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Learn powerful practices
for more meaningful conversations.

I invite you to check out my book, Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication. It’s a field guide for meaningful conversations that bring people together. In it, I share a practical approach to improving relationships and making lasting changes in your communication. My method combines the wisdom of mindfulness with the potent framework of Nonviolent Communication. Learn to:

• Feel more confident during conversations
• Speak so others will hear you
• Stay focused on what really matters in an interaction
• Listen for the authentic concerns behind what others say


More About Oren . . .

Oren Jay Sofer teaches mindfulness, meditation and Nonviolent Communication in both secular and Buddhist contexts.


Oren has practiced meditation in the Theravada Buddhist tradition since 1997. He is a visiting teacher at the Insight Meditation Society and a member of the Spirit Rock Teacher’s Council. Oren is author of the book Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication, a practical guidebook for having more effective, satisfying conversations. He is also co-author of two books on teaching mindfulness to adolescents, The Mindful Schools Curriculum for Adolescents and Teaching Mindfulness to Empower Teens.

Oren first became interested in contemplative practice in high school, when he picked up a little book called The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff. He went on to complete a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, and later spent two and a half years of living as a renunciate at Buddhist monasteries. Today, his teaching combines classical Buddhist training with the accessible language of secular mindfulness.

Since the early 2000s, Oren has had a deep interest in the relationship between contemplative practice and communication. A graduate of the BayNVC North American Leadership Training and a CNVC Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), he has taught classes and workshops in Marshall Rosenberg’s NVC nationally since 2006. His innovative retreats and online programs in Mindful Communication offer one of the only opportunities in the U.S today to explore the intersection between formal meditation practice, Right Speech and NVC.

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Oren’s work is also informed by his professional training in Somatic Experiencing (SE) for healing trauma, his personal practice of Qi Gong and Hanna Somatics. His teaching is known for its clarity, warmth, and its emphasis on embodiment. 

Oren is the founder and Guiding Teacher of Next Step Dharma, an innovative online course focused on bringing the tools of meditation to daily life, and co-founder of Mindful Healthcare. Oren has served as the Senior Program Developer for Mindful Schools, teaching and developing curricula for one of the international leaders of Mindfulness in Education, and has created mindfulness programs for organizations, companies, and apps including Kaiser Permanente, Lumosity, Calm, 10% Happier, Simple Habit and others.