Kavitha Rao is a mother, facilitator, consultant, healer, and organizer. 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.
She brings more than 20 years experience in the nonprofit sector focused on transformational leadership and facilitation; building community and authentic partnerships across difference; and using creativity and collective visioning to work toward 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. Rao 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.
Previously, she co-founded Common Fire, a nonprofit that created intentional communities centered in justice, accessibility, and sustainability. She also is a member of the Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute team of facilitators, mediators and coaches; serves on the board for Soul Fire Farm; is a core consultant to the Wildseed Community Farm and Healing Village; and a part of the team at Culture Shift Agency.