Coming 13 December — Listening with Expectation

What is the Listening with Expectation Workshop?

  • The coming of Advent gives us the opportunity to Listen with Expectation, to experience the flow offered by the Spirit.
  • When the flow between speaker and listener is disrupted, the consequences often include sadness, anxiety or anger – and yet sometimes it is difficult to recognize where those feelings come from. Participants will learn about the Triangle of Attention and how it affects the flow between speaker and listener.
  • Each of us needs to speak and to be heard, and still we put up barriers to both telling and listening. Why? Participants will learn more about the barriers and about listening to what’s not said.
  • Those in attendance will practice listening to self, to each other, to the world, and to the Spirit.
  • The format will be informal with a blend of presentation, discussion, and small groups.

When will Listening with Expectation take place?
Saturday, 13 December from 9 a.m. until noon. The season of Advent (which means “coming”) is particularly appropriate for Listening with Expectation.

Where will the Listening with Expectation workshop be held?
The workshop will be held at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 2425 Colorado Boulevard, Boulder, Colorado, 80302.

Who should come to Listening with Expectation?
All are invited to attend. Those involved in pastoral care, visiting ministries, listening and visiting programs will find the workshop relevant.

How does one register?
The workshop is free. Please register by Thursday, 11 December by sending an email with your name, contact info (email, phone, address), and church affiliation (none necessary) to Anne at By signing up, you will help make certain there are enough refreshments, handouts and chairs, so please let us know if you plan to attend. If you have any questions, please email Anne.

Who is the facilitator?
Anne Doyle is a perceptive psychologist with a private practice focusing on personal formation. Anne uses Intensive Listening to help her clients become more perceptive in their experiences of the world, of others, and of themselves. Anne also works with groups nationally (e.g., at the Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado) and internationally (e.g., the Convocation of American Episcopal Churches in Europe).