Listening Spaces in Healthcare

Monthly on the 1st Monday 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

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Offering and sustaining excellent patient care requires healthcare professionals who care well for themselves.  The expectations and stresses of helping others regain or maintain their health – especially with the recent pandemic – has put undue, risky strain on the health and wellbeing of healthcare professionals.  Where can healthcare professionals pause and receive support for their own wellbeing?  Where can they be deeply heard in a safe and confidential space?  Where can they take a reinforcing deep breath with other caring companions?  

“Listening Space in Healthcare” offers the regular small group experience where healthcare professionals can pause, be deeply heard and find support and encouragement toward their own wellbeing.  There will be monthly gatherings held online on the first Monday of each month starting in the fall from 12 noon -1 p.m. and facilitated by trained deep listeners, John Kiemele, PhD (Rolling Ridge program director, spiritual director, wellbeing educator) and Deadra Bachorik Ashton, MDiv, BCC (Chaplain, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, spiritual director). 
There is no cost for this event but you need to register to receive the online link. 

Please note: Because of the Labor Day holiday, we will NOT be meeting on Monday, September 5th.

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About the leader(s)

Deadra Ashton

Rev. Deadra Bachorik Ashton, MDiv, BCC, is a chaplain at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, spiritual director, and retreat leader. A PC(USA) Minister of Word and Sacrament, she is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary.  Deadra served as a parish minister for 20 years, and prior to that as a summer chaplain at a conference center. Her areas of special interest include spiritual formation in the second half of life, the effects of culture and life context on the soul, spiritual support for caregivers, and spiritual care amid loss and grief.

John Kiemele

John Kiemele is a wellbeing educator and spiritual director who currently companions individuals, teaches various seminars and lifestyle classes, leads contemplative retreats, and also serves as Program Director at Rolling Ridge Retreat Center.  With a focus on contemplative soul care, John gratefully walks alongside individuals, small groups, classrooms and congregations.  Recognizing how intentional pausing and listening unlocks life, John strives to engage the whole person – body, mind, soul – in the lifelong process of living well.  John received his PhD in education/spirituality from Talbot School of Theology, with post-doctoral emphases in Spiritual Direction, Mindful Self-Compassion, the Enneagram Spectrum, and Wellness Coaching.