Compassionate Listening Workshop
9:30 - 5:00 pm
Certified Facilitator: Ilene Stark
REGISTER by emailing Ilene
“Compassionate Listening opened up something in me that has been lying dormant - the passion to listen deeply to others - friends, colleagues, and to those who are not in my circle but to whom my circle extends when I open my heart."
Come join us in a day of learning, practice, sharing and evolving.
In Compassionate Listening the emphasis is on strengthening the influence of the heart through cultivating compassion for ourselves and others, and learning to listen and speak from the heart – even in the heat of conflict. The practice of compassionate listening helps us learn how to reach through layers of protection, defensiveness and reactivity to our essential core. From there, harnessing the power of our heart, we can shift communication and relationships into compassionate interaction.
Our highly experiential workshops are designed around five core practices:
Cultivating Compassion for ourselves and others
Developing the Fair Witness
Respecting Self and Others
Listening with the Heart
Speaking from the Heart… with language that reflects a healing intention
These skills are essential for our evolution as a human species. As the Dalai Lama says, compassion is no longer a luxury, it is essential for our human survival. Learning how to navigate conflict, work with our judgments and triggers, and humanize those we think of as "other" live at the heart of compassionate listening trainings. These are life-long practices that will serve you in all relationships - as friend, parent, child, sibling, neighbor, co-worker, spouse leader and in your relationship with yourself. They will guide you to heal troubled or broken relationships, and strengthen your peace-making skills in daily life.
"Listening creates a holy silence. When you listen generously to people, they can hear truth in themselves, often for the first time. And, in the silence of listening, you can know yourself in everyone. Eventually, you may be able to hear, in everyone and beyond everyone, the unseen singing softly to itself and to you." Rachel Naomi Remen, MD