About Us

BayNVC is home to independent NVC trainers working under the same umbrella to apply and promote the principles and practices of Nonviolent Communication. Offerings include private sessions, classes, and organizational services.


A world where everyone’s needs are visible and systems sustain the capacity of people and communities to co-create cultures of choice, togetherness, and flow with care for the whole of life – past, present, and future.



To resource, support, and nurture liberation for individuals, communities, and organizations, as a pathway to transforming global systems and to creating a world where all needs are visible and attended to.

Summary of BayNVC Activities:


  • Events for the public: We offer workshops, series, intensive retreats (for individuals, couples, and whole families), and practice groups.
  • Working with organizations: We offer a range of services to such organizations as churches, businesses, schools, and healthcare institutions, sometimes on a pro-bono basis.
  • Support for individuals: We provide NVC-based counseling for individuals, couples, and families.
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A large BayNVC workshop in Oakland in February 2015.


  • Our trainers travel to other locations to offer workshops, retreats, longer programs.
  • From 2002 through 2015, the BayNVC Leadership Program attracted participants from throughout the U.S., Canada, and a dozen other countries.
  • Graduates of the Leadership Program teach in diverse locales such as Estonia, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
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Miki Kashtan (center back row) led a 4-day training in Convergent Facilitation in the West Bank, attended by Israelis and Palestinians, in December 2013.

Values at BayNVC

Our values emerge from our deep commitment to continually increase our capacity for nonviolence. We aim to act, with each other and with the world at large, with the courage to speak truth with love. We aim to Integrate power with love in all we do. We strive to integrate the Core Commitments into our living and working. 

Systemic Orientation  

We are committed to stepping into leadership and taking responsibility for the whole at all levels. We seek to understand the interrelationships of all things and our interdependence with each other. We aim to expand our view beyond the individual level and to grow in our awareness of how economic, political, and cultural systems impact and shape each of us. We aim to attend with more and more clarity and understanding to differences emerging from where we are each placed in the power map of the world and within the organization. We aim to make visible what may not be and use our existing access to resources, both as individuals and as an organization, to act within all our spheres of influence for the benefit of all. 

Aligning Means with Ends 

We are committed to individual and collective practices, agreements, and procedures that reflect our vision within the world as it is now. We aim to operate with full transparency about our decisions, our experience, our needs, our ideas, and our concerns regarding others’ actions. We aim to do what we do based on wholehearted willingness to do it and sufficient resources for it. We aim to step into full choice and use our power with others, within and outside the organization. We aim to sustain togetherness through dialogue and shared commitment to purpose. 


We are committed to cultivating a flow of generosity within and around our organization that effectively moves resources towards need in service to our purpose. We aim to operate from a baseline assumption of innocence, and with care for the impact of our actions both within and outside of the organisation. We aim to mourn when we do not manage to live in line with these principles, acknowledging our limits, and celebrate when we do as part of restoring togetherness within the human family. 

History of BayNVC

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BayNVC was created in January 2002 to formalize a collaboration that had already begun among several of the locally certified CNVC trainers: Julie Greene, John Kinyon, Inbal Kashtan, and Miki Kashtan. This act of founding BayNVC was based on the belief that, by working together, NVC would reach many more people and would move more powerfully into the world.


BayNVC as a non-profit organization was closed twenty-one years later and some of us who have been BayNVC’s collaborative trainers have accepted the offer to take on the name BayNVC. We plan to continue as we have been, offering courses, business and organizational services, couples and individual support/coaching and mediation services.


We are pleased that we have successfully co-held this process grounded in our positive relationships and mutual respect for our long years of shared commitment to the values of Nonviolent Communication. We are pleased that we have managed to fulfill our commitment to the final transition happening gracefully by the end of 2022.


Miki and two other staff members (Heather and Sheryl) are now focusing their work within the Nonviolent Global Liberation community (NGL). Miki continues to blog on the Fearless Heart, to produce learning packets about all her work and the results of experimentation within NGL, to publish articles, and to offer many other written resources and recordings.