53 Mill Street, Westfield, MA 01085 • 413.562.3627
Date:March 19th, 2017.
Time:1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Category/Categories:Spiritual Enrichment

Walking to Listen: A Pilgrimage into the New World

March 19, Sunday

Listening is not a natural function that everyone was born with, nor a rare, God-given talent. It is, in fact, an artful skill that must be learned by committed practice.

Listening has also become an endangered experience in the world today. Without earnest, faithful listening practiced by the individual and the collective, there can be no penetrating understanding of self, other, and everything that flows between the two: no meaningful progress, no true healing, no balance, no peace. Listening is a transformational medicine and a useful tool, and it is available for use in personal and professional life, creative pursuits and spiritual practice.

How would our world change if we all listened first? What does it take to become a trustworthy listener? 

In this workshop, we will labor together to listen our way into a new world built by trust and true connection, using a combination of storytelling, discussion, dyad and group exercises, and guided meditation.

1:30-4:30pm Fee: $35. Students $10. Pre-registration is required. 

Leader: Andrew Forsthoefel


Andrew Forsthoefel is an author, speaker, and peace activist living in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. After graduating from Middlebury College in 2011, he spent eleven months walking across the United States, recording interviews with the people he met along the way. He co-produced a radio documentary about his walk that was featured on This American Life and his book, Walking to Listen (Bloomsbury, 2017), tells the full tale of his journey. He teaches walking and listening as practices in connective presence, personal transformation, and conflict resolution. Visit him at walkingtolisten.com.

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Try living one day without any unhealthy thoughts. It may be very difficult, but try another day, until it becomes habitual, and life will move in the direction of becoming healthy, vital, and alive.
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