It has been the journey of my life to explore how humans listen to and communicate with one another: What are we conveying when we are not speaking? How do we observe another's calm, anxiety, excitement, and integrate that awareness into our response? How can we listen from a deep place of receptivity and curiosity that invites others into true connection and communication?
Through it all, we can only listen to others as deeply and clearly as we are able to listen to ourselves. At the core is self-awareness and empathy.
- Kim Stauffer, Founding Director, The Center for Listening and Presence
Stauffer's experiences as both a social worker and theatre artist have led her to create a unique integration of techniques for building the muscles of deep listening and communication. The result is a progression of theatre exercises and structured improvisations that provide an experiential learning process for participants. These are at the core of the Center for Listening and Presence's work. A diverse team of facilitators with additional specialized offerings are available in conjunction with Listening and Presence techniques. CLP will assemble a team of facilitators and offerings that fit your needs. The work is flexible and can be used in a diverse array of settings. It is applicable for scientists, social workers, medical workers, psychologists, mediators, clergy, educators, and more. Offerings can be rolled out in the form of workshops, intensives, or semester long courses.