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Empathy & Vulnerability w. Jonathan & Michael Bean

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Creekside Community Recreation Centre

1 Athlete's Way

Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 0B1

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When people have big feelings their brain seizes up and stops working. In this setting, we create a safe space for people to experience a feeling that is vulnerable enough that their brain seizes up a little (not too much) and then we help them practice how to open up again.

Vulnerability is feeling feelings on purpose and letting other people see them. You know it’s working when people really see you.

Empathy is creating the conditions that allow for someone else to feel feelings and let you see them. You know it’s working when what you’re doing helps people stay open.

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ABOUT EMPATHY & VULNERABILITY VANCOUVER

We aim to make difficult conversations easier, challenging connections simpler, and to equip people with long-term solutions to human problems.

We practice being in and holding space for strong feelings, as a way of forming more meaningful human connections and learning to care for each other and ourselves more skillfully.

We build people’s capacity to live with less stress, more intimacy, and more emotional availability, and we give people the tools to apply those capacities in real life

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WORKSHOP FLOW

6:45-7:00 -- Introductions
7:00-7:30 -- Foundations for E&V
7:30-9:00 -- E&V Practice

Q: What does the “Empathy” part look like?

A: The most important part of the workshop is creating safe space, the group activity of sitting and practicing active listening, being present with other people’s feelings in a supportive and non-judgemental way. Just being in a safe space and watching other people feel vulnerable is an important way to grow your own capacity. If you just elect to sit in the audience you’ll get everything you need from this workshop.

Q: What does the “Vulnerability” part look like?

A: A few people at each workshop will have the opportunity to volunteer to do something uncomfortable in front of the group. Stand there, make eye contact, talk maybe. Just uncomfortable enough that you have control but also actually feel a feeling.

Q: Then what?

A: The person practicing vulnerability is in charge. If they want to open up more and feel more then we offer tools and suggestions. If they want to process and understand the feeling then we offer tools and suggestions.

Q: What kind of tools and suggestions?

A: It’s different for each person! Jonathan brings tools from his work teaching interpersonal skills, including mindfulness and conflict management. Michael brings tools from his work teaching emotional availability, including self-compassion, body awareness, and self-expression.

Q: Who is this workshop for?

A: Anyone who wants to be there. We would love to share this work with you.


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