8.01 Prep 1

Subject: Cohort 8 Update: Module 1: Session 1 begins Tuesday, January 05, 2021

Greetings Dear Cohort 8 Participants,

We have the final list of 21 confirmed participants in Cohort 8, Module 1: Session 1!

The course is now Full.

Greetings from Cohort 7

1. Cohort 8: Here is Everyone's Contacts Info Let me know if there are any errors.

  1. Producer: Edwin Rutsch - EdwinRutsch@gmail.com - SF Bay

  2. Trainer: Bill Filler - paddlinman@yahoo.com - SF Bay

  3. Trainer: Lou Zweier - lou.zweier@gmail.com - SF Bay

2. Review Course Time Commitment

Before taking the training, we would like you to be aware of the time commitment involved. Please commit to the times.

Here is the Time Commitment

  • 2.5 hrs. per week for 4 Weeks. Course Sessions

  • 2.5 hrs. Optional Session 5 - Course Evaluation and Feedback

  • 30+ min. per week: Empathy Buddy Call - Do your best to hold a 30 min call with one fellow participant per week to practice mutual empathic listening and support. It will take a bit of time for you to schedule these calls as well. We will match you up with a different participant each week.

  • 1+ hrs. per week: Facilitate an Empathy Circle: Optional - try your best to host and facilitate an Empathy Circle with family, friends, coworkers, between Sessions.

There is limited space in each cohort and we usually have a wait list. Be aware that you are taking a spot that someone else could have had. We have a fixed ratio of trainers/trainees to participants. ie. 1 trainer to 3 participants. if you do not attend it impacts the group by throwing off the group size and timings.

Emergences can come up and we have understanding for that. i.e., family, heath, work, etc. issues. Just do your best to hold the time commitment.

3. Please Familiarize Yourself with the Course Website


We will send more updates soon.



Edwin Rutsch

Director: Center for Building a Culture of Empathy