Listening across great divides allows us to understand and empathize with others. When we grasp the foundation of another’s beliefs by receiving their accounts of themselves, polarization gives way to understanding and acceptance. Radical listening is a first step toward healing the destructive divides that afflict our country and our world.WHAT YOU’LL EXPERIENCE
• How to recognize your story by telling it to another
• Creative writing toward discovery
• The radical act of witnessing another’s suffering
This intensive training brings together leaders in psychology, medicine, the humanities, social activism, and the creative arts to inspire and equip us to take radical action in the face of rising racism, sexism, classism, and nationalism. Highlighting many levels of listening, from personal to public, the program includes activities such as
Plenary and small-group presentations
Creative arts and cultural revelations
Writing for discovery
Meditation and nature contemplation
Dyadic work toward deep knowledge of self and others
Mobilizing for activism.
Several groups committed to the rise of radical listening toward social justice are coming together to offer this unique program: Columbia Narrative Medicine’s healing through stories, Carol Gilligan’s Listening Guides, Narrative 4’s story exchange for empathy, Open Society Foundation’s commitment to global justice, and Narativ’s storytelling have combined to create a powerful synthesis of action. Come discover new ways to achieve social justice and personal healing as you learn the art of radical listening.
Note Bring clothing for walks outdoors to appreciate the beauty of the Kripalu’s trails and hiking paths; and yoga clothing if you plan to take yoga classes during your stay; and swimsuits for dips in the lake.
“The workshop was challenging, fun, enjoyable, and very valuable. Everyone really showed up authentically, with an openness to be raw and vulnerable. It was beautiful, powerful, and a model for what’s possible.” —Past program participant
“I attended this workshop to become a better doctor, friend, daughter, and storyteller. And to meet other like-minded people, learn from their experience and expertise. These expectations were met and exceeded!” —Past program participant
“What I found most thoughtfully constructed was the multiplicity of modes: small groups you could return to and build sharing; ability to encounter—truly encounter—many other people; of course, the gift of both introduction to compelling and useful ideas and (key!) the time to try them on and out. We could easily do a week.” —Past program participant