Kay Lindahl Kay Lindahl has been described as an inspired presence with passionate energy. For the past twenty-seven years the daily practice of Centering Prayer has transforming her life. She founded The Listening Center with the mission of exploring the sacred nature of listening.

Kay conducts workshops and retreats on listening as a spiritual practice. She is a Certified Listening Professional. Kay participates in many community projects and is on the Board of Directors for the Rumi Educational Center, and Women of Spirit and Faith. She is a Former Ambassador for the Parliament of the World's Religions. Kay is a past trustee of the Global Council for the United Religions Initiative, an international movement to create peace among religions and is Past Chair of the North American Interfaith Network. She is a dedicated spokesperson for the interfaith movement, is an ordained interfaith minister and an Honorary Canon to the Cathedral Center of St. Paul in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.

“The cultural and religious diversity of our communities calls for a way of listening that transcends words and belief systems. Learning to truly listen to one another is the beginning of new understanding and compassion, which deepens and broadens our sense of community.”
– Kay Lindahl

Kay is the author for The Sacred Art of Listening, Practicing the Sacred Art of Listening and How Does God Listen? published by SkyLight Paths Publishing, “The Art of Dialogue and Centering Prayer” in The Diversity of Centering Prayer, published by Continuum Press and "Listening" in In Times Like These, published by Church Publishing Incorporated. She also co-edited Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership: Where Grace Meets Power published by SkyLight Paths Publishing.

Kay serves on the Program Group for Ecumenical and Interreligious Life for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. She is a member of the Forge Guild for Spiritual Leaders and The International Listening Association.

Lindahl has presented her work in diverse settings— local, regional, national and international. Locally she has created programs, board retreats and ongoing series of workshops for congregations as well as inservice training for non-profit organizations and lectures on college campuses. In addition she presents programs on Listening and Diversity for major corporations. Regional, national and international presentations include:

  • Verizon, APEX
  • Northrup Grumman
  • Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles
  • VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System
  • San Bernardino Water District
  • Interfaith Center at the Presidio in San Francisco
  • Mt. Calvary Retreat Center in Santa Barbara
  • Chautauqua Institute in New York State
  • Episcopal Theological School at Claremont
  • 1999 and 2004 Parliaments of the World’s Religions
  • World Wide Listening Day, Stratford, Canada
  • CSU Los Angeles, Fullerton and Long Beach
  • UC Irvine, CSU
  • Occidental College
  • Thomas Merton Society of Canada
  • Earl Lectures, Pacific Divinity School
  • Providence Center for Spirituality, Spokane, WA and Lubbock, TX
  • Intercultural Communication Institute
  • Immaculate Heart Community
  • Mary and Joseph Retreat Center, Spirituality for Health Care Professionals
  • The Art of Spiritual Direction, Center for Spiritual Development
  • LOTUS Center 25thAnniversary Celebration, Yogaville, VA
  • IARF, US Chapter Annual Conference
  • Spiritual Directors International Conference, St. Paul, MN
  • North American Interfaith Network, Toronto
  • International Listening Association, Montreal
  • Women of Spirit and Faith, San Francisco
  • Fieldstone Leadership Network

She is a summa cum laude graduate of Pepperdine University.

Kay lives in Long Beach, CA, where she is often visited by her children and ten grandchildren.

Looking for the light in each other: A Conversation with Listening Expert, Kay Lindahl.

Kitchen Table Conversations with Kay Lindahl

Kay Lindahl | Awakin Calls

Sacred Listening V2020 June 12

Read Kay's article reflecting on listening during the pandemic, Pandemic 2020: Reflections on Listening

Global Listening Centre - Spirituality of Listening

The Spiritual Practice of Listening - Kay joins Dr. Laurel Trujillo to discuss how practicing deep listening to ourselves, to our Source, and to each other can be the key to healthy relationships and spiritual transformation.
(Podcast Link: Thursday, September 19, 2019)

A Critical Analysis of Intentional Listening featured on Religica Spotlight Women in Leadership - Kay Lindahl

Listen to Kay's interview on the Holy Rascal Show (iTunes Link: April 2, 2014)

Read the Spirit website has posted an interview on Kay, 4 Things You Need to Know About Kay Lindahl

Podcast interview with Joel Austin on Actor Things: Podcast Link: June 10, 2016

Podcast interview with Gareth Young: Podcast Link: January 10, 2017

Profiles of Women Who Make a Difference: Kay Lindahl

How to improve your relationships through the Sacred Art of Listening- Part 1

How to improve your relationships through the Sacred Art of Listening- Part 2

The Power of Listening for Women of Spirit and Faith 2013

Listening for Health Care Professionals from Spiritual Directors International Conference 2013





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