Barbra Esher, CNVC certified trainer, specializes in untangling knots of pain, discovering the beauty locked inside, and creating free flow of life energy, communication, and connection. This can be tough when times are challenging. Racism, addiction, and death have been her greatest teachers and are often requested topics for her seminars.
Barbra combines her life-long mindfulness practice with sharing Compassionate Communication (Nonviolent Communication-NVC). In 2009, while in a study group of Thich Nhat Hanh’s work, she was reflecting on his words: “…we are determined to cultivate nonviolence, compassion and the insight of interbeing in our daily lives and promote peace, education, mindful mediation, and reconciliation within families, communities, ethnic and religious groups, nations, and in the world.“ Like a bolt of lightning she was struck, with the insight she could manifest this by studying, practicing and sharing NVC. Since that time, she has pursued this aspiration with zeal, accumulating more than 1000 hours of training while traveling all over the world.
She specializes in sharing NVC within mindfulness/meditation communities and drug and alcohol treatment centers. Early on in her son’s 10-year journey with addiction, one of his counselors introduced them to Marshall Rosenberg’s work. NVC supported transforming their relationship from shame and blame to expressing love and acceptance. Her capacity for saying “yes!” to life, exactly as it is, has been cultivated by her NVC practice and meditation.
Aside from NVC, she has 25 years of experience learning, practicing and teaching the healing art of acupuncture, shiatsu and East Asian medicine. She is ordained as a member of Thich Nhat Hahn’s Order of Interbeing, with the dharma name “True Precious Speech.” She is one of the monthly facilitators at her sangha for the past ten years. She also shares meditation at detention centers.
She loves singing, playing guitar, and practicing yoga. She lives with her sweet, patient partner of 30 years on the shore off a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay in the US where they enjoy organic gardening and kayaking.
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CV Esher 2017