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Subject: Welcome To Cohort 9C: Module 1: Introduction to Empathy Circle Facilitator Training

Building a Culture of Empathy

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Greetings Dear Cohort Participants,

You Signed up for Cohort 9C. We start next week.

10am PT/1pm ET/6pm BST/7pm CEST/(*5am NZ next day) (2.5 hours) (World Times)

Session 1: Wednesdays, April 21 (Thu, April 22, 5am NZ*) (World Times)

Welcome and Greetings from the Past Cohort 9A and B

1. Here is Everyone's Contacts Info

Let me know if there are any errors.

We have space for a few more people. Do invite others.

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

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

  3. Trainer: Bil Filler - paddlinman@yahoo.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. If you can't, let me know.

Here is the Time Commitment

  • 2.5 hrs. per week for 5 Weeks. Course Sessions

  • 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.

  • 1+ hr. per course: Developing a Facilitator Challenge Report(s): Each participants will write up and process at least one Challenge Report.

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


4. We will send more updates soon. Let me know if you have questions.



Edwin Rutsch

Director: Center for Building a Culture of Empathy