Our Bodies, Our Minds Facilitator
Kiran Patel is passionate about preventing and healing violence through empathy, spirituality and self-expression.
Weaving together Eastern and Western psychological and spiritual traditions, Kiran has served crisis hotline callers, survivors of communal violence and domestic abuse, yoga practitioners and coaching clients.
After earning her Masters in Social Psychology, Kiran became certified in mediation, advanced yoga teaching and Metta Center’s Nonviolence Studies. In addition, she has studied and practiced Science of Mind principles, Vipassana and Transcendental Meditation.
Kiran’s journey toward becoming a seasoned facilitator began by leading forums for fellow South Asian origin undergraduate students. Since then, Kiran facilitated communication, conflict resolution and organizational development workshops with Catholic Youth Organization. She led support groups for domestic violence survivors in New Mexico. Graduating from a year-long leadership program in Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication (NVC) process, she has instructed and coached this process internationally. Kiran has taught psychology and yoga courses at colleges.
A performing artist, Kiran is a member of WingIt! (an improvisational body wisdom based troupe), was the lead actress in the premiere of Janaki (Virali Gokaldas) and has participated in Theater of the Oppressed. She has developed and performed two solo performance pieces and one Self-Revelatory Theater piece.
A skilled speaker, Kiran became Toastmasters International District 57’s Table Topics Champion. She is a graduate of the National Speakers Association Northern California’s Speakers Academy.
Resolved to neutralizing power imbalances and gender-based violence, Kiran began sharing the power principles she used to navigate through a sexual assault and death threat when she was 24.
Based in Oakland, California, she loves communing with the wilderness, bike-riding, dancing and nurturing people with her vegetarian cooking.Back to Our People