Karl is a cultural catalyst and visionary, passionate about co-creating learning experiences and communities that contribute to peace, justice, and sustainability. With over 20 years of experience teaching and facilitating groups, he has taught and helped catalyze learning and transformation in settings ranging from university classrooms to ecovillages and urban gardens.
As a CNVC Certified Trainer, he facilitates NVC learning in North America, Europe, and Asia, with clients including Charles Schwab Inc, Seattle Children's Hospital, the University of Washington, and the Findhorn Foundation. In addition, he facilitates Restorative Circles, a community-based approach to conflict transformation grounded in NVC consciousness. He is particularly engaged with embodied approaches to cultivating NVC consciousness and life-serving systems, ranging from project-based and play-based learning, to the co-creation of restorative justice systems and cooperative economies.
Beyond academic training in Anthropology (BA, Dartmouth College; MA, U of Michigan) and Environmental Policy (MS, U of Michigan), Karl has also spent years dedicated to the study and teaching of Buddhist meditation, yoga, aikido (a nonviolent Japanese martial art), permaculture, and integral theory.
"Karl Steyaert is truly a force of nature. This man has one of the most robust skill-sets of anyone you’ll ever meet who specializes in interpersonal and group process work. Karl’s breadth and depth of knowledge and experience is nothing short of remarkable. He has been, is, and will be a huge asset to any group or organization with whom he works." - Alan Seid, Director, Cascadia Workshops
"Working with Karl, I experienced an awakening of the wholeness of my self. With deep listening and warm acceptance, Karl created a space where my whole self could come to the table, find deeper connection and compassion, and grow. Karl gracefully balanced reverence for my own wisdom and path with gentle encouragement and guidance, helping me to author my own healing, and celebrating with me the joys I found along the way. I am deeply grateful." - Katelyn