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March 20, 2021

Virtual Retreat: Holistic Spirituality: A 3-Part Online Series with Oren Jay Sofer

The path of awakening taught by the Buddha includes a wide range of practices to calm the body and mind, to heal the heart, and to respond to need with wisdom and compassion. Silent meditation is only one form of training. In this series of online, half-day workshops, we will build on the foundation of inner practice to build a holistic approach to transformation and engaged action.

These workshops will be held online via Zoom, and will include meditation instructions, short Dharma talks, as well time for questions. We will take several short breaks, including a half hour break in the middle of each session. They will run from 1:00 p.m. ET to 4:30 p.m. ET on three consecutive Saturdays in March: 6, 13 and 20.

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All are welcome: Appropriate for mediators at all levels of experience.

Part 1: Saturday March 6 – Finding Courage and Steadiness with Uncertainty – This event has passed. Please register for the last session in the series below.
How do we find the strength to handle difficult emotions and the courage to face intensely challenging situations? In the first part of this series, we will explore ways to calm the mind and body, manage fear and anxiety effectively, and offer loving support to others in distress.

Part 2: Saturday March 13 – How to Care without Getting Overwhelmed – This event has passed. Please register for the last session in the series below.
When the heart is open and the mind clear, we are able to respond to challenges and crises with wisdom, love and skill. In part 2 of this series, we’ll explore practices to strengthen the heart and cultivate a wise perspective on relationships and life. Participants will apply their contemplative practice to a real-life situation, developing new ideas and skills to identify one’s resources, limits, and capacity to engage without getting overwhelmed.

Part 3: Saturday March 20 – How to Speak to Anyone with Truth and Kindness Saturday, March 20 In the final part of this series, we will explore an integrated approach to bringing mindfulness and care to our communication. How do we bring qualities of integrity, truth, and kindness into our relationships and conversations, staying true to our values while creating conditions for real dialogue? The tools shared will integrate guidelines for Wise Speech offered by the Buddhist tradition, as well as the contemporary discipline of Nonviolent Communication.

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 author of Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication.

Your support matters. Our vision for a more just, compassionate world has never felt more urgent. While we cannot share physical space together, we remain committed to a shared practice of social and spiritual care. We are thankful for the support to create a virtual sanctuary during this time. If you feel called to support our work, we welcome your tax-deductible contribution towards our efforts. If you have any questions about this event, please contact us at events@garrisoninstitute.org.

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