Kavitha Rao

Kavitha is a mother, facilitator, trainer, mediator, consultant, and healer.  As a daughter of immigrants to the US, she has always been curious about difference and how we make meaning through connection to land, community, and place.

Kavitha brings over 20 years experience in the non-profit sector focused on transformational leadership and facilitation, building community and authentic partnerships across difference, and using creativity and collective visioning to work towards reparations and healing.  Her understanding of the possibility of change and healing is deeply influenced by her training in yoga therapy, cranio-sacral therapy, Ayurveda, and mindfulness.  She brings these tools to her leadership and facilitation work recognizing how important knowing ourselves and personal healing is in our efforts to heal our planet and build community.

Since 2006 she has worked with the Center for Whole Communities facilitating retreats and consulting with organizations to cultivate transformative leadership that weaves together and strengthens movements for justice and the environment.  Prior to that she co-founded Common Fire, a nonprofit that created intentional communities grounded on justice, equity and sustainability. Kavitha is a member of the Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute team of facilitators, mediators and coaches; serves on the board for Soul Fire Farm; and is a core consultant to the Wildseed Community Farm and Healing Village.

Over the years Kavitha has partnered with and led trainings for dozens of institutions and organizations seeking to center equity in their work including The Fellowship of Reconciliation, the Omega Institute, the Yale School of Forestry, the Nature Conservancy, and the Good Work Institute. Her trainings span transformational leadership, cultural competency and humility, conscious communication, story-telling, nonviolence, consensus decision making, conflict transformation, facilitation and popular education, yoga, mindfulness, and more.

She offers deep gratitude for her many influences – the grassroots groups around the world that she has had the privilege to work with, her mentor Lillie Allen of Be Present, and her many colleagues, mutual-mentors, and teachers along the way.

Events with Kavitha Rao

From Lineage to Legacy: A Retreat for Women of Color Leaders
October 9, 2020

In a world fueled by Capitalism, where our productivity is often equated with our worth, the act of slowing down, of pausing, of tending to our healing as part of our professional work is a radical act. This is especially…