"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

Compassionate Communication
Dan Clurman, Mudita Nisker
Sunday, April 30, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $75 - $200. Please bring your lunch. Code DA1D17.
OPEN-Register Here

"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." —
The Dalai Lama

Many of us would like to have easier, more successful communication with family, friends and co-workers. Often we attempt to understand people based on our self-centered assumptions and reactions. We have a difficult time putting our thoughts and feelings aside so that we can accurately hear others. Or, we might get lost in their words without noticing their non-verbal signals (e.g., their facial expressions and the sound of their voices). We can learn to listen more emphatically by mindfully focusing our attention on understanding people without getting carried away by agreeing or disagreeing. As we listen more fully, we often recognize our common ground with others. We become more inclined to speak in non-harming ways and feel greater compassion for ourselves and others.

Using structured activities and meditation, we will practice mindful communication that promotes harmony in our conversations and in our lives.

Teachings are appropriate for the general public as well as health care professionals. This program will present elements of effective communication that are an integral aspect of the work of health care professionals to maintain service-oriented relationships, and may be incorporated when working with clients. Continuing Education (CE) credit available. See below for more information.

Learning Objectives for participating health care professionals- Based on the content of this program, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate listening and speaking practices that encourage collaboration and develop compassion for self and others;
  • List eight potential roadblocks to effective communication;
  • Describe practices for clients to be able to improve their communication by sending clear and unambiguous messages;
  • Demonstrate to clients ways to respectfully advocate for a desired outcome;
  • Incorporate practices when working with clients that encourage empathetic and strategic listening.
Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this day for $45.

General Information

Online registration for our programs is available until 12 noon of the last business day prior to the day of the event (e.g. online registration for a Monday program ends at 12 noon on the prior Friday). There is an additional $5 fee for registering at the door. If you can't attend an event you registered for, please see our Cancellation Policy.

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Volunteer/Work Exchange opportunities, as well as full or partial Scholarships, may be available for this program. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at or (415) 488-0164 x224.

Scholarships are not available for events listed as “Benefits.”

Even if you have been to Spirit Rock before, please review our Non-Residential Programs FAQ for useful information about what to wear, what to bring, how to get here, and more.

Continuing Education

This course offers 6 CE credits for $60 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, and nurses. If you have a different license and are interested in CE credit, please check with your licensing Board to see if credits for programs from APA or BRN approved providers are accepted.

Continuing Education credit is co-sponsored by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center, and the Institute of Noetic Sciences. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The Institute of Noetic Sciences is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP10318 for 6 contact hours. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal for programs from APA approved agencies.

Credit is awarded for instructional time only. For more information, including attendance and cancellation policies, see Continuing Education (CE) Credit.

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