Cordelia Addison

I was born in Scotland and grew up in the United States. In 1994 I moved to the Netherlands where I worked for 15 years giving in-company English language coaching and training throughout the Netherlands, with business people from all walks of life.

After having my two sons in 2002 and 2004, I became a doula (birth support) and breath coach, which I did for 6 years, until the life-changing illness of my children’s father led me to make the decision to go back to teaching.

I have been learning and practicing Nonviolent Communication (NVC) since 2010. I am now a certified trainer with The Center for Nonviolent Communication. NVC is the most powerful tool I know for creating ease and harmony with those around me. It is also the most powerful tool I know for mediating conflicts and creating peace. It is a life-long project for me to learn and embody this language of the heart and to share it across business sectors, schools, and in families around the world.

Democratic school LIFE!

In 2015, I co-founded the democratic primary and secondary school LIFE! (Learning In a Free Environment). Frustrated by my children’s school experience, in 2013 we switched to democratic education, which is based on self-directed learning.

After long drives to a democratic school far from home, I decided to start a democratic school in the Amsterdam area—a heart-based school, based on the values of Nonviolent Communication. The Democratic School LIFE! has been running since 2015. In school year 2021-2022, we merged with the Guus Kieft School and moved location to Amsterdam Sloten.  Our new name is Democratic School Amsterdam.