about us

We envision a world where all people have easy access to safe spaces where they can grow, heal and be nourished by connection.

Our workshops, coaching and retreats incorporate the most powerful methodologies we have found to support individuals to heal their wounds from the past and awaken to the life force that flows through them.

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Sarah Dekker & Nic Burnand
Internationally Certified NVC Trainers & Therapeutic Coaches

Sarah  Dekker is passionate about integrating Nonviolent Communication (NVC) with embodied spirituality. Her workshops offer ways to cultivate daily practices for living life fully and authentically, deeply grounded in compassion for one’s self and others. Sarah’s interest in individual and collective trauma healing has had her exploring Dyad meditation, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Mondo Zen, Gender Equity &  Reconciliation training, Breathwork & Trauma Release Systems, Enneagram and other modalities.​

Nicholas Burnand is a certified Nonviolent Communication trainer and trauma therapist. His journey has taken him to remote places, spending hundreds of days in retreats, ceremonies, and workshops around the world. He is focused on creating safe spaces which foster transformation and awakening. Along with NVC, Qi gong and meditation he has found the Dyad method to be a deeply transformative practice. 

Like Sarah, he has completed training as an Internal Family Systems Practitioner.

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Jacqueline du Plessis

Community Building & Project Management

"I'm here to help create a better world. I work with companies who do the same."

At Compassionate Self, Jacqueline makes sure that things get done, brings strategic direction to our online work and marketing. She spearheads ideas on reaching new audiences with our work and how to nurture our community on their path of growth & healing.

You might well meet Jacqueline as our tech support in one of our webinars or retreats. 

And you might be surprised to discover her talents as a singer-songwriter. 

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