Catherine Cadden & Kate Raffin - Non-violent Communication for Animal Advocates

Catherine Cadden

Catherine Cadden has been an educator since 1987 finding alternatives to teaching, learning, and conflict resolution that work with the principles of nonviolence. She is a certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication bringing over 14 years of experience practicing, living and teaching Nonviolent Communication (NVC) internationally to participants of all ages. In 1997, she founded the TEMBA School, a visionary K – 8 academic program rooted in nonviolent philosophy, NVC, sustainable living, and artistic expression. She is the co-founder of Play in the Wild! Wilderness Initiations into Nonviolence for Youth & Families. Catherine also served with her German Shepherd dog, Marley, on WOOF Wilderness Finders working Search and Rescue missions in California and Wyoming. Through her years in Search and Rescue, she gained knowledge about wilderness survival and became a wilderness first aid responder. Her work with her indigenous roots, elders, and teachers taught her to live interdependently with the earth and wants to share that with all who are willing to learn. Her passion is to advance a consciousness of interdependence among all peoples, for generations to come, through cultivating the physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual maturity of the 7th generation. Her work has reached 6 continents and thousands of people supporting and inspiring the practice in being nonviolence. Catherine is also the author of Peaceable Revolution Through Education.

Kate Raffin

Kate Raffin grew up in rural Australia and is a visual artist who enjoys many forms of communicating. She has made and sold about 8,000 one-of-a-kind hand-bound, hand-painted books. Kate has a passion for supporting herself and others to open up to who we really are, to our true and beautiful essence and picture. Music is also a huge part of Kate’s life. Having spent 18 months in Tanzania (East Africa) studying traditional music with master musician Hukwe Zawose and learning Ki swahili, she has been part of performing groups, including an 18-member vocal group for 10 years, singing songs from all over the globe. Kate loves yoga and sitting in circle with groups of people and creatures of all ages and numbers of legs. For the last 7 years, Kate has studied with and assisted various local and international Nonviolent Communication (NVC) trainers. This includes training with the founder of NVC, Dr. Marshall Rosenberg. Kate offers foundation trainings in NVC and runs practice groups that aim to support the integration of these skills. She is a trained facilitator and mediator and works with specialist groups, including aged care workers, Juvenile Justice, parents, teachers and children. Find out more about Kate at