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Christine King, MA has a passion for personal and planetary transformation. She supports groups, individuals and couples in deepening their communication, compassion, and empathy skills. Since 2010, she has taught courses at the University of California Santa Cruz in the following areas: Transformative Action, Transformation Communication, Transformative Justice, and Awakening Compassion. Christine has also spearheaded a restorative justice program at a local elementary school. She has a private practice in mediation, facilitation, and communication coaching.

Fueled by her work in the field of education and a strong interest in personal growth, Christine has traveled, studied, lived, and worked overseas in Europe, India, the Carribean, and the Far East. She has owned an import cheese shop and juice bar, worked as a college program coordinator and a Waldorf school development director, raised two children, chickens, bees and a garden in the countryside while pursuing her interests in meditation, exercise, and social justice. When Christine discovered Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication (NVC), she resonated deeply with the consciousness of NVC and became a certified trainer in 2002. 

“Discovering NVC was a pivotal point in my life. After learning and practicing the skills, it seemed like my entire worldview fell into place—my lifelong interest in politics and justice, self-transformation, and mindfulness. Nonviolent Communication holds a container for all of my passions providing the insight, intention, and clarity to both make sense of the world and be an agent of change. I have tremendous gratitude for NVC developer Marshall Rosenberg and his gift so generously given."

“Since graduate school, I have made a career in education—as a teacher, administrator, and perpetual student. I bring openness, curiosity, passion, and the joy of learning to this work. In 2002, I co-founded NVC Santa Cruz with CNVC trainer Jean Morrison and we subsequently developed NVC educational products.  My current projects include: teaching NVC at UC Santa Cruz residence halls; integrating restorative justice practices into local elementary schools; and teaching courses in treansformation at UCSC."

"NVC has increased my love, compassion, and care for humanity, the planet, and all of its inhabitants."  




Jean Morrison, MA (Psychology, counseling and holistic health) has been providing trainings, consultation, and mediation for diverse groups and organizations for the past 23 years. Since her childhood in rural Northern California, Jean has had strong values for compassionate communication, personal responsibility, healthy lifestyle, honest expression, clarity, playful connections, resourceful living, creativity, and life-long learning. These values are the core of her work with her clients and her personal projects.

Her range of work experiences include:  past Coordinator for the Alternatives to Violence Project at San Quentin State Prison and the introduction of NVC to their Pre-Release Program; providing staff trainings and public retreats in Mindful Communication at the world-renowned Esalen Retreat facility in Big Sur, CA; business consulting and retreat design; trainings for educators and parents; and facilitated dialogues for couples and families. 

Jean’s work integrates whole brain learning and thinking, experiential learning and interactive games, lifestyle management, and the Enneagram system of personality studies.  She is a certified trainer with the international Center for Nonviolent Communication (NVC) since 1989. She co-founded the non-profit, NVC Santa Cruz and she is currently creating new products and materials to support compassionate communication around the world.  (GROK the World!)

For more fun she plays boogie blues piano, loves improvisation and theater games, ping pong, drawing and painting, lives in a small beach town, and enjoys creative projects as well as service-oriented projects with friends.