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Wise Speech Retreat: Waking Up Together

August 20, 2019 @ 9:00 am - August 25, 2019 @ 4:30 pm

with Donald Rothberg
and Oren Jay Sofer

•  Deepen insight and self-understanding
•  Train the heart to find balance when challenged
•  Learn practical tools for effective dialogue

Non-Residential Retreat
Dates: August 20 – 25, 2019, 9am-5pm daily
Sliding Scale: $350 Registration fee + donation to teachers. Registration fees are set low in order to make this retreat as accessible as possible, regardless of income. Some scholarships available.


About the Retreat

Integrating meditation practice with our speech and communication is one of the main ways to bring deeply-held values into our daily lives and actions in the world. In this retreat, we connect mindfulness and lovingkindness practice, the Buddha’s teachings on Right Speech, relational awareness practices, and the contemporary discipline of Nonviolent Communication (NVC). Collectively, these practices form a powerful foundation for cultivating insight, awareness, and empathy; develop our capacity to listen and speak from the heart; and strengthen our ability to stay present and be more skillful in challenging situations.

This retreat will include periods of silent meditation and interactive speech practices. It is designed for those who want to bring more attention to speech as a spiritual practice, for those who have emphasized communication and want further grounding in meditation, and for those who are helping professionals.

This is a non-residential retreat, 9am-5pm daily. NVC will be taught at a basic level; reading Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication before the retreat is strongly recommended.

CEs are available for therapists, psychologists, chaplains and certain other helping professions.

Space is limited – register early.
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About the Instructors

Donald Rothberg, Ph.D., a member of the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock in California, has practiced Insight and Metta Meditation since 1976. He writes and teaches on on meditation, spirituality and psychology, transforming the judgmental mind, working with conflict, speech and communication, and socially engaged spirituality. He is the author of The Engaged Spiritual Life.



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



Health care professionals will be able to incorporate the practices and perspectives offered during this training when working with clients, patients and coworkers. Mindful Communication enhances the quality of relationships and improves the ease and efficiency of information flow in a clinical setting. The skills of this workshop are designed to: develop a supportive environment for patients and clients by strengthening empathy and emotional attunement; improve rapport and reduce clinical errors by refining the clarity of information expressed and received; and reduce interpersonal conflict, workplace stress and burnout with resiliency training.

This course is eligible for 25 Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, nurses and chaplains. To qualify to receive the certificate of completion, participants must pay an additional fee and attend all six classes in full. Continuing Education credit is sponsored by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC):

  • The SCRC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs from APA approved agencies.
  • SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California.
  • For questions, visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at CE@spiritualcompetency.com.



August 20, 2019 @ 9:00 am
August 25, 2019 @ 4:30 pm
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Sacred Stream
2149 Byron Street
Berkeley, CA 94702 United States
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