6-week LIVE Online Course
June 15 – July 22, 2020, Monday & Wednesdays
7:30 – 8:30PM ET / 4:30 – 5:30PM PT
Communication is at the heart of our lives – personally, professionally, and spiritually. This six-week online course offers in-depth training in the foundations of an integrated approach to communication.
Drawing upon the Buddha’s teachings on the Noble Eightfold Path, mindfulness and Right Speech, plus the modern disciplines of Nonviolent Communication and trauma healing, the curriculum offers concrete tools to hold one’s own while still hearing others, and to engage effectively and efficiently in collaboration. With guidance from author and meditation teacher Oren Jay Sofer, you’ll learn ways to:
Engage in effective dialogue
Feel more confident in conversation
Strengthen your capacities for empathy and resilience
Identify and stay focused on what really matters in any interaction
Through a combination of mindfulness practices, guided reflections, and interactive exercises, participants will develop a stronger sense of presence, greater access to compassion, and more versatile, clearer communication. This class is appropriate for both experienced and newer students, therapists, school teachers, chaplains and other helping professionals.
Each Live, 60-minute Core Session Includes:
Teachings on a key aspect of meditation and interpersonal communication
Expert instruction on integrating meditative principles into conversation
Guided meditations on cognitive, emotional and somatic aspects of communication
Illustrative examples of the intersection between spiritual practice and relationship
What Else You Receive:
Weekly, 60-minute live interactive Q&A with the teacher
Weekly practice assignments and journal topics
Optional weekly calls with a practice buddy
Lifetime access to course recordings (audio and video)
Who’s it For?
This course is appropriate for those newer to Buddhist meditation and/or Nonviolent Communication, as well as for experienced practitioners seeking to deepen their skills. Past students include: psychologists, therapists, doctors, nurses and healthcare practitioners, chaplains, teachers, writers, artists, life coaches, lawyers, police, engineers, civil servants, and many more.
During these challenging times, we are delighted to offer this course free of charge. There will be an opportunity to offer a tax-deductible donation upon registration and during the course.
About the Teacher:
Oren Jay Sofer is a nationally recognized teacher of meditation, mindfulness and Nonviolent Communication. A member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, he holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, is the author of Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication, and co-author of Teaching Mindfulness to Empower Adolescents. Oren is co-founder of Mindful Healthcare and the founder of Next Step Dharma, an innovative online program that helps meditators integrate their retreat experiences into daily life.