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    Phoenix Soleil: Trainer and Facilitator

    Phoenix Soleil helps people bring their values and passions to their connections and conversations so they can make a difference and have more fun making that difference. She is an artist, activist, and educator with a deep interest in the intersections of community, emotional intelligence, and trauma. She teaches and practices Insight Meditation and is a certified trainer in Nonviolent Communication (NVC). NVC is a powerful modality that helps us connect with others and our own emotions and values for more effective and healing interactions. Since 2018, she have served as a partner and co-owner at LIFT Economy, a worker-owned cooperative consulting firm dedicated to empowering businesses to be a force for good.


    Over the years she’s conducted workshops and training sessions on communication, racial justice, and meditation for various organizations, including Google, the Kellogg Foundation, UC Berkeley, the Insight Meditation Society, and the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute. She also facilitates mediations and restorative circles.

  • Upcoming Events


    LIFT Cultural Offerings Workshop Series by Phoenix Soleil

    Our workshops offer you the tools to nurture the soil of effective communication, helping you grow robust connections in the workplace and at home. Plant a seed at any session, or tend to the whole garden by attending the series! Nonviolent communication (NVC) is a philosophy and skillset of communicating that is based on empathy, compassion, and awareness.


    Free Nonviolent Communication (NVC) 1-hour intro

    Saturday, January 13th 2024 | 10-11AM PST | Format: Virtual

    Friday February 9th, 2024 | 10-11a PST | Format: Virtual  

    Friday February 23rd, 2024 | 8a-9am PST| Format: Virtual 


    NVC Basics for Surfing Workplace Waves

    Friday, March 1st, 2024 | Time: 10AM - 1PM PST | Format: Virtual


    Offering Feedback In The Workplace

    Part I: Friday, March 29th, 2024 | Time: 10AM - 1 PM PST | Format: Virtual

    Part II: Friday, April 12th, 2024 | Time: 10AM - 1 PM PST | Format: Virtual


    Staying Grounded Under Fire at Work

    Friday, April 26th, 2024 | Time: 10AM - 1:30PM PST | Format: Virtual


    How To Have Conversations About Racial Justice

    Part I: Friday, May 10th, 2024 | Time: 10AM - 1PM PST | Format: Virtual

    Part II: Friday, May 17th, 2024 | Time: 10AM - 1PM PST | Format: Virtual


    Find out more and register here.  


    I offer organizational consulting and coaching services, focusing on communication and collaboration. I also offer personal coaching services in communication and mindfulness meditation. I also offer mediation services tailored to guide individuals and groups through the complex terrain of conflict resolution, fostering a harmonious and constructive environment. Check out my coaching packages : https://www.strikingly.com/s/sites/11070255/edit?uid=60148182-2bf8-49d6-93d1-9f44eca873f5 To book a free half-hour consultation meeting with me to discuss how I can best serve your needs follow this link:


    Should you wish to reach out to me directly, please feel free to use the contact form below. And for a regular sprinkle of inspiration and updates, why not sign up for my newsletter? It's just a click away, also found below. Let's cultivate a thriving garden of communication and mindfulness together!



    Awareness and Improv Half-day (Online Only)

    Saturday, February 17th, 9:30am - 1:00pm PST

    How Play Can Brighten the Present and Broaden Awareness

    With Phoenix Soleil and Dawn Neal

    This event interweaves formal meditation and improv games in an accepting, encouraging, environment.

    Presented in cooperation with Santa Cruz Insight and San Francisco Dharma Collective.

    Find out more and register here.


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  • Photos & Videos

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    Sharon Salzberg & Phoenix Soleil:

    "Fierce Compassion & Self Care"

    | Talks at Google

    Diversity and the Dharma: Challenges and Opportunities

    Phoenix is honored to have been interviewed for the Diversity and the Dharma, a series of video interviews with Insight Meditation Society teachers and staff.

    Empathy Documentary Project: Insights into Empathy - Phoenix Soleil

    Panel at the Open Engagement Conference

    April 30th 2016 at the Oakland Museum of California. Panelists who have done work on race privilege and oppression (personal and/or professional) modeled some of the possibilities of collaboration, vulnerability, and accountability for conference attendees.

    Empathy Documentary Project:

    Insights into Empathy

    What you say next can change the world.

    Monthly call in program where role players act out conflict situations, Conflict Hotline #2, Pt 4 of 6

  • Audio Interview of Phoenix

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    Phoenix is a guest on KPFA

    She discusses the use of Nonviolent Communication in diversity and inclusion work.

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    Next Economy MBA Series: Culture & Communication

    This episode tackles the topic of collaborative communication and why it’s so important when it comes to making a genuine impact in the world.

    LIFT Economy partners Shawn Berry and Phoenix Soleil share their backgrounds in communication and break down the business-related benefits of emotional safety in the workplace.

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    2024 First Episode of the Culture Mini Series

    Dive into the world of Nonviolent Communication with LIFT Partner Phoenix Soleil on the Next Economy podcast's Culture Mini Series. Discover how it can elevate your life and career.

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    2022 Coping With Racism & Guided Metta with Phoenix Soleil



    Insight Meditation teacher and LIFT partner Phoenix Soleil talks to Pamela Ayo Yetunde about how metta practice can help you cope with facing racism.



  • Phoenix Interviews Guests

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    Phoenix interviews Sarah Peyton

    Enabling change through relational neuroscience and Nonviolent Communication

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    Phoenix interviews Sharon Salzberg

    Working with Mindfulness and Loving kindness at Work

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    Phoenix interviews Oren Jay Sofer

    Awareness of Deeper Needs & Meeting them Mindfully

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    Phoenix interviews Lama Rod Owens

    Lama Rod Owens: Love, Activism, and Becoming a Spiritual Warrior

  • Past Events


    Offering Feedback In The WorkplaceMarch 24th 2023| 10:00 - 2:30 PM PST | (Virtual)

    Giving and receiving feedback can be one of the more complicated and stressful parts of relating to other people. In this workshop, we’ll be practicing how to offer feedback in a way that is authentic, honest and helpful. This is a four-hour workshop on offering feedback using Nonviolent Communication (NVC), a modality that helps us attune to others' feelings and values for more generative interactions. No experience is necessary. To view details and register follow this link.


    Integration I Program

    March - June 2023 | Santa Cruz, CALIFT Partner Phoenix Soleil is joining NVC Santa Cruz to offer Integration I, an four-month program starting in March exploring advanced NVC tools, and practices that support compassion, authenticity, and intentionality in your relationships. Interested in attending this in-person workshop? To learn more and register follow this link.


    Mindful of Money - Community Wide

    with Phoenix Soleil

    Sponsored by Portland Dharma House, Open Door Sangha

    Four Part Series: Wednesdays, May 7th-28th 7-9pm

    Good Medicine - 231 York st Portland, ME 04102


    This is similar to the course I will be leading in March, mentioned above. Because of the history of racism and class in this country we are offering a version of this course exclusively for People of Color for those that would prefer that space in March 2020.


    In this four-session course, we’ll explore our relationship with money in community. Bringing spirituality and mindfulness practice to one's financial life can be incredibly fruitful and effective.


    How to Have Difficult Conversations About Racial Justice

    with Phoenix Soleil

    April 4th 9am-4pm

    First Parish UU Church in Kennebunk


    How do we embody our values and ideals in conversation where we advocate for justice or speak with people across challenging differences? You will learn and practice skills for communicating authentically, finding common ground, and connecting across differences. Ever thought: "Oh No! I can't believe they just said that, now what do I do!?" or "How do I say this so I don't lose my job or friendship?" then you are ready for this daylong.


    Mindful of Money - People of Color Cohort

    with Phoenix Soleil

    Sponsored by Portland Dharma House, Open Door Sangha and Black Artists Forum

    Supported by Indigo Arts Alliance

    Four Part Series: Wednesdays, March 4th-25th 7-9pm

    Good Medicine - 231 York st Portland, ME 04102


    In this four-session course, we’ll explore our relationship with money in community. Bringing spirituality and mindfulness practice to one's financial life can be incredibly fruitful and effective. Because of the history of racism and class in this country, we will convene this version of the course for People of Color to have a safe space to discuss their particular challenges. Later this year we will convene a multiracial version of the course for the larger community. This event is underwritten by generous donors so that People of Color can attend at a low cost.



    Finding Joy in a Complex World

    Daylong Retreat with Phoenix Soleil

    Saturday, December 7, 10am-4pm

    Good Medicine Collective, 231 York St


    How do we experience joy when it feels like the world is crashing all around us? Buddhism supports developing a relationship to both joy and suffering that allows one to hold these two intense and fundamental aspects of life with equanimity and wisdom. In this day of silent sitting, walking, metta (lovingkindness) practice and relational practice in dyads and groups, we will be exploring our capacity to hold our pain and joy so that we can increase our resiliency and vibrancy in the midst of engaging with our world.


    Nonviolent Communication, Improvisation, and Mindfulness

    3 week Series with Phoenix Soleil

    Wednesday evenings in November - 6th, 13th & 20th, 6:30-8:15pm

    Good Medicine Collective, 231 York St


    This 3-week series is for people on a self-development or spiritual path to improve their presence and communication skills. We will draw on Nonviolent Communication (a self-connection and collaboration framework), mindfulness, and improvisational exercises to build our capacity to express ourselves more freely and connect more deeply with others. The series will focus on role play and embodied practice so that we connect with parts of ourselves that may not show up in our everyday personality. The intention is for embodiment, authentic connection, and courage to be more accessible in our regular lives. We ask that you commit to all three sessions of the series.


    Interfaith Open Mic

    Featured artist Maya Williams, emceed by Phoenix Soleil

    November 3: 7-8:30pm

    Dharma House


    Please join us for our second interfaith forum to share ideas, stories, inspiration, and solidarity with regard to socially-engaged practice across spiritual traditions. In these gatherings, we aim to highlight the richness and beauty of our community by featuring artists of color in a predominantly white area such as Portland. The (optional!) theme for this open mic is redemption. When have you experienced salvation and/or witnessed salvation of others? What supports forgiveness and healing in your life? How have you experienced redemption as a vehicle for transformation? What do our spiritual practices offer as an antidote to the harsh and divisive interactions we often see in the landscape of media and politics?


    Day-long retreat with Phoenix Soleil, co-hosted with Open Door Sangha and Portland Dharma House

    October 5: 10 to 4 pm

    Portland Maine


    Liberating the Heart, Dismantling Dominant Culture through our practice of Dharma

    A Retreat with Arinna Weisman, Phoenix Soleil, Lyn Fine & Joshua bee AlafiaIn

    September, 13th to the 22nd 2019

    Dhamma Dena, Joshua Tree, CA


    Our intention in this ten-day retreat is to support increasing our resilience and internal resources so that we may better partner across differences and navigate complex situations in alignment with our values.

    Follow this link for more information Liberating the Heart


    Metta in Community

    Experiments in Buddhist Inspired Relational Practices, with Phoenix Soleil

    Saturday, September 7, 1-5pm

    Portland, ME


    In this 4 hour workshop, we will be experimenting with how to make the community support more palpable, so that we may experience more support with the difficult challenge of loving ourselves and each other. We will have traditional Metta (lovingkindness) practice, relational practice in small groups and diads, and walking meditation.


    Please email portlanddharmahouse@gmail.com for more information and to register.



    Nurturing a More Playful Relationship to the Present Moment

    Daylong Retreat with Phoenix Soleil

    Sunday, August 25, 10 am – 4 pm

    Brattleboro, VT


    In the teachings on Right Effort, the Buddha gave clear guidance on how to abandon unskillful mind states and develop more skillful ones. The cultivation of joy and loving-kindness are emphasized repeatedly as supporting factors on this path. Follow this link for more information: Playful Relationship 



    Anti-Racism Evening with Phoenix Soleil (in English)

    Frankfurt, Germany Thursday, June 19, 2019


    We explore some uplifting concepts and developments in US Anti-Oppression work and discuss how that can apply to German struggles. Follow this link (antirassismus-abend-mit-phoenix-soleil) for more information.



    Tension, Conflict & Creativity

    - Tools for collaboration and choice -

    Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 12:30 PM – 8 PM

    Beatrijsstraat 10, 2531 XE The Hague, Netherlands


    The artist collective, Helicopter, is excited to host a Nonviolent Communication workshop taught by Phoenix Soleil for cultural workers interested in learning new skills and tools for collaboration. Follow this link (Workshop) for more information about it or use the contact form below for more info.


    Women's Retreat

    April 27th - May 1st, 2018

    West Cork, Ireland


    Phoenix Soleil led an all women international nonviolent communication 4-day retreat. Offering an opportunity for women to deepen their communication skills. Follow this link for more information about it: Women's Retreat