I call the Motueka Valley, in the top of the South Island, my home. I am the home-educating mother of three children who are in their teenage years / early twenties. I have a passion for nutrition and living a self-sufficient lifestyle… I LOVE making (and eating!) cheese. Our family owns a lifestyle farm, where we have been living co-operatively with 5 households for over a decade. This means I am well aware of the challenges and gifts of community living and this has supported my growth in authentic communication.
I first became aware of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) in 2004 and have actively developed this new language through attending workshops, taking part in and leading practice groups. I have been facilitating NVC courses in the Nelson/Tasman area since 2015 and worked as a communication consultant in the business environment. I am a Certified Nonviolent Communication Trainer (CNVC).
I get the opportunity to role-model authentic communication in a range of volunteer positions in community groups (e.g. as a Volunteer Fire Fighter). In my role as a health coach I experience the magic of truly listening and giving empathy to people as opposed to giving advise and wanting to ‘fix’ someone’s problem.
My areas of interest are: Mediation/Conflict Resolution, Parenting, Relationships, Schools/Education, Social Change, Healthcare.