White Heron Sangha invites you to attend a one-day retreat with Mick Malotte and Alicia Nowicki at the White Heron Sangha Meditation Center in Avila Village on Wise Speech and Non Violent Communication.
Communication is at the center of our lives, and therefore at the center of our dharma practice. One of the eight-fold path factors taught by the Buddha is “Wise Speech.” But, how exactly do we put the teachings of Wise Speech into practice in our daily lives, especially in difficult situations?
How do we address the messy side of difficult conversations without erring on one side by spiritual bypassing or on the other by becoming reactive? In the heat of the moment, how do we see more clearly our and other’s deep values? And then how do we respond in a direct, kindhearted and helpful way?
In this daylong retreat we’ll bring in practices that cultivate mindful presence and loving-kindness and discuss the Buddha’s teachings on wise speech. Then, we’ll introduce the process of Non-violent Communication. This practical system, developed by Marshall Rosenberg, brings together contemplative practice and communication. It works in a synergistic way with mindfulness and loving-kindness practices to strengthen our ability to stay present and work more skillfully with difficult situations and in difficult conversations. Much of the day will be spent in silent practice.
Suggested reading for this daylong is Marshall Rosenberg’s book, Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, 3rd Edition.
Mick Malotte has studied and practiced Buddhist meditation for 20 years, mostly in the Vipassana and Mahamudra traditions. He graduated from Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader training program and is authorized to teach by Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Mick has led a weekly “Mindfulness for Everyone” sitting group at the White Heron Sangha since 2016 and also teaches a “Mindfulness For Everyone” course series several times a year. He is currently an MBSR teacher in training and has begun teaching formal MBSR courses on the Central Coast. His main interest lies in making the deeper dharma accessible, relevant, and helpful to those engaged in modern life. Mick has been a practicing physician for over 30 years.
Alicia Nowicki has studied Nonviolent Communication (NVC) since 2002 with Marshall Rosenberg, Mary Mackenzie, Miki Kashtan, Rodger Sorrow, and many others. She is most grateful for the tools of NVC, as she claims they have saved her life many times and have given her the skills to have some very difficult conversations. She has facilitated trainings at community colleges, churches, schools, mental health facilities, and in jails and prisons. She is currently a candidate to become a certified trainer in NVC. She holds a B.M. in Music Therapy and a MBA in Health Care.
When: Saturday, September 15, 2018, 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Where: Our meditation center is in Avila Village, behind the Woodstone Marketplace, near the Bob Jones Trail:
White Heron Sangha Meditation Center, 6615 Bay Laurel Pl, Avila Beach, CA 93424 (map and pictures). Parking is alongside the buildings with overflow parking behind Blue Heron Realty. Do not park in front of Woodstone Marketplace! See the arrows for parking in the bottom photo. Our building is circled.
Cost: There is no fee for this daylong retreat. Donations are encouraged and will be split between the teachers and White Heron Sangha.
Registration: Please register online here: Daylong Retreat with Mick Malotte and Alicia Nowicki - Wise Speech/NVC.
Bring a sack lunch and drink. Please note: Tea and snacks will not be provided for this retreat. Chairs and meditation cushions will be available. You might want to bring a shawl and extra cushions, if you use them. No dogs are allowed in the building except for service dogs. For questions, contact Mick Malotte at email@example.com.
Follow-up: Following this retreat, there will be an optional follow-up weekly NVC practice series on Tuesday evenings at Crow’s End Retreat Center, 6:00 to 7:30, for seven weeks (Sept. 18 – Nov. 6). This will be led by Alicia Nowicki. These practice sessions will go more deeply into the NVC process and focus on using NVC in daily life.