L’aura Joy is a Certified Trainer in Nonviolent Communication (CNVC, USA), and since 2007 she has been working in the fields of communication, conflict resolution, peace and justice, healing, and decision-making and leadership.
Having grown up in Auroville, an international intentional community in Tamil Nadu, India, L'aura is passionate about exploring how we can live our lives in empowered and co-creative ways. Nonviolent Communication (NVC) offers such a clear, yet deeply powerful and transformative framework within which to explore both our inner realities as well as outer relationships. In addition to NVC, L'aura is also trained in Restorative Circles and Sociocracy, and she applies these approaches to her work with justice and governance in Auroville.
L’aura has travelled and shared in different countries and contexts, ranging from the corporate sector, to schools, to NGOs working with women and street children, exploring NVC as a means to transformation and sustainable change. Most of her work has been in India, although she has also worked in Sri Lanka, Nepal, Canada, USA, UK and Switzerland.
L'aura has been a pioneer in bringing NVC to India and has supported an ever-growing community to emerge. She has hosted and organized several large-scale international events here, and has published NVC books and teaching material.
At the beginning of her career, L'aura was a high-school teacher, and she taught in both Canada and Auroville. Her main subjects were English and French as second languages, plus introductory courses to Sociology, Anthropology and Psychology. She specialized in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program (an internationally accredited program) and taught senior IB students. She organized several extra-curricular programs for the students, including international travel programs, cultural outings, camping and trekking trips, and cross-country running.
L'aura's personal interests lie in making deep connections with people, living a meaningful and sustainable life, contributing to community, and practicing yoga and being physically active.