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Two Hour Introductory Workshop (Coeur d'Alene, ID)

Is this for you?
It can be maddening to find yourself going around and around with someone over the same issues. You need a way to break out of the dynamic that leaves you feeling disconnected.

You value knowing how to be more connected in yourself and create connection with others. You are ready to learn more about the subtleties of your inner experience and how to communicate that to others. You are able to recognize reactivity, but need concrete tools to help you through it and find a way forward.

How does it work?

You find yourself arguing about missing a turn while driving. The content is trivial, but there is something important underneath.  There is something else going on that has you arguing about little things.

Mindful Compassionate Dialogue helps you find and name the real issues and address them effectively. The real issues are universal: love, respect, understanding, being heard & seen, caring, consideration, trust, intimacy, to name a few. Unfortunately these are often communicated indirectly, for example, “You never listen to me!” could be more directly communicated like this, “Hearing you give me advice, I feel frustrated because I want to be heard. Would you be willing to tell me what you understand about what I'm saying?”

What you can expect in this workshop?

  • An introduction to the framework, skills, and consciousness of Mindful Compassionate Dialogue (
  • Practice using new skills in small groups and pairs.
  • An opportunity for coaching and questions. 
  • You will receive a handout that will help you continue to practice at home.

The objectives for the workshop are:

  • Understand the difference between empathy and other offerings of support such as sympathy, consoling, educating, and problem solving. 
  • See how negotiation doesn't have to be a game of power and convincing.
  • Have an experience of what it feels like to just give and receive empathy with no agenda, problem solving, or arguing. 
  • Begin to practice getting underneath the content of a conversation and dropping into universal values/needs. 
  • Distinguish between making a concrete do-able requests versus a vague wishes or demands. 
  • Discover that being "honest" isn't about sharing your judgments and advice.  It's about revealing your experience and making direct specific and do-able requests.

To read more about the work I offer you can find archive articles here:


7pm-9pm, Friday April 13, 2018
Morning Light Yoga Studio
1319 N. Government Way, Coeur d'Alene ID 83814
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$10.00   Register Online
Space is limited so register as soon as you know that you will attend.  $10 donation is requested.