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

Introductory Videos

An enemy is one whose story we have not heard. 

~ Gene Knudsen Hoffman