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Your Trainers


Kathleen Macferran

CNVC Certified trainer and assessor, (USA)

Kathleen Macferran is a facilitator, author, Certified Trainer, and Assessor for the Center for Nonviolent Communication and the owner of Strength of Connection.

Kathleen holds a vision for a peaceful, just, and sustainable world. She is committed to co-creating a world where peace replaces violence, love replaces hate, equity replaces inequity, and all people live meaningful lives. She has worked as a Certified Trainer for the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) since 2003, and as a CNVC Assessor since 2010. For 20 years she served as a workshop facilitator for the Freedom Project of Seattle, WA, an organization that supports healing and restoration inside and outside prisons through Nonviolent Communication, mindfulness, racial equity and anti-oppression.
Kathleen travels internationally offering facilitation, system building and conflict transformation using practical skills that lead to reconciliation with ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities. She has worked with individuals, community groups, businesses, schools, colleges, faith-based communities, hospitals, families, prison inmates, and correctional and law enforcement employees.
Prior to her work with nonviolence, Kathleen spent much of her life bringing harmony to communities through music, including two decades as a classical music conductor and leader of a nonprofit organization, and seven years as a public school music teacher.

Kathleen is co-author with Jared Finkelstein of Choice: A Field Guide for Navigating the Polarization of Our World and Living Interdependently. She is the author of the children’s books How Giraffes Found Their Hearts and How Giraffes Got Their Ears, and conductor for Giraffe Tales a children’s CD setting those stories to music. Kathleen is the conductor on multiple Rainier Chamber Winds classical music recordings. Her website is where her TEDx talks, books, and music can be found.

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Ian Peatey

CNVC Certified Trainer, (RO)

Ian first met Marshall in 2001 starting a personal transformation connecting with his deeper core and changing pretty much every aspect of his life. Originally from the UK, he currently lives in Romania where, together with his wife, he is building a thriving NVC community. He has been a Certified Trainer since 2008.

Introvert by nature, he is passionate about sharing NVC to build thriving and sustainable relationships in families and in organisations, drawing on his extensive experience as a parent (3 daughters) and a trainer and coach in the business world. He is a regular on IITs and loves the depth and immersion this experience brings as well as the rich multi-cultural quality of these events.

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Liv Larsson

CNVC Certified Trainer and Author, (SWE)

Liv Larsson is a certified Trainer for NVC with CNVC since 2002. She lives in the north of Sweden, leads training all over the world, and is the author of 22 books on communication both for adults and children. She also works as a mediator between the indigenous group of Sweden, the Sami, and the forest and mining companies. Liv loves cross-country-skiing, writing, and enjoying life, preferably in nature.

Shame has become one of the mysteries of inner human life that Liv appreciates studying and sharing her knowledge about. Embracing shame means opening up possibilities to learning about human interaction and showing how to find dignity, acceptance, and belonging.

You can her find her lecture on shame here: Liv Larsson “Shame – friend or foe?”

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Dmitriy Kopina

Ph.D., CNVC Certified trainer, (SLO)

I am eager to grasp different knowledge and I’m a restless explorer my entire life. Working as a leader, reading full libraries of books, and attending so many classes, training, and workshops, I perceived myself as an encyclopedia of various technical and formal knowledge. I was always keen on sharing his knowledge and fully dedicated to learning and sharing more, and more, and more. Until one day it was really too much and it all stopped, burned out, ending in the hospital.

Several years later, after changing my lifestyle upside down, learning yoga, and martial arts, connecting with nature, and finding my meaning, I met two of my today’s “best friends”: NVC – Nonviolent Communication and CI – Contact Improvisation. Attending a similar, multi-day retreat changed my life completely, beyond words to describe, meeting Life on another level. I’m still attending lots of training and have facilitated hundreds of my own workshops, individual coaching, and therapy sessions. I enjoy changing and supporting changes and transitions in the lives of people. Until this day, these several days of retreats are still my favorite events.

My life mission and purpose, working as a trainer, adviser, manager, father, and teacher involve activities that are supporting individuals in finding their authenticity, the fullness of life, and awareness; connecting people together, building “power with” communities based on equality of all needs and using forms of communication and full embodiment to support connecting individuals and groups into their essence, consciousness and spirituality.

This IIT is dedicated to the memory of Robert Kržišnik, recently deceased trainer, and member of the core trainer team from 2020.  


Robert Krzisnik

MSc. Psych., CNVC Certified trainer, (SLO)

From his early teenage years, Robert has been inquiring into the questions of the meaning of life, the nature of existence, and the ways of meeting each other at the heart level. The journey led him through studying Psychology, working as a psychotherapist for 12 years, and working as a trainer, and facilitator for over 30 years, covering areas from spiritual retreats to business training.
Within the context of NVC, he was most passionate about its spiritual and embodied dimensions and about conflict mediation.
He regularly served as a trainer on IITs and shared NVC in over 25 countries in Europe, Mideast, Asia, the USA, Australia…
For most of his life, his permanent address was in Slovenia, which used to be a part of a country that does not exist anymore but resided in his heart as the place where he grew up — Yugoslavia. He gave two TEDx talks, connected with Nonviolent Communication one in 2012 on Global Citizenship, and the other in 2013 on Personal Growth.

Your Organisers


Srdjan Vukcevic

Executive Coach, Hogan Assessments Professional, Mindfulness Teacher, (MNE)

Business and executive coach with international experience in leadership practices. He loves to work with competent business owners and leaders who are dedicated to learn, change and solve unique business challenges in order to propel their business, career and life in ways they never thought possible. In the process you learn and change together creating new habits in order to achieve your shared vision.

In his coaching, which is inspiring and encourages you to act, Srdjan skillfully uses dialog and stories from his own life and business experience as the best formula for permanent learning, challenging others to think and act. He believes that helping people is a life purpose and he lives by the Winston Churchill’s quote “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

Srdjan comes into this area with over a decade of formal and intensive leadership and coaching training and a background in teaching and education. He is known as a pioneer of coaching industry in SEE region. With over 10 years of professional reputation and experience, Srdjan held several leading positions in various organizations in Montenegro. For the last years he has been working with executives, business owners and their teams to measurably improve their leadership and organizational effectiveness. He has trained and coached business owners, sports coaches and professional players, top executives, senior managers and directors, mainly in Europe for over 10 years.


Andjela Juskovic

Manager and Hogan Consultant, (MNE)

Father is her biggest hero. Caring and lovely junior manager and Hogan consultant. Behind her adorable smile there is a strong edge that makes her capable of making very tough decisions and grit to move it forward when things don’t go as planed.


Katarina Sabeljic

Business Developer and HR Consultant, (MNE)

An adaptable, enthusiastic junior Business Developer and HR consultant who looks for and creates opportunities for our growth while knowing the value of doing it with people. Katarina’s straights shine in communication, organization and strategy. Out of the office, she can be found shopping, going to movies or planning for the next adventure with her friends.