Non-Residential Retreat with Oren Sofer

The Art of Mindful Communication: Bringing the Dharma to Life

Mindfulness practice provides a powerful support for clear, kind, and effective conversations. Join author and Dharma teacher Oren Jay Sofer for this exploration of how our spiritual practice can provide a foundation for bringing more compassion, clarity, and connection into our lives, our speech, and relationships.

In this non-residential retreat, 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 (NVC), this weekend will offer practical tips to bring more clarity and care to your relationships, and to create the conditions for meaningful collaboration. The retreat will include a combination of guided meditation, discussion, and interactive practice. The rereat is appropriate for all levels of experience; NVC will be taught at a basic level.


Oren Jay Sofer has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1997 and teaches meditation and communication nationally. He holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, is a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, a Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication, and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner for healing trauma. Oren is also 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.

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Date & Time:

Saturday and Sunday, January 26 & 27, 2019

9:30 am - 4:30 pm each day

Point Loma Assembly Hall
3035 Talbot St.
San Diego, CA 92106

Parking is on the street and there is a 2-block walk to the Hall.


What to Expect and Items to Bring:


Please bring your own lunch.

We will provide some zafus and zabutons. If you have your own sitting cushion, please bring it so we have enough for those who want one.

Registration Info:

The cost to attend the retreat is $125.00 (a $75 deposit may be made to secure your space). Please note that none of the registration fees go to the teacher. At the end of the retreat you will be invited to offer dana, or donations, to the teacher. Additional details are found on the registration page.

Should finances be an obstacle, please visit our scholarships page for information about financial assistance. To be considered for a scholarship, applications need to be submitted no later than January 20, 2019.

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