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Sura Hart and Victoria Kindle Hodson

We met over 20 years ago in Ojai, California, as classroom teachers at the Oak Grove School, which was founded by East Indian philosopher J. Krishnamurti. Krishnamurti’s teachings—that “life is change through relationship” and that “the highest form of intelligence is to be able to make an observation without mixing in an evaluation”—provided fertile ground for the seeds of Nonviolent CommunicationSM to grow. We have been enjoying a creative collaboration ever since our years at Oak Grove School, while continuing to hold this question:

How do we create vibrant learning communities, where each person’s unique gifts
are recognized and enjoyed, and where everyone’s needs are cared for?

We are continually learning about ourselves, our relationships with one another, and the world we inhabit together. Our vision is a world filled with people alive with learning to live together in joy and peace. Our mission is to support people to create and sustain deeply satisfying, life-enriching relationships—with themselves and with others—and to create vibrant, compassionate homes, schools, and communities.

The most powerful practical tool set we have found is Nonviolent Communication, developed by Marshall Rosenberg, PhD. We met Marshall Rosenberg and began our practice of Nonviolent Communication in 1990. We founded Kindle-Hart Communication™ in 2002 and have been co-creating tools, resources, and trainings for teachers and parents ever since. Our first book, The Compassionate Classroom, was published in 2004; Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids followed in 2006, and The No-Fault Classroom in 2008. We added to our resources in 2008 when we created The No-Fault Zone® Game.

We are deeply grateful to Marshall Rosenberg and to our many other teachers, including
all the students, parents, and fellow teachers we have known in our 45 years of teaching
and working in school communities. Our work is also informed and enriched by the
teachings and practices of Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., J. Krishnamurti, David Bohm,
Maria Montessori, TKV Desikichar, Robert Fritz, and Byron Katie.


 

 

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