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A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication: A Conversation with Oren Jay Sofer

  • California Institute of Integral Studies 1453 Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94103 United States (map)

California Institute of Integral Studies

Communication can be hard. Oren Jay Sofer’s proven method makes it easier and more effective for people on both sides of the conversation. His method is a unique combination of mindfulness, Nonviolent Communication, and somatic awareness. This method has been popular since the 1960s and is based on the belief that all human beings have the capacity for compassion and resort to violence or behavior that harms others only when they don’t recognize more effective strategies for meeting needs.

Oren’s unique method for fostering peaceful, effective communication has three components: (1) presence: bringing mindful awareness to the interaction, (2) intention: bringing curiosity and care to the moment, and (3) attention: learning to really hear and understand in a way that enables you to navigate the difficulties, express yourself clearly, and listen for what matters.

Join Oren for a conversation about applying these skills to personal and social relationships with romantic partners, friends, colleagues, and family.