Building the Empathy Movement

Module 1 : Introduction to
Empathy Circle Facilitation Training

Welcome to this introductory training on how to facilitate an Empathy Circle.  The Empathy Circle is the most effective foundation and gateway practice for learning, practicing and deepening listening and empathy skills, as well as, nurturing an empathic way of being.  Visit for more about the practice.

This website and curriculum will guide you through the process of signing up for the training and what to expect in each of the training Sessions. It has reference links to the material and the exercises we cover.  Module 1 training consists of 5 Sessions of 2.5 hours each. We will meet once a week.

Take a step by step guided video tour of this training and website. 

Our Vision
Our vison is a global culture of empathy that is based on the foundational values of mutual empathy, openness and care.  We believe a global culture based on empathy would contribute to the wellbeing of humanity and the planet.

Our Mission
Our goal and mission is to raise the level of empathy on the planet by  training  all 8 billion people to be able to take part in and facilitate Empathy Circles.   

This is an Open Source Empathy Training. This means we invite anyone to use this training curriculum and resources to hold their own trainings. You can use, study, change, distribute and build on it. Just give credit and link back to this training website. We invite you to also help co-host, co-design, co-develop and co-promote the training for the mutual benefit and well-being of humanity and the planet.  

By Donation
The training is sliding scale by donation $0 to $300.  The trainers are donating their time because they want to contribute to building a culture of empathy and spread the Empathy Circle practice as widely as possible.  We would like everyone on the planet to be able to know how to take part in an Empathy Circle, facilitate one, and be able to train others in the practice. We know that if this vision and practice is widely spread, it will nurture greater well-being in the world. If you would like to contribute to supporting this work, you can make a donation here on PayPal.

Getting Started
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Two Empathy Circle Prerequisite
There is a prerequisite that you have taken part in at least two Intro Empathy Circles as a participant before doing the training. This gives you some experience in the process before you try to learn to facilitate it.  

Empathy Circle Facilitator Training Introduction Cafes
See this Event Calendar
for a list of Dates and Times for the Introduction and Orientation to the Empathy Circle Facilitator Training Cafes. These are open drop-in Introductory Empathy Cafes that are usually held on various Mondays and Saturdays.

Training Time Commitment
The total time required for the  Module 1 training course  consists of 4 Sessions of 2.5 hours each. We meet once a week.  There are also assignments to do during the week that may take an hour or more.

The Training Path
Each Cohort is an ongoing  Series that repeats  Mondays or Saturdays.  You can take the training once or multiple times. First learn to be an Empathy Circle facilitator, then become a trainee to learn to give this training, then you can actually start to train others.  You also can join the training design team to help improve and expand the training.

Certificates of Completion
We give Certificates of Completion to everyone that attends all the training  Sessions

Building a Supportive Community
We work to build a empathic community and mutual support network.  We are there for each other with Empathy Buddy calls,  and Email List and Social Media Community.

Sign Up  For  The Training Now
Sign up by clicking on your preferred Cohort Series

Cohort 12.G Info Page
Status:  Open to All
Start Date: Saturday May 20, 2023

Dates: Always Meets on Saturdays

Times: 10am PT/1pm ET

Sign-Up Now for Cohort 12.G 
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2023 Training Dates Schedule

New Cohorts Dates and Times To Be Determined.
If you have an organization, business, community or group, we can facilitate a training for you.