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Compassionate Listening in Polarizing Times: Practicing Challenging Political Conversations with our Hearts Open and our Wisdom Intact
Nov 9 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm PST$125 – $250
Mondays, November 9, 4:00- 6:30 pm PST (series of four sessions: 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30)
In this heated pandemic season, we need skills, stamina and practice to foster healthy engagement – to move through The Great Unraveling. No matter what the US election results –and in many other divided nations- we need deep healing. If you face challenging conversations y this series will provide support and tools to maximize your effectiveness. We will help each other focus energy and activate democracy – how to See with New Eyes and Go Forth effectively.
Prerequisite for this workshop is a Compassionate Listening Intro workshop. If you haven’t taken a CL Intro, please sign up for the additional ‘pre-session’ Taste of Compassionate Listening for Thursday, September 10th – link here to register for this pre-session. (Everyone is welcome to register for the pre-session.)
We will meet for four sessions, on Mondays from 4 to 6:30 pm PST (7 to 9:30 EST), from November 9 to 30. We will apply our core practices to these challenging issues and times: cultivating compassion for self and others; developing the fair witness; respecting self and others; listening and speaking from the heart. In these highly interactive sessions you will get to observe role plays and then dive in to practice with partners in the group, with time for reflection, new insights, and retakes. Link here to sign up for the series.
We offer a pay what you can afford structure beyond the $100 to register, which you will decide at the end of the series. The higher end supports the ongoing offering for all to participate. We don’t want anyone who earnestly wants to attend to miss out because of finances: you can contact [email protected] to explore other options.
Susan Partnow, M.A., has catalyzed social transformation for 30+ years from Africa to Guatemala, Cuba to Japan and India. Co-founder of Conversation Cafes, Let’s Talk America, Global Citizen Journey and Seattle Restorative Justice, Susan especially enjoys transforming conflict using Restorative Circles, Open Space, World Café and Appreciative Inquiry. She is a mediator, facilitator, and coach. Author of Everyday Speaking for All Occasions and co-contributor to Practicing the Art of Compassionate Listening. Passionately committed to inter-cultural understanding, peacemaking and community building, Susan deeply believes we can and must ‘listen our way to wholeness’ to find our essential humanity through connection, wise co-creation, and dialogue.
Rachel Eryn Kalish, M.C. has over 30 years as a certified compassionate listening facilitator, mediator, and trainer in the field of conflict transformation. She works on multiple levels: interpersonal, interpersonal, organizational, political and spiritual, balancing visionary thinking with highly sensitive attention to details that can deepen or impede trust and collaboration. She was the facilitator in the pioneering Year of Civil Discourse which changed the conversation about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the Bay Area. Her life’s mission is to bring conflict transformation tools and spiritual practice into our world to increase our capacity for loving, honest, rigorous conversations while maintaining respectful, caring connections.