Sharon Gubbay Helfer, Montreal, Quebec
Sharon Gubbay Helfer, Ph.D. is an oral historian and video-biographer, specializing in life stories. Over the past twenty years she has been pursuing a deep interest in dialogues, and in particular difficult dialogues, both as a scholar and as a citizen. She has been an active participant in different inter-religious and intercultural groups and was co-president of the Israeli-Palestinian “Montreal Dialogue Group” for a number of years. Her academic research projects include an oral history of pioneers of Jewish-Catholic dialogue in Québec carried out at the Université de Montréal, and a Palestinian-Canadian Life Stories pilot project, at Concordia’s Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling. See Sharon’s website for details. In November 2015, Sharon joined a CLP delegation to Israel and Palestine. This pivotal experience led to her seeking certification as a CLP facilitator. Since certification, Sharon has been following her heart and finding her voice in new ways. Current passions include leading workshops and trainings to help cultivate the strength and clarity we need, in order to co-create new paths forward personally and communally, especially in these polarizing times.
Yehudah Winter, Portland, OR
Yehudah Winter is an RN with a counseling degree. He bicycles in weeklong events that take him into steep, gorgeous terrain. He is a Feldenkrais devotee, a grandfather, world traveler, gardener. Yehudah has been involved with Compassionate Listening just about since its inception, having gone on two delegations (2000 to Israel/Palestine and 2002 to Syria and Lebanon), and returning to Israel/Palestine in 2015 with his partner Joanie Levine, where they facilitated many workshops. The two work as a team to create dynamic CL introductory sessions as well as enhanced learning opportunities.
Joanie Levine, Portland, Oregon
Joanie Levine is a dance ethnologist, wedding celebrant, authentic movement practitioner, world traveler, gardener and grandmother. With Yehudah Winter she facilitated Compassionate Listening trainings in Rwanda and numerous groups in the Ugandan Abayudaya community plus on the 2015 Compassionate Listening Delegation to Israel/Palestine. The two offer CL Introductory Intensives and short workshops in the greater Portland, Oregon area and conduct monthly practice groups in their home. Joanie’s mentor is Leah Green, founder of CLP.
Julia Halaby, Boulder Colorado
Julia Halaby received her Bachelor of Arts from Western State College in Gunnison and a Masters of Arts in Education from University of Colorado, Boulder. She has a 25-year career as a public school teacher, both in Social Studies and Special Education, and currently teaches at Boulder High School. She has held teaching positions throughout the state of Colorado and has developed sensitivity to native and indigenous concerns, socio-economic inequity and diversity. In 2011 she received National Board Certification for Professional Teaching Standards. Her professional accomplishments have been significantly shaped by the learning and practice of Compassionate Listening. Born to a Palestinian father and an American mother; it was in learning to navigate the Israel-Palestine conflict that Julia discovered and embraced Compassionate Listening. She participated in a Compassionate Listening delegation in 2008. Today the teaching, practicing and facilitating of compassionate listening is a primary focus in her life. It is her belief that artistry in communicating with self and others is the key to happiness and fulfillment. She is currently facilitating two monthly practice groups, one in Boulder and one in Denver.
Peter Hwosch, Portland, Oregon
Peter Hwosch is currently documentarian, facilitator and a contributor to curriculum development with The Toolbox Project. His films inform all of us about the power of children to manage their own learning and life. Peter has also worked with Reuniting America, The Transpartisan Alliance, American Building Community, The Seedlings of Peace Summer Camp in Croatia (working with youth from all sides of the Balkans war), is a certified facilitator for The Compassionate Listening Project, is atrained mediator, and a recording and performing songwriter/composer. His work in music outside his own CD releases include films for the Everyone Orchestra, The Scott Pemberton Band and many others.
He is founder/owner/producer of Hwosch Productions, Make It Real Films, and True Wealth Trainings, who’s work revolves around bridge building and creativity applied to systemic change. www.hwosch.com <http://www.hwosch.com>
Lisa Berman, Ojai, California
Lisa Berman is certified in systemic mediation and studied Peace Sciences at the University in Hagen/Germany. She is trained both in Compassionate Listening and Non Violent Communication. Together with her husband Brian, they facilitate healing and reconciliation workshops in the US and Europe. Lisa brings a deep understanding of how life and the wounds of the past affect people’s well-being and health. For the past 30+ years she has worked as a compassionate healer, teacher and workshop leader. Lisa is a Holistic Health Consultant and Transformational Counselor. She is adjunct faculty at Bastyr University in Washington. www.BermanHealing.com
Brian Berman, Ojai, California
Brian Berman: The heart of Brian’s teaching work is peace building, which begins within. As a Compassionate Listening facilitator, Brian cultivates compassion for oneself as the first step, for without peace on the inside there can be no peace on the outside. As the former co-director and facilitator of the Jewish-German Reconciliation Project, Brian’s CL work centered on reconciliation and healing the wounds of war. Together with his wife Lisa, they facilitate healing and reconciliation workshops in the US and Europe. Brian is trained in Hakomi Therapy, Attitudinal Healing, and taught yoga and meditation for many years. He is an award-winning sculptor and teacher. The theme of his artwork is Art for Peace. www.BermanSculpture.com
Tali Goodfriend, Montreal, Quebec
Tali Goodfriend is an Instructor at Vanier College in Montreal, teaching for the past twenty-five years in the field of Early Childhood Education. She integrates into her courses aspects/strategies of Communication Skills, Affective Relationship Building, and more recently Compassionate Listening. An artist with a BA in Studio Art and a Master’s degree in Art Education from Concordia University, her current focuse is on “Art as a Means for Social Awareness”. Going back to her childhood home, Israel/Palestine and working with youth groups on art projects that bring both communities (Israelis and Palestinians) together for a shared experience in art and dialogue. This work is ongoing and continues at the College level.She has also received an award from Concorida University for her ceramic serise: “Earth Mother Mezuzah”. In her role as Certified Compassionate Listening Facilitator she works with the Montreal Dialogue Group.
Therese Charvet, Bainbridge Island, Washington
Therese Charvet has been a teacher, organizer, and facilitator for over 30 years, in a variety of contexts and venues, professional, community, and spiritual. She is a nurse, midwife, and ordained minister, and owner /director of Sacred Groves, a small eco-spiritual center based on her property on Bainbridge Island (see www.sacredgroves.com). She trains individuals and couples in Compassionate Listening and has offered the skills as a peacemaking tool in a variety of organizational and individual situations.
Sarah Zale, Port Townsend and Seattle, Washington
Sarah Zale is founder and director of The Listening Tree Project (LTP), an academic program with Compassionate Listening and interactive theatre (Theatre of the Oppressed) as its foundational tools (http://new.shoreline.edu/listening-tree/). Its mission is to promote a climate of equality, justice, and respect for all people, and facilitate student leadership development. LTP is designed so that members of the campus community participate in problem-solving around issues that traditionally have made education and the delivery of services difficult for all students, faculty, and staff, but especially for those of color, women, differently-abled people, religious minorities, LGBTQ people, immigrants and international students, and low-income people. Continue reading “Zale, Sarah” →