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Mindful Communication: A Wise Speech Retreat
Donald Rothberg, Oren Sofer
Sunday, June 15, 3:00pm - Saturday, June 21, 12:00pm
Upper Walking Hall
$1200 - $600 sliding scale, plus a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 368R14.
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NOTE: All Young Adult Rates and Scholarship funds for this retreat have been allocated

"Supported by the ongoing generosity of our sangha, we have the good fortune to begin construction in the spring of 2014 on our lower campus for a permanent Community Hall and support buildings. Our upper campus, where your residential retreat occurs, is not part of the construction.

While some ambient machinery sound may travel, it will not be continuous or nearby. Construction will take place during business work hours (Monday - Friday, 7:00am - 4:00pm) and on some Saturdays. Spirit Rock will be open throughout construction. Conditions for meditation practice are rarely perfect and environmental sounds are just another subject for our mindful attention. Teachers will give guidance on how to use it as a basis for your practice. Thank you for supporting our efforts and continuing your practicing at Spirit Rock during this time. We look forward to supporting you on retreat."

~ Spirit Rock Teachers Council

Integrating our meditation practice with our speech and communication is one of the main ways to bring deeply-held values into our daily lives, interactions and actions in the world. In this retreat, we will connect mindfulness and loving-kindness practice, the Buddha's teachings on wise speech, relational awareness practices, and the contemporary discipline of Nonviolent Communication (NVC). Collectively, these practices form a powerful foundation for cultivating insight, awareness, self-understanding, and empathy; for developing our capacity to listen and speak from the heart; and for strengthening our ability to stay present and be more skillful in challenging situations.

The retreat will begin with a day of silent practice. Subsequent days will include morning and afternoon sessions of interactive speech practice along with continued silent practice. This retreat is designed both for those who want to bring more attention to speech as a spiritual practice, and for those who have emphasized communication and want further grounding in meditation. NVC will be taught at a basic level; reading Marshall Rosenberg's Nonviolent Communication is recommended. Participants will have the option of continuing with follow-up sessions after the retreat.

Spirit Rock extends a special invitation to young adults (age 18-26) who wish to attend this retreat at a rate of $25 per night, on a first come, first serve basis. A limited number of special rates are available, please apply early.

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Also remember that the cost above is priced as a sliding scale. Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend. Fee is for room and board. Teaching and staffing of the retreats is by donation at the end of the retreat. For more information, see Retreat FAQ.




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