May 2020

22May10:00 AM5:00 PMCultivating Wise Speech: Becoming More Skillful in Your Speech Practice -- ONLINE ONLY10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Online Teacher(s): Donald Rothberg, PhD No prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Date: Friday, May 22, 2020; 10:00am – 5:00pm. Registration open until 9:00am day of the event; unless it fills prior to this time.
Sliding Scale:
$45 – 200. Code DR2D20.
Note: The average cost per person, per day to Spirit Rock to offer a program is $160.

Connecting our meditation practice with our speech and communication is one of the main ways to bring spiritual values further into our everyday lives. In this day retreat, we will support this intention by integrating periods of sitting and walking meditation with talks, communication exercises, and discussion. We will focus on:
• The fundamental teachings of the Buddha on wise speech;
• Cultivating mindfulness during both speaking and listening; and
• Learning how to practice wise and compassionate speech in challenging situations—such as when there are intense emotions, when there is conflict, or when there are difficult interpersonal or group dynamics.

General Information

Online registration for our programs is available until 12 noon of the last business day prior to the day of the event (e.g. online registration for a Monday program ends at 12 noon on the prior Friday). There is an additional $5 fee for registering at the door. If you can’t attend an event you registered for, please see our Cancellation Policy.


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Volunteer/Work Exchange opportunities, as well as full or partial Scholarships, may be available for this program. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at


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