Listening Training

Offered as free public health education, Listening Training uses a unique interactive format to teach participants a new way of relating with each other in a world where authentic relationships are often scarce.

SeekHealing provides Listening Training (LT) on a sliding scale donation basis as a free public health service. This two-day weekend retreat or 6-week online course is both a transformational self-care experience and the best way to begin your journey in the SeekHealing community.

Delivering ground-breaking psycho-education in communication skills, harm reduction and relational learning; it uses an interactive format that empowers participants to connect with each other, and accelerates the associated community in activating its natural resources.

  • Interactive listening & relationship exercises
  • Harm-reduction for substance use, and beyond
  • How to build trust, minimize shame, and experience real connection
  • How to set boundaries & sustain healthy relationships
  • 16 hours, CEU-eligible for Peer Support Specialist (PSS) hours

Listening Training teaches participants a new way of relating with each other in a world where authentic relationship is scarce.

This course provides experiential education in healthy ways of relating with other people, and teaches participants how to create a new experience of community in their life.

Program structure:

Regular holistic wellness services i.e., acupuncture, bodywork, trauma counseling, nutritional coaching, etc
Weekly peer support pairings
1:1 accountability and empowerment sessions
Support building new friendships
Harm reduction services

Access to:

Connection Practice:
alternative recovery meetings.

Listening Training:
healing retreat & 16hr communication course.

Socials & parties:
fun without judgment, cliques or substances.

Connection Missions:
give back to others and/or receive practical support when you need it most.

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Training modules

Rethinking Addiction and Mental Health
Exploration of mental health challenges and addiction as symptoms of disconnection in/from society.
Breaking Down Shame
Learning to minimize shame and stigma; the #1 factor preventing meaningful connection and healing from trauma.
Personal Harm Reduction
Creating and implementing healthy risk-management strategies. Learning and utilizing a model for creating a personal harm reduction plan, for both substance-related and process addictions.
Setting Compassionate Boundaries
Viewing boundaries as bridges; honest communication about what’s okay and not okay for the purpose of deepening connection and trust in relationships.
Holding Space for Difficult Emotional Experiences
How to navigate challenging situations with friends and family, including return to use and suicidal ideation.
Taking Your Connection Practice into the World
Practical exploration of how to take your listening practice into the world, into relationships with friends & family, and/or into your longterm recovery journey.

Listening Training Dates


In-person, two-day retreats.

  • Sept. 9-10
  • Nov. 18-19

Asheville Teen Listening Training

In-person, two-day retreats.

  • More Coming Soon!

Haywood County, NC

In-person, two-day retreats.

  • Aug 5-6
  • Oct. 7-8
  • Dec. 2-3

Boone, NC

In-person, two-day retreats.

More Coming Soon!


6-week class, 2hrs every Thursday.

  • Aug. 10 - Sept. 14
    6:30-8:30pm EST
  • Sept. 21 - Oct. 26
    6:30-8:30pm EST
  • Nov. 2 - Dec. 14 (skipping Thanksgiving)
    6:30-8:30pm EST

San Francisco, CA

In-person, two-day retreats.

More Coming Soon!

Register for Listening Training

"Since the day I completed Listening Training, I have seen my depression symptoms decrease dramatically for the first time in my life."

SeekHealing Participant