About Mindful Communication
Since I first learned about Nonviolent Communication (NVC) in 1997, I felt confident that this tool would contribute to meaning and self-knowledge, as well as contribute to the well-being of others. Also in 1997, I first learned about mindfulness, and together these activities transformed my inner life. At last I had a tangible sense of skills that would support human beings living peacefully together, in a conscious and active manner.
As I deepened my learning I noticed a strong desire to share the skills with other people. I believe this desire came in part from a wish to contribute to others, and also because of the link between teaching and learning. In other words, I love the learning that comes to me from teaching others. And after experiencing my first circle, I recognized circles as a wonderful way to hold a group safely and inclusively so that we could each explore our learning edges, and allow space for growth and creativity.
Since 2006 I have shared my versions of these models, which I call Mindful Communication. I offer the work in workshops, classes, and presentations. I love to share this work with anyone who wants more effective relationships in their life. In particular I love to share the work with communities who want to develop more meaningful relationships within their groups.
I believe you will enjoy the activities I offer if you are someone who likes experiential learning, if you like exploring your learning edge, and if you enjoy being part of a community of practice. I look forward to meeting many of you in a training or presentation, or online.
I have a vision of the world that recognizes and supports the work of creating and maintaining meaningful relationships. And I love to use my skills as a teacher and facilitator to contribute to this vision. In 2000 I received a BA in Transpersonal Psychology from Burlington College Vermont, and in 2008 I received an MA in Liberal Studies from Empire State College. Both of these degrees were independent studies and my experience with independent study inspires much of my peer practice work. I am a certified Circle facilitator and Circle facilitator trainer, as well as a certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication (www.cnvc.org).
I divide my time between Rochester NY and Ireland, wishing I could be in both places at once, and appreciating that I can travel back and forth. These days I am excited to be taking on the work of being self-employed. As an introvert I find the work of work of being self-employed quite a challenge, and yet with the combined spirit and skills of all that I teach, it can feel like an exciting adventure.
About this website
In designing a new website, I wanted the visual aspect of the site to reflect a particular sense of spaciousness. I find that this sense of spaciousness often meets my need for reflection and insights. And living in both Rochester NY and Ireland I wanted images from both places. Looking at the sky through tree tops almost always brings me a particular sense of spaciousness.
Happily for me I was able to work with my son, Tim Harper, on the design of the website. He helped to put my ideas for the website in a workable format, and behind the scenes, built smooth connections between the pages and links. Also, his choice of the open source font, Raleway, emphasised the sense of spaciousness I wanted to achieve.