My name is Ivana Horáková. I was born in Slovakia and I have spent about 16 years of my life in the Czech Republic. So I like to say that I come from Czechoslovakia. I speak Slovak, Czech, English, German and a bit of French. I have studied Social and Cultural Ecology because sustainable development was the only thing that made sense to me when I was choosing my study field.
I offer gentle space for presence, compassion and learning. For me, engaging with life and the process of Nonviolent Communication® is an adventure, a continuous exploration of what is alive and what it means to be deeply honest, vulnerable and compassionate. My mission is to make the magic of compassion, and the tools that nourish it, available to many people. Since 2014, I am a Nonviolent Communication trainer, authorized by the Center for Nonviolent Communication.
Inspired by yoga, dance, meditation and bodywork, I enjoy connecting NVC with awareness in the body. I use the tools of Somatic Experiencing® in my work to support nervous system regulation.
“I have been in touch with Ivana since my first NVC workshop. From the beginning, she has contributed to my understanding of NVC in a really mature and practical manner. I knew the books, but with the her help I got to experience the practice. During our skype sessions, she guided me to be always present and connected to my heart, so to speak. I appreciate these moments and I am grateful to her for each moment in my life when I use NVC, which nearly always makes my life more wonderful.”
Tomáš Hudec, Czech Republic
“In my first skype session, I felt invited and acknowledged from the first moment. The session was unfolding gradually and naturally, Ivana’s presence and guidance was there, which contributed to my comfort and made me feel safe. I found the session helpful in many ways. I had a chance to practice empathic listening and to hear Ivana reflecting back while empathically receiving other. It was very inspiring.”
Zuzana Hrušková, Czech Republic
“My perception of myself and other people has changed after the workshop. I have realized that I can discover other people’s feelings and needs and understand them. And I can discover my own feelings and needs, too. This was helpful for the communication at work with my colleagues. I can understand them better than before and I can choose my response or reaction.”
David Hauerland, Czech Republic
“Ivana has great ability to mediate conflict situations and she uses her skill to transform the language of rational arguments into the language of needs. She is able to support others with empathy.”
Adam Čajka, Czech Republic
“When we were working on issues related to my past, I made great progress. I have lived for thirty years outside the Czech Republic and I needed to process things with the help of a Czech speaker. Returning to my mother tongue helped me with the pain originating in my adolescence. Ivana was very patient and supportive in this process.”
Petr Macel, Canada