Marcia Christen

(CNVC Certified Trainer)

Marcia Christen

I have been interested in personal healing, since I was a teenager growing up in North Seattle. I've wanted to discover how to find peace within and how to heal families so that the world may become a more loving, compassionate place. I am so excited to be sharing NVC because it keeps me closer to the consciousness that has become such an important, core part of my life.

To follow my interests I received a B.A. in Sociology with a Minor in History in 1988 from the University of New Mexico. I received my teaching certificate for Social Studies 7-12th grade the next year. When my husband and I returned to Washington, I became an Ameri Corps volunteer and worked at Kitsap County Project Family, a non-profit agency for the prevention of child abuse. There I worked with pregnant and parenting teens, and parents of young children. I learned many parenting programs and curricula. I received my most important degree in 1993, when our first child was born. I then got a double degree in 1996 when our twins were born. And all the parent education preparation didn't help me understand how to navigate my inner landscape, let alone help me teach my children how to self-regulate. Thankfully, I was asked if I might be interested in joining an NVC practice group in 2006 and my life changed. NVC has helped me realize my dream of helping to spread compassion and has greatly benefited my relationship with myself, my children, my husband and my world. Now I want to help others explore this meaningful work.

Within the last ten years I have taught 3rd and 4th graders NVC using Sura Hart's The No Fault Classroom and worked as an aid for 4 years while also serving as the school's Student Support Coordinator. I have been volunteering at the Women's prison sharing NVC since 2010 and I have been teaching middle schoolers NVC at the local Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. I have a passion for sharing NVC to anyone who is interested in exploring self-growth and learning a different way of speaking and listening. I especially love to work with parents and teachers. I have attended Family Camp with my family for the past 2 years. I provide community workshops and facilitate practice groups in Kitsap County. I also work with individuals and offer NVC mentoring and coaching. Please email me at m g c h r i s t e n AT DOMAIN aol~com.

Practice Groups


BAINBRIDGE ISLAND / 98310: Kitsap County, Bainbridge, Poulsbo, Silverdale, Bremerton: We have a mixed group of intermediate and beginning practitioners. We have an open format where we sometimes practice giving and receiving empathy and other times where we have more of a lesson on a topic requested and an exercise. We do role plays, use floor cards, use NVC Grok cards, or whatever is supportive.
Email Marcia Christen m a r c i a AT DOMAIN compassionate-language~com before attending if possible.
First and Third Monday of the month, Bainbridge Island, 7-9pm.
New group forming in Port Orchard.  email with a request to join this group.  New groups forming all the time. See website for current schedule: http://www.compassionate-language.com
Facilitated by Marcia Christen, CNVC certified trainer, m a r c i a AT DOMAIN compassionate-language~com.

Special Interest: Beginning NVC, Intermediate NVC, Advanced NVC, NVC for Parents, NVC at Work, NVC for Teachers, NVC in Health Care

Occurs First/Third Mondays from 7:15 PM to 9:15 PM