Start a Book Practice Group

To maximize the potential and benefit of this book in your life, it is important to experience the principles and practices of the book. We have developed a 6-meeting Book Practice Facilitation Guide for an experiential book study series to practice and study tools and principles presented in the first three sections of the book, Relationships That Work, Second Edition, by David B. Wolf, PhD. Provided to the Discussion Leader is a detailed guide that suggests readings, guidelines and activities during and between in-person meetings.

The aim of the series is to provide a structured process for reading and experiencing the book in a small group setting with a discussion leader who does not necessarily have any facilitation experience.  Participants will experience, first-hand, some of the processes of self-discovery through transformative communication using tools that create empathic and responsible dialogue while being in the service of the personal development of others, while practicing with participants in the group.

This is different than most “book clubs” as it involves personal sharing and experiencing transformation in a group setting where trust gets built over time. Thus, it is important for people to commit to attending all meetings and completing assigned activities, and it is helpful to have an even number of participants to assign partners for between-meeting exchanges.

Download the RTW-Edition2-PracticeGuide-6meeting (PDF, 28 pages)

Share Your Experience and Feedback

We would love to hear from leaders and participants about your experience and get your feedback about the guides.

Please feel free to share your Book Discussion Group experience.

What Discussion Group Leaders and Participants Say

4 replies
  1. Devon Rigel
    Devon Rigel says:

    Currently “in the thick of it”… going well! I appreciate the discussion and as much the practice. Also stemming from our meeting I am connecting with other members more outside of the group.

    I understand the Title of these groups in changing from Book Discussion group to Practice group.

  2. Kat
    Kat says:

    This was a great group for creating more intimacy and more awareness of how I block people from sharing themselves. I liked being matched with a partner between meetings to discuss and practice a communication skill. I appreciated the variety of activities during each meeting too.

  3. Ann Christoffersen
    Ann Christoffersen says:

    I participated in an intimate group called Tending Our Hearts Garden in early 2017 based on the book practice guide provided here. The exercises we completed during our meeting time and in between our meetings were divinely timed. There was a connection between what I was experiencing at that time in my life and the exercises. I’m very grateful for the sacred space we created with each other. It allowed me to be authentic, warm and empathic with myself and others. One of the exercises, I’m still enjoying … journaling every evening the three blessings I experienced during the day. I’m grateful for Dr. David Wolf’s book, these discussion guidelines and for our facilitator, Kathleen.

  4. Pritha Canuto
    Pritha Canuto says:

    The book study series I participated in called “Tending Our Hearts Garden” was exactly what I needed during a time when I was often feeling depressed. The writing exercises, along with the guidance of our facilitator Kathleen, really helped me to dig deeper into my subconscious and realize many of my limiting beliefs and blockages. In addition, practicing empathic listening with each other was very helpful in deepening my understanding of the practice. I’m so grateful for everything this experience had contributed to my life.


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Relationships that Work: The Power of Conscious Living, A Transformative Communication Approach to Self-Realization

by David B. Wolf

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