• Casita Supporting Rate – $840.00
  • Casita Actual Rate – $750.00
  • Casita Base Rate – $660.00
  • Yurt Supporting Rate – $840.00
  • Yurt Actual Rate – $750.00
  • Yurt Base Rate – $660.00
  • Tent Cabin Supporting Rate – $720.00
  • Tent Cabin Actual Rate – $630.00
  • Tent Cabin Base Rate – $540.00

Date & Time Details: Check-in is from 3:00-5:00 on the first day of the retreat. The retreat will close mid-morning on the last day of the retreat.

PRICE: We offer a sliding scale structure. The price for this retreat ranges from $ 540-$840 (not including dana). (Learn more)

DANA: This is a dana based retreat. (Learn more)

SHUTTLE SERVICE: Shuttle Service is available for this retreat. (Learn more)

SCHOLARSHIP / FELLOWSHIP AVAILABILITY: All awards have been made for this retreat. No longer accepting applications for scholarships or fellowships.

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Wise Speech: Waking Up Together

With Donald Rothberg and Oren Jay Sofer

October 1 - 7, 2018

Deepen insight and self-understanding.

Train the heart to find balance when challenged.

Learn practical tools to navigate differences.

The path of practice taught by the Buddha is meant to transform our actions, speech, thinking and relationships. How can we use our relationships to grow in awareness and compassion? How do we put these teachings into practice to make conversations and connections – both personal and professional – more meaningful?

In this retreat, we will explore the how to bring more mindfulness and care to our communication as vehicle for awakening. The tools shared will draw from the meditative practices of the Buddhist tradition, innovative relational awareness exercises, 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. They are 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. The tools offered will directly enhance the work of psychologists, therapists, school teachers, chaplains, nurses and other helping professionals. NVC will be taught at a basic level; reading Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication before the retreat is strongly recommended.


Donald Rothberg
Donald Rothberg, Ph.D., a member of the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock and also a teacher at the East Bay Meditation Center, has practiced Insight Meditation since 1976, and has also received training in Tibetan Dzogchen and Mahamudra practice and the Hakomi approach to body-based psychotherapy. He regularly teaches insight and lovingkindness meditation, and on transforming the judgmental mind, mindful communication and wise speech, working skillfully with conflict, and socially engaged Buddhism. He is the author of The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World.
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Oren Jay Sofer
Oren Jay Sofer has practiced meditation in the Theravada tradition since 1997. He holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner for healing trauma and a graduate of the IMS-Spirit Rock Teacher Training Program. Oren also works as the Senior Program Developer at Mindful Schools, is a Collaborative Trainer at BayNVC, and is the Founder of Next Step Dharma, a six week online course focused on living the path of awakening in our daily lives. He is the author of a forth-coming book on Mindful Communication (Shambhala).
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