Throughout the world, depending on the language, “Baba” means either “ancestor” or “father”.  Baba Tree is the father tree, the living wisdom of generations of human ancestors, offering timeless shelter and inspiration for people in search of a better way of living today.  Baba Tree is international, as its wisdom has many cultural lineages, and its message is for all people who wish to live together peacefully, productively, and harmoniously.

Baba Tree International is committed to:

  • raising public awareness about the value and effectiveness of the practices of peace and nonviolence in meeting human needs for stable, harmonious, productive leadership, groups, and societies;
  • providing trainings in peace, nonviolence, mindfulness, Nonviolent Communication, and other life-enhancing skills
  • sponsoring individuals and groups, youth and adults, from a diverse array of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, to participate in programs provided by Baba Tree International with a particular intention to build peaceful international relations;
  • offering consultations on peace and nonviolence practices to individuals, families, communities, and organizations

Baba Tree International carries out its mission through its programs:

ZENVC supports ordinary people to be completely, authentically human, both individually and in the company of others. The results are extraordinary: thriving, dynamic organizations; compassionate communities; strong, loving relationships; and lives of great meaning. ZENVC represents wisdom and experience derived primarily from Nonviolent Communication (NVC), as developed by Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D., and Zen Buddhism. Learn more at zenvc.org.


Play in the Wild! Initiations into Nonviolence bring youth, families, and educators from around the world into a supportive community where, together, they learn the skills and consciousness required to become peacemakers and leaders of social change. These programs offer participants an experience of deep connection to themselves, each other, and the natural environment. Training in Nonviolent Communication, Mindfulness, Cross-Cultural Awareness, Storytelling, and Conflict Transformation gives practical tools for the participants to carry that deep connection back out into their homes, schools, and wider communities. Explore Play in the Wild! at playinthewild.org.

Crossroads: Where Cultures Meet empowers former refugee teenagers now living in the U.S. with a mentoring community in which the youth experience practical guidance, academic support, and consistent friendship. Crossroads mentors support each youth to develop into their full potential, capable of making informed, responsible decisions, and engaging actively in the wider community, while overcoming barriers of racism, sexism, or cultural prejudice. This program is a partnership of Baba Tree International and the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program. Hear more about Crossroads on this Charter for Compassion webinar.