About Me

What I say about myself, my education and my qualification to offer what I am offering.

I have been studying and teaching about NVC since 2014, just before my daughter was born. Now, I’m living in a yurt in rural Wales together with my partner Nicco and our two children. We moved here from Germany in 2020.

I have a Master of Science in IT-Systems Engineering, which means I have learned how to develop software. As I was doing that, I discovered for myself the vanity of writing software, because software does not touch on the deep emotional and social problems we struggle with. At best it utilizes human psychology to capitalize on us, or streamlines buerocratic processes. And because I am a radical, I have turned my back on software development and have turned to NVC and understanding human beings in a holistic way.

My eduction in software development has trained me for designing systems, clear communication as well as quick iterations and trying things out.

In some ways I have been lucky, because I started my journey of integration and healing when I was about 15 years old. A man wiser than me, was able to meet me and hold up a mirror for me to see. He told me that if I would continue on the path I was on (stark rationality, shut-down of feelings and deemphasis of relationships) I would not be happy. At first I was angry at him, but the truth shone through for me and I conceded he was right. I set out on my journey to reclaim my emotions and rediscover myself. When I came in contact with NVC in 2014 it felt like coming home and finally finding oxygen.

Since then I have learned a lot. Most notably about shame and vulnerability. I have been particularly interested in interpersonal neurobiology (attachment theory, polyvagal theory…) as a result I have reclaimed a portion of my authenticity. Social justice is a topic that has always been dear to me and equality of worth is one of my core values. My approach in meeting the deep need of justice - which everyone carries - has been my engagement with Restorative Circles, the work of Dominic Barter and my engagement with Nonviolent Global Liberation, the work of Miki Kashtan. I’m passionate about finding different ways of engaging which allow us to be together more and more of the time in a loving and collaborative way.

Since 2020 I’m living in rural Wales together with my family. I have two wonderful children who are 7 and 4 years old and I have my amazing partner Nicco, with whom I have been for over 10 years now. We live off-grid in a yurt and enjoy a very simple lifestyle, which has taught me a lot.

Education and important milestones

20102013Bachelor of Science in IT-Systems Engineering at Hasso Plattner Institute. Potsdam, Germany
20132017Master of Science in IT-Systems Engineering at Hasso Plattner Institute. Potsdam, Germany
2014 Birth of my daughter.
20162016Open Knowledge Leaders Program led by Rufus Pollok
20162017Practice groups with Astrid Schütte
20172019PhD Student at Lehrstuhl für Wirschaftsinformatik Prof. Dr. Ing. Norbert Gronau. Potsdam, Germany
20172017Year-long training in NVC with Christian Hinrichsen. 21 days of deep integration of NVC in a small group. Wartaweil, Germany
2017 Birth of my son.
2018 Introduction to Focussing after Eugene Gendlin with Astrid Schütte
20182019Leading a bi-weekly NVC practice group at Universität Potsdam.
2018 Nonviolent Global Liberation 6-day residential retreat with Miki Kashtan, Verene Nicholas, Sabine Geiger and others, Poland.
2018todayMember of the online learning community “Nonviolent Global Liberation” founded by Miki Kashtan (CNVC certified trainer and international speaker)
2018 Workshop about Shame with Liv Larsson for 4 days. Berlin, Germany.
2018 Nonviolent Communication IIT in Birmingham with Robert Gonzales, Gina Lawrie, Shona Cameron, Roxy Manning, Carl Plesner and others. Brimingham, UK.
20192020Apllication for an Erasmus+ Grant for the project “Seeds of Nonviolence” to take people to Denmark to receive training in Nonviolence, NVC and village mindedness. Funding of 49023€ was awarded and the project happend led by me under the umbrella of frekonale e.V., partly hindered through COVID in 2020.
20192020Monthly Practice Group for Restorative Circles with Annett Zupke. Berlin, Germany
20192020Activism with Extinction Rebellion Berlin/Germany in the Regenerative Culture Working Group. I founded the de-escalation team, co-founded the conflict engagement team and co-founded the emotional first aid team. I also ran an online Restorative Cicles Practice group and was part of the central police contact group for the rebellion wave in Berlin in October 2019.
2019 Nonviolent Global Liberation 6-day residential retreat with Miki Kashtan, Verene Nicholas, Uma Lo and others, Poland.
20192020Member of the Awareness Team for the Chaos Communication Camp and Congress.
2021todayVolunteering for NVC Matters UK CIC, who are operating using Holacracy. Roles currently filled: Fundraising Co-ordinator, Fundraiser, Secretary in 3 circles, Vision Co-ordinator, Fight Club Supremo