Winter of Listening: A Circle of Trust In a Time of Pandemic

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A soulful process of self-discovery and inner life exploration. Six online sessions of 90 minutes on Tuesday evenings Jan. 12-Feb.16, 2021

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This is a 'winter of listening'.

In an uncertain time of pandemic and social change, Dan Hines guides a process of respectful self-discovery as we 'hear one another into deeper speech'. This Circle of Trust is informed by the small group practices of activist Parker J. Palmer, who mentored Dan, and guided by the work of the collaboration known as The Center for Courage & Renewal.

We will meet for six sessions on the Zoom platform. Each session lasts for 90 minutes. The six sessions are held on Tuesday evenings 7:00 pm PDT. (There is another set of sessions being offered on Tuesday mornings and you can find out more with this link).

The first session of the six is on Tuesday Jan. 12 and the final session is on Tuesday Feb. 16, 2021.

Registration is limited to 15 participants.

Dan believes that every person has access to an inner source of truth, named in various wisdom traditions as identity, true self, heart, the witness, the navigator, spirit or soul. The inner teacher is a source of guidance and strength that helps us find our way through life’s complexities and challenges.

These sessions give us a chance to listen to this source, learn from it and discover its imperatives for our work and our lives.

The title "Winter of Listening' is taken from a poem by the well-known poet David Whyte. The poem will serve as a touchstone for our process of shared learning.

Winter of Listening

No one but me by the fire,

my hands burning

red in the palms while

the night wind carries

everything away outside.

All this petty worry

while the great cloak

of the sky grows dark

and intense

round every living thing.

What is precious

inside us does not

care to be known

by the mind

in ways that diminish

its presence.

What we strive for

in perfection

is not what turns us

into the lit angel

we desire,

what disturbs

and then nourishes

has everything

we need.

What we hate

in ourselves

is what we cannot know

in ourselves but

what is true to the pattern

does not need

to be explained.

Inside everyone

is a great shout of joy

waiting to be born.

Even with the summer

so far off

I feel it grown in me

now and ready

to arrive in the world.

All those years

listening to those

who had

nothing to say.

All those years


how everything

has its own voice

to make

itself heard.

All those years


how easily

you can belong

to everything

simply by listening.

And the slow


of remembering

how everything

is born from

an opposite

and miraculous


Silence and winter

has led me to that


So let this winter

of listening

be enough

for the new life

I must call my own.

-David Whyte

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