Men and Women Becoming Allies for Each Other: Learning the Gift of Deep Listening

 Being deeply, empathically listened to can be a revelation and gift for both speaker and listener. Even though it isn’t widely known in our general culture, deep listening gives the speaker a space to see all around something that has been only partially seen from one angle before. Men and women need to do this kind of listening together more than ever these days.

The Circle process we will be using creates a confidentially safe, brave space for honest sharing and deep listening for both men and women.

Women need to hear how men have been affected by the imbalance of centuries and men need to hear the suffering of women created by this issue. Because this has affected all of us, the healing that can come from hearing each other’s stories can be profound.

Join us in this Listening Circle to begin healing the divide that creates so much misunderstanding and suffering in our personal development, our relationships, our institutions, and our culture. Let’s move together toward the biggest picture our hearts can hold for a beautiful future, one truly heard story at a time.


  • We will learn together to listen and speak with courage, openness, honesty, and compassion.
  • Confidentiality: What is said in the circle stays in the circle

 All programs are free.

2018 Library Circles Dates and Times

Saturday January 27th Fairport Library 1-4pm.

Saturday March 10th Greece Baptist Church 10-1pm. Call to register: Greece Baptist Church
1230 Long Pond Road
Rochester, NY 14626
Church office:
(585) 225-6160

Friday March 16th Irondequoit Library 1-4pm

Saturday April 7th 1-4 pm Irondequoit Library

Saturday May 5th  1-4 Irondequoit Library

Saturday May 12th 12:30-3:30 Brighton Library

Saturday October 6th 12:30- 3:30 Brighton Library

Friday November 9th 12:30-3:30 Brighton Library


Registration through Libraries:

Irondequoit: Call the library for more information and to register:  2300 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618        

Phone: 585-784-5300

Fairport: Link to site

Brighton: Link to site or call the library closer to the date for more information and to register:  2300 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618        

Phone: 585-784-5300

Padme: Phone (585) 381-2093 and

Space is limited. Register soon!

Highly Suggested Reading: Divine Duality: The Power of Reconciliation Between Women and Men by William Keepin, PhD. Available online as ebook and paperback.

Circle Co-Keepers for Rochester Pachamama Alliance: Padme Livingstone and Dwain Wilder, Rochester Pachamama Alliance Facilitators. For more information about our keepers, see their websites at (Padme), and (Dwain).

Cultivating Courage: An Introductory Series to Strengthen Capacity

Do you want to help make the world a better place but get overwhelmed by how much there is to do? Do you want to do more in the world but you’re not sure where to start? Are you looking for ways to deepen the work you’re doing now?

 Based on the powerful work of author and teacher, Joanna Macy, PhD., this four-part series offers courage and capacity-building activities intended to develop and focus our abilities to create positive change in the world.

 Our first session introduces a new framework for understanding and facing challenges both bravely and gently; this framework will guide our other three sessions (named respectively: Three Perspectives, Honoring Our Pain, Seeing with New Eyes). We hope you’ll join us for this series of highly interactive and meaningful workshops.


Tuesday evenings, October 10th-October 31st, 2017 7-9pm

 Location: Fairport Library

Register online through Fairport Library 21 days before the first class at 9AM. Space is limited, register early.


Padme Livingstone, BS, Rochester Pachamama Facilitator. Currently, Padme’s work as a Core Team member of Rochester Pachamama Alliance contributes one small part of a world-wide movement to create and sustain a socially just, sustainable, and fulfilling human presence on this earth. As the author of Let’s Not Call It Meditation: Practical Guidance for People Who Think They Can’t Sit Still and Quiet the Mind, an awareness meditation teacher, and a spiritually-grounded life coach, Padme has been actively engaged in our community for over two decades. Her website offers meditation guidance in our community, as well as privately and in small groups at her home. She continues a lifelong practice as an active student of nonviolent and restorative practices to help face and heal conflicts in our families, community, and in the wider world.

Monthly Meditation Classes

Meditation Guidance provided by Padme Livingstone

Many would say it's never been more important to have a clear mind and courageous heart. Each month we will explore together how we can bring this about, bringing more mindfulness, understanding, and compassion into our lives. 
Bring questions and concerns about meditation and meditate with others.
Beginners and more experienced meditators welcome. 


 8 Week Group Meditation Series

An Eight(8)-Week morning (10-11:30am) Meditation Series, including 1/2 hour sitting, a talk, and discussion time. If you have some experience meditating, you may join us anytime during an existing 8 weeks.

Contact Padme if you are interested in creating one for yourself and/or others.


Retreats and Workshops:

Padme is happy to lead all day or half day retreats or workshops at A Quieter Place, or a different place of your choosing. This service is available for a group looking for an intimate setting and skilled facilitation for generating gentle, compassionate, self-discovery and practical relationship skills into your group’s connections.

Retreat days or workshops may include any of the following, or any combination of the following:

  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • Practical Skills for Mindful Living
  • Guided meditations on a wide range of topics (i.e. compassion, forgiveness, self-care )
  • Mindful communication
  • Talking Circles for fostering healthier and more empathetic community relationships
  • Relationship skill building
  • Private meetings with Padme


Our Introduction to Meditation:

Meditation for Living Your Life


Do you often lose patience with people you love?

Do you get upset when other people judge you?

Do you notice blaming yourself habitually?


For centuries, meditation has been used to relieve stress in every day life. If you are curious about meditation, and haven’t yet tried it, join Padme Livingstone, author, healer, and experienced meditation teacher for this informative, nondenominational, and experiential three-hour workshop.


Discover a fresh, loving perspective about your humanness

And clear up your questions and confusion about meditation with helpful information and direct experience!


Our next workshop will be on request.

Fee: $50/person or couple (friends or family members) or $50 alone.

Location: 472 Harrogate Drive 14625


Please contact us to preregister.

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