Taking Difficulties as the Path DiaPraxis e-newsletter • February 13, 2017 Hello dear friends and colleagues, What a time to be living in... so ma

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Taking Difficulties as the Path

DiaPraxis e-newsletter • February 13, 2017

Hello dear friends and colleagues,

What a time to be living in... so many challenges, and so much creativity unfolding! My husband and I watched Michael Moore's "Where To Invade Next" last night... I imagine most of you have seen it already, but if you haven't, I wanted you to know that despite the scary-sounding name, it is an amazingly hopeful and inspiring film.

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What's New at DiaPraxis

I'm excited about my new online offering: a six-week, small-group journey where we'll be transforming listening challenges into opportunities for growth. "Heart-Centered Listening: Deepening Our Practice, Together".

This offering grew out of my decision to not continue offering single-session empathic listening circles online. As I tuned in to what is being called for right now & how I might best contribute, I became inspired to write this new blog post: "Listening Our Shared World Into Being: the Power and Politics of Being Heard".

There I explore the differences between Forced Listening, Fake (or Instrumental) Listening, and Free Listening... and the ongoing need that we as listeners have, for spaces where we ourselves can be deeply heard. And thus, this new offering... I'm curious to see how it will land. Please join us, if you feel so called!

Resources

Being in a doctoral program means I've been reading way too many books these days! One non-academic read I've been particularly enjoying is Diane Musho Hamilton's "Everything is Workable: A Zen Approach to Conflict Resolution".

Diane's teachings are part of a small-yet-growing field of folks who view conflict as an opportunity and a gift. I count Deep Democracy (and Process Work in general) as part of this growing circle, which also includes Dominic Barter's Restorative Circles work and our own work with Dynamic Facilitation.

Each of these approaches has their own distinctive flavor and unique contributions. At the same time, they each share an underlying orientation of deep respect and appreciation for the creative potential present whenever there are divergent perspectives.

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Special Offer / Reminder

If you are thinking about attending our advanced facilitation workshop coming up in Portland, Maine on April 28 -30, please register soon - the Early Bird discount will be ending on March 1st.

And if you'd like more info about the distinctive way in which Dynamic Facilitation supports the emergence of creativity from divergent perspectives, there's a lot more info on my website. Here's one good place to start...

With much love,
Rosa

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