Monica Reu was certified in 2009 and was the first Romanian trainer of Nonviolent Communication. She translated Marshall’s book Nonviolent Communication, a Language of Life into Romanian, and brought him to Romania in 2006 for a series of conferences.
Monica has become known in Romania as an expert in parenting and is a regular contributor in various TV and radio shows. Convinced that raising children can be a constant process of inner transformation and healing for parents, for the past eleven years she has mainly been supporting grown-ups and kids in building deep connection, by leading long courses, conferences and individual counselling sessions. One of her most rewarding projects was with a Moldovan NGO, helping foster parents understand and consciously respond to the needs and sometimes challenging behaviours of the orphaned children they have in their care.
She is the creator of Education through Empathy, a connection-based parenting program that she has shared in several European countries, and then adapted for schools and kindergartens, as a teacher training. Passionate about Maria Montessori’s philosophy, she is a trained AMI Montessori teacher assistant and is sharing NVC to future Romanian Montessori teachers. Inspired by Alfie Kohn's revolutionary work, she has co-organised three conferences with Alfie in Bucharest and was involved in the translations of his works into Romanian.
Together with her husband Ian, she runs Parents to Lovers, aimed at supporting parents thrive as a couple.
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Ian was born in UK and has lived in Eastern Europe for most of his adult life – finally settling in Romania. His professional background is in finance and organisations initially as a financial auditor and then as coach and trainer.
Ian studied with Marshall Rosenberg and completed Certification in 2008, leaving behind his corporate work in finance. He is a regular trainer on Intensive International Trainings around the world and runs a 6-month NVC programme in Romania. One of his current passions is to support and nurture the growing community of NVC trainers and practitioners around him.
Ian is the father of 3 daughters and is very involved in parenting and constantly striving to become a better parent day by day. He is experienced also in parenting where the parents are divorced and live in different countries – his older daughters live in UK and Poland. NVC has been invaluable in his role as father and he has seen a dramatic evolution in this role and how NVC helps with connection and life together.
Together with his wife Monica, he runs Parents to Lovers, aimed at supporting parents thrive as a couple.