Empathy Circles

1st Tuesday of every month. See our Calendar for
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5:30pm PT/ 8:30pm ET and all times in between.

“Empathy is the lifeblood of a vibrant democratic society…When we ignore empathy, we pay an enormous price in the form of depression, apathy, victimization, and anger on an individual level; and crime, neglect, alienation, bullying, even war, on a societal level. When we cultivate empathy…[we cultivate hope], and our capacity, both individually and collectively, to act as moral agents in addressing the enormous challenges facing us today”  Miki Kashtan

What is an Empathy Circle?

“An Empathy Circle is a structured dialogue process based on mutual active listening. The process increases constructive dialogue and mutual understanding by ensuring that each person feels fully heard to their satisfaction.” Edwin Rutsch

Empathy Circles as Imaginal Cells for a Regenerative and Co-creative Future:

Hearing One Another into Being

From one perspective, the small-group format of Empathy Circles can be seen as an effective way for individuals to learn and practice what has been known in the past as “active listening skills”. Yet Empathy Circles are much more than a training tool; they are a powerful way to connect experientially with the deeper reality of our inter-being. As we do so, we begin to shed some of  the dysfunctional cultural conditioning that keeps us feeling isolated and alienated from one another; and, we begin to transform ingrained communication patterns of vying with one another for attention, that are the understandable outcome of a culture of scarcity and competition.” Rosa Z.

References:

The Fearless Heart: Search results for Empathy (baynvc.blogspot.com)

Empathy Circle Website – 1. What is an Empathy Circle?

Empathy Circles as Imaginal Cells for a Regenerative and Co-creative Future | The Listening Arts

If you are already an empathy circle facilitator, or would like to engage in a free training to be a Peace Alliance Empathy Circle Facilitator, please contact [email protected]

Mailing Address:

2108 Military Rd

Arlington, VA, 22207