Trainers and Facilitators


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Thom Bond



Antonio Espinoza

Elizabeth Banner

David Browning

Nirjhari Delong

Sasha Soreff

Steffen Weiberle




Thom Bond - CNVC Trainer and NYCNVC Founder and Director of Education

Thom brings 29 years of human potential experience and training experience to his work as an Internationally Certified NVC Trainer.  His passion and knowledge of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) combine to create a practical, understandable, humorous, and potentially profound, approach for learning and integrating the skills of peacemaking. He is described as concise, inspiring, sincere and optimistic, applying transformational and spiritual ideas and sensibilities to real-life situations.  Many of his students become active facilitators, trainers and practitioners.

As a writer, teacher, speaker and coach, Thom has taught tens of thousands of clients, participants, readers and listeners Nonviolent Communication. He has been published or featured in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Yoga Magazine, and is a regular guest on radio and television.  

Thom is a founder and the Director of Education for The New York Center for Nonviolent Communication, the creator and leader of The Compassion Course (a comprehensive NVC training with over 2,200 participants in over 55 countries), a member of the Communications Coordination Committee for the United Nations and a CNVC IIT trainer. 

To contact Thom, please call 646 201 9226 or email him at

Thom Bond's Bio

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Elizabeth Banner - Facilitator & Coach

Elizabeth comes to Nonviolent Communication as part of her path of learning and exploration of the human experience. She has led a transformational lifestyle for over 25 years working in diverse environments, at the highest levels of spiritual, social, corporate and political leadership. 

Elizabeth is an ordained Interfaith minister, coach, workshop facilitator, and teacher. She holds separate degrees in Education and Public Administration and is a certified trainer/mentor in soulful leadership from the Center for Soulful Living. She is a graduate of the NYCNVC Integration Program and has completed three years of the NYCNVC Trainer Training Program.  

She facilitates NVC practice groups in Manhattan, teaches NVC practice group facilitation and coaches clients in NVC integration. She enjoys helping others learn how to live authentically with themselves and others in a way that supports their lives and relationships.  

Elizabeth has been dedicated to supporting the growth of a facilitator community in NYC. She continues to  provide NVC coaching/mentoring services and continues to lead introductory practice groups in Manhattan.  You can contact her at

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David Browning - Facilitator

David Browning is a pharmaceutical chemist and avid gardener. He completed his Peer Leadership training with Thom Bond and Elizabeth Banner of NYCNVC in 2009. He has facilitated for the Discovery Weekend, at NYCNVC Empathy Intensives, and the NYCNVC Self Empathy Intensive

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Nirjhari Delong - Facilitator and Coach

Nirjhari has been studying NVC since the spring of 2005. She is a graduate the NYCNVC Integration Program and and is entering her third year of the NYCNVC Trainer Training Program.

She has co-facilitated practice groups, and facilitated at NVC Discovery Weekends  and 4-Day Intensives.

Nirjhari holds a high value for choice, joy and learning.

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Antonio Espinoza - Facilitator

As an Assistant Director at NYCNVC Antonio’s communication and outreach work has played a major role in our mission of sharing NVC around the world.

Antonio is currently a Discovery Weekend Facilitator, Integration Program Graduate, Leadership Program participant and a principle member of the Spanish Language Coordination team for The Compassion Course Online.

Antonio’s ability to both learn and practice NVC serves as a model and as an inspiration for all those who work with him.







Sasha's Bio

Sasha Soreff - Facilitator

Sasha is committed to supporting self-expression and bringing creativity into our day to day lives. She is a choreographer, dance teacher and actor and has been studying Nonviolent Communication since 2005.

Sasha is passionate about community-oriented, participatory art making, with a focus on encouraging people to find creative expression individually and collaboratively. She is Creative Director of Sasha Soreff Dance Theater, and intergenerational performing company that addresses connection and conflict resolution in its work and rehearsal process. She teaches dance classes for adult beginners at Dance New Amsterdam in New York City.

She has been inspired by the study of NVC with Marshall Rosenberg, Robert Gonzales, Susan Skye, Elizabeth Banner and Thom Bond. Her current NVC focus is how to use role playing to enhance our skills in navigating difficult situations.

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Steffen Weiberle- Facilitator

Steffen was exposed to Marshall Rosenberg's material and NVC in early 2007 by participating in a self study group using the book "Nonviolent Communication" and the companion workshop. Both the book and the group were very eye opening and inspiring. Wanting to dig deeper, Steffen started looking for other ways to learn and experience NVC. In 2008, he started attending NYCNVC events and working with Thom Bond

Steffen has over four hundred hours of dedicated time learning, facilitating, co-facilitating, introducing, and sharing Compassionate Communication with individuals and groups new to NVC, and those familiar and wishing to practice. This includes six 9-week workshops he has facilitated in southern New Jersey since 2009, and groups he facilitates regularly to practice Compassion Communication.

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Amy Elaine 'Kumari' Weaver
Facilitator and Executive Director, NYCNVC

As Executive Director of NYCNVC Kumari brings real-time NVC practice into all aspects of the organization and nurtures an organizational culture that reflects what we teach. She also provides NYCNVC with support and direction in the areas of management, organizational development and information technology.

Kumari is an active educator. She is a Compassion Map and Discovery Weekend Facilitator and Co-trainer, Integration Program Facilitator, and Leadership Program Participant.

As a teacher and facilitator she is described as insightful, evocative, perceptive and playful, and her workshops have been called life-enhancing and memorable.

Kumari brings her passion for community, discovery, choice, and self-expression to everything she does.

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