Vika Miller, MA is a visionary, educator, speaker, and relationship alchemist who’s been reconnecting people to their authentic values and power — and to each other — for more than 35 years.
Although Thriving Life has been a lifelong vision for her, it had a long gestation, including a Master of Arts degree in Economic Development and Social Policy at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, serving as Vice President of Operations for small consulting firm that grew into a national organization under her direction, and partnership in a multisector collaborative facilitation consulting company, all before she turned 30.
These endeavors were deeply fulfilling … and then Vika encountered Nonviolent/ Compassionate Communication (NVC) in the late 90s. She immediately recognized that NVC provided key missing elements, not only for her Thriving Life body of work, but for every aspect of her personal and professional life.
Vika has been integrating her unique “Thriving Life” approach to NVC into her work for more than 20 years.
In late 2011, she became a partner in Rose City NVC, and in 4 months grew that practice into the largest NVC training organization in the state of Oregon.
Vika has taught NVC to residents at Oregon State Penitentiary and Oregon’s Columbia River Correctional Institution, and is proud to be a former Executive Director of the Oregon Prison Project.
Since 2013 it’s been Vika’s passion to add the latest findings in Neuroscience and Attachment Theory, as well as the integrative power of Somatic Empathy, to her Thriving Life work, creating an extraordinarily effective people- and life-skills curriculum that’s been celebrated by international experts across many fields.
Vika’s welcoming, playful, down-to-earth work creates immediate, dramatic results, and is available through her speaking, videos, experiential programs, mindfulness and coaching groups, private coaching for individuals and adult relationships, and business development and culture change consulting.
When she’s not sharing her devoted lifework with others, you can find Vika joyfully biking the Minneapolis chain of lakes; dancing argentine tango, two-step, and pretty much any other social dance; snuggling with fuzzy mammals; kayaking, scuba diving, and tandem hang gliding; and seriously eyeing learning how to kite surf.
You can connect with Vika in Minneapolis, MN; Portland, OR; and Loreto and La Paz, Baja Mexico; as well as online, and elsewhere nationally and internationally by request.
Vika brings a delightful mix of warmth, authenticity, compassion, clarity, passion, and playfulness to everything she does.