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October 23, 2021

Virtual Retreat: Transformation Through Dialogue: Building Resilient Foundations

As human beings, our natural diversity is one of our gifts. However, not knowing how to handle interpersonal challenges around difference can lead to disconnection, or, worse, create harm and suffering in our relationships.

How can we build a stable and resilient inner foundation to navigate our inevitable disagreements with others?

How can we develop our skills in communication, build a broader toolkit, and become more effective and compassionate?

Join authors Kim Loh and Oren Jay Sofer to explore the potential of dialogue to transform us by understanding communication as a vehicle for our spiritual practice.

This creative daylong workshop integrates contemplative practice, embodied approaches and practical guidance to help you develop more confidence, insight and flexibility in your approach to conversations and relationships.

Our program will include a blend of silent meditation, guided reflections, interactive exercises, and experiments in conversation.

The workshop is appropriate for therapists, educators, coaches, facilitators and other helping professionals, as well as those working for social change or interested in improving their relationships and communication skills in general. All are welcome, no prior experience necessary.

This virtual retreat will be conducted through Zoom on Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. EDT –  5:30 p.m. EDT. The virtual retreat link will be emailed to participants within twenty-four hours of your registration. Please email us at events@garrisoninstitute.org with questions.

We are able to offer a limited number of scholarships for those with financial need who are unable to register at our subsidized rate. To apply, please click here.


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. For more information on Oren’s work, please visit  https://www.orenjaysofer.com/

Kim Loh is a conflict resolution and negotiation specialist, leadership coach, and co-author of Compassionate Conversations: How to Speak and Listen from the Heart. Devoted to the values of clarity and compassion, her past work includes mediation and conflict facilitation, peacebuilding research and advocacy for the United Nations, international NGOs and universities, and arbitration and litigation work as a lawyer in London and Singapore. for more information on Kim’s work, please visit www.kimberlyloh.com

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