Angela Walkley, CNVC Certified Trainer, MA Leadership, 800 Hr Vijnana Yoga
Angela Walkley is the co-founder of Farthest Shore Workshops and the Salish Sea Empathy Society, and the founder of the social change facilitation firm, Cambio Consulting.
For over 20 years, Angela has facilitated groups through decision-making, conflict and personal change. She has held space for the exploration of the inner landscape, and has walked many miles with First Nations, Government, non-profit organizations, and community leaders striving to make decisions together for the future of their surrounding natural world and their communities.
Currently, Angela leads several long-term and annual programs, including: KILN, a program supporting trainer candidates; WHEEL, a 9-month immersion program in self inquiry, self responsibility and serving self/others through empathy; yearly offerings at the Haven Retreat Centre; and the Gabriola NVC (all ages) Summer Camp.
She also offers training in leadership, facilitation and conflict resolution and NVC for both community and corporate groups.
Power and privilege and practices for supporting capacity development and shared power are topics of significant focus for Angela. She has worked on leadership development projects in Canada's north, India, Ecuador and Mexico. And is passionate about finding ways to model innovative approaches to these topics in her own work.
Somatic awareness is a key part of Angela's offerings, integrating her knowledge of yoga, her personal journey and her experience of how somatic awareness has played out in her mediation of high conflict situations. She incorporates movement into her offerings and teaches yoga (Vijnana 800 hours) in her home community on Gabriola Island.
Angela works closely with CNVC assessor Penny Wassman providing support to her Trainer Candidates and seeking opportunities for potential trainer candidates with limitations related to access and finances.
When not in front of a group, Angela can be found slowly (sometimes painfully) developing a hobby farm on Gabriola, practicing yoga and exploring hidden pockets in nature with her husband Mitch Miyagawa (also an NVC trainer) and their two boys.
Mitch Miyagawa, CNVC Certified Trainer, MFA Creative Writing
Mitch is passionate about creating "liberation projects", and supporting creative, subtle, and long-term expressions of freedom and non-domination in individuals and communities. He is known for his inclusive, questioning, and non-directive approach to leadership and group development.
Mitch became a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication in 2014. Since then, he has worked with over 500 people, in workshops, intensives, summer camps, workplaces, and year-long programs. He was on the leadership team for the 2017 New York Intensive. He is a faculty member at the world-renowned Haven, a centre for transformative learning, on Gabriola Island, and is a member of the Haven Educational Steering Group.
Mitch is the Program Director for the Gabriola Arts Council, building on his 20-year experience as a community event producer and artist. He won the 2013 Canadian Screenwriters Award for his documentary, A Sorry State.
Mitch remains active with Farthest Shore as a trainer/facilitator, and is available to lead trainings, seminars, and discussions on invitation.
Mitch and Angela live on Gabriola Island, BC, with their sons Tomio and Sam, and various other creatures.
“You work smoothly together, so considerate of each other and so open to clarity and mutual support, a beautiful dance to witness, thank you for that, I seldom see such presence in couples.” -SK
“Mitch is a gifted facilitator. He’s respectful, authentic, and able to establish rapport with a range of personalities. He is really exceptional at ensuring everyone is heard. I so appreciate his calmness and how he models the NVC process in all he does and in who he is as a person.” – LG
” I have no idea how you did so much with so little time and content today. It was an artfully crafted interactive presentation. You left so much space yet lead us through so much. I am re-inspired and I SO needed this! And you two make a lovely team. Angela, your graceful, skillful contributions were much appreciated.” – TR
“I really got a lot out of the workshop, and on many levels. Some of them are only now revealing themselves. I appreciated your transparency as presenters as well. And your readiness to scrap agendas to suit the wisdom of the group.” – JH
“Working with Mitch one-on-one was a treat. I admired his ability to listen deeply and to hone in on what matters. I felt he was always right there, walking alongside, a compassionate yet engaged presence who offered thoughtful and insightful questions. This combination of authentic presence and skillful questioning made the conversation fully alive and meaningful.” – MM
Your Farthest Shore
Consider all the pain and pleasure
You have every experienced,
As waves on a very deep ocean which you are.
From the depths, witness those waves,
Rolling along so bravely, always changing,
Beautiful in their self-sustaining power.
Marvel that once, you identified with
Only the surface of this ocean.
Now embrace waves, depths, undersea mountains,
Out to the farthest shore.
- Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, Sutra 112, translated by Lorin Roche