Whether volunteering in Ethiopia, a mental hospital, with correctional officers, partners, preschoolers or teens, Mair brings a curiosity and enthusiasm for offering tools for choice and change while accepting people just as they are. Mair has driven a tractor, taxicab and bus, worked as a field hand, horse trainer and riding stable guide.
She has raised two children, founded and operated a retail clothing store, the founding Minister of the “I Am Peace Center”, teen youth adviser, a witness in a murder trial and has conducted distance energy healing. She was a founding board member of a number of nonprofits, and has also worked in government. She brings a broad diversity of experience and a resultant depth of understanding for others to her training. She has co-authored a children’s NVC coloring book, Compassionate Underwear (Bear) as well as the DVD “Living NVC.”
Mair's Life Experience
I've learned, practiced and taught from various wisdom teachings, including:
Science of Mind (trained as a religious science minister, teen adviser, and staff minister); Ho Oponopono; Course in Miracles; Four Fold Way; Four Agreements; Nonviolent Communication with developer Marshall Rosenberg (over 500 hours of direct teaching); Psychic Arts with Caryn McKlosky; various self-help programs; Reiki with Earlene Gleisner; Re-birthing (with Geri Hulse-Stephens); Project Sanctuary Bright Center Program; Restorative Circles with Dominic Barter; NVC Dance Floors; Alternatives to Violence; Open Space Technology; and many other models.
I sat as visiting teacher at Friends Meeting in Carbondale, Illinois; offered session at U.S. Social Forum; taught at Agama Yoga in Mazunte, Oaxaca, Mexico and Addis Ababa, Ethiopa and in California, Hawaii and Washington. I have lived in the Armenian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem and on Degania Aleph, the first kibbutz founded in Israel. I've studied Spanish, French (lived in Paris for 2+ years), Italian, Hebrew and Mandarin. I best speak English!
Mair Alight is deeply focused on finding ways to reach more people to support living in joy and well being.
She has shared Nonviolent Communication (NVC) with organizations and in public trainings, with mental health patients, prisoners and preschoolers.
She enjoys sharing stories, songs and images to inspire and connect to her audience, using the diversity of her life experiences to offer relevance and to invite understanding.
She is a co-founding member of the BayNVC Safer Communities Project which has brought weekly NVC classes to San Quentin Prison and county jails for over a decade, brought NVC to Vacaville Prison Mental Health (two years contract) and has been a volunteer working with the Seattle Freedom Project, which offers Mindfulness and NVC trainings in and out of prisons in Washington.
Mair has driven a tractor, taxicab and bus, and has worked as a field hand, horse trainer and riding stable guide, and is an animal communicator.
She has raised two children, founded, operated and sold several consignment clothing stores, been a New Thought minister and teen youth advisor for a decade, was a witness in a murder trial and has conducted energy healings. She is a founding board member of a number of nonprofits, and has also worked for the Franchise Tax Board, California.
She brings a broad diversity of experience and a resultant depth of understanding for others to her training.
She has authored a children’s NVC coloring book, Compassionate Underwear (Bear) as well as the DVD “Living NVC" with Carol Chase, and created a game "Jackal Cafe and Another Way", authored an adult coloring book Vashon-Maury Island Coloring Book., and the eBook Angry? How To Use Simple Tools to Increase Understanding in Charged Situations: and everywhere else too!
Mair is currently collaborating on Tools, Not Rules: Handbook for a Living Language.