Together We THRIVE Event in Athens

The Art of Communication

Healing Relationships through
Compassionate Communication

with Jo Confino
& Paz Perlman

3 December 2023 • Athens


Why attend the workshop?

This workshop will  support people in developing the wisdom and practical tools to nurture deeper and more meaningful relationships.
 Our perceptions and beliefs often get in the way of creating deep connections with ourselves, our loved ones as well as our colleagues and communities.
 Jo and Paz, who have been married for 17 years, will be introducing the core teachings of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh to gently guide us to see life more clearly, let go of our self judgments and to bring deep listening and compassionate speech and actions into our daily lives.
 The workshop will include interactive dialogues, exercises, bodywork and meditations.

Skills you will learn

•Handling strong emotions such as anger and isolation
•Recognizing and transforming old patterns of behaviour/habit energies
•Moving beyond binary ideas of right and wrong
•Developing compassionate listening and loving speech
•Understanding the heart of Buddhist psychology
•Incorporating the insight of Interbeing into daily life
•Creating safe spaces for sharing
•Recognizing and relieving tensions in the body

Meet your Teachers

About Jo Confino & Paz Perlman

Jo confino
Journalist and Sustainability Consultant
Jo Confino is a leadership coach, spiritual mentor, facilitator, journalist and sustainability expert. He works at the intersection of personal transformation and systems change; working with several organizations including Leaders’ Quest and Global Optimism. His coaching practice focuses on supporting leaders within the climate movement. He is on the board of advisors for The Climate School and Force of Nature, a youth climate activist organization.
Jo has worked closely for the past 16 years with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and his buddhist monastic community in Plum Village.He is co-founder and co-presenter of the acclaimed podcast series ‘The Way Out Is In’ and is chair of the board of Parallax Press, which publishes books on mindfulness in daily life. Besides facilitating events and conferences all over the world for the past 20 years, he also runs smaller workshops and roundtables.
Until recently, he was executive editor, Impact & Innovation and Editorial Director of What’s Working at the HuffPost in New York. During his five years there, he developed long-term editorial projects based on social, environmental and economic justice and was a member of the senior leadership team. Jo was an executive editor at the Guardian for 23 years and during his time there also created and managed the media company’s sustainability vision and strategy. He is a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and completed an MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice at the University of Bath.
Paz Perlman
Visual Artist
Paz Perlman is a visual artist who exhibits internationally and has taken a particular interest in how art can support our collective awakening on issues such as climate change and social inequality.
Paz is currently focusing on large-scale interactive art installations and was recently commissioned to create works for a major symposium at the Garrison Institute in New York as well as for a climate leaders’ retreat in Plum Village, France.
Paz has studied in various Buddhist traditions for the past 30 years and is also an instructor of Tai Chi and Chi Kung.Paz teaches retreats with a focus on creativity and movement as well as teaching MA students in the fields of art and ecology. Paz, who originally trained as a dance teacher before graduating with a BA in Fine Arts from Central St Martins, University of Arts, London, moved from New York three years ago to live next door to Plum Village.

Workshop schedule

Sunday, Dec. 3

VENUE: The HUB Events Athens



  • Mindfulness Training: Breathing & Tuning In
  • Exercises in Deep Listening
  • The 4 Steps of Compassionate Communication
  • Walking Mindfully in a Busy City


Lunch break: Eating mindfully



  • Practical Exercises: Communicating with the  4 Steps
  • Sharing Circle
  • Applying Mindfulness into Daily Life to Transform Fear & Anger
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When you are not with the body you are not alive.  Breathe and go home to our body. A body is a wonder. 

Breathing in I am aware that I have a body. Breathing out I smile to my body which is a wonder. With my body I can walk on earth and enjoy the beauty of the earth.

Thich Nhat Hanh from Interview
with Jo Confino, 2013 

...Compassionate listening is a wonderful practice. If you can listen to the other person compassionately for one hour then you can help the other person suffer a lot less in an hour … you listen to him or her with only one purpose: that is to help him or her  empty their heart and suffer less.

Thich Nhat Hanh in the Video
“Loving Speech & Deep Listening”

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Our aim is to make the workshop financially accessible whilst covering the costs involved in producing and running it. We currently offer scholarships and discounts for professionals.

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About us

Together We THRIVE is a year-round festival dedicated to fostering a worldwide community focused on Re-connection, Equality, and Regeneration. Our retreats, mindfulness events, and workshops unfold at Zen Rocks Retreat Center in Mani, Greece, as well as in Athens and other locales, uniting like-minded individuals on a path to enlightenment.

  • Together We THRIVE invites you to join our global community for Spirituality - Activism - Sustainability
  • Embody trauma release & re-connection
  • Play an active role in Re-Envisioning our World
  • Generate knowledge, hope, solutions for a sustainable planet
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  • Cultivate relationships with earth & earth
  • On the path of kindness & interbeing
  • Together We THRIVE Retreats: May 7-June 6 2024, at Zen Rocks Retreat Center, in Mani, Greece
  • Together We THRIVE Events: Ongoing seminars, programs in Athens & globally

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Past events of Together We THRIVE at Zen Rocks & in Athens

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Mindfulness Evening with Plum Village Nuns @ Zen Center Athens
From the tradition of
Thich Nhat Hanh
Dr. Gabor Maté
Compassionate Self Inquiry: For Healing Trauma & Stress with Dr. Gabor Maté in Athens / Divani Caravel Conference Hall

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