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Thu, Feb 11


Online 5-Session Workshop Series

Intro to CL w/ Susan Partnow and Gayle Johnson

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.

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Intro to CL w/ Susan Partnow and Gayle Johnson
Intro to CL w/ Susan Partnow and Gayle Johnson

Time & Location

Feb 11, 2021, 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM PST

Online 5-Session Workshop Series

About The Event

Facilitated by Susan Partnow

Thursdays, February 11 - March 11, 2021 (Feb 11, 18, 25, Mar 4, & 11)

11am-1:30pm Pacific / 2pm-4:30pm Eastern

Compassion is not a luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability; it is essential for human survival.

~ Dalai Lama

Compassionate Listening is a practice that reaches deep into the heart of discord or disconnection, teaching us to listen with a different "ear" to those around us. Its powerful tools help transform the energy of conflict into opportunities for understanding, intimacy at home, healthy relationships, productive teamwork, and positive action. It is a practice that provides a roadmap to what sages from all ages and cultures have taught: cultivating the wisdom of the heart is the key to real peace "from the inside out."

The skills of Compassionate Listening will empower you to become a stronger peacemaker. As we harness the wisdom of our hearts, we can shift challenging communication and relationships into compassionate interaction.

This experiential workshop focuses on the core practices developed by The Compassionate Listening Project:

  • Cultivating and Holding Compassion for Oneself and Others
  • Developing the Fair Witness, without Judgment or Blame
  • Maintaining Balance in the Heat of Conflict, with Respect for Self and Others
  • Listening with the Heart
  • Speaking from the Heart, with Language that Reflects a Healing Intention


Accessibility is important to us, and we wholeheartedly believe in the value of this material and believe you will too. This course is therefore lovingly offered on a sliding scale from $175-375. A $100 deposit is due at the time of registration, which will secure your spot and count toward the full cost of the course. Your balance of $75-275 is due by March 4th (one week before the final session of the course), according to your ability to pay and your perceived value of this training.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made 7 days or more in advance of the event date will receive a 100% refund. Cancellations made after Thursday, February 4 will receive a tuition credit which may be used towards any future Compassionate Listening course or workshop.

Please note that due to the container of trust which participants begin to build with one another early in the 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 your funds applied as credit toward a future course.

Event Details

This online course will be held on Zoom. Rather than a webinar where you can tune in at your convenience and listen casually, our workshop is highly experiential and requires your full presence, participation, and commitment. Please plan to arrive in a quiet distraction-free environment, fully present and available to experience the workshop.  Please do not join the workshop 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 and commit to listening to the recording for any session missed if unforeseen circumstances arise.

After registration and payment, you will receive a registration confirmation and welcome email. Please add us ( to your contact list to ensure that you receive all course access information!

If you have any questions, please contact us.

We are excited to meet you in the circle!


Susan Partnow, M.A., has catalyzed social transformation for 30+ years from Africa to Guatemala, Cuba to Japan and India. Co-founder of Conversation Cafes, Let’s Talk America, Global Citizen Journey and Seattle Restorative Justice, Susan especially enjoys transforming conflict using Restorative Circles, Open Space, World Café and Appreciative Inquiry. She is a mediator, facilitator, and coach. Author of Everyday Speaking for All Occasions and co-contributor to Practicing the Art of Compassionate Listening. Passionately committed to inter-cultural understanding, peacemaking and community building, Susan deeply believes we can and must 'listen our way to wholeness' to find our essential humanity through connection, wise co-creation, and dialogue. She joyfully serves on the Board of Awareness, Courage and Love, dedicated to combatting loneliness and building meaningful relationships. Susan has been an essential part of Compassionate Listening from its earliest days, one of the very first trainers, co-creator of the core practices and the advanced training. You can learn more about Susan at


Gayle is a Certified Life Coach, Reiki Master, and Chakra Clearing practitioner living and working in Seattle, Washington. Following a 25-year career as a non-profit leader in mental health, education, human services and food banking, Gayle is now the owner and founder of EVOLVE Life Coaching – Helping People Live Into Their Happiness. In 2008, Gayle participated on the steering committee that hosted an unprecedented event in Seattle called Seeds of Compassion, which included a lecture series on nurturing compassion and spirituality by the Dalai Lama. She is currently seeking her Compassionate Listening Facilitators Certification, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience in mental health and healing to the CL community.


  • Deposit

    This course is lovingly offered on a sliding scale from $175-375. A $100 deposit is due at the time of registration, which will secure your spot and count toward the full cost of the course. Your balance of $75-275 is due upon completion of the fourth week of the course, according to your ability to pay and your perceived value of this training.

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