Thu, Jan 06 | Online 4-Session Workshop Series

Cultivating A Forgiving Heart with Amalia Phillips & Liz Spitzer

Join us for a journey on the path of letting go and forgiving.
Cultivating A Forgiving Heart with Amalia Phillips & Liz Spitzer

Time & Location

Jan 06, 2022, 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Online 4-Session Workshop Series

About The Event

Cultivating A Forgiving Heart with Amalia Phillips & Liz Spitzer

A Four-Session Online Workshop Series

Thursdays, January 6, 13, 20 & 27  

12:00-2:30 pm PST | 1:00-3:30pm MST | 2:00-4:30pm CST | 3:00-5:30pm EST

For many of us, the months of November and December are full of the promise of the upcoming holidays, a time of joy and celebration, an experience of greater intimacy, care, and empathy. For others, this is the beginning of the holiday blues, a time of high emotion involving shopping for gifts, social events, and expectations of a good family time. These pressures can cause added anxiety, tension, and perhaps even resentment. During trying times, it becomes clearer than ever that we are all wounded, flawed, and messy—including our own selves—and that we can use whatever arises as a tool for growth.

Join us for a journey on the path of letting go and forgiving. We believe that in order for forgiveness to take place, the healing must begin inside—only then can it start to reflect outwards and into our life.

Forgiveness is both a path and a learnable skill. In this workshop, you will use the 5 core practices of Compassionate Listening as a framework to explore your belief and assumptions about forgiveness, and explore necessary steps and useful practices to help you feel safe on your continued journey towards the cultivation of a forgiving heart.

This course is for anyone who:

  • Wants to benefit from more compassion, healthier boundaries, and a letting-go of expectations and resentments;
  • Is ready to take greater personal responsibility and shed the stories that keep them disconnected or stuck in patterns that no longer serve them;
  • Is willing to remove the armor of self-protection, and notice where they can create more connection and harmony with the people in their life;
  • Is seeking guidance to gain healing and closure from negative events and past hurts;
  • Wants to feel lighter, more peaceful, and more ready to live life to its fullest.

Your admission to this workshop includes a PDF copy of Practicing the Art of Compassionate Listening. You may wish to read this book (or sections of it) in advance of the training. 


A prerequisite for this course is some familiarity with Compassionate Listening—ideally an introductory workshop or participation in a delegation.


$250 - Friend

$300 - Supporter

$350 - Champion

$400 - Visionary

A limited number of $175 tickets are available for those who require financial assistance in order to attend.

The cost for this workshop series is tiered according to a pay-as-you-are-able structure. This enables us to offer workshops in a financially sustainable way while creating accessibility for those without financial means to attend, as well as opportunities for generosity for those who would like to support others' attendance.

We are committed to accessibility and sincerely wish for all who wish to attend our workshops to be able to do so, regardless of financial means. If the $175 ticket price is not affordable for you, please submit a scholarship request.

Your generous donations make our scholarship program possible. If you have the means, please consider donating to our scholarship fund to enable others to attend who otherwise would not be able to do so.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made 7 days or more in advance of the first session will receive a 100% refund. Cancellations made within 7 days of the first session will receive a tuition credit which may be used towards any future Compassionate Listening course or workshop.

Please note that due to the sacred container of trust which participants build with one another in this course, as well as the cumulative nature of the curriculum, we request that participants make every effort to attend the first session. Should unforeseen circumstances prevent this, your registration will be cancelled and we will apply your tuition as credit toward a future course.

Event Details

This online workshop will be held on Zoom. Our workshop are highly experiential and require your full presence, participation, and commitment to show up without distraction. Please plan to show up in a quiet, distraction-free environment, fully present and available to engage with the workshop. Please do not join while in transit (walking, driving, on the bus, etc.), or while multitasking (cooking, working, watching television, etc.).

Breakout rooms will be used to guide participants through our introductory curriculum in small groups. Please connect to the event using a device that has full video and audio capability, and plan to have your video turned on for the majority of the workshop once it begins. (It's okay to turn your video off temporarily if a background visual distraction occurs.) Finally, we respectfully request that you attend all sessions possible.

This is a 4-session class. Please note that all participants are required to attend the first session in order to honor and support the container of trust which will set the tone for the following three sessions. 

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Looking forward to meeting you in the circle!


Amalia Phillips | Anapolis, Maryland

Amalia brings a wealth of experience in the US and around the world as a long-time educator, Conflict Resolution Facilitator (trained by the Alternatives to Violence Project, USA), a mediator (trained by the Anne Arundel Center for mediation), and a Compassionate Listening Facilitator for the Compassionate Listening Project. Amalia artfully shares the principles of Compassionate Listening and nurtures brave conversations with groups of all sizes, including religious organizations, educational institutions, volunteer organizations, and her Listening Room. Amalia resides in Annapolis, MD. She is married and has 6 children and 12 grandchildren.

Elizabeth Spitzer | Portland, Oregon

Liz is the co-founder of Expressive Connections, a small business designed to support people in their efforts to create a friendlier world. She is a personal development Coach, Compassionate Listening® Facilitator-in-Training, Certified Trainer in Adult & Youth Mental Health First Aid®, and a NAMI Family-to-Family Teacher. Her professional Coach training is from iPEC, a leader in Professional Coaching for teaching tools and techniques that dig deep for underlying energy levels, break through limiting beliefs and fears, and help individuals create “choice” in how they think and feel. Liz’s facilitation style is personable and through her cultural mindfulness training she invites people to share their perspectives, differences, and show up with authenticity.


I am so grateful for what [Amalia has] provided and [the workshop was] so well taught. This is a precious gem we can carry and in turn pass on to others. We all want to be heard. It's a basic need in any type of relationship and when done, can open many paths in solving issues. [Amalia's] process had some hidden gems we may not have recognized: Words matter, compassion for ourselves and I think very importantly, learning about how we communicate and what needs tweaking. Can't wait for what is next. 

-Workshop Participant

This CL course... provided a framework for evaluating ways of discussing problems and coming to good outcomes and solutions. Amalia was able to keep us engaged the whole time! 

- Ailine

I am very inspired to continue learning. Thank you so much. I appreciated [your] bringing in artistic elements such as poetry, paintings and meditations. You exemplify some of the exercises through personal example [which] was helpful. 

-Workshop Participant

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