Compassionate Listening Meets White Fragility Participants say:
"I found being coached through the practice of disrupting and interrupting racism and repairing racial harm extremely helpful! And of course all the other activities were engaging and participatory and embodied multiple ways of learning! Practical, useful and strengthened by the foundations of compassionate listening! yes!!!! thank you!" ~ maureen st.clair
"What a wonderful gift it has been for me to do the kind of work I have wanted to do regarding white privilege for years, but have been unable to find until now. As I said at the close of the class, being heart centered was not what was available when I really wanted to do the work in the early 2000's. I am incredibly grateful to have experienced some of the most skillful facilitation of any group/training I have ever participated in!"
"You did such a good job preparing us for each exercise that we were ready for it (even if we didn't think we were) when it came. I marveled each time at how you were able to meld CL with antiracism work even for beginners to CL. Your skillful planning and experience were quite obvious! " ~ Susan
"All the other lessons were so well considered, beneficial, and full of good learning that built as we went. There is so much good stuff, I can’t imagine how you tried to figure out what to fit in…It was so potent for me to learn that we ALL have stories about how racism has scarred us, how prevalent that is in the culture, and how little we talk about it. It added urgency and universality to this work." ~ LaBrie
"You are each warmly welcoming women, knowledgeable teachers/facilitators, exceptional in your teamwork and in creating a safe space to hold an exploration into the unknown. The work of creating a curriculum of such challenging material and THEN presenting/bringing people together in a zoom classroom to discuss and deepen is beyond my comprehension. To you each, my deepest gratitude and appreciation for your compassionate listening way-of-being, the life, the work - integrating, emerging, evolving. " ~ Wendy
Past participants from delegations organized and co-led by Yael say:
“You have built an amazing program and mission. Your knowledge, passion and strength are so inspiring. I feel so blessed to have been a part of such an amazing journey.”
"This was my first CL journey. It was a fabulous trip - informative, educational, moving, emotional, and transformative. I deeply value the opportunity of meeting and getting to know the Leadership Team and fellow delegates, as well as the numerous people we met, including Vincent. To hear their stories and experiences were wonderful. I was amazed at the vulnerability and deep sharing that was expressed via compassionate listening... something that is needed very much in the world and in my personal life."
“The experience was amazing – eye-opening, mind-bending, and soul-shaking. I would recommend it heartily to anyone who really wants to experience, not just visit, the Holy Land.”
- Robert Stall
"A really impactful part of this course for me was the compassionate listening workshop that we had at the beginning of the semester. Although it was a short afternoon session I still learned a lot of skills about how to listen and engage in a meaningful dialogue with someone, especially when you disagree on something. ..The tools I learned from that workshop have also been really helpful..." - Student, Brandeis University