Jesse Wiens is a multi-media performance artist, passionate gourmet chef, and Center for Nonviolent Communication Certified Trainer. His work is a celebration of life, drawing from his travels and experiences in countries as far off as Afghanistan and Tibet, to living as a Zen monk in the U.S., dancing at punk rock shows, orchestrating meals for hundreds of guests at an exclusive retreat center, and teaching in California San Quentin State Prison. His 1999 animated film, Channel 2000 A/D, played in film festivals in the U.S. and Korea, and in 2004, his graphic designs became the signature look of Rhythm and Motion, the most popular dance studio in San Francisco. Jesse studies nonviolence by living it, drawing inspiration from seven years under the guidance of many wonderful Buddhist teachers, including Tenshin Reb Anderson and Toni Packer, and seven years of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) training, including three years in Robert Gonzales’ LIFE (Living, Integrating, Fully Embodying) program. In 2006, Jesse founded ZENVC to bridge the teachings of Zen and Nonviolent Communication. Jesse brings to Play in the Wild! his enjoyment of play and living in community close to the earth.