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 has a passion for nature, dancing, authentic connection, effective, shared-power community systems, relational neuroscience & trauma healing work.  She is Restorative Circles practitioner and Trainer Candidate with the Center for Nonviolent Communication.  Katherine has been co-facilitating NVC events​ ​since 2010​ and has worked with teens​, ​incarcerated adults​, various community groups, families, couples & individuals. ​ She is currently facilitating NVC events in- person and over Zoom, ​as well as volunteering with Family of Woodstock’s Restorative Justice Initiative Program & managing 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. 

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.

AL KONIGSBERG

AL KONIGSBERG

Al took his first Nonviolent Communication workshop in 2002, and first taught NVC at The Sanctuary in New Paltz in 2006. He continues to participate in an ongoing support group (which has been meeting in New Paltz for almost 10 years) & has been sharing a weekly phone call with an “empathy buddy” for 4 years. Al has attended numerous NVC weekends & trainings, has served as a hospice volunteer & trainer for new volunteers, & has led a men’s group associated with the Westchester Medical Center/ Kingston Campus Oncology Support Program.