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


“There is nothing within you that is beyond your ability to love and heal”


Living Compass / Healing with Compassion
Coaching, Sessions, Meditation, Consulting & Classes with 
Maren Metke
Holistic Education and Human Development

Welcome to Living Compass

Maren Metke offers 1 on 1, couples and group facilitation, coaching, mediation and more.

She has her masters level of study in Neuro-Linguistics at NLP Marin and over 20 years of immersive NVC (Compassionate Communication) skills working with people of all ages, indivudally and in groups of all sizes.

She started and ran multiple Schools and programs based on holistic, multi-age, community & social-emotionally based, learning style oriented education.

Human development and conflict resolution have been a passion and focus most of her life.

Maren currently resides between the Bay Area and the Sierra Foothills running her client practice and being a musician full time.

For more details about her practice or to schedule a session, scroll below.

2014 Holi Festival, on the banks of the Ganga river, Rishikesh, India

  1. Do you long to feel more fully embodied with what you do in life (purpose, relationships, creativity, health)?

  2. Are you living or working with groups, kids or individuals and want to support improved enjoyment, trust or connection?

  3. Would you like to improve your communication skills and/or feel more grounded or free in general?

  4. Do you find yourself getting short or feeling disconnected with your others only to regret it and feel guilty later?

  5. Do you find yourself in painful judgement (of self or others), or caught in the cycle of blame or shame?

  6. Do you feel the impact of impatience, anxiety or fear on your familial relationships?

If any of the above statements are true for you, then this work may serve you now.

Are you wanting to:

  1. Feel more connected to yourself and others

  2. Be more free to choose your path, outcomes, reactions & responses (and know the difference)

  3. Be more aware of your own needs, joy, impact and power in life & with loved ones

  4. Be more at peace and in alignment internally, and therefore externally.


Book a Session

Maren offers sessions in person, as well as via Skype, Zoom or Phone. Her in-person offices are located in Oakland/Berkeley and Nevada City, CA.

*Following the booking link HERE    -or-  

*Call 510-556-4325   -or-  

*Send an email to marenmetke@gmail.com

There may be times available that are not on the booking calendar. Please feel free to request a time or day that you are needing.


“I'm so happy that I found Maren. I searched high and low trying to find someone with experience in NVC for children. I asked Maren to meet with me 1 on 1 to help in developing and integrating non violent communication methods for my staff. I She helped me in my professional life, and personal life as we worked through NVC methodology together. I would highly recommend her for business workshops, 1 on 1 counseling, or working with a family. She is diverse, kind, and an inspiring teacher.”

~Melanie T. San Francisco, CA

Maren is kind, warm, understanding, and a skilled practitioner and teacher of NVC aka Compassionate Communication.  She has worked with me and my partner on communication and I've grown my NVC skills from a group class with her. I highly recomend a session with her!

  1. L.Bansner, SF, CA

I went to Maren for a 1.5 hour empathy session. 

Maren is a skilled empath and listener.  Asks quality questions and manages to challenge you gently without judgement.  I left with new things to ponder and a better understanding. 


Dominick P., Berkeley, CA

I have enjoyed and profited from Maren Metke's sensitivity and insight in two different housing groups (multiple sessions in each), and recommend her highly.

Jack S., Berkeley, CA

Maren is an unwavering space holder.  Our sessions together have been instrumental in overcoming some significant blocks and working through trauma.  Her NLP and NVC skills are second to none!  I highly recommend working with Maren privately or in group classes!

Steven G, Oakland, CA

“All of 2013 I attended weekly sessions with someone else, but in just ONE session with Maren (Healing with Compassion), we got to dig out some serious layers and I understood the possible root causes of some issues that I've had for years (that never even came up with the other person)! .....and that was only after the first session!

Ladies & gentlemen, this woman is amazing. Not only she has fully gained my trust, but she knows exactly how to listen, ask the right questions and help you find your truth!

I am so lucky and blessed to have this woman help me work out my issues. My partner is starting sessions now too. I highly recommend Maren's service to anyone who needs to figure out what is going on in his/her life! She can really help! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

~Amanda P. Berkeley, CA

“My kids and I learned by the sharing with and guidance by Maren over 4 summers. My experience is that Maren is able to be fully present, listening to the whole person, not just the words, and finds ways to clarify or make the connection we needed but just struggled to get to on our own.

She is able to use so many if her creative talents to flex to the uniqueness of each of us...as we each interact with and process our experiences differently.

This woman carries much wisdom and I highly recommend her.”
~Jules M. Milwaukee WI

“Maren worked with both of my children, for several years. She was a steady, connected, and lovely force in all of our lives. Maren has the ability to be simultaneously light-hearted and silly and also deeply connected to everyone around her. I cannot recommend her enough.”

~Emily P Menlo Park, CA

“Maren is an amazing facilitator and presence. Maren's incredible capacity to hear humans, give them the empathy they need, and support them with a wide range of skills and experience, means that your growth through challenge is well guided in her care.

We have experienced Maren's support as individuals and a couple, and can recommend her highly as a significant support, coach, facilitator, or mediator.”
~T. Maddock. Nevada city, CA

“I am grateful to know Maren to the degree that I do. I've had the honor of working with her as a group leader, trainer/facilitator and have received the benefits of her one on one work. The profound sensitivity and intuitive faculty that she posses combined with world class training and half a lifetime of being awesome as a Mom and a friend to so many of our beloved community members make her a top notch Human in my book. The natural ability, skill and heart she brings to all areas of her life speaks for itself. I would recommend to anyone to work with her whole heartedly and with full confidence.”

~Matthew S. GV, CA

“Maren has an amazing capacity to listen and feed back what she's heard with such compassion, shining clarity on muddled thoughts and helping bring forward new awareness and opportunity for healthy shifts. With an NLP and NVC background, she  skillfully blends compassion and knowledge. She has helped me to affect real change, find my path when I've lost it, and be a better version of myself. I absolutely recommend her.”

~Annie K. GV, CA

“Not only do I feel better after speaking with Maren, but I am amazed by the depth she is able to reach to create lasting positive understanding around my biggest challenges. She is definitely worth contacting for whatever may be on your mind. You will not regret speaking with her, and I bet you will leave with a better understanding of yourself, and able to love and be more compassionate to yourself and others.”

~Tony G., Marina Del Rey, CA

“Maren is a one-of-a-kind gal who knows how to empathize and get down to your specific needs. She has helped the community connect and stay connected through great communication and NVC skills. I highly recommend her for teaching one-on-one and to classes of all ages. She is great with kids and adults alike.”

~Justin A, Oakland, CA

I Have been going through some difficult times as of late and have been recommended to Maren... I am very glad i began doing sessions with her, She has been comprehensive, understanding and helping me identify and work through areas in my life that need a little attention. I highly recommend and support her practice and look forward to what's to come!

~S. Nash, Berkeley, CA

Policies and Agreements

View a PDF of our policies and agreements here, or read below:

Cancellation policy:

We require a 24 hour notice for cancellations. This cares for the time, energy & resources of the facilitator as well as other clients who might have wanted the time you were holding. If you choose to cancel your appointment without this notice,  50-100% (sliding scale) of your session fee is due. Please choose the amount that is workable for you. In the event of a cancellation due to an emergency or tragic circumstances, you can send an email describing the circumstances for consideration of waiving your fee.


Anything you share in the context of our session(s) will be held in confidentiality, unless given consent by the client. Breaking confidentiality will only be considered if the client may be an immediate danger to themselves or another.


Please keep your appointments if possible.

Please arrive on time.

Send plenty of notice if you are going to be late, and know that we may likely have to end the session at the same time agreed upon regardless of when you arrived.

It can be helpful to commit to a certain amount of sessions/time for growth, integration and trust-building together. There is no set formula for how much you might need.

You are under no obligation to continue sessions, if at any time you feel complete working together.

If you signed up for a package offer, be sure to check the Agreements section in your paperwork for any differing commitments or obligations.


              Payment is due at the time of service unless otherwise agreed.

Thank you for visiting. Please feel free to contact us for a free 30 minute consultation by phone, email or book your time here. We look forward to connecting with you.

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

Fees and Payment

My sliding scale fee for sessions, consulting and mediation are $60-$90 per hour, and my class rates are $15-$35 per student, per class (min of 4 students), unless otherwise arranged.

Please choose an amount on the sliding scale, that works for your budget and also feels good to give for the services provided.

Payment is due at the time of service unless otherwise agreed.

You are welcome to pay in cash, check or via PayPal or Venmo

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