Leah is Founder and Executive Director of the Compassionate Listening Project. She holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Evans School at the University of Washington, where she also completed her coursework for a Masters in Middle Eastern Studies. Leah is recognized as a leader in Jewish-Palestinian reconciliation. Since 1990, she’s led 26 training delegations to Israel and Palestine and produced three documentaries about the conflict, including Children of Abraham, and Crossing the Lines: Palestinians and Israelis Speak With the Compassionate Listening Project. Leah has led delegations to Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, and co-founded the Jewish-German Compassionate Listening Project in 2002. She is a facilitator of Systems and Family Constellations and integrates Constellations into her trainings. Leah is a past recipient of the Yoga Journal’s “Karma Yoga Award." She mentors new facilitators through the certification program and is available for coaching sessions by phone. Contact Leah for more information.
Chapters about Leah’s work are included in the following books:
• Soul Stories, by Gary Zukav
• Peace In Our Lifetime, by Susan Skog
• Soul of Success: A Woman’s Guide to Authentic Power, by Jennifer Hawthorne;
• Peace, Justice and Jews: Reclaiming Our Tradition, by Stefen Merken and Murray Polner;
• Beyond Bullets and Bombs: Grassroots Peacebuilding
between Israelis and Palestinians, by Dr. Judy Kuriansky;
• Love for no Reason: 7 Steps to Creating a Life of Unconditional Love, by Marci Shimoff;
• Compassionate Listening and other Writings by Gene Knudsen Hoffman, by Anthony Manousos
Laurie lives her life from a van named Gertrude while traveling around the West coast with her partner. She is passionate about small actions that make a difference, cultivating connection between humans, stewarding the natural world, and the power of communication from the heart (which comes in handy when living in a van with another human being).
Laurie first participated with the Compassionate Listening Project in 2015 on the Journey to the Heart of Israel and Palestine. Her passion for deep connection between people has guided her to lead transformational programs for more than 10 years. She has participated in citizen diplomacy work across the Middle East and believes the work of Compassionate Listening is an essential tool-set for the world we live in. Laurie has a passion for mentoring and supporting people to connect to nature, community and self and looks forward to adding Compassionate Listening programs in the beautiful landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.
Morgan aims to be a lifetime practitioner. Whether that's practicing yoga, meditation, kindness, nourishing the body, and being truly present with oneself and others. Morgan is a Certified Professional Midwife and Licensed Midwife in WA State and owns a home birth practice on the Kitsap Peninsula. Before midwifery school, she received a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature and Women's Studies from the University of Michigan. Throughout her 4 years as an undergraduate, she worked in university development as a Student Fundraising Manager. Administrative work for the Compassionate Listening Project is her expression of service to the beautiful, powerful work the organization does. Please send questions, requests, comments, and "hello's" her way!