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“Working with Elly has really transformed  me as a leader and as an individual! She does a wonderful job helping me to ask the right questions, giving me tools to help me to discern the answers, and brainstorming practical ways to incorporate these ideas into my everyday work life. What a gift she is to me!”

Sofia B, August 2018

Elly van Laar supports people to live the life they really want. For 25 years, Elly has helped individuals, couples and organizations deepen compassion and empathy skills, bridge differences, and find solutions that benefit all parties. Elly is a speaker and blogger on Nonviolent Communication, mindfulness, and conflict resolution.

Elly has eleven years of training with Nonviolent Communication teachers and eight years of teaching Nonviolent Communication. She belongs to Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Blossom mindfulness community, volunteers at the Austin Dispute Resolution Center, and is a member of Amnesty International since 1980. She serves on the Board of the Austin Mediators Association and the ICF-Greater Austin Charter Chapter.

And if she is not mediating? Then you can find her on her meditation cushion, visiting friends and family in the Netherlands, trying new vegan recipes, juggling. Or, hanging out with her fan and teacher, her husband David Nayer.

Qualified mediator with the Austin Mediators Association
Compassionate Austin Co-Op Member