City of Bellevue to offer workshops on listening

Through interactive exercises, participants will become aware of unhelpful listening habits.

Oftentimes the simple act of listening can enhance your focus, improve your relationships and even better your professional life. The city of Bellevue’s mediation team is offering a series of free workshops on this critical skill.

The course, consisting of four cumulative Monday evening sessions, will be held on Jan. 22 and 29 and Feb. 5 and 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Lake Hills Library, 15590 Lake Hills Blvd.

Through interactive exercises, participants will become aware of any unhelpful listening habits, learn ways to calm their busy brains when they are angry or confused, practice forming useful questions and become more confident when faced with a difficult conversation. Participants will also learn how to be more artful, peaceful and attentive listeners and have the experience of being truly listened to.

The workshop will be facilitated by Marcia McReynolds, co-manager of Bellevue’s Neighborhood Mediation Program. McReynolds has been teaching listening to thousands of people ever since her own life was transformed when she learned how to listen 20 years ago.

The city’s Mediation Program, the community’s conflict resolution center, helps people who live and work in Bellevue heal and negotiate conflicts, primarily through the art of listening.

Each class is offered on a first-come, first-seated basis and arrive early to assure you get a seat. For more information, contact McReynolds at or 425-452-5288.