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Wise Speech: An Introduction to Nonviolent Communication

Online Program
Dates: Jun 18, 2024 - Jul 23, 2024

Instructor(s): Oren Jay Sofer, Ranjana Ariaratnam, and David Johnson

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Program Description:

The program dates are June 18 – July 23. Late registration will remain open until the second session (Friday, June 25).

Communication sits at the heart of our lives – personally, professionally, and spiritually. This six-week online program offers 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. You will learn 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, you will develop a stronger sense of presence, greater access to compassion, and more versatile, clearer communication. This program is appropriate for both experienced and newer students, therapists, school teachers, chaplains, and other helping professionals.


  • Teachings on a key aspect of meditation and communication
  • Expert instruction on integrating meditation into conversation
  • Guided meditations on cognitive, emotional,l and somatic aspects of communication
  • Illustrative examples of the intersection between spiritual practice and relationship

Meetings will be recorded and uploaded within 48 hours for those who cannot attend.


  • Live interactive Q&A with the teacher (during sessions)
  • Weekly practice assignments and journal topics
  • Optional weekly calls with a practice buddy
  • Lifetime access to program recordings (audio and video)

For further information and Frequently Asked Questions, please visit Oren's webpage here.

This program is freely offered on a "pay what you can" basis. Please consider making a donation to support Oren and BCBS by using this link.

Wise Speech: An Introduction to Nonviolent Communication is co-sponsored by New York Insight Meditation Center and Cambridge Insight Meditation Center.



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Experience Level:
Suitable for beginning and experienced practitioners.

Online Schedule:
This program is hosted on Zoom and closed captions are available. You can check the time of the group sessions in your timezone here: https://www.worldtimebuddy.com. The schedule of Zoom meetings for this program (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:

Meeting Time: Tuesdays, 12:15-2:00 ET

Meeting Dates: June 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23

Please note that sessions will be recorded and made available to participants within 48 hours of each session. Recordings remain available indefinitely.

Cancellation Policy:
There are no cancellation fees for donation-based programs.

As we work to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming. Please email us at contact@buddhistinquiry.org.
    About the Instructor(s):
  • Oren Jay Sofer has practiced meditation in the Theravada Buddhist tradition since 1997. He holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner for healing trauma, is a Certified Nonviolent Communication Trainer, and is a Spirit Rock Teachers’ Council member. Oren is the Founder of Next Step Dharma and author of several books including, Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication and the forthcoming title, Your Heart Was Made for This

  • Passionate about healing – ourselves, intergenerationally, and the world – Ranjana (Ranji) Ariaratnam has shared NVC with families, teachers, activists, schools, and social service organizations via workshops, retreats, and mediation since 2009. Ranji worked for years overseas in humanitarian aid with people displaced by conflict. Now she brings together approaches that are very healing in her own life – NVC, painting and writing, somatic practices, and Vipassana meditation – each addressing different layers of our being. She lives on Vancouver Island.

  • David Johnson spent years overseas as a humanitarian aid worker. A few years after being introduced to NVC he returned to North America and immersed himself in the study of NVC as part of his exploration of practices that address the roots of violence and suffering. He has seen how NVC supports him as part of a couple and in all aspects of his life, and has shared NVC with families, schools, activists, and social service organizations via workshops, retreats, and mediation since 2011. He now lives on Vancouver Island.