On Judgements and Labels: A Four-Session Online Workshop Series with Amalia Phillips and Liz Spitzer
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On Labels and Judgements: A Four-Session Online Workshop Series with Amalia Phillips and Liz Spitzer
Saturdays, April 10, 17, 24, & May 1
7:30am-9:30am Pacific / 10:30am-12:30pm Eastern
We label all the time. It’s literally impossible to speak or reason about things without naming them and lumping them into categories that are separate from other categories. Throughout our lives, people attach labels to us, and those labels reflect and affect how we and others think about our identities. While labels can reflect positive characteristics, set useful expectations, and provide meaningful goals in our lives, often labels are the result of unfounded assumptions and stereotypes.
We regularly apply labels to people who we barely know or have never even met, and the same is done to us. Moreover, we often assign characteristics to a category, and then assume that they apply to all members of the group. This reflex is at the heart of sexism, racism, and even things like political strife, nationalism, and xenophobia. Other problems arise when we don’t understand that categories don’t always neatly fit every instance, or that the way we categorize things or people are cultural choices, not objective absolutes.
In this workshop series, participants will use the practices and principles of Compassionate Listening to reflect on the origins of our go-to labels and judgements, explore the ways they rupture or prevent connection with ourselves and others, and learn how to create more connective relationships, be more effective in our political engagement, and cultivate a deeper understanding of others' complexities.
This Workshop is for you if you:
- Are willing to dig deep, reflect and discuss your own labels and the labels you’ve given others and their influence on your identity.
- Struggle with any level of difficulty or challenge in your life as a result of labeling and/or stereotyping.
- Seek mindful and compassionate listening to support your personal growth.
- Want to integrate powerful practices of Compassionate Listening to help support you, your community & the world, as you move from harmful 'isms' to self-awareness and connection based on mutual value-system and humanity.
The prerequisite for this course is some familiarity with Compassionate Listening—ideally an introductory workshop or participation in a delegation. If you haven’t had any of these experiences, please sign up for one of our practice sessions, and consider practicing on your own by purchasing our book, Practicing the Art of Compassionate Listening.
The cost for this workshop series is $150. A limited number of $125 tickets are available for those who require financial assistance in order to attend. $175 tickets are also available 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. Please submit a scholarship request if finances are a barrier to your participation.
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.
Cancellations made 7 days or more in advance of the first session will receive a 100% refund. Cancellations made after Saturday, April 3rd 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.
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 series. 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.
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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.
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- Requesting Support$125$1250$0