The Tao of Empathy


Tuesdays, August 29 to October 3, 2017 (six sessions)


4:00pm-5:30pm Pacific (California) Time


$252 - $315
Recordings Included

This is a Zoom course: Zoom technology allows everyone the choice to see other participants and to be seen.
(Recordings will display images of only the active speakers.)

The Chinese philosopher Chuang-Tzu stated that true empathy requires listening with the whole being: '… it demands the emptiness of all the faculties. And when the faculties are empty, then the whole being listens. There is then a direct grasp of what is right there before you that can never be heard with the ear or understood with the mind.'
—Excerpt from Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life


Empathy is connection between Self and Other in which we experience our differences from an underlying commonality. In communication, empathic connection is created by both Speaker and Listener, and leads to compassion that optimizes cooperation. Like meditation, yoga, and exercise, a regular practice of empathic speaking and listening contributes to health, wellbeing and optimal functioning.

In this course, John will offer in-depth practice with elements of empathy that give a natural, practical ability to speak and listen from presence and the core components of NVC. You will also learn a Self-Connection Practice that integrates mindfulness with need consciousness, giving the ability to return to connection when triggered into a “fight-flight-freeze” reaction.

Yes, these inner voices DO sometimes derail you – not because they're wicked, but because they have a vested interest in meeting specific needs. If you truly listen to their raucous, competitive words and give them the experience of being deeply heard, each voice or part will gradually realize that their strategies are not in alignment with their needs – and so the transformation begins.

Specifically, you will learn how to:

About John Kinyon

John Kinyon provides communication training, coaching, and facilitation to the public and organizations. He is co-creator of the Mediate Your Life training program, which is a year long public training offered in different parts of the U.S. and internationally. The training gives people the ability to connect across conflicting differences and divides, and work together in highly effective ways to reach new possibilities and solutions. John's work is based in the international work of Compassionate Communication (Nonviolent Communication, NVC), developed by Marshall Rosenberg, who John worked closely with for over a decade. John has been a certified trainer of the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) since 2000, and a leader in the worldwide NVC community. John is co-author of the books: From Conflict to Connection: Transforming Difficult Conversations into Peaceful Resolutions, and Choosing Peace: New Ways to Communicate to Reduce Stress, Create Connection, and Resolve Conflict.

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