we work in.
I would strongly recommend the course for other organisations that are involved with working alongside families in the community . What peaceful work places and communities we would have if we could all learn to communicate in this non violent way.
I wish you all the very best and look forward to working with you in the near future with the hope of you to be able to deliver a presentation to our Dads at our Dadzkare meetings.
Cath & Shayne Jeffares, Kidz Need Dadz Hawke’s Bay July 2017
I’ve been on the planet for a good long while now. Although I have a background in teaching and learning communication, it was NVC or compassionate communication that I had wanted to explore at the personal level. Finally at retirement the opportunity presented itself through Filipa’s Foundation Course. The things that stand out about my beginnings in ‘getting my feet wet’ were how encouraged and safe I felt during the practice sessions. This was because of Filipa’s skill in providing practical examples in everyday language…..where we worked with specifics from our own lives but only at our own pace. In these sessions we made genuine connections with others and ourselves. I came to realize just how much ‘in my head’ my previous communication had been: the analysing and the theorizing and the ‘trying to get it right’. This insight came through myself not through someone else critiquing my performance. (the NVC philosophy was alive and well in the way the course was run)
Filipa is a role model for me when it comes to experiencing compassion and authentic presence.
I have a life- long habit of smiling and being pleasant and considering the other person first. I am taking steps in learning about my own needs for genuineness and self-acceptance, but to express this in a way that still considers others. Working with Filipa in the ‘now’ and spontaneously is exciting.
Contact Filipa directly with any questions email@example.com