John Kinyon
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John Kinyon

Empathy & Consciousness in Conversation,
Co-creator/founder, Mediate Your Life 
International Training Program,
Certified Trainer of the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC),
M.S. Clinical Psychology

John Kinyon has devoted his life and career to furthering human connection and cooperation around the world through empathic communication. He works with individuals and organizations and is a trainer, coach, mediator, speaker, and author dedicated to sharing the skills, practices, and structures of empathy and consciousness in conversation as part of health and wellness. His approach provides conversation “maps” for navigating challenges and conflicts, inner and outer, in all aspects of life. John has developed his work over more than 20 years and is the co-creator of the international Mediate Your Life Training Program, based in the work of Nonviolent Communication/NVC (cnvc.org). He has brought the training to people throughout the U.S. and in counties around the world (Europe, Asia, Australia). 

John’s mentor was Nonviolent Communication (NVC) founder Marshall Rosenberg, a global peacemaker whose work has deeply touched the lives of hundreds of thousands or more in over 70 countries around the world. John is a leader in the global NVC community and worked closely with Marshall Rosenberg for over a decade. John is a co-founder of the Bay Area NVC organization (BayNVC) and has been a certified trainer of the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) since 2000. He facilitates an online community and offers online and in person training workshops, courses, and programs.



John’s roots in this work began with being deeply influenced and inspired by humanistic psychology pioneer Carl Rogers, as well as by Mahatma Gandhi and his work with "nonviolence" in social-political change. In 1998, John met the founder of the international work of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), Marshall Rosenberg, and went on to study closely with him for over a decade. In 2002, following a harrowing adventure together working with Afghan tribal elders in a refugee camp on the Pakistan border, John and close colleague Ike Lasater began co-developing a body of work and training program based in NVC that came to be called Mediate Your Life (MYL), which over the past 10 years has been offered as a year program in different parts of the U.S. and internationally (in Europe, Asia, and Australia).

John has been studying and practicing mindfulness, meditation, and consciousness traditions (including the poetic tradition) for over 30 years and has used this experience in developing his approach.


John received his undergraduate degree from the University of San Francisco, where he studied psychology and philosophy (and played for USF’s nationally ranked soccer team). He went on to graduate training in clinical psychology at Penn State University. During his five years of doctoral study, he worked as a psychotherapist with individuals and groups, and as a research assistant at the Stress and Anxiety Disorders Institute. After graduate school, John helped launch and develop a small commercial business before discovering Nonviolent Communication (NVC). In 2000, he embraced full-time communication and conflict resolution work, and in 2002 co-founded the Bay Area NVC organization (BayNVC). In 2003, he began co-developing with colleague Ike Lasater the Mediate Your Life training program. John lives with his wife and children in the San Francisco Bay Area.