- December 12, 2018
- 7:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Communication can be hard. Oren Jay Sofer's proven method makes it easier and more effective for people on both sides of the conversation. His method is a unique combination of mindfulness, nonviolent communication, and somatic awareness. Nonviolent communication has been popular since the 1960s and is based on the belief that all human beings have the capacity for compassion and resort to violence or behavior that harms others only when they don't recognize more effective strategies for meeting needs.
Oren's unique method for fostering peaceful, effective communication has three components: (1) presence: bringing mindful awareness to the interaction, (2) intention: bringing curiosity and care to the moment, and (3) attention: learning to really hear and understand in a way that enables you to navigate the difficulties, express yourself clearly, and listen for what matters.
Join CIIS's Terese Gjernes for a conversation with Oren about applying these skills to personal and social relationships with romantic partners, friends, colleagues, and family.
Oren Jay Sofer leads retreats and workshops on mindful communication around the United States. A member of the Spirit Rock Teacher's Council, he teaches in the Insight Meditation community, holds a degree in comparative religion from Columbia University, and is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and a Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication. Oren creates mindfulness training programs for apps and organizations and lives in Richmond, California. Visit www.orenjaysofer.com for more information.
Terese Gjernes, PsyD, is a core faculty member and Chair of the Somatic Psychology Program at CIIS. She is a Licensed Psychologist, a Certified Massage Therapist, and Somatic Educator. She is endorsed as a Reflective Practice Facilitator II and an Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist by the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health. Terese is trained in Somatic Experiencing, and Touch Skills for Trauma. She has practiced yoga, mindfulness, Authentic Movement, and contact improvisation for over 3 decades and danced since she was young. She has a somatic private psychotherapy practice in Berkeley, CA. Visit www.teresegjernes.com for more information.