Local Folks

If you reside in the Hudson Valley (NY), have a passion and appreciation for the philosophies and tools associated with Nonviolent Communication and would like to contribute to networking and connecting in our local community, please consider being featured on this page.  Click HERE for submission guidelines.  

KATHERINE BETTS

KATHERINE BETTS

Katherine is Restorative Circles practitioner and    Trainer Candidate with the Center for Nonviolent Communication.  Her methods and practices are informed by Relational Neuroscience and Attachment Theory.  She has been facilitating NVC events​ ​since 2010​ and has worked with teens​, ​incarcerated adults​, various community groups, families, couples & individuals. ​She has 20+ yrs experience in hospitality, currently volunteers with Family of Woodstock’s Restorative Justice Initiative Program & manages HudsonValleyNVC.org’s website & newsletter.

Barbara Bash

Barbara Bash

Barbara is a visual artist who has trained in Nonviolent Communication & Focusing and offers workshops that combine art, mindfulness & communication. She attended the year long Bay NVC Leadership program in 2009 & the Intensive Training in the West Bank, Palestine in 2016.  Barbara has offered NVC, meditation and circle practice in Buddhist centers, prisons and beyond. 

andy dillon

andy dillon

Andy Dillon lives and works in the Catskills in New York State. He has been studying and sharing Nonviolent Communication since 2010 and is currently a NVC Trainer Candidate with the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC). He’s studied Restorative Circles and other conflict transformation models and facilitates Restorative processes with organizations and individuals experiencing conflict. He has a passionate belief that one key to social change lies in directly engaging conflict in life serving ways. 

SHEA MOSKOWITZ RIESTER

SHEA MOSKOWITZ RIESTER

Shea has been practicing Nonviolent Communication for a decade and offering NVC & mindfulness workshops to schools and community groups for 5+ years. He is a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher, a long-time Zen practitioner in Thich Nhat Hanh‘s tradition and is currently training as a Somatic Experiencing (SE) therapist. Shea is also active in the movements for climate and racial justice and sees deep interconnection between personal, interpersonal and global peace. Shea views NVC as an integral part of transitioning Western civilization from a patriarchal, domination culture towards a regenerative, life-sustaining one.