Ruud Baanders

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Zen teacher

Reiki Master/Teacher

Internationally Certified NVC trainer

Certified Coach


In 2009 I decided to leave my corporate job in The Netherlands, with a long experience in coaching, mentoring, personal and leadership development, to move to the UK and to start my Oxford Compassion Practice. 

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) came on my path in 2006 when I met Marshall Rosenberg, developer of the NVC process. Since 2006, I have trained with many NVC trainers internationally and in 2011 I became a Certified NVC trainer with the Centre for Nonviolent Communication

I lead NVC practice groups and NVC workshops internationally, both public workshops and in organisations. Since 2015 I have been running workshops for Buddhist groups in which I bring together my experience with NVC and Zen, deeping the spiritual journey.

In 2014, after having worked with Reiki for more than 20 years, I completed my Reiki training in with the Reiki Master/Teacher-level training with Cory Croyman at the Asian Healing Arts Centein Chiang Mai, Thailand. I have a Reiki practice and run Reiki courses in Oxford.

In 2015, after 25 year of Ch’an (Chinese Zen) practice, I have been authorised by Ton Lathouwers, Dharma Successor of Jinarakkhita Ashin (Teh Ching), as zen teacher in the Maha Karuna Ch’an Sangha. Other spiritual teachers on my path have been  Thich Nhat Hanh,   Ama SamiAmma, Bernie Glassmanand Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (Art of Living). 

I love to support people and organisations in developing a practice, a life, and relationships that are satisfying, real and compassionate, thereby reducing the amount of suffering in the world. 

My work is with participants/clients from a multitude of cultures and social backgrounds. I can work in English, Dutch and Italian, both face-to-face and by telephone/Skype.

I live in Oxford (UK) with Bridget Belgrave, my wife and associate, and I am available for national and international projects (paid and volunteer).  

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Playing a hokyoku piece “Tamuke” on shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute)  during a Bearing Witness retreat with the Zen Peacemakers on the island of Lampedusa.