Plants, then animals, then humans, then computers. Back to Humans, Earth,
Trees and Ocean.
conciliator, writer, artist,
gardener, feng shui practitioner
Jane follows a path of complementary philosophies, being raised a naturalist, finding affinity with nature-based spiritual traditions, and utilizes several modes of alternative health care.
Jane has studied Aikido, feng shui, animal husbandry, gardening, physics, violent social conflict resolution, and dabbled in art. Her current interests include how to engender compassion and choice to form resilience against alienating processes in society, trauma and the influences of violence. She is passionate about creating peace and beauty through methods of sustainable living, as well as empowering the public through good information and open-minded dialogue. Meanwhile, her intuition in gardening encouraged her faith in the Earth’s natural propensity to heal itself and reveal true beauty.
Jane started a new business in 2006 with a mission for authentic service. Prior to this, Jane was a family mediator and facilitator in Washington, D.C., and continues to offer these skills as a part of a growing actualization aspect to her mission.
She has lectured and presented on topics related to conflict, trauma and violence. Examples include:
- Annual Conference Managing Conflict in the Workplace and Beyond, Bowie State University Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bowie, Maryland
- VIII International Symposium on Torture, New Delhi, India; the European Conference of Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution, San Sebastian, Spain;
- International Society of Political Psychology, Montreal;
- National Conference on Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution, Duquesne, Pennsylvania.
She has also conducted field research in South Africa and Sri Lanka to study first-hand trauma intervention and recovery strategies during entrenched violent conflict. Professional papers centered on “culturally internalized trauma” and the origins of compassion.
She also offers brown bag talks on feng shui principles, elements of natural living, finding feng shui balancing principles in daily life, and plant intelligence
She has started her studies in creative and environmental art as way to physical and spiritual health, and engages in “acts of beauty”.
Always interested in topics of the natural environment and health, Jane’s studies focused on what prevents people from resolving conflict in healthy ways, and what environments inspire conciliation. This led to the development of the Coming Home Foundation.
Jane’s formal education and training includes a Master’s degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia; and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies, California State University, Sacramento. In addition to her degrees, Jane is certified in Victim Offender Reconciliation, Family Mediation, and Community Mediation. She was also certified as a Professional in Human Resources from The American University, Washington, D.C. She has authored papers on issues such as violence, trauma, biogenenic sources to basic human social needs, and historical analyses of recidivist tendencies in violent conflict.
Her continuing research centers on a search for realistic solutions to critical enduring questions, such as, what is the source of the recidivist nature in violence among individuals, groups and nations? Are humans slowly losing our ability to pass along lessons regarding community, relationships, emotional boding and other capacities, such as love, that ensure a healthy society?
In 2006, Jane was certified by the Golden Gate School of Feng Shui . She received her black belt in Aikido in the same year, and continues her studies in Taoism, sufism, and plant medicine.
From the Gallup CliftonStrengths assessment, out of 34 unique strengths, Jane’s strongest competency is Empathy, followed by synthesis, expression, and organization.
Conciliation: Bringing people together, facilitation, mediation, tacit listening, empathy, connecting, trust building, optimism, coaching
Problem Solving: Information gathering, environmental assessment, articulation, analysis and synthesis, resourcing, gestalt perspective
Writing: Philosophy, correspondence, white papers, essays, fables
Project Management: Visioning, planning, budgets, communications, team building, coordinating, logistics, assessment, resourcing, administrating, supervising, trusting and supporting, connecting with stakeholders, fundraising, verifying, reporting, post-assessment, data management.
Organizational Development: Listening, hearing, assessing, analyze client needs and expectations, applying expertise to each unique situation, designing process and structural solutions, modeling, apply problem-solving methods, developing, verifying, building, packaging and communicating results and recommendations, execute technical changes and enhancements to system, document design and changes, facilitate project team members, capture experience, debrief lessons, integrate with future opportunities.
Gardening: Touching soil, listening to plants, building relationships, humbling, designing, installing, problem solving, negotiating, bowing to Nature.