Who We Are

David Weinstock

Director and Lead Trainer

David is a certified Somatic Coach through the Strozzi Institute and Stuart Heller’s Five Rings Coaching Institute.  He is a certified international trainer of Nonviolent Communication and a teacher and practitioner of Aikido for 30 years. He offers individual coaching, workshops and classes designed to help his clients develop their abilities to self-direct, self-generate, and navigate through the complexities of life with greater clarity and integrity. He leads trainings locally and around the world—in his community, schools, prisons, and communities on four continents.
David draws from 35 years experience as an entrepreneur and artisan. As a respected Master Goldsmith he helped to create Green Karat, an organization which tackles the environmental hazards of the gold industry by promoting recycled, post-consumer gold and stones. David is currently a board member and co-founder of Peace Dojo International. This is an organization that works for peace and justice by means of self- mastery and community service with the martial arts as its medium. He co-founded Peaceworks Productions, a company that produces benefits for environmental and political non-profit organizations. In addition, David serves as Executive Director of Community Artworks, an organization devoted to helping community leaders manifest their dreams through the practice of fully embodied skills and actions.

David and his wife Judith co-founded an intentional community, where they have raised their family over the past twenty years. They have devoted their adult lives to practicing community, committing themselves to an integrated and intentional way of life.

All of Weinstock’s work is based on building our connection to one another and to nature. He is committed to building our capacity to value what each of us brings to the circle so we can reclaim community and value diversity so we can sustain life on this planet.

 


Judith Weinstock

Associate Trainer

Judith Weinstock teaches somatic practices through the mediums of food, music/singing and communication. Judith has been a chef/owner/partner in four restaurants and published two cookbooks, The Streamliner Diner Cookbook, (Ten Speed Press, 1990) and The Old Kingston Hotel Café Cookbook, (Sasquatch Press, 1998).  A third book is on the way, Kids With Knives, based on 20 years of teaching young people her original curriculum, Humanities Through Food.  The curriculum is a connective culinary arts program integrating history, ethics, economics, nutrition, agriculture, culture, science, chemistry through the lens of food and the art of cooking.

For 40   years, Judith has practiced and taught Re-evaluation Counseling, a somatic approach to releasing cellular trauma in order to reframe and bring choice to how we wish to live in the present, as well as what we hope to build for the future. The founding principles of RC contradict adultism, sexism, racism, classism and ageism in service of our collective humanity.  This practice formed a strong foundation for Judith’s life in community-based work.  Studying and teaching Nonviolent Communication since 2000 was a natural continuation of such connective and visionary practices.

Judith toured the West Coast for 10 years in an A Capella trio, We Three, producing 3 albums of original music.  She shared the stage with Holly Near, Pete Seeger, Sweet Honey In The Rock and Ferron.

Judith and David with 8 other families co-founded,  an  intentional community (Wise Acres) in 1990, which is thriving to this day, now enjoying the richness of four generations on the land.

 


Shelley Weinstock, PhD, CNS, FACN

Nutritional Adviser and Trainer

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As a professor and researcher for over 25 years, I have come to understand the great need for nutrition counseling and education.  My move into clinical nutrition is motivated by the demand for translating the enormous amount of nutrition research in the professional literature into usable information for the consumer. I work with individuals, groups of teens and adults, and with people of all different backgrounds and economic status.My practices promote evidence-based nutrition and a healthy lifestyle and help people to stay within their food budgets while improving their health.

My expertise includes changing food habits to promote a healthy lifestyle, disease prevention and longevity, how to deal with nutrition-related disease issues, how to lose or maintain healthy weight, exercise nutrition, and adolescent nutrition.  In all areas, I provide a personalized strategy to reach desired goals in a reasonable and healthy time period.


  • PhD Nutritional Biochemisty, MIT
  • Certified Nutritional Specialist
  • Fellow of the American College of Nutrition
  • Teaching faculty, Columbia University Medical Center – Institute of Human Nutrition
  • Sr. Vice President, Zymes LLC
  • Researcher: Zymes,  MIT, Harvard, Barnard College


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 Robyn Caywood

Associate Trainer

-1Robyn Caywood, an international certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication specializes in presenting the alchemy and transformational tools of NVC and Somatic Consensus work; and has a passion for supporting community systems in developing skills to create the quality of connections they long for in their lives. Robyn has experience sharing NVC and facilitating creative meeting and mediation alternatives in hospitals, schools, organizations, with groups, parents, couples and individuals. Robyn’s background in cultural studies, non-profits, peace work and her commitment to parenting compassionately led her to NVC in 2008. Robyn lives in Nevada City, CA and offers ongoing practice groups, workshops, restorative circles and individual, family and organizational support.

  • “We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results.”

    -- Herman Melville

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