Sabrina is the founder of Holistic Global Education Center (HGEC), an Interest-Based Learning Center for ages 8-17 in Houston, TX. HGEC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is in the 5th year of its community education journey which morphs to address the changing needs of its youth members. HGEC uses the combination of NVC and Mindfulness for conflict resolution and the general well-being of community culture. Sabrina is available to support learners in Houston that are interested in NVC & Mindfulness to foster a kinder, gentler world. Additionally, as an educator and parent, her passion is to support youth rights and share NVC for BIPOC families through a decolonized lens. She also supports local youth-building organizations such as Covenant House, the Center for Urban Transformation in Fifth Ward, and more.
Nonviolent Communication and the Heights Practice Group came into Sabrina’s life around 2014. Since then, she has had a deep dive into NVC through multiple conferences, workshops and three Virtual Intensive Trainings. Though these opportunities gave Sabrina experience with many worldwide trainers, she locally holds dear her intersection with the founder of HNVC, Bren Hardt, and wants to generally share NVC with folks in-person.
Sabrina is influenced by the somatic and cognitive experience of NVC, the learning of indigenous wisdom, and by understanding the role of trauma and colonization. Influences in the NVC ecosystem, such as Miki Kashtan, Roxy Manning, Meenadchi, and Jim & Jori Manske, play a significant role in her relationship with NVC. Her experience and learning of Mindfulness is supported by the Houston Zen Center, the Upaya Zen Center, and MBSR Founder, Jon Kabat-Zinn. Trauma-informed learning comes from online courses by Gabor Mate, STAR (Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience) and Anti-Bias Education classes.
Sabrina’s Houston NVC outreach practice is centered on and offered for the needs of youth and their families. This can be young people finding challenges navigating the complexity of modern life and their relationship with technology. It can also be their relationships in school systems, social settings, or family dynamics. As a homeschool community organizer, a resident of third ward, a parent to 10 and 13 year old, and a wife to a 70 year old male experiencing blended family dynamics, Sabrina, at 52, finds herself at these crossroads desirous of supporting those that find resonance with challenges around living a life different.