Part II: Compassion In Action: Tools for Compassionate Listening with Amalia Phillips and Liz Spitzer
Time & Location
About The Event
Facilitated by Amalia Phillips and Liz Spitzer
Saturdays - October 17 - November 7, 2020
3:30-5:50pm PST / 4:30-6:30pm MST / 5:30-7:30 CST / 6:30-8:30pm EST
In this continuation of a two-part series, we will hone our listening skills, experience a sense of connection and enjoy time for self-nurturing, spirit raising, and communication skills building. We will deepen our practice of resilience building, learn about our relationship with conflict, get off the Drama Triangle, and seek to identify multiple perspectives to get away from 'my way' or 'your way' to creatively find the 'third way.'
In the face of increasing stress, polarity, and disparity, how can we live the values we care about with both skill and grace?
It is challenging to speak our truths sometimes without disagreement or judgment from those closest to us. We may choose to remain silent or steer from controversial issues.
In this basics workshop you will begin to explore the five Core Practices and learn the skills necessary to bring these powerful practices into your daily life:
• Cultivate compassion and a willingness to remain engaged when there are disagreements
• Step into the shoes of another person to truly understand his/her perspective
• Understand what it means to be a "fair witness" by remaining neutral in conflict situations and avoiding the pitfalls of defensiveness and blame
• Establish boundaries that respect the privacy of the other person
• Listen with both ears and a heart that creates space for the other person and differences in values, opinions, and attitudes
• Speak from the heart with language that reflects a healing intention rather than words of blame or judgement
• Become attuned to the energy of conflict and intervening in a way that transform the energy of conflict into an opportunity for connection, collaboration and sustainable solution
• Cultivating Compassion
The standard course fee is $100 for 4 sessions.
We offer a pay ‘what you can afford’ structure. Participants can pay anywhere from $75 to $125 for those who can afford the cost, which supports the ongoing offering for all to participate.
Contact Amalia at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a scholarship.
We don't want anyone who earnestly wants to attend to miss out because of finances. If you know anyone who may want to join, please feel free to share.
Amalia Phillips, Annapolis, Maryland
Amalia is 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. She brings the principles of Compassionate Listening to different settings in the Annapolis, DC and Baltimore area including religious organizations, educational institutions, volunteer organizations, and her Listening Room. For more information on her powerful Listening Room, see Amalia’s Facebook page here.
Elizabeth Spitzer, Portland, Oregon
Elizabeth (Liz) Spitzer is presently loving life as a certified Mental Health First Aid trainer, certified NAMI Family-to-Family teacher, and Professional Life Coach. Co-owning a business with her husband, Jeff, is only adding to the fun while they work together to support people in their efforts to create a more friendly world.
Through Expressive-Connections - their professional Coaching and Consulting business - Liz works to bring together knowledge, teachings, and resources from multiple sources to assist others in their desire and effort to understand, unite, and create the friendlier world they want to see. As a current Compassionate Listening (CL) Facilitator-in-Training she is excited to work alongside an amazing network of certified CL trainers who come from all walks of life and hold immense wisdom from their experiences and learning.