When interacting with others, we often find ourselves triggered and communicating in ways that hurts or harms – ourselves, the other, or the relationship between us. We are not yet experienced at mindful communication. Although, we want to communicate honestly, but haven’t been taught to do so. Very often, we desire to share our feelings and needs, but fear that they won’t be heard or that our needs will remain unmet.
“When you are busy judging people, you have no time to love them.”
Mindful Communication Practices
During this retreat at the tranquil Tara Rokpa Centre in North West Province, we will draw on the principles of Non-Violent Communication and Insight Dialogue in order to increase awareness, compassion and ease with ourselves and others.
The retreat will show us a way of being very honest, without any criticism, insults or put-downs. We learn to be aware of our feelings and needs, make requests and stay open and respond to the feelings and needs of others.
The principles and practices you will learn on this retreat, will help you communicate consciously and with compassion. We learn to increase our capacity to communicate in a way that helps us to connect, find what is alive in ourselves and others in order to create relationships built on authenticity and understanding.
If you resonate with any of the sentences below, this retreat may be especially helpful for you:
* I was taught to think and communicate in ways that involved judgment
* I am not aware of my own feelings and needs and those of others
* I am afraid that speaking honestly could be unskillful, leading to harm and hurt within my relationships
* I have been afraid to express anger, or other difficult emotions, without causing harm or feeling ashamed of my own feelings
* I fear connecting and being curious about what is alive in myself, without judgement.
Lucy Draper-Clarke has a PhD in mindfulness and has practised yoga for 20 years. Her light-hearted approach to teaching allows participants to learn through a joyful, yet transformative practice.
Felicity Hart is a life coach, yoga teacher and mindfulness facilitator. She has a PGC in Mindfulness-Based Interventions from Stellenbosch and offers life coaching that is mindful of you as a whole person, facilitating a deep and integrative process.
To book with the Tara Rokpa Centre, follow this link: https://goo.gl/forms/6ynT3eW87783PZoH2
Information on retreat costs to follow shortly, but you can book your place with a R500 deposit.
For general retreat information, click here