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Wise Speech: An Introduction to Mindful Communication

Online Program
Dates: Jun 14, 2021 - Jul 22, 2021

Instructor(s): Oren Jay Sofer

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Program Description:

Communication is at the heart of our lives – personally, professionally, and spiritually. This six-week online program with author and meditation teacher Oren Jay Sofer 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, participants 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.

Each live, 75 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

The program also includes: 

• Weekly, 75-minute live interactive Q&A with the teacher

• Weekly practice assignments and journal topics

• Optional weekly calls with a practice buddy

• Access to program recordings (audio and video)

Who is this program for?

This program 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.

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

Experience Level:
Suitable for beginning and experienced practitioners.