Oren Jay Sofer, SEP

Residential Retreat Teacher

Oren Jay Sofer teaches meditation and communication internationally. He holds a degree in comparative religion from Columbia University, is a Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication, and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner for the healing of trauma. Oren is also the author of several books, including the best-seller "Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication" and his latest book, "Your Heart Was Made for This: Contemplative Practices to Meet a World In Crisis with Courage, Integrity, and Love."

His teaching has reached people around the world through his online communication courses and guided meditations. A husband and a father, Oren lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he enjoys cooking, spending time in nature, and home woodworking projects.

Meditation is only one aspect of the Buddha's path. If our meditation practice doesn't inform our lives—if it's something we only do on retreat, or at a certain time in a certain place—then what's its real value? When we see hunger, poverty, climate refugees, war, and the ongoing effects of racism or structural violence, how do we relate to the pain of that gap between our values and reality? Can we bring tenderness? Can we connect with the longing, that beautiful, wholesome longing underneath the pain for awakening, for all of our hearts to be free and whole. This kind of wise relationship to life informs our powerful response.

 
Oren Jay Sofer, Bridge the Gap: Integrating Spiritual Practice into Life

Oren Jay Sofer's Upcoming Programs

Retreat On-Land Hybrid

December 18 - December 23, 2024 Wednesday - Monday | 5 nights

Winter Solstice Retreat: Embracing the Dark, Inviting the Light

This retreat will focus on centering ourselves during the holidays, quieting our minds, grounding in our bodies, opening our hearts, and using inquiry to energize our practice. Special emphasis will be placed on opening to the darkness, including our difficulties and challenges, and opening to the coming light—to the beauty, joy, wisdom, and love within and around us. The retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, daily lovingkindness and Qigong practice, evening talks, practice discussions, and a Winter Solstice ceremony.

Oren Jay Sofer

Oren Jay Sofer

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Dawn Scott

Dawn Scott

Heather Sundberg

Heather Sundberg

David Cabrera

David Cabrera

Retreat Online Hybrid

December 18 - December 23, 2024 Wednesday - Monday | 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Winter Solstice Retreat: Embracing the Dark, Inviting the Light

This retreat will focus on centering ourselves during the holidays, quieting our minds, grounding in our bodies, opening our hearts, and using inquiry to energize our practice. Special emphasis will be placed on opening to the darkness, including our difficulties and challenges, and opening to the coming light—to the beauty, joy, wisdom, and love within and around us. The retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, daily lovingkindness and Qigong practice, evening talks, practice discussions, and a Winter Solstice ceremony.

Oren Jay Sofer

Oren Jay Sofer

devon hase

devon hase

Dawn Scott

Dawn Scott

Heather Sundberg

Heather Sundberg

David Cabrera

David Cabrera

Dharma Library

Can't join us live online or on the land? Study and practice at your convenience with Oren Jay Sofer through our new library of recordings, articles, and self-paced online courses.

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