Compassionate Listening Introductory Training Class

If you have conflict in any area of your life that you would like to learn to manage either better or differently, then this is the training for you! (Or, if you don’t, please let us know, because maybe then we should be learning from you.)

Compassionate Listening is a conflict resolution method that has been used in families, businesses, communities, and in international peacebuilding initiatives since 1990 to help bring people back together. Listening is one of the most precious gifts we can give another human being. The practice of Compassionate Listening builds trust, connection, understanding, respectful dialogue, and sustainable solutions. It is ideal for anyone involved in conflict transformation and peace-building in a professional or personal context, and for those who are passionate about building bridges and healing relationships in our world.

Join us for a Compassionate Listening Introductory Training class at the Living Interfaith Sanctuary on November 2-3 from 10 am – 5pm. This two-day session, led by Susan Partnow, a Compassionate Listening Senior Trainer, and Cathy Merchant, our Interfaith Leader, will introduce and strengthen the practices of:

-Cultivating compassion – towards ourselves and others.
-Developing the fair witness – honing our ability to go to the balcony during stressful interactions and combine cognitive awareness with the wisdom of the heart.
-Respecting self and others.
-Listening and speaking from the heart.
…as well as the opportunity to put these into practice within a safe environment.

This workshop is being offered on a sliding scale of $75 – $150 (no questions asked). Pre-registration is required with your $50 deposit at The remainder will be due at the end of the workshop, according to your ability to pay and your perception of its value. Cancellations within two weeks of the session cannot be refunded. Please note there are some scholarships available, if cost is a concern. Just contact us directly at, and we’ll see what we can work out.