I started learning Nonviolent Communication (NVC) in 2006 when a friend lent me Marshall Rosenberg’s book, Nonviolent Communication, A Language of Life. I was relieved and excited by how it shed light on confusing and painful experiences in some of my relationships.
I began to understand much more about the reactivity in myself and others and the underlying dynamics in difficult conversations. I began an ongoing exploration into why people say what they say and what they might mean from a compassionate perspective.
NVC has become a powerful for me to connect to unfelt feelings and unconscious needs.
It has shown me how to speak the unspoken, live more in tune with what matters to me and more in harmony with others.
Before I came across NVC I practised Vipassana meditation daily for about nine years and participated in long retreats in Asia and the UK.
It was on a meditation cushion that I realised my body needed to move, rather than to sit, and shortly afterwards I discovered 5 Rhythms dance. I’ve been dancing and making connections between the different practices ever since.
I am now a qualified Open Floor Movement Practice teacher. Along the way I completed a Foundation Training in Core Process Psychotherapy. I now work regularly with Movement of Being. These are some of the experiences that have supported my integration of NVC consciousness.
Since 2006 I’ve been attending NVC trainings and a regular peer group.
I started offering NVC trainings in London in 2010 and in 2014 became a Certified Trainer with the Centre for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC).
I have a PGCE in adult education and have been an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) teacher since 2003. I completed a degree in English and African Studies and an MA in Gender and Development. I trained and worked as a journalist for business and human rights publications. My first job was as a residential social worker for children in care.
In between, I’ve travelled and lived in East and Southern Africa and South-East Asia. I've been a teacher in Kenya, a party-goer in Goa, a hiker in Nepal, and a pilgrim in Burma.
Cath is a certified NVC trainer with CNVC, the global organisation founded by Marshall Rosenberg to support the learning and sharing of NVC for personal healing, peaceful and effective dialogue, collaboration in organisations and social justice.