2019 East Germany IIT


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Annett Zupke
Annett Zupke has been working with international groups for 20 years
on cross cultural communication. In the past 9 years, her work has been
mainly grounded in the spirit of NVC and she is certified with the
CNVC. As a trainer and conflict coach/mediator she worked in a wide
spectrum of environments (corporates, NGOs, schools, prisons, spiritual
groups, couples, families…) Her passion lies in creating spaces where
people can move through grievances for deeper connection with self,
others and life itself. She has facilitated healing circles in different contexts such as schools
and universities after incidents of suicide and sexual abuse as well as in an international grass
roots online community after an escalated conflict required deep listening for re-weaving
connection and trust. About eight years ago, she learned about Restorative Circles as
developed in Brasil and found her way to Restorative Justice. As a facilitator of restorative
dialogues, her work now often comprises working with both sides, survivors and offenders
alike as well as their respective communities. Annett’s passion lies in the transformational
power of NVC, the exploration of conflicts and how to move through them knowing that they
are just another portal to deeper connection and the holding spaces for dialogues where the
power of vulnerability can unfold. Together with colleagues in Germany, she leads several
residential workshops on NVC and Living Compassion to create learning environments where
depth, playfulness, compassion, laughter and tears can flow easily.
She loves traveling, being in nature and with friends and family.
Annett Zupke
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Jan van Koert
Born in 1943 in The Hague, Netherlands, Jan van Koert fell “victim’ to the bombing
of the district he lived in in 1945. His father was hiding from the Germans
soldiers and his mother fled in panic by foot, together with the elder
three kids, to the nearest village. Later on the family had 8 children in
Since then, he found out later, his needs for safety and security were top
priority which painted his life. In 1998 he discovered NVC which slowly started sl
to change his life and his behaviour. NVC is a never ending learning process as
he states. As a NVC certified trainer from 2002 he facilitates trainings
and workshops for over 130 days per year. His experience covers
working with o.a. judges, prosecutors, mediators (he is one himself),
lawyers, healthcare, politicians, business(wo)men, consultants, police and military. In short,
many different Human Beings. He works in South Africa, with the Military in Sierra Leone and in Kenya (sometimes
together with Irmtraud), Ukraine and Syrian politicians from the joint opposition parties in
Turkey. He has a great passion for NVC Mediation, healing and reconciliation and is happily share his personal experiences in this area. In 2007 he published a book on NVC
which is now its 13th print edition. Unluckily not translated into English. Two other books are
in the pipeline. Early 2018 he handed over the owner-and leadership of his NVC company to
others and has no personal website yet.
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Irmtraud Kauschat
Irmtraud Kauschat works as a medical doctor and has given NVC trainings in different countries, including Serbia/Croatia, Kenya and more recently Israel/Palestine and Ukraine. Irmtraud has expertise in reconciliation between warring groups like in former Yugoslavia (in 1996 especially with youth from Serbia and Croatia), in Kenya with different communities that had been affected by the post-election violence in 2007/2008, as well as with two tribes from the north that had been at war with each other for about 30 years and most recently with people from Israel/Palestine and Ukraine. When she heard Marshall talk about his experiences in Israel/Palestine and Northern Ireland she was very enthusiastic about the impact NVC could have on people’s lives and her vision was to contribute to peace building in a similar way. This vision has come true. Peace is a very important topic for her since her childhood when she saw ruins in Frankfurt after World War 2 and witnessed the broadcasting of the Auschwitz process in her teenage years, when she was confused getting to know that the very same people who killed Jewish children and parents were described as loving parents themselves. She had organized and been a trainer in the first IIT in Africa in 2013 and a second one in 2017. She is a founding member and chairperson of her local circle in Darmstadt as well as of the German speaking network: D-A-CH and served as a member of GCC (NVC Global Community Circle) and coordinator of the EAC (English speaking NVC European. African Circle). From January 2012 till October 2013 she served as a member of the CNVC board. She has been announced as assessor in June 2017.
She has co-authored two books with NVC exercises.
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Giorgos Tsitsirigos
Giorgos was born in Greece long after the chronological end of WWII but well within the pain spectrum of its ramifications. As a child he heard stories by his parents about the war, the greek civil war that followed and the military dictatorship, a fruit of the post-war era. Most importantly he experientially received part of the pain that all those events inflicted to his family psyche, getting from an early age in the cycle of wounding and healing.
As a young adult he decided to start his journey of self knowledge having the deeper longing to enjoy his life freely and deeply. On one of his footsteps he encountered Nonviolent Communication, which became a steady companion in his path by giving him the gift of the clear and honest expression of his heart, the art of being with others and standing by them and the deep joy of liking and loving humanity.
He has been sharing NVC since 2011. In 2017 he certified with CNVC. He has translated Marshall’s book “A language of life” into Greek, posted extended NVC material on the internet and served as the organiser of the first IIT in Greece (October 2017).
Part of his experience lies in group collaboration and conflict management, while he is also focused on men’s groups. He has worked with students of all ages in sharing a nonviolent approach on personal and social matters.
He enjoys sharing NVC by sensing the dynamics of each group and through physical movement, music, dancing and singing.
He has studied and practiced pharmacy in Greece and England.
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