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October 12 - November 20, 2020

Empathy Circle

Come as You Are!

For 2 hours each week, we gather to practice this simple "gateway" listening practice.

This is a simple, structured group practice that offers emotional support to enhance well being, helps to build trust, increases a sense of being heard for all involved, and provides opportunity for practicing active listening.

It is easy to learn, and can also be used for conflict resolution and for engaging across political divides.

Below is a 9 minute video explaining the process, created by Edwin Reutsch of the Center for Building a Culture of Empathy (who also offers free 4 week training sessions for those who want to learn to facilitate).

Please watch the video to get a basic idea of how the process works.

(We will also go over the process in the beginning of each session.)

Hosted by Rick Feltington & Suzanne Jones

Rick Feltington is a writer, storyteller, educator, creative facilitator, and web developer who values listening, empathy, musical play, silliness, and social innovation. He is the creator of “The Prophecy of the Great Brightening” a theatrical story that weaves in song and community connection practices.

For the last 26 years, Suzanne Jones has been studying and teaching the value of being an empathic presence for others. After receiving a mater's degree in Communication in 2009, she has shared her research on creating partnership relationships between teachers and students through empathy with teachers in several countries. She currently teachers and writes about Nonviolent Communication.

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