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Level 1: The Listening Circle At Mangalam in Berkeley CA

  • East Bay Berkeley, CA (map)

The listening circle: Leading a transformational practice in life and work

How are we listening to each other, the world, and ourselves? 

How might this affect our action and relationships?

This 2-day training will teach you how to facilitate a listening circle practice for your self and with others. A deep listening practice strengthens relationships and supports any individual or group working with transition and change. 

The Listening Circle reveals the power of story to connect us to each other, our common humanity, and ourselves. It is this connection that is the foundation for resilience — our ability to move with the ups and downs of life and circumstances we cannot control.

In this practice we create the intention to listen and speak from our whole selves - not just our heads. 

We expand awareness into how we listen, hear, and communicate to ourselves, to each other and to the world with discernment, respect and care.

What does this mean for the decisions we are making? The transformation we want to create?

Together we will create a place free from dogma, right answers, or convincing each other of our opinions. 

We will learn the conditions from which this space can be created and the nuances of a practice that can support it in your lives – both personally and professionally.  

Join us as we practice deep listening, learn how to facilitate listening circles, initiate transformation, and share the stories of our lives. 


“This is a different way of thinking about human beings…..Individuals aren't really individuals. They're more like musicians in a jazz quartet, forming a web of unconscious actions and reactions to complement others in the group. You don't look at the informational content of the messages; you look at patterns that show how the message is being sent. Those patterns contain many signals that tell us about the relationship and what's really going on beneath the surface.” 

― Daniel CoyleThe Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups

Learning Outcomes:

  • Deeper ability to listen for a more related and compassionate approach

  • Understanding key elements, competencies and forms of a listening circle 

  • Practice in facilitation of a listening circle and how the practice can benefit different situations within work and life

  • Techniques for building resiliency in transition and transformation - both individually and in groups

  • Applying circle-based systems in different environments: school, prison, community, business, government – for deeper connection, meaning and productivity



    9am Arrival and registration

    930am - 530pm: Session 1 and 2


    930am - 4pm: Session 3 and 4