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, developed the concept of Compassionate Listening from her deep Quaker roots. She was also influenced by her teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh. We created the curriculum and teach world-wide. 

  • Join Compassion Circles!

  • Take a workshop

  • Start a practice group in your home or community

  • Become a facilitator

  • Choose one of our facilitators for coaching or mentoring


Join us for profound immersions: Journey to the Heart of Israel and Palestine, November 2020


Journey to Alabama, 

October, 2020. 

"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
CL Online Intro with Tom McSteen**Full 2 Day Intro
Thu, Aug 27
Online Training
Aug 27, 1:00 PM PDT – Oct 01, 3:15 PM PDT
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.
White People's Inner Work: Using Compassionate Listening to Unpack Our Racist Patterns
Wed, Sep 16
Online Training
Sep 16, 1:00 PM PDT – Oct 21, 3:30 PM PDT
Online Training
Compassionate Listening in Polarizing Times
Thu, Sep 24
Sep 24, 4:00 PM – Oct 15, 6:30 PM
Practicing Challenging Political Conversations with our Hearts Open and our Wisdom Intact, with Rachel Eryn Kalish and Susan Partnow
Compassion In Action - Tools for Compassionate Listening
Wed, Sep 30
Online Event
Sep 30, 6:30 PM EDT – Oct 21, 8:30 PM EDT
Online Event
Led by Amalia Phillips and Liz Spitzer
Advanced Training: Inner Guidance - CL with Self and Others
Tue, Oct 13
Online Workshop
Oct 13, 12:00 PM PDT – Dec 01, 2:00 PM PST
Online Workshop
Integrate and embody the Five Core Practices of Compassionate Listening with self and others.

Introductory Videos

An enemy is one whose story we have not heard. 

~ Gene Knudsen Hoffman