Professional Training Program

Conflict Coaching & Mediation Training


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The Mediate Your Life Professional Training Program consists of a 6-month Conflict Coaching Training and a 6-month Mediation Training with weekly live online sessions led by John Kinyon.

This program offers a Mediate Your Life Professional Certificate. You will have the choice to become a Certified Mediate Your Life Conflict Coach or Certified Mediate Your Life Conflict Coach and Mediator). See below for more details.

John's Mediate Your Life approach is based in Nonviolent Communication (NVC), mindfulness, and a mediation framework. This approach also draws from trauma work, in particular Richard Schwartz's Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Thomas Hubl's individual, collective, and generational trauma healing work.

Gain the Ability to Help People...

  • resolve and transform challenges and conflicts in their lives — with others and within themselves
  • understand and use Nonviolent Communication components (OFNR) with ease, naturalness, and compassionate presence with themself and others
  • learn to self-connect in the midst of difficulties, be in empathic conversations, and build empathic communities
  • transform anger and judgment into empathy and compassion
  • transform anxiety and stress into calm and centeredness
  • prepare for difficult conversations using role play
  • learn how to work with others to find creative and collaborative solutions
  • heal and reconcile when there is emotional hurt and pain
  • resolve inner conflicts about the past or future
  • live happier, healthier, more resilient lives
  • experience more connection and well-being
Conflict Maps


6 Month Trainings, Weekly Live Sessions on Thursdays 11a-1p Pacific Time (convert time zone).


  • Upcoming Dates
    • Feb 8, 2024 - Jul 25, 2024 (currently in session and registration is closed)
    • Mar 6, 2025 - Aug 28, 2025


  • Upcoming Dates
    • Sep 5, 2024 - Feb 27, 2025
    • Sep 4, 2025 - Feb 26, 2026


    • Conflict coaching is working with an individual to help them mediate/respond to a conflict in their lives (internal or external).
    • Mediation is helping two or more people resolve or reconcile a conflict.
    • You have the option to register for one or both of the 6-month trainings. The two trainings can be done consecutively or non-consecutively, and in any order.
    • Option to register without attending live sessions if your schedule or time zone won't permit.
    • Sessions will be recorded if you miss a session or want to go back to review and deepen your learning.
    • To ensure an intimate space with individual attention, support, and coaching from John, program is limited to 25 participants. Apply below to secure a spot.


This Professional Training Program is designed for people who have a solid foundation in Nonviolent Communication (NVC), including:

  • feelings & needs vocabulary
  • OFNR components
  • 48 hours or more of live NVC training (in person or online)
  • 2 years or more of partner/group practice with NVC skills

The program is geared towards people who want to offer conflict coaching and/or conflict mediation in a formal way – such as in a professional practice or as part of your role in your work or organization.

The program is also ideal for those who want to  take their NVC skills to a more advanced level and/or are working to become an NVC Certified Trainer 

If you have any questions, please email



The Mediate Your Life Professional Training Program offers a Mediate Your Life Professional Certification in Conflict Coaching and Mediation.

The Mediate Your Life Professional Program Certification attests that a participant successfully completed the 12-month MYL Conflict Coaching & Mediation Trainings and met all the minimum requirements. In addition to completing the first year of training, the Professional Program Certification path includes a Practicum period of 6-24 months to complete the requirements. During this Practicum period, you can choose to take the training for a second or third year as a returning student.

There is also the option of receiving a MYL Conflict Coaching Certification by completing the 6-month Conflict Coaching Training and meeting those requirements during the Practicum period.


Requirements for Certification include: documented practice sessions and feedback from practice partners, peers, or non-paying clients; session recordings; and written reflections on your learning journey and growth as a conflict coach or mediator.


To be eligible for the MYL Professional Program Certification in Conflict Coaching and Mediation, you must complete the requirements of both the conflict coaching and the mediation training. These two Trainings can be completed consecutively, without a break in between, or non-consecutively.


Q&A Session about Professional Training Program


My financial request supports my sustainability to continue offering this work in the world. Because this work is for the wellbeing & greater good of humanity & the world, and because I want to support a monetary system based in giving & receiving, you can request to give an amount that you feel is right for you. The more you give the more you will be supporting the work to grow and make a contribution to a better world.
Thank you for wanting to be part of this work in the world!

“Before NVC and John’s classes, I braced for life’s impact. After, I am trusting and curious, open to outcome. Before, frozen and frightened. After, confident and capable. Before, withered and weak. After, self-acknowledged and compassionate. There is not one part of my life that has not been impacted by nonviolent communication and John’s trainings, all parts touched with the privilege of learning and living these principles. A warmth of gratitude washes across my heart and a sense of sharp joy pricks in my throat as I lean into John’s essence and all he teaches.” - Hope O

“Every time I asked for recommendations for NVC trainers to study with, John Kinyon’s name came up. Having experienced a lot of training with John, I’ve come to see why. He’s the real deal, who has put these skills to work in extreme situations. The Intermediate Course synthesises and practices many self-management skills to bring the spirit of NVC from a theoretical place to an internalized reality that is accessible when under stress or triggers. With those skills available, the course then practices applying those techniques to mediation and coming to agreements in difficult conversations. I highly recommend it, as these are skills that will make it much easier for you to deescalate and turn around conflicts in your life.” - John R

“Working with John has been spiritually transformational. This form of communication is a spiritual language and practicing it with John allows for communication to come from the heart. It gives our souls the language it needs to express itself in a way that allows us to be the loving people we are.” - Kelly H

“Thanks to John's class, I was able to understand how to stay connected despite conflict. Through the practice in the class but also with other students, I could sort out a difficult situation with a close friend. My relationship with my friend is now healed.” - Marie L

“In John’s course, I was able to receive a lot of empathy from people who were enthusiastically learning NVC. Learning these skills helped me to organize my thoughts more and increased my ability to listen in an NVC way. I haven't seen the ‘Healing and Reconciliation’ process anywhere else, and it helped me to support my friend who was in deep pain.” - Mina

“Working with John has enriched my life in ways beyond my expectations: My professional and personal relationships are calmer, more connection-focused and harmonious. One invaluable shift that took place for me on a personal level is that I now have simple but highly effective tools (“conversation maps”) to navigate the inevitable drama and trauma life brings. And as an unexpected bonus, I’ve been delighted to hear my 5-year-old daughter talk about the feelings and needs of herself and others. Sometimes, she even makes requests! It brings me so much joy to witness her growing into a more empathetic and emotionally intelligent person just by observing elements of empathic communication.” - Noemi

“The purpose of a map is to help someone get to where they want to go. But when the terrain is entirely internal, having a map to help guide the way is even more useful. The maps John teaches in his Intermediate Course have not only helped me successfully navigate myself through anger, shame, fear, guilt, and confusion, but also support others through their emotional challenges, deepening the sense of meaning and purpose in my life. If you are interested in living a happier and more easeful life, take this course.” - Simon W

“I feel like I am a better person although I don't always remember to practice the maps. I now recognize instantly when I am hearing something said either by me or by someone else that is not in alignment with empathic communication.  I have used the self connection practice a lot and it has helped me sort through some sticky situations, so thank you!! Overall, I would say that John's work is incredibly healing when practiced regularly. It has the potential to change the world -- literally.  It should be taught in schools.” - Wendy W