About Jan

Jan Passion, M.A.

Jan Passion earned his M.A. at the School for International Training (SIT) in 2000 writing his thesis on Building Nonviolent Intercultural Peace Teams

Jan maintains an active consulting, coaching and training practice - working with individuals, families and non-profits.  He also coordinates the Rapid Nonviolent Accompaniment Project with the San Francisco based NGO, Peaceworkers and is an associate trainer with the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding.

Jan has served on the faculty of World Learning/SIT’s Conflict Transformation Across Cultures Program (CONTACT) Program.  Jan did field research for the Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP)  in Palestine and Israel and in West Africa in 2001 and 2002 and then went on to work in Sri Lanka for Nonviolent Peaceforce as the Deputy Director through 2006.  He has worked in Sri Lanka, Rwanda, South Sudan, Cyprus, Macedonia, Colombia, Kenya, Ecuador, South Africa, Thailand, India, Ghana and the USA.  Jan served as guest faculty with Lesley College in Israel in 2002 and 2003.   

Previous to his international peace work, Jan was a psychotherapist working with perpetrators and victims of various forms of violence and trauma.  Jan has been a War Tax Resister for over 30 years. 

Jan earned his B.A. at the University of Massachusetts with a self-designed program on gender and power in 1987.                                                                                                   

Jan’s other interests include: sailing, cohousing, yoga, paragliding, ultimate frisbee and racquetball.   Jan resides at Pleasant Hill Cohousing in California with his partner, Ellen.