Meet our dedicated staff..
We're looking forward to making this the
Family Camp experience yet!
Doug Dolstad & Barbara Larson, Camp Hosts
We heartily welcome you to our 13th NVC Family Camp Village! We are so delighted to once again be part of this magical summer experience with families and staff from around the world. We've seen this camp community become a family in itself, with parents becoming extended support systems, the youth forming bonds that last through the year and look forward to each summer's reunion, and the way returning families fold new into the village.
We're thrilled to have big-hearted, skillful, talented staff and a whole herd of generous, spirited volunteers again this year! And while camp will always seek to meet the needs of families, we're cooking up some new elements which we anticipate will make camp even sweeter than before. We can hardly wait!
Johnny comes from a Mediation/conflict resolution background and has lead weeklong Nonviolent Communication workshops with families, worked with youth labeled as gang members, and role played Marshall Rosenberg’s wife right in front of him!
He currently works in the Juvenile Justice field and has worked with at-risk youth for seven years. He has been a part of numerous Family Camps in the US, and part of the Vashon Family camp for 9 years.
Jennifer works with families, schools, and communities who are seeking tools for peace and sustainability. Her favorite playground is the NVC family camps.
She lives in Madison Wisconsin with her family, their very own Oobleck pool and an indigo vat.
I first came to family camp in 2013 and after 5 years of cooking camp lunches this will be my first year running the kitchen. It will also be my first year as a Mom and I am delighted to have my family attend camp with me! NVCFC has inspired my life and my relationships in so many ways and each year that I return I am excited to give back to this special community in such delicious ways!
I believe the kitchen is the pumping heart of any event. Each meal is an invitation to pause and savor inspired flavors, feel appreciation for our wondrous human bodies that allow us to create so much, and to connect with each other in the simple and sacred act of breaking bread together. Every summer I travel around the North West leading kitchens or cooking meals for large events from NVC and Acro Yoga Camps to Singing Alive and music festivals. At each event it is my striving desire in the kitchen to provide delicious quality meals that ground participants into the experience of gratitude, abundance, connection and presence.
For me the kitchen is always a place for intimate and candid conversations, and family camp always affords me abundant opportunities to season meals with love and inspiration because of the amazing people I get to work with. I have been told by parents that one of their favorite things about Family Camp is not having to think about or prepare a single meal for a week, and know that everything they eat will be delicious. I love that this is part of my offering to those who attend and look forward to nourishing hearts, fueling bodies, reconnecting with old friends and meeting new beautiful beings at Family Camp this summer!
harmonious and safe world. This is the world she wants to live in, for her
children and all children.
Genevieve is a certified trainer with the Center of Nonviolent
Communication (cnvc.org). She is passionate about sharing NVC to support
family and individuals in creating safe and nourishing relationships. She
is offering NVC classes in Longmont where she lives
For 9 years she, her husband and their 3 sons have been going to NVC family
camp on Vashon Island, WA. Over the years she has seen the transformation
this experience has brought in her family life. More capacity to accept
each member of the family the way they are, more flow in everyday life,
less resistance to conflict because she knows conflicts are the door to
deeper connection and understanding.
Genevieve is so inspired to coming back to camp every year because she
wants to create more opportunities for families to experience the joy and
playfulness of living communities that support each one of us navigating
the sometimes troubled waters of family life, as well as celebrating the
She discovered NVC in 2006 while working as a parent educator and elementary teacher. She was seeking more connected ways to parent her own 3 children and was amazed at how it transformed her relationships.
She and her family began attending Vashon Family Camp in 2010 and have come back every year since!. She became a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication in 2011 and began sharing NVC full time.
She continues to seek ways to practice, learn, and share the Nonviolent Communication consciousness and skills. She enjoys companioning individuals, families, couples, children and youth in compassion, self-empathy and honest, caring expression. She brings a playfulness and a willingness to be silly and laugh as we grow and explore. This is her 7th year as program staff at Vashon Family Camp. She also has been staff at Family Heart Camps.