Holley Humphrey

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Holley Humphrey Bio

Holley Humphrey, an NVC trainer certified by the global Center for Nonviolent Communication and originator of the Jackal and Giraffe Ears, joins us for her second year at FHC West Virginia. Here’s what she would like you to know about her:

“It is my honor and privilege to be with you all in June to play, laugh, cry and grow together. I am immensely grateful to my mentor and friend, Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D for giving me a Life’s passion and thirty years of learning and facilitating NVC, twenty-five of which as a certified trainer. I know I am blessed to have had so many years under his guidance. I feel much gratitude and excitement to be coming back for a second year. My needs for community, co-creation, joy, warmth and adventure are jumping up and down like a frog!

As a young person, I spent hours by myself in our Connecticut woods, daydreaming while lying hidden in tall field grasses and watching clouds make shapes, reading in the branches of specially shaped trees, making forts under pine trees or blazing new trails with my compass.This early connection with Nature and my years as an elementary school teacher, is why I have such an imagination and feel such joy to be with kindred spirits who want to play, learn and do inner work. I have turned this curiosity and imagination into creating NVC games that help folks practice, integrate and personalize NVC skills, while laughing, running, drawing, cooking, singing, swimming, or whatever…

I have also had the profound experience of working with individuals and couples in what we lovingly term, “Fishbowls.” Someone comes with an important issue and asks for a Fishbowl. Anyone interested will join us with a willingness to add their focused, silent Presence in a bowl around us while we have an Empathy Session in the middle as the “Fish.” This conscious holding of love and acceptance so often brings a significant transformation for the “Fish” person and magically seems to offer insight and even healing to the people holding the “Bowl”.

For me, this is Sacred NVC in action, available through profound, deep empathy. Together we create a trust big enough to let our vulnerable selves be seen and consciously embraced in unconditional love. Within this safety orb there can be amazing transforming, shifting, reframing… whatever you want to call it. I call it Life Energy helping people to unhook from old pain, limiting beliefs, self-judgements or whatever is holding them back from aligning in harmony with their Essential Self. We can do one a day. Would you like to play with me at this level?”

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