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Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication

December 16, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm


  • Learn the three steps to effective conversation
  • Explore the powerful role of mindfulness in Nonviolent Communication
  • Discover new ways to find balance and clarity in relationship

Oren’s new book, Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication, synthesizes his nearly two decades of work exploring the intersection between mindfulness, Nonviolent Communication, and trauma healing. In this daylong, Oren will share new material from his book exploring the role of nervous system regulation in interpersonal dialogue, as well as the foundational principles of mindful communication.

We will explore the how to bring more mindfulness and care to our communication — our listening, speaking, and thinking. Participants will learn the three steps to effective conversations, concrete tools to bring more ease to difficult conversations and to enhance relationships in meaningful, healthy ways.

This workshop is appropriate for all levels of experience; NVC will be taught at an introductory level. All participants will receive a free copy of Oren’s new book, “Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication.”


Continuing Education (CE) credit is available.
Learning Objectives for participating health care professionals – Based on the content of this program, you will be able to:

  • Explain the concept of “presence” and its benefits for communication with clients/patients and co-workers;
  • Demonstrate the clinical skill of pausing, and describe how this skill can improve communication with patients/clients and health care team members;
  • Explain the differences between “needs” and “strategies,” and how understanding this difference when working with clients results in improved clinical outcomes;
  • Demonstrate three forms of offering empathic connection, in ways that may improve patient care.

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About the Trainer

Oren Jay Sofer is a Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication and teaches communication and meditation nationally. He has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1997, holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, and is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner for trauma healing. Oren is also a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers’ Council, founder of Next Step Dharma, and the author of Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication.

About the Book

Say What You Mean is a step-by-step guide for meaningful conversations that bring people together. It is the first book to integrate mindfulness with the modern discipline of Nonviolent Communication and somatic healing.

Whether it’s managing conflict at work, navigating a political divide with a relative, or strengthening bonds at home—communicating effectively is what makes or breaks our relationships. Rich with simple yet powerful exercises, Say What You Mean offers a clear method and concrete practices for healthier, more effective conversation.



December 16, 2018
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Oren Jay Sofer
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Spirit Rock Meditation Center
5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Woodacre, CA United States
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