White Heron Sangha is pleased to welcome back renowned teacher and author Oren Jay Sofer for a two-day non-residential retreat at our White Heron Sangha Meditation Center in Avila Village.
The Buddha’s teachings encourage us to speak and listen with honesty, kindness, sensitivity, and a sense of purpose under all circumstances. Yet how skilled are we at speaking to those who are different from us? Are we able to express ourselves clearly and openly without alienating others?
"The ability to engage skillfully across differences of political views, race, gender, class, and age is increasingly important in today's multicultural world, and holds a surprising key to our own awakening."
Learn how to listen with empathy, even if we don’t fully understand or agree. The ability to engage skillfully across differences of political views, race, gender, class, age (and more) is increasingly important in today's multicultural world, and holds a surprising key to our own awakening.
Join author and Dharma teacher Oren Jay Sofer for this non-residential weekend retreat integrating Dharma practice, Right Speech and Nonviolent Communication. The first day will lay foundational skills in Right Speech and empathic listening, while the second day will focus on dialogue across differences. Our retreat will include a mix of silent meditation, guided reflections, relational awareness practice, interactive exercises, and dialogue. All are warmly welcomed to this rich exploration of what it means to be human, and to awaken to the truth through this very body and mind.
Oren Jay Sofer teaches meditation and communication retreats and workshops nationally. A member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, he is a Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner for the healing of trauma. Oren also holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University and is the founder of Next Step Dharma and co-founder of Mindful Healthcare. He is the author of Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication and co-author of Teaching Mindfulness to Empower Adolescents.
Saturday, January 25, 2020, 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Sunday, January 26, 2020, 9:30AM - 3:30PM
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.
$50, ($25 for young adults) for both days, which covers the expenses of the Sangha in putting on the event, but does not include a payment to the teacher.
Plan on attending both days in order to appreciate fully the teachings. Arrangements can be made if the fee is excessive for you.
The teachings are offered freely. The retreat fee covers retreat expenses; none of the retreat fee goes to the teacher. Details on how to donate to the teacher (cash or check only) and to support the White Heron Sangha will be provided at the retreat. We try to keep our retreat fees at a minimum so that you can be truly generous with your donation to the teacher.
We require that you register online and indicate whether you will be paying online by credit card or sending a check to White Heron Sangha, PO Box 870, Morro Bay, CA 93443. We will not accept payment at the door except in special circumstances. Registration fee will be refunded in full if notice of cancellation is received at least two weeks prior to retreat.
More information about White Heron Sangha retreats
Bring your lunch and a cup, if possible, in order to reduce waste. Tea and light snacks will be provided. 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 Sharon Rippner, firstname.lastname@example.org.
White Heron Sangha asks that all retreatants refrain from applying colognes, hairsprays or strongly scented deodorants before coming to the retreat. In addition, we will avoid air fresheners and scented or allergenic flowers in our facility. The use of such products may trigger allergic reactions and create health problems.