Compassionate Listening Project

A non-profit organization dedicated to empowering individuals and communities to transform conflict and strengthen cultures of peace


Gene Knudsen Hoffman, international peacemaker and Quaker, developed the concept of Compassionate Listening. She was influenced by her teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, who she worked with in the 1970s. We created the curriculum and teach world-wide. 


Join us for profound immersions: Journey to the Heart of Israel and Palestine, Stay tuned for post-Covid dates!

Journey to Alabama, 

stay tuned for post-coved dates!

"Deep listening is the kind of listening that can help relieve the suffering of another person. You can call it compassionate listening. You listen with only one purpose: to help him or her to empty his heart...

Because you know that listening like that, you give that person a chance to suffer less. If you want to help him to correct his perception, you wait for another time...You just listen with compassion and help him to suffer less. One hour like that can bring transformation and healing."

-Thich Nhat Hanh

Upcoming Events

White-Bodied Inner Work: Using Compassionate Listening to Unpack Our Racial Conditioning
Sat, Jan 09
Online Training
Jan 09, 2021, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM PST
Online Training
This 6-week online series will co-create a learning space for exploring our racial conditioning in the framework of Compassionate Listening, a heart-centered practice of deep listening and speaking from the heart. We hope that our inner healing will ripple out into the world through our actions.
Taste of Compassionate Listening
Mon, Jan 11
Online Workshop
Jan 11, 2021, 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM PST
Online Workshop
with Susan Partnow & Rachel Eryn Kalish
Compassionate Listening in Polarizing Times
Mon, Jan 18
Online Workshop Series
Jan 18, 2021, 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM PST
Online Workshop Series
Practicing Challenging Political Conversations with our Hearts Open and our Wisdom Intact
Healing Our World from the Inside Out: Intro to Compassionate Listening with Susan Partnow and Gayle Johnson
Thu, Feb 11
Online Training
Feb 11, 2021, 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM PST
Online Training
Humanity is waking up to our interconnectedness as never before - to one another and to the Earth. We believe that learning to listen with compassion to ourselves and others is a key to this awakening, and that our evolutionary capacity is directly linked to our ability to navigate conflict.

Introductory Videos

An enemy is one whose story we have not heard. 

~ Gene Knudsen Hoffman