New Private Empathy Circles Forming with Edwin
Rutsch. Register Now
I'll be offering a series of private weekly Empathy Circles via online
Google Hangouts. Each Empathy Circle is
limited to four people and is 1.5 hours. After years of; practicing and
studying empathy, interviewing 100's of the world's top experts on
empathy and compassion, holding hundreds of Empathy Circles, I have
found these circles to be absolutely the most effective way to
experience, practice and deepen the
benefits of empathy.
What are the Benefits of Empathy and Empathy Circles?
First, being empathic is a way of being and relating in the world. It gives us
a moral foundation, clarity and groundedness for life.
Being heard and deeply
listening to others, maintains emotional and physical well-being. It
nurtures and deepens the wonderful cornucopia of; presence, warmth, caring,
community, belonging, feeling seen, validation, openness, spaciousness,
creativity, collaboration, peace, love, etc. I could go on and on.
Empathy restoratively heals
us from the feelings of; stress, being stuck, anxiety,
fear, loneliness, alienation, self-doubt, self-judgment, grief, shame,
depression, suffering, etc.
mediates conflicts. It restores healthy connection by resolving personal and
interpersonal conflicts. With these skills and attitudes, you will be
able to transformationally mediate conflicts, both internally and
Empathy is a foundation for creativity, innovation and action. It is
the core of Human-Centered Design which is a process used for
creatively designing products, systems, processes and experiences that meet
people's aspirations, needs, values and dreams.
By taking part in an Empathy Circle, you will learn to host your own
circles with; personal relationships, family, friends, creative teams,
colleagues and the larger community. Join an Empathy Circle to build an ever
more caring and connected world.
More Benefits of Empathy...
How it Works and What to Expect
Empathy Circles are a quiet space
that gives you the time to be listened to through reflective dialog, where your
conversation is uninterrupted and then reflected back to you until you feel that
you have been fully heard, seen and validated to your satisfaction. We accompany
each other in our personal journeys. These circles of equal
peers serve as a platform for
nurturing and developing deeper empathy. They are a foundational base and first step in a curriculum
of empathy based processes, skills and way of life.
See recordings of
Empathy is saying to someone:
“I’m trying to be a companion to you in your
search and your
I want to know, am I with you?
Is this the way it seems to you?
Is this the thing you’re trying to express?
Is this the meaning it
has for you?”
So in a sense I’m saying,
“I’m walking with you step by step,
and I want to make sure I am with you.
Am I with you?”
So that’s a little bit of my understanding about empathy."
Flexible Dates, Times and Fees
10 Minutes of Free One on One Empathy, focusing on your feelings and
connecting with your humanity. No judgments, advice, analysis,
detachment, diagnosing, sympathy or pity.
Initial 30 Minute Dialog to learn more, clarity your needs and
see what next steps to take.
Schedule a time and date. ($20)
Hourly One on One Empathic Listening. ($90 hr)
Empathy Circles. Join a weekly Empathy Circle at convenient
times for you and others during the week. Four week series.
($25 per circle, $100 for the
series of four circles).
know times you have available during the week and we can form a circle
at for that time.
Some Open Upcoming Circle Series Dates and Times
||10 am PDT/1 pm EDT
||November 2, 9, 16, 23, etc
||(I'd like to fill
this circle 20 first)
||12 pm PDT/3 pm EDT
||November 2, 9, 16, 23, etc
||10 am PDT/1 pm EDT
||November 1, 8, 15, 22, etc
||We can create a
circle at times that work for you.
Restorative Empathy Circle for Conflict Resolution. I can bring
the mediation process into your home, office, community or online. We
resolve conflict and give you the tools for holding your own ongoing
Empathy Circles. This is incredibly helpful in a family or work
environments. ($120 hr)
Empathy Cafe. Hosting group Empathy Circles of 10 to 100 people+. Available
for using dialog and Empathy Circles for addressing social issues in
organizations, churches, town halls, conferences, etc.
Empathic Human-Centered Design. Using empathy for design team
building, as well as, user needs, goals and aspiration finding.
Theme Based Empathy Circles. I'll shortly be launching theme
based circles. (Bring 4 people together on the topic of your choice and we can form a
circle on that theme). Topics include:
Discovering and articulating your values, needs, desires, personal
meaning and dreams.
Fostering Empathy in the Family
Addressing our Anxieties and Fears
Empathy and Compassion for Animals
Creativity and Innovation
Learning and Book Club Circles
Empathy Circle Facilitator Trainings
Restorative Empathy Circle
(REC) Facilitator Trainings
Nurturing Transformational Empathic Relationships
Addressing Narcissism and Psychopathy
To connect you'll need a webcam and a Google+ account..
For the setup see these instructions..
As an alternative we can also use Skype.
In Person Empathy Circles:
If you are in the San Francisco East Bay you can join an in-person Empathy
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Facilitated by Edwin Rutsch, Founding Director: Center for Building a Culture of Empathy
I'm here to support your needs, values and yearnings for empathy. Let me know
what they are and I will work to create and design ways to support you. My
purpose and vision for life is to
build a world wide culture of empathy and compassion. A global culture where
empathy, standing in each others shoes and supporting each other, becomes the
primary and most important social value.
If you have questions or to take the next step, send me an email at
EdwinRutsch@gmail.com I look
forward to hearing from you.
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