Practice Groups

Practice Groups provide an opportunity to learn and practice the skills of Compassionate Listening in an informal evening format. Generally, they are open to anyone interested: both those who have attended previous Compassionate Listening trainings and those who have not. Contact the facilitator to find out more about the group.

We encourage anyone who has taken a training in Compassionate Listening to start a Practice Group as a way to promote opportunities to practice the skills in a safe way. The following document includes much information about starting and managing a Practice Group. Feel free to print and use it!


Click here to download our Practice Group Manual

Click here to download the free Sourcebook on Compassionate Listening, with curricula from Gene Knudsen Hoffman, CL pioneer.

Practicing the Art of Compassionate Listening, including most of the exercises from our introductory intensive.


Lynnwood, WA: Ruth Lee

Facilitator: Ruth Lee
When: First Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St SW, Lynnwood WA

Start date: October 23, 2017  – Our practice group will meet monthly, 4th Monday through May 2018 (except Dec) from 6:30-8:00 pm

Registration: $25 (includes book)

Please RSVP to facilitator Ruth Lee by October 16 (


Greenfield, MA: Andrea Cohen Kiener

Facilitator: Andrea Cohen Kiener
When: First Thursdays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Where: Temple Israel, Greenfield

Everyone welcome – no prior background in CL necessary.

For more information, contact Andrea:


St. Louis, Missouri

Facilitator:  Jacquelyn Foster
When:  Third Thursday each month  6:30 – 8:30 pm
Where:  Compton Heights Christian Church,  2149 S. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63104
 For more information contact Jacquelyn Foster ( or call 314-771-5071

Montreal, Canada, with Tali Goodfriend


Facilitator:Tali Goodfriend
When:Thursdays 6:00-8:00 PM
For more information, contact or at 514-844-9757


Des Moines, WA

Facilitator: Allison Goldstein & Evie Boykan
When: Second Monday of the month, 7:30-9:00pm
Where: Sukha Healing Arts Center, 22021 7th Avenue South, Suite 3, Des Moines, WA

For more information contact Allison Goldstein or call 760.716.3817


Portland, Oregon

Facilitator: Yehudah (Alan) Winter and Joanie Levine
When: One Sunday a month, 10am to 12noon
5707 NE 15th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97211 or another private home in SW Portland
For more information, contact Yehudah or call (503) 287-8737


Boulder, Colorado

Facilitator: Julia Halaby
When: Second Wednesday each month, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Friends Meeting House, 1825 Upland Avenue, Boulder, CO 80304

For more information, contact Julia by calling 303-949-9275.


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