Compassionate Listening–Introductory Workshop
Saturday Feb 2, 10am-6pm; Sunday Feb 3, 9am – 4:30pm (note: you must attend Saturday in order to join us Sunday)
Taught by Therese Charvet, Certified Facilitator
Many of us feel at a loss when a friend or family member wants to share a story about a challenge or heart-ache they are dealing with. We feel we need to offer helpful advice, or at least say something profound. Truth is, the ‘medicine’ of listening with presence, an open heart and an open mind is the most healing gift we can offer! Compassionate Listening operates from the premise that each of us already has the wisdom to find our way to the next step; a good listener provides a mirror that enables the other to connect with the inner guide. This Intensive will provide you with skills and practice so you can do just that.
In addition, we all need support for dealing with challenges, conflict and difficulty in relationships….whether at work, at home, or in the community. This week-end will provide many opportunities for delving into these. Through a series of structured exercises designed to help you understand the root cause and underlying needs in these situations, your understandings will deepen and ways for resolution will emerge. Come with an open heart, willing to share your stories and practice new skills with a small group of dedicated learners and listeners.
Sacred Groves is a unique, healing place, ideal for doing this heart-opening work. The schedule includes opportunities to walk quietly in the woods, letting mother nature help you integrate what you are learning. There are options for staying overnight in the healing beauty of the Groves.
Compassionate Listening is a practice that reaches deep into the heart of discord or disconnection, teaching people to listen with a different “ear” to those around them. Its powerful tools help transform the energy of conflict into opportunities for understanding, intimacy at home, healthy relations, productive teamwork, and positive action. It is a practice that provides a road-map 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 week-end workshop is $225 which includes lunch both days. Saturday only: $150. (partial scholarships available upon request)
Lodging options are limited and assigned on a first-come, first served basis. We ask $40/person/night for a shared room or cabin, which includes breakfast. Depending on demand, we may have a private room available for $75. Pre-registration and a deposit is required.
To confirm your intention to attend, please make a $100 deposit on-line by clicking the “Buy Now” button and using PayPal or your credit card. If you prefer to send a check, please write it to Sacred Groves and send to 9255 Holly Farm Lane, Bainbridge Is, WA 98110. THANK YOU!
“This weekend was way beyond words. Your holding and facilitating, your humor and wisdom, as well as holding space awareness for the group was a very fruitful soil for what came to me this morning. This morning my awareness to things around me grew and I could see a tree without words or conceprts, looking from my heart’s expansion and wisdom. I think that the experience I had in Mendoza showed me a sign in my road journey, and what is possible and ahead for me. Your workshop provided me with a first space toward that endless awareness I need to grow into.
Sometimes I feel, in my journey, like a young wizard that discovers she has magic she did not know about, and does not know what to do with, as well as, scared of the responsibility for the powers the magic holds. I hope I did not misused the powers of my growing awareness this weekend, and did not confused other group members in the process.
Thank you again for all you are doing, and thank you for being you.” Yael, 2016
“I can honestly say that this workshop changed my life. I learned a new set of skills that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Therese is an incredible teacher and facilitator. The energy in her beautiful space is so welcoming and open. The group of attendees grew very close over the two days. We learned practical listening and communication skills, which we put into practice in small group exercises. Just by listening to one another we saw our feeling of connection and compassion for each other grow. We found that in our culture we don’t often just listen or on the flip side – really feel heard. Its a very powerful and moving practice. I’ve started using what I learned and I’m already seeing the results. I’m having a deeper connection with the people around me and a more loving and compassionate sense of self! We all need tools – and these tools are essential to living a connected and deeply fulfilling life!” –Lindsay M.
“Dear Therese…….A few months ago, my friend’s grandpa died. This grandpa was like a father to him. I knew that the time for his grandpa to die was near and I called to check up on him. Because of the skills I learned in your Compassionate Listening workshop, I wasn’t afraid to call. For most people it is uncomfortable to talk about death, but because of the skills I learned from Compassionate Listening I knew I didn’t have to fix it I just had to open my heart, be present, and listen. This was such a wonderful gift for him when he felt that his other friends and family had abandoned him because they didn’t know what to say. I knew I didn’t have to say anything, just listen with compassion. We became very close friends after this experience we shared and now we are in an intimate relationship. Thank you so much you have blessed both of our lives. Love, S.”
When Someone deeply Listens to you by John Fox
When someone deeply listens to you
it is like holding out a dented cup
you’ve had since childhood
and watching it fill up with
cold, fresh water.
When it balances on top of the brim,
you are understood.
When it overflows and touches your skin,
you are loved.
When someone deeply listens to you,
the room where you stay
starts a new life
and the place where you wrote
your first poem
begins to glow in your mind’s eye.
It is as if gold has been discovered!
When someone deeply listens to you,
your bare feet are on the earth
and a beloved land that seemed distant
is now at home within you.
— John Fox
The Compassionate Listening Project
The Compassionate Listening Project (TCLP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and empowering individuals to strive for peace through the cultivation and practice of powerful listening skills. Therese is a Certified Facilitator with The Compassionate Listening Project and chair of TCLP’s Board of Directors. She has been integrating its tools and teachings into her community healing work since 2002. She believes that Compassionate Listening can help us find our way to reconciliation and understanding in our challenging relationships, re-weaving our families and communities.