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Wise Speech Retreat

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

Mindful Communication:
A Wise Speech Retreat

Non-residential Program 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.

This is a non-residential retreat, 9a-5p daily. NVC will be taught at a basic level; reading Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication before the retreat is strongly recommended.

CEs are available for therapists, psychologists, chaplains and certain other helping professions.

Wise Speech Retreat 2019

Cost: $350 Registration fee + donation to teachers
Registration fees are set low in order to make this retreat as accessible as possible, regardless of income. Some scholarships available. (Read more about donations).

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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.

Continuing Education Information:

Health care professionals will be able to incorporate the practices and perspectives offered during this training when working with clients, patients and coworkers. Mindful Communication enhances the quality of relationships and improves the ease and efficiency of information flow in a clinical setting. The skills of this workshop are designed to: develop a supportive environment for patients and clients by strengthening empathy and emotional attunement; improve rapport and reduce clinical errors by refining the clarity of information expressed and received; and reduce interpersonal conflict, workplace stress and burnout with resiliency training.

This course is eligible for 25 Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, nurses and chaplains. To qualify to receive the certificate of completion, participants must pay an additional fee and attend all six classes in full. Continuing Education credit is sponsored by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC):

  • The SCRC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs from APA approved agencies.

  • SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California.

  • For questions, visit or contact David Lukoff, PhD at

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