About Us

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Fred Sly, PhD, Rose City NVC is a CNVC Certified NVC trainer with 14 years’ experience. He offers NVC training as well as coaching, mediation, and consulting services to individuals, couples, families, groups, and organizations.

Fred also developed and directs the Oregon Prison Project, which provides NVC education inside Oregon State Penitentiary, five other Oregon Prisons, and three Oregon post-release programs.

Clients and students enjoy Fred’s “deep compassion, empathy, humor, & caring.”

Click here to enjoy Fred’s funny and deeply touching PhD Graduation Speech (June, 2012, 2 minutes)


Vika Miller, MA, Thriving Life NVC
, is a socially conscious entrepreneur, business consultant, and relationship coach who’s been reconnecting people to their authentic values and power — and to each other — for more than 29 years.

She’s been integrating Nonviolent Consciousness principles into her work for more than 13 years, teaching NVC to prison inmates at Oregon State Penitentiary since 2011, and now is delighted to include the latest life-changing findings in brain science and Interpersonal Neurobiology in her offerings.

Her down-to-earth work creates dramatic results in 1 to 3 sessions, and is available through her videos and blogs, interactive seminars and practice groups, relationship coaching, and business development and culture change consulting.

Vika teaches with a delightful mix of “warmth, playfulness, passion, authenticity/transparency, and clarity.”




Sandra Amiry has been practicing and sharing Nonviolent Communication (NVC) for over 9 years as part of her passion for building stronger relationships while developing more integrated and sustainable communities. She has been teaching NVC for 4 years and intends to complete her NVC Trainer Certification in 2013.

As a Rose City NVC Teacher Training Program (TTP) participant, Sandra has co-taught NVC classes with Fred Sly, and now facilitates Rose City NVC’s Foundations Classes and Tuesday night NVC Practice Group. As part of her Rose City NVC TTP Practicum she’s also taught NVC at Oregon State Penitentiary,  Columbia River Correctional Institution, and the Reentry Transition Center in Portland.  She has also co-taught NVC classes with LaShelle Lowe-Charde.

Sandra has an infectious enthusiasm and inspiring, delightful teaching style.


Rose City NVC Anita

Anita Bermont first encountered Insight Dialogue in the mid-90’s. The practice spoke strongly to her tentative heart, and with this recognition came a deep commitment to participating in the first face-to-face practice group. As the years have gone by, her commitment to Insight Dialogue has been strengthened and enhanced by taking refuge in the Buddhist path.

Anita recently earned her Masters in Buddhist Studies from Maitripa College in Portland, Oregon. She is a member of Metta’s Whole Life Practice Community, Guiding Sangha, Facilitators’ Cohort and co-facilitates a weekly online drop-in session.