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Barbara Barnes
Barbara Barnes

Senior Mediator

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Barbara Barnes

Barbara came to mediation and facilitation through Kenneth Cloke. She has been a practitioner of Transformative Facilitation and Mediation for over 15 years.  Before that she practiced Non Violent Communication (NVC) and worked with people and groups in conflict and trauma through using skills from Hakomi, a form of Body Centered Psychotherapy as well as NVC. Barbara works with groups, individuals, organizations and communities who are experiencing conflict. Her depth of knowledge in ways to work with trauma, mindfulness and the neurology of conflict helps create a container that clients find conducive for working collaboratively to transform their conflicts and come to agreements that are sustainable over time. This is because they are rooted in understanding before agreement. Barbara enjoys teaching facilitators and mediators ways to use mindfulness and trauma best practices as well as methods for transformative conflict facilitation. Barbara lives in central Montana, hikes the back country, studies mindfulness, nerds out on neurology and conflict, enjoys a good BBC mystery and is an avid reader. Her background includes running a domestic abuse shelter, adult probation and parole work, construction project management, intensive mental health advocacy, medical advocacy, body work and helping horses who suffered trauma. She has an adult daughter who is a journalist and podcast producer.


My approach is transformative, seeking understanding by all parties before agreements. Using agreements that include what will happen if agreements are not kept and ways to update and check the agreements over time if needed.


BA Communications and Business

Body-Centered Psychotherapy

MediationIntermediate and Advanced

Conflict Facilitation Consulting – Advanced

Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution

GRACE as taught by Roshi Joan Halifax

Zen Mindfulness Teacher Training

Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness Teaching

Reflective Structured Dialogue


Areas Of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Animal
  • Bullying
  • Business
  • Community
  • Congregational
  • Cross Cultural
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Entertainment
  • Faith Based
  • Family
  • General
  • Health Care
  • Native American
  • Non Profits
  • Online Mediation
  • Online Workplace
  • Organizational
  • Parent-Teen
  • Partnership
  • Restorative (Criminal)
  • School/Education
  • Sexual Harrassment
  • Victim - Offender
  • Workplace

Additional Services

  • Collaborative Professional
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Conflict Coach
  • Facilitator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Staff Developer
  • Strategic Planning
  • Systems Designer



Liability Insurance

  • Yes


  • Ken Cloke