Respero’s founder, Joe Bishop, is an engaging teacher and trained counselor who delivers 35 years of experience into his instruction. Joe blends case studies, life experiences, and ancient wisdom into powerful group talks and training sessions that really help.

Our workshops are all being offered online in this current season of pandemic. These virtual workshops are proving to be an effective way to reach a broad audience with timely help.

Be sure to keep visiting this page for our upcoming schedule of topics, or sign up at the bottom to stay informed.

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Comments from past workshops


“Thank you so much for the invaluable information you imparted to our staff this morning. It was all essential, and not something we have heard before. I am excited for what this awareness and knowledge will mean for the organization. I’m very much looking forward to working with you going forward!” McKenzie


“Just a quick note to tell you what a great class that was last night. Wow! You did a great job Joe of condensing a lot of great insights and truths into a short hour and a half period and doing it in such an enthusiastic and whimsical way… beautiful to watch happen. The additional time together in small groups was really cool as well.” Gregg


“This workshop was definitely helpful and worth my time! So much insight! Especially realizing all the potential for growth in my relational and listening skills!!! Deep listening conveys love, closeness and safety- that is my take away.” Erica


“I’m leaving my phone when I’m having interactions with people so I’m able to be more present and listen to understand. Not listen to respond. I loved this class! It has already been a game changer for me in my life. Everyone wants to feel heard.” Kendall


“Wow! That was so enriching! Thank you for sharing your time, talent and experience. Every single step you shared was invaluable to me. Some of what you shared was a much-needed refresher course for me. The rest was equally needed, with a new perspective that I plan to incorporate in my daily mindset and communications. The information was so understandable and practical.” Shirley from Huntington Beach, CA


“There were many good reminders; the sections on stress/anxiety, frustration, anger and loss/disappointment were well covered given the time. The tools/suggestions and how to deal with each of these issues no matter what the circumstances were helpful. Although we may know the tools (communication) to use in our life, it’s easy to become lax in our everyday behavior. I also appreciated the pieces that were added regarding God, and our faith.” Brenda from Sunnyvale, CA


“I thought it was great! The examples given for the concepts you were talking about were very helpful!”                                                 Crystal from Lancaster, CA


“My mind was really engaged with what was being said. I also appreciated the lack of interruptions. There was a time for questions and discussion, separate from the teaching. That was helpful in maintaining clarity.”  Lorin from Santa Cruz, CA

“I want to be brave with my life. And when we make the choice to dare greatly, we sign up to get our asses kicked. We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time.” - Brene Brown

“We must learn that the world is a place of abundance, not scarcity. The mantra of “not enough” becomes a kind of default setting for our thinking about everything, from the cash in our pocket to the people we love or the value of our own lives. It becomes the reason we can’t have what we want or be who we want to be. But it’s not true!” - Lynn Twist

“Redemption does not mean that God meets our needs and then our souls stop longing. No, redemption does not eradicate desperation. Instead, redemption allows us to surrender. And God doesn't want something from us. He wants us.” - Sharon Hersh

“We should not ask to do great things for God, but to do small things with great love.” - Mother Theresa
“Do you know what it’s like to be rested? Truly rested? This is what I’m finding, every day, every hour: there is a way of living that is so sweet, so full, so whole and beautiful you’ll never want to go back once you’ve tasted it.” - Shauna Niequist
“Want to be happy? Stop trying to be perfect.” - Brene Brown
“Connection is why we’re here; it is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.” - Brene Brown
“We run from grief because loss scares us, yet our hearts reach toward grief because the broken parts want to mend.” - Brene Brown
"We cannot selectively numb emotions. When we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive emotions." - Brene Brown
“Our world desperately needs wise, skillful practitioners of the cure of souls.” - Dallas Willard
“A shepherd counselor is not a doctor whose primary task is to take away pain…the main task of the shepherd counselor is to prevent people from suffering for the wrong reasons.” - Henri Nouwen
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.” - Philo
“The deepest convictions of our heart are formed by stories and reside there in the images and emotions of story…..Life is not a list of propositions, it is a series of dramatic scenes.” - Brent Curtis
“Here is something very simple about relationships….Nobody will listen to you unless they sense that you like them.” - Donald Miller
“Jesus came to announce to us that an identity based on success, popularity, and power is a false identity—an illusion! Loudly and clearly he says: ‘You are not what the world makes you; but you are children of God.’ “ - Henri Nouwen
“When we accept our complete belovedness, we stop judging ourselves and other people; as a result, other people begin to feel safe with us.” - Henri Nouwen
“Human beings who give themselves to relational greatness—who have friends they laugh with, cry with, learn with, fight with, dance with, live and love and grow old and die with—these are the human beings who lead magnificent lives.” - John Ortberg
“The litmus test of spirituality is not the absence of conflict; conflict will not disappear until we die. The litmus test is how we handle it. Conflict is inevitable; resentment is not.” - John Ortberg
“There are few joys in life like being wanted, chosen, embraced. There are few pains like being excluded, rejected, left out. At the core of of Christian community is the choice between exclusion and embrace.” - Miroslav Wolf



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