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Mindful Communication: A Wise Speech Retreatwith Oren Jay Sofer

July 20 @ 9:00 am - July 25 @ 5:00 pm

A non-residential Retreat with Donald Rothberg and Oren Jay Sofer

• Reduce stress and interpersonal conflict
• Strengthen resilience and empathy
• Learn practical tools for effective dialogue

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, 9a-5p daily. Please read the disclaimer below (including information about attendance) before registering. NVC will be taught at a basic level; reading Oren Jay Sofer’s Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication or Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication before the retreat is strongly recommended.

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


Please read this information before registering:

• This is a meditation retreat with interactive components and training; it is NOT a workshop or conference.

• The first day of the retreat will be spent primarily in silent meditation, with instructions and guidance.

• Subsequent days will include up to 3.5 hours of silent meditation practice with instructions.

• Buddhist teachings and practices will be offered during the retreat, though one need not identify as Buddhist or ascribe to any particular belief system to attend and participate.

• Nonviolent Communication will be taught at a basic level. Those with prior NVC training may benefit from exploring the foundations from a new perspective.

Cost: $350 tuition + donation to teachers
Scholarships: Some scholarships available.
Read more about donations here.

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Donald Rothberg

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

Oren Jay Sofer has practiced Buddhist meditation and Nonviolent Communication since 1997, and is a member of the Spirit Rock Teacher’s Council. He holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner for healing trauma, and Senior Program Developer at Mindful Schools. He is the author of Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication.



July 20 @ 9:00 am
July 25 @ 5:00 pm
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