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Wise Speech Retreat

  • Sacred Streams 2149 Byron Street Berkeley, CA, 94702 United States (map)

Mindful Communication:
A Wise Speech 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.

NVC will be taught at a basic level; reading Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication before the retreat is strongly recommended.

Space is limited – Register Early

Non-Residential Retreat, (BART Accessible)
Cost: $300 plus donation to teachers (Dana)
Dates: April 23 - 28, 9am - 5pm daily
Payable: by Credit Card, Paypal or Check.
Paying by check? Please be sure to include your email address!
NOTE: We request that you attend the entire retreat to participate.

About the Teachers

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 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.

To pay by check, please send:

  1. The full name of each person registering
  2. Each person's email address
  3. Check for $300 per person, payable to
    Donald Rothberg
    1505 Holly St., Berkeley CA 94703
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