Presence Practice

(Offered by Online Video and locally in Portland, OR)


“Presence Practice continues to have a bigger impact on memany hands holding many sprouts_r
than almost anything else in my life. It’s an immense relief
to be able to enter into it every week with you and the gang.
Expansive thanks,” — Cal D., Oympia, WA [online group]

” I … feel a great deal of support [from] the connections
and caring from our group time. I want you to know that
the group … has been a source of comfort and strength for me.
My life is better because of you.
Thank you!!” — Sherie S., Eagle Creek, OR

“Listening to you all I don’t feel so lost, I feel so calm.
Its been so long since I’ve been with [people who are]
so present with their feelings.”
— Karen S., Portland, OR [after her first Presence Practice group]

“[Presence] practice has brought me healing [and] transformation and given me depths of trust,
connection, and community that I’ve never experienced [before].”
— Bradford S., formerly of Portland, OR,
(now facilitating Presence Practice groups in Reno, NV)


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Looking for more authentic connection with others?

Looking for a place where you can Be and bring everything you are, and be held with deep compassion and respect?

How Our "Broken Toes" Sabotage Our Relationships

Understanding Reactivity: How Our “Broken Toes” Sabotage Our Relationships!

Longing for more understanding, awareness, and authentic choice in your life?

Have some capacity for resonant empathy, but having trouble living your values or “doing NVC” when you’re upset? (Like the rest of us humans?)

Our Presence Practice groups are a profoundly safe place where you can connect with yourself and develop the “presence muscles” you need to be able to witness and hold your own and others’ discomfort, distress, and reactivity with compassion, awareness, and response-ability — the foundations of authentic choice.

Perfect for anyone with a basic sense of personal empowerment who’s longing to develop a greater capacity for:

  • authentic connection with self, Life, and others
  • resonant empathy with self and others
  • mindfulness (awareness), presence, self-management, and choice
  • “turning towards” difficult emotions; receiving their revitalizing gifts; and releasing old, stuck pain and patterns from the past
  • genuinely meeting needs (your own and others’) in a way that supports everyone’s thriving
  • remaining at peace in the midst of even the most challenging circumstances (whether internal or external)

We use a variety of practices (guided by participants’ requests) including empathy (including guessing feelings and needs), reflection, somatic expression, role-playing, the Inner Path, Inner Parts work, and others. (Please note, we practice “NVC consciousness,” rather than practicing NVC skills per se.)

We are a deeply authentic, transparent community where you can Be and bring everything you are and receive compassionate support for regaining your authentic power and choice.

Come join us. (And, welcome home.)


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We’re delighted by your interest in this powerful brain-healing practice. Please see the Prerequisites below, these provide the foundation for this work to make an immediate difference for you!


PREREQUISITES: Essential Personal Readiness and Ongoing Commitments:

  • Previous participation in EITHER of the following (in person or online):
    • Attend any Thriving Life INTRODUCTION or FUNDAMENTALS offering since August 2015 (including Intro to Compassionate Noticing or Intro to Presence Practice)  AND at least two Compassionate Noticing practice group sessions
    • At least one Personal or Relationship Coaching Session with Vika AND at least two Compassionate Noticing practice group sessions
  • A lived, ongoing commitment to understanding, noticing, and practicing the basic distinctions of NVC/Compassionate Communication: feelings vs. thoughts, needs vs. strategies, observations vs. story (“evaluations,” etc.). Good resources for review and study include reading this brief Intro to NVC and watching the short, FREE Video Intro to NVC.”  Marshall Rosenberg’s book, “NVC: A Language of Life” is a good place to begin.
  • A belief that we are responsible for our own well-being, and a sense of being empowered to meet our own needs, both through our own inner resources and with the support of others (Please note: this is not a therapy group, it is a mutually supportive community.)
  • A demonstrated willingness and capacity to shift from blaming (self or others) and being “caught up in our stories” to looking within* for the source of our upsets/reactivity
  • A lived, ongoing commitment to a daily practice and a demonstrated capacity for presence/awareness/mindfulness/noticing that steadily moves us away from unconscious, automatic, or habitual disempowered responses, and towards noticing and experiencing present-moment body sensations, feelings, thoughts, and impulses, and responding to those with self-responsibility/empowerment and choice.

* The “issue” may be arising from something outside of us that is of genuine concern, but our experience has shown that our reactivity/upset and most of our “unbearable” pain arises from something within us that we’re not yet fully connected to … including unresolved painful experiences from our past. For more information watch my “Broken Toe” video (above), and also click here.


Click here for Presence Practice Overview and Principles.


Interested in joining us?   Click here to begin the process!

I look forward to sharing the journey with you,


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