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Radical Listening | Healing Conversations – at Kripalu

May 31, 2018 @ 8:30 pm - June 3, 2018 @ 12:00 pm


Radical listening is a first step toward healing the destructive divides that afflict our country.This intensive training brings together leaders in Psychology, Medicine, the Humanities, and the Creative Arts to inspire radical action in the face of rising racism, sexism, and nationalism.

Discussions will focus on the personal impacts of dangerous polarities in health care, politics, and global warring. This program highlights many levels of listening, from personal listening skills to mediated listening in the public sphere. Activities include:

  • Plenary group presentations
  • Small group work
  • Writing for discovery
  • Outdoor walking and listening
  • Dyads that move us more deeply toward curiosity, exposure, gaining knowledge of self and other.

Listening across great divides allows us to understand and empathize with others. When we understand the foundation of another’s beliefs by receiving their accounts of themselves, things begin to shift on both sides. The facilitators help guide us through this process being well versed as leaders in the emerging field of Narrative Methods of healing and Communication, and with knowledges from Psychiatry, Psychology, Literature, Philosophy, Visual Arts, Medicine, and Public Health and Social Justice.

Through the generosity of a donor, Columbia has established a modest fund to support half-tuition for up to 10 participants who would require  financial assistance to attend the workshop. Participants who need to be included in the scholarship pool should email their names and e-mail addresses to Cindy Smalletz at by May 15, 2018. Ten participants will be chosen by lottery from that list. They will receive ½ tuition reimbursement directly from Columbia Narrative Medicine.

Radical Listening presenters include the Division of Narrative Medicine at Columbia, Narrative 4 (founded by Cofounder and President Colum McCann to support empathy through creative forces), the legendary listening projects at NYU and Israel of Carol Gilligan (author of In a Different Voice), Narativ (a free-standing narrative training camp), and the Open Society Foundation’s public health project.


Come discover new ways to achieve peace and healing as you learn the art of radical listening.

Learn more and Register Here


May 31, 2018 @ 8:30 pm
June 3, 2018 @ 12:00 pm
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