Meet Compassionate Listening Facilitators

This is a list of Compassionate Listening facilitators. Facilitators are independent from the Compassionate Listening Project – please feel free to contact them directly.

Brian Berman, Ojai, California

Brian Berman TCLPBrian 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.


Lisa Berman, Ojai, California

Lisa Berman TCLPLisa 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.


Therese Charvet, Bainbridge Island, Washington

Therese Charvet

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 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.

Andrea Cohen Kiener, Greenfield, MA


andreackAndrea Cohen Kiener is a community activist in the fields of interfaith relations, the environment and sustainable agriculture. She is an ordained rabbi and counselor (Alliance for Jewish Renewal) and spiritual leader of Temple Israel Greenfield. She was director of Connecticut Interfaith Power and Light for 10 years and is the translator of Conscious Community by Rabbi Kalanymous Kalman Shapira, of blessed memory, a rabbi of the Warsaw Ghetto. Her other publications include “For All Who Call: A Guide to the Enhancement of the Instruction of Jewish Prayer” and “Claiming Earth As Common Ground”, by Jewish Lights Publishers. Andrea has been to the Middle East eight times with the Compassionate Listening Project, including leading and co-leading seven Journeys to Israel and Palestine. Andrea is a certified facilitator of Compassionate Listening.


Andrea Cohen, Seattle, Washington


Andrea Cohen1Andrea Cohen is a communications consultant, project developer, trainer and staff facilitator. She was co-director of a Compassionate Listening-based Jewish-German Reconciliation Project and also directed the Compassionate Listening film Children of Abraham. Andrea facilitates Compassionate Listening workshops locally and internationally and integrates Compassionate Listening fundamentals into dialogue events, the workplace and communities in conflict. She holds Masers Degrees in both Education and Social Work. She is the author of Practicing the Art of Compassionate Listening, a practical guidebook that helps people utilize compassionate listening skills in the heat of daily life challenges.



Glenn Dickter, Santa Fe, New Mexico

glennGlenn Dickter is a small business owner who has had a private practice as a financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial for 29 years.  Glenn was an active board member for Creativity for Peace from 2007 through 2012. He now serves on the Emeritus Board.  He has been involved for 17 years with The Mankind Project.  He is dedicated to the dialogue process as a tool to end conflict.  As a trainer and facilitator, Glenn has brought the principles of Compassionate Listening to a number of settings in Santa Fe and elsewhere, including his synagogue and other church groups, educators, and volunteer organizations.  Perhaps nowhere has he been more inspirational than with his three grown children, who all seem to like each other and their parents, and even enjoy spending time with the whole family together.  They hike, play Scrabble, and whenever they can attend music performances and festivals throughout the southwest.

Maha El-Taji Tahsin, Haifa, Israel

Maha El Taji-DaghashMaha El Taji is a Palestinian-American residing in Haifa, Israel. She is a lawyer with a Masters in International Human Rights Law and a Ph.D. in Near and Middle Eastern Studies. Maha participated in a week-long compassionate listening delegation of Jews and Palestinians at Thich Nhat Hanh’s Buddhist Monastery (Plum Village) in France in July 2001. She completed the introductory and advanced Compassionate Listening trainings, is a certified Compassionate Listening facilitator. She co-led the Israel-Palestine Compassionate Listening delegations with Leah Green from 2004 – 2009. Maha was awarded the University of Washington Graduate Student Medalist Award for being a scholar/citizen for the academic year 2003/2004 and was a Bartos Fellow at United World College in January 2006 where she mentored international students in the Constructive Engagement of Conflict program. Maha is fluent in Arabic and Hebrew.

Phil Fratesi, Baltimore, Maryland

Phil Fratesi is an organizational development consultant and event planner. Phil’s early career in education as a teacher and school administrator taught him that listening to the stories of others was a cornerstone of learning and mutually productive relationships. In his work with organizational leaders, he elicits vision, inclusion, and accountability. The work of Compassionate Listening reflects his values and commitment to assisting others in their personal and organizational development.

Tali Goodfriend, Montreal, Quebec

Tali Goodfriend

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.

Leah Green, Kitsap County, Washington

Leah Green is founder and director of the Compassionate Listening Project. She holds a masters degree in Public Policy and Administration from the Evans School at the University of Washington, where she also completed her coursework for a masters in Middle Eastern Studies. Leah is recognized as a leader in Jewish-Palestinian reconciliation, having led 26 citizen delegations to Jordan, Israel/Palestine, and Syria/Lebanon. She has produced three documentaries about the conflict, including Children of Abraham, and co-founded the Jewish-German Compassionate Listening Project. Leah began teaching CL in Israel and Palestine in 1999, and since that time has taught world wide. Leah is also a facilitator of Systems and Family Constellations, having completed her training with Francesca Mason Boring, and integrates Constellations into her trainings. Leah is a 2003 recipient of the Yoga Journal’s “Karma Yoga Award,”
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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.


Julia Halaby, Boulder Colorado

IMG_1696Julia 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.



Jan Hutton, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Jan HuttonJan Hutton  MSW, a graduate of the University of Michigan, believes in supporting wholeness in every human being. To that end, during the last 45 years, Jan has served as a community organizer and activist, social worker in hospice and hospital settings, meditation teacher and, she hopes, a ‘kind’ person. The operative principle for Jan’s work as a facilitator and mentor is, “How do we look at those who differ from us and see our shared humanity?” She offers Compassionate Listening with the strong belief that implementing peacemaking in the public sector makes it vital we practice, heart to heart, that very same peacemaking in our personal lives; this includes peacemaking with ourselves, i.e., self-compassion. (Do you?) Jan has been privileged to offer trainings in different locales across the country. Please read some of her recent testimonials here: Testimonials for Jan

Peter Hwosch, Portland, Oregon

Peter Head Shot-B+WPeter 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. <




Carol Hwoschinsky, Ashland, Oregon

Carol HwoschinskyCarol Hwsoschinsky is the former Training Director of the Compassionate Listening Project. She holds Masters Degrees in Special Education and Psychology. She is a licensed counselor in private practice, an educator and a mediator. She teaches conflict resolution, develops diversity and conflict resolution curricula for schools and mediates for a Victim/Offender program in the courts and for community disputes. She has worked in Armenia to support dialogue and joint projects with Armenia, Karabakh and Azerbaijan, and taught psychology and communication in the former Soviet Union. Carol is the author of “Listening With the Heart – A Guide for Compassionate Listening”.



Bill Jacobsen, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Bill Jacobsen teaches at Arcadia University in the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Masters Program. His specialty is conflict transformation skill building, offering trainings in Restorative Justice, Beginning Mediation, Intercultural Mediation, Conflict Coaching and Dealing with Difficult People. He earned his Ph.D. in Theology and Communication from Princeton Theological Seminary. Bill mediates in Custody Court and Dependency Court in Philadelphia, is the Director of Mediation Services and Training for The Peace Center in Langhorne, PA. He is the current president of the Association for Conflict Resolution, Greater Delaware Valley Chapter, and serves on the Advisory Committee to the PA Joint Legislative Task Force on Alternative Dispute Resolution. (read more…)

Joanie Levine, Portland, Oregon

Joanie LevineJoanie 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.



Susan Partnow, Seattle, Washington

Susan PartnowSusan Partnow, M.A., organizational development and training consultant ( enjoys being a catalyst for individuals and teams seeking positive changes through workshops, retreats, and coaching. Susan participated in an early trip to Israel/Jordan/Palestine in 1992, and served as a board member for the Compassionate Listening Project from 2000-2004. For over fifteen years she has facilitated dialogues, networking, and community building in organizations, government agencies, and the community to promote positive social change, ‘out of the box’ thinking, collective wisdom and teambuilding. Susan’s interest arises from a lifelong journey as a peacemaker, mediator and activist. (read more…)



Yael Petretti, Western Massachusetts

Yael Petretti Bringing people together comes naturally to Yael. This theme has run through everything she has ever done and continues to be what most inspires her passion in life. Both before and after earning a degree in International Relations at UC Berkeley, Yael traveled widely to meet people of other cultures and creeds.  She organized citizen diplomacy groups to travel to other countries, giving Americans the chance to build real friendships with people they would otherwise have never understood. She served on the Israel-Palestine Working Group at the United Nations and has facilitated a number of Compassionate Listening trainings in the United States.  (read more…)

Amalia Phillips, Annapolis, Maryland

UnknownAmalia Phillips is a long time educator, conflict resolution facilitator (trained by the Alternatives to Violence Project, USA), a mediator (trained by the Anne Arundel Center for mediation) and now a facilitator of Compassionate Listening after completing her mentorship with Leah Green.

She brings the principles of Compassionate Listening to different settings in the Annapolis, DC and Baltimore area including her Listening Room, religious organizations, educational institutions, and volunteer organizations.



Amy Rakusin, Baltimore, Maryland

Amy RakusinAmy Rakusin is a licensed psychotherapist. For over 20 years, Amy has worked with numerous populations using her knowledge of psychodynamic and somatic therapies to bring health and integration of body, mind, and spirit. Specializing in the treatment of trauma, she provides individual and group therapy to survivors of abuse, violence, torture, and war-related conflict. She holds the vision that healing and lasting peace is possible through service and compassion. You can read more about her on her website at

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.




Linda Wolf, Bainbridge Island, Washington

Linda WolfLinda Wolf is co-founder and Director of Teen Talking Circles, whose mission is to educate, inspire and empower young women, foster understanding between the genders, generations and cultures, and support youth activists for a just and sustainable world. She is co-author of the award-winning books, Daughters of the Moon, Sisters of the Sun: Young Women and Mentors on the Transition to Womanhood, andGlobal Uprising: Stories From a New Generation of Activists. Linda trains adults to facilitate teen talking circles and speaks on the issues teenage girls are dealing with and on gender reconciliation through group process. Her handbook, Speaking and Listening from the Heart: The Art of Facilitating Teen Talking Circles was published in the Fall, 2004.

Naomi Wolfe, Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada

Naomi Wolfe lives on Vancouver Island, where she is a faculty member in the English Language Program at North Island College. Originally from Saskatchewan, Naomi also lived, studied and worked in the USA for 11 years and in Guatemala for 10 years. As a teen in Tennessee, Naomi developed a keen interest in anti-racism work and cross-cultural awareness. In Guatemala in the 70’s and 80’s, Naomi did research for the National Indigenous Institute, began her career as an English teacher and studied legal translation. Her journey took her to Toronto and British Columbia in the late 80′s. Naomi’s growing awareness of the challenges and barriers facing immigrants in her community led to the founding of the Campbell River Multicultural and Immigrant Services Association (CRMISA) in 1992. (read more…)



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 ( 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. (read more…)

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