Mindful Communication: Skills for Collaboration with Oren Sofer
This Retreat Mindfulness practice provides a powerful support for clear, kind, and effective conversations. In this daylong program, we will explore the foundations of an integrated approach to skillful communication. Drawing on Buddhist concepts of Right Speech, mindfulness practice, and the modern discipline of Nonviolent Communication, this day will offer practical tips to bring more clarity and care to your relationships, and to create the conditions for meaningful collaboration. The day will include a combination of guided meditation, discussion, and interactive practice. This daylong is appropriate for all levels of experience. Registration The fee is on a sliding scale of $20 to $60, according to ability. A few days prior to the retreat the minimum fee increases to $25. Please note that the registration does not include a donation for the teacher. You can donate to the teacher on the day of the event. Until Tuesday, August 7: $20 to $60 After Tuesday, August 7: $25 to $60 Scholarships are available upon request. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact the registrar, Angela, at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for financial assistance. If you wish to pay at the door or via check to the registrar, those options are available to you on the payment information page after you click the green "Register" button, enter the desired money amount and click the green "Checkout" button. Biography Oren Jay Sofer has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1997, and is a long-time student of Joseph Goldstein, Michele McDonald and Ven. Ajahn Sucitto. He holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, is a member of the Spirit Rock Teacher’s Council, a Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication, and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner for healing trauma. Oren is also the author of Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication and the founder of Next Step Dharma, an online course focused on living the path of awakening in our daily lives. Details to Consider Please try to arrive by 9:45 am to register and settle in. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a covered mug or water bottle, bag lunch and your personal cushion if you have one. Chairs and cushions will be available at the retreat, as well as tea and hot water. In the spirit of doing no harm, we ask that you refrain from using scented products that may affect others. The Dharma Center is wheelchair accessible. SBMG hosts teachers from all Buddhist traditions at weekly meetings and monthly daylong retreats. All have been welcome since 1991. SBMG is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Please contact registrar if you have any questions. Dana "Dana" is the Pali word for generosity and is the first paramita in Buddhism. You will be invited to give an additional teacher donation on the day of the retreat to thank and honor the teacher yourself as these teachings are priceless and freely given by the teacher (meaning they don't charge a specific fee). The registration fee contributes to the rent, administrative costs, teacher travel, and material expenses for both this retreat as well as SBMG's ongoing Sunday Night programs.