“Beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right-doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there...”


Transformational NLP, Empathy, Coaching & Mediation

                            With Maren Metke, MaNLP

We need help along this road of life.

We are each doing the best we can

with what we have.

We each have within us, all that we need

for healing, or finding our way back

to health & grounding

Maren’s work aims to create the individual support, reflection, companionship, feedback and direction back to the power of your own core, aiming to clarify or align the inner voices of the heart, mind and soul.

Combining the tools, skills and self awareness of Compassionate Communication (NVC), the transformational NLP tools, as well as the unique presence Maren offers growth, support, perspective and companionship on the growing and healing journey.

For more information about what NLP and NVC are, as well as a detailed bio for Maren, please read more below.


We live in a world where our sense or experience of “village” and for most people, “family” are skewed quite far from a healthy ideal. With the abundance of technology, we often lose 1 on 1 connection and interpersonal ease, along with the access to the skills needed to create meaningful, long term, realistic relationship with ourselves and each other.

We are social creatures at our core, who thrive when we can lean on each other and acquire modeling for success.  Most of us don't have the same support systems, encouragement or time that we need to get the perspective, support, reflection and energy required to thrive. We are not often taught emotional intelligence or empowerment in school or at home. Being with our feelings and learning to listen to the depth necessary to know what our deeper needs are helps us to choose truly workable or fitting strategies.


Bio for Maren Metke:

Maren is a coach, mother, artist, educator and musician. She is the co-founder of NVC Family Camp in Washington State, founder of Living Compass Classroom, Madrona School, Healing with Compassion, and she is the communications director for Soul Graffiti Productions.

She has her Masters level in the study of Neuro Linguistics (MaNLP) through NLP Marin, which includes conventional NLP, Psychology, Neuro-Physiology, Quantum World-View, Systems Dynamics and Metaphysics in a frame of “honoring what is while embracing what can be”.

(read more about NLP below). She has been practicing for almost a decade working with individuals, couples and groups.

She also has extensive immersive experience with Compassionate Communication (NVC- with a colloquial bent), leading groups, training staff, building community, mediating, planning full retreats, classes and programs, mentoring teachers, parents, youth, care providers and more.

Maren is a co-founder of the Washington Nonviolent Communication Family Camp on Vashon Island, and has been a core team member as well as the Youth Program coordinator since 2004. She also helped found other NVC family camps in D.C. and CA., organizing the structure of camp, implementing an immersive and family oriented community program, as well as training her staff of up to 12 practitioners annually. She has worked for multiple co-housing and other communal groups, helping with training, mediation, team building and skill integration, as well as facilitating countless hours of individual, couples, family and one on one sessions over the last two decades.

Along with the above, Maren has 20 years creating and running programs, educating, and supporting children, families, and practitioners in individuated, integrated, compassionate, holistic, community-oriented environments.

She also has 23 years experience attachment parenting.

Maren lives between Nevada City, and the Bay Area, CA, consulting with communities and holistic schools nationally, running her client practice, NVC family camps, and she is a musician/vocalist, performing mainly in Northern California, up and down the west coast and India with multiple dynamic music groups.


NVC (Nonviolent Communication, also known as Compassionate Communication

Nonviolent Communication (abbreviated NVC, also called Compassionate Communication or Collaborative Communication[1][2]) is an approach to nonviolent living developed by Marshall Rosenberg beginning in the 1960s.[3] It is based on the idea that all human beings have the capacity for compassion and only resort to violence or behavior that harms themselves and others when they do not recognize more effective strategies for meeting needs.[4] Habits of thinking and speaking that lead to the use of violence (social, psychological and physical) are learned through culture. NVC theory supposes all human behavior stems from attempts to meet universal human needs and that these needs are never in conflict. Rather, conflict arises when strategies for meeting needs clash. NVC proposes that people identify shared needs, revealed by the thoughts and feelings that surround these needs, and collaborate to develop strategies that meet them. This creates both harmony and learning for future cooperation.[5]

NVC supports change on three interconnected levels: with self, with others, and with groups and social systems. As such it is particularly present in the areas of personal development, relationships, and social change. NVC is ostensibly taught as a process of interpersonal communication designed to improve compassionate connection to others. However, due to its far-reaching impact it has also been interpreted as a spiritual practice, a set of values, a parenting technique, a method of social change, a mediation tool, an educational orientation, and a worldview.

NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming/Processing)

“Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a wonderfully rich mix of perspectives and perceptual and behavioral skills and tools for personal development and enhanced interactions with others.

NLP is about the ability to discover, understand, and change our own and others’ processes of decision-making, communication, motivation, and learning—simply, elegantly, effectively.

NLP is a model for understanding and working with human behavior. NLP has the ability to get direct access to our internal maps of reality (how we have our life experience represented in our minds) and to shift them, to re-assemble the connections, to update them, and to correct mistaken representations, so that our life experience reflects more of what we want—personally, in our relationships, and on the job.

NLP’s ultimate objective is to contribute to increased choice leading to more fulfilling lives. Put another way, NLP’s ultimate objective is to assist you to change your mind about what is possible for you.

The Name
While the name is awkward—and some object to the word “programming”—it is nonetheless descriptive.

Neuro refers to the brain and neural pathways of the human organism through which our experience is processed via our five senses (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory, and gustatory).

Linguistic is about the content that moves across and along these pathways. It is about the language and nonverbal communication systems through which our neural representations are coded, ordered, and given meaning. These include: pictures, sounds, feelings, tastes, smells, and words.

Programming is the way the content is directed, sequenced, and connected by each of us to produce the thinking patterns and behaviors that are our experience of life. Training in NLP provides the ability to discover, utilize, and change these programs to assist us to have new experiences in life that are more satisfying, fulfilling, and enjoyable.

Phone: 510-556-4325                 Email: marenmetke@gmail.com                    Booking Link: marenmetke.youcanbook.me