April 2018

20Apr10:00 AM5:00 PMMindful CommunicationHow to Create Real Dialogue and Healthy Relationships10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Community Meditation Center Teacher(s): Oren Jay Sofer

Event Details

Cost: Sliding Scale $75 – 200. Code OS2D18.

The path of practice taught by the Buddha is meant to transform our actions, our speech, our thinking and our relationships. How do we put these teachings into practice to make conversations and connections more meaningful? How can we use our spiritual practice to deepen our relationships personally and professionally? What tools do we have inwardly and outwardly to bring about these changes in our lives?

Training ourselves to speak in a wise and non-harmful way is one of the factors of the Noble Eightfold Path. In this program, we will explore how to bring more mindfulness and care to our communication — our listening, our speaking, and even our thinking.

The tools shared will be a combination of the core guidelines for Wise Speech offered by the Buddhist tradition, as well as the contemporary discipline of Nonviolent Communication. These practices form a powerful foundation for cultivating insight, awareness, self-understanding and empathy. Through strengthening our capacity to stay present and to be more skillful in difficult situations, the pain and misunderstandings that come out of unwise and habitual speech can begin to ease, and our conversations and relationships can grow in meaningful, healthy ways.

Teachings are appropriate for health care professionals as well as the general public. Continuing Education (CE) credit available. See below for more information. Health care professionals will be able to incorporate the practices and perspectives offered during this workshop when working with clients/patients and coworkers. Mindful Communication improves the quality of information flow in a clinical setting by deepening three components of communication – presence, intention, and attention. With clear intention and attention, the flow of information is more clearly received and expressed, reducing clinical errors and developing a supportive environment for patients/clients.

Learning Objectives for participating health care professionals-
Based on the content of this program, you will be able to:

  • Explain the concept of “presence” and its benefits for communication with clients/patients and co-workers, including how this practice may reduce stress and professional burnout;
  • Demonstrate the clinical skill of pausing, and describe how this skill can improve communication with patients/clients and health care team members;
  • Explain the differences between “needs” and “strategies,” and how understanding this difference when working with clients results in improved clinical outcomes;
  • Describe the therapeutic skills of “listening with the intention to understand”;
  • Describe the difference between empathy and non-empathic forms of communication, and how empathic communication may improve the clinician-patient relationship;
  • Demonstrate three forms of offering empathic connection, in ways that may improve patient care.

Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this day for $45.

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 volunteering@spiritrock.org.


Even if you have been to Spirit Rock before, please review our Non-Residential Programs FAQ for useful information about what to wear, what to bring, how to get here, and more.

Continuing Education

This course offers 6 CE credits for $60 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, nurses, chiropractors and acupuncturists. If you have a different license and are interested in CE credit, please check with your licensing Board to see if credits for programs from APA, BRN or CBAapproved providers are accepted.


Continuing Education credit is co-sponsored by Spirit Rock and the Spiritual Competency Resource Center.


– The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Spirit Rock is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16905 for 6 contact hours.

– The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal for programs from APA approved agencies.

– The California Board of Chiropractic Examiners Code of Regulations 361(h)(2) provides that continuing education requirements may be met by taking continuing education courses by any California Healing Arts Board approved provider, including those approved by the BRN.

– Spirit Rock is an approved Continuing Education Provider for the California Acupuncture Board, CAB #1425. This Category 2 course has been approved by the California Acupuncture Board for 6 hours of continuing education.


Credit is awarded for instructional time only and does not include extended silent meditation, if offered. To qualify to receive the certificate of completion, participants must attend the event in full – no partial credit for partial attendance. For more information about CE credit at Spirit Rock, please see Continuing Education (CE) CreditPlease note: In order to qualify for CE credit, you must arrive and sign-in at the CE table within 15 minutes of the start of the event, stay until the end of the program, and sign out.


Cancellation Policy: If you are unable to attend a program, or fulfill the attendance requirements for CE credit, you may offer your CE credit fee as a donation to Spirit Rock, or you may request a credit to be used towards a future non-residential program. If you would like a credit, you must cancel by 4:00pm at least two business days prior to the program. For more information, please see our Cancellation Policy for Non-Residential Programs.


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