Compassionate Listening Project

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

ABOUT US

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. 

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JOURNEYS

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

  • Intro to Compassionate Listening: Healing Our World from the Inside Out with Susan Partnow
    Aug 04, 11:00 AM PDT – Sep 01, 1:30 PM PDT
    Online 5-Session Workshop Series
    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.
  • -SOLD OUT- Cultivating Compassion for Ourselves and Our Planet: 4-Day Nature Retreat at Lake Umbagog
    Aug 24, 2:00 PM EDT
    Umbagog Lake, New Hampshire, Umbagog Lake, United States
    Staying grounded and compassionately connected to ourselves, each other, and this planet we call home is an essential practice of our time.
  • Intro to Compassionate Listening: Healing Our World from the Inside Out with Sharon Gubbay Helfer
    Sep 12, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM PDT
    Online 5-Session Workshop Series
    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.
  • White-Bodied Inner Work: Uncovering Our Racial Conditioning Using Compassionate Listening
    Sep 25, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM PDT
    Online Workshop Series
    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.
  • Compassionate Listening Advanced Training: Deepening Healing & Transforming Relationships
    Sep 28, 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM PDT
    8-Session Online Workshop Series
    Integrate and embody the Five Core Practices of Compassionate Listening with self and others.
  • Compassionate Listening in Polarizing Times
    Thu, Oct 07
    Online 4-Session Workshop Series
    Oct 07, 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM PDT
    Online 4-Session Workshop Series
    Practicing Challenging Political Conversations with our Hearts Open and our Wisdom Intact
  • Intro to Compassionate Listening: Healing Our World from the Inside Out with Amalia Phillips & Liz Spitzer
    Oct 09, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT
    Online 4-Session Workshop Series
    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.
  • Enhancing Balance and Clarity: Respecting Self and Other with Sharon Gubbay Helfer
    Oct 24, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM PDT
    Online 4-Session Workshop Series
    Learning to build healthy boundaries, align with your integrity, and speak with discernment and clarity—even in upsetting and difficult situations.
  • Intro to Compassionate Listening: Healing Our World from the Inside Out with Amalia Phillips & Liz Spitzer
    Nov 01, 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM PDT
    Online 4-Session Workshop Series
    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.
  • Coming Soon: Listening With the Heart in Alabama
    Nov 02, 12:00 PM PDT – Nov 11, 12:00 PM PST
    Location is TBD
    Journey to the heart of Alabama to engage in deep self-reflection and bring the healing gift of Compassionate Listening to our fellow Americans.

Introductory Videos