Mindful Communication

About This Course

Whether we are speaking, listening, texting, emailing, or just plain thinking, most of us spend our days communicating. Language is one of our primary ways of connecting with others and understanding our lives. Communication habits run deep, yet patiently bringing attention to specific aspects of our words and thinking can have profound and far-reaching impacts.

The more we understand and transform our own communication patterns, the more care, clarity, and flexibility we are able to bring to all of our life’s relationships. In the classroom, in particular, our skill in speaking clearly and listening empathically is vitally important. It helps us connect with students at a deeper level, enabling us to better meet their academic and personal needs.

Educator Voices from Mindful Communication

“This course has been eye-opening for me in many ways. Taking the time to be aware of the layers of the conversation and approaching them with the intention to understand before responding doesn’t seem like new or ground-breaking advice, but it’s a game changer.  And being able to practice this and all of the skills taught in this course has been a wonderful way to learn and grow. Thank you!”
–– Katie, Omaha, NE

“This was one of those courses where each week the content was relevant to my life and I could use the material right away.”
— Catherine, Dartmouth, MA

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Watch trainings and practice talks that will support your learning journey


Virtual training includes LIVE facilitation with faculty. Plan for approximately 2-4 hours per week


Educators are eligible for Graduate Level Credits

Course Objectives

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This eight-week virtual course offers an opportunity to deepen your mindfulness practice by exploring the realm of interpersonal communication in all aspects of your life: personal, social, and professional. The course draws upon the tools and insights of mindfulness practice, the internationally used system of Nonviolent Communication, and the science of nervous system regulation. Videos, exercises, and detailed lecture notes guide you through a step-by-step, integrated approach to understanding and transforming your communication.

This course is specifically designed to help you:

  • Reduce the stress associated with interpersonal differences and conflict
  • Find creative and effective tools to handle student behavior issues
  • Learn ways to build stronger relationships with students, parents, faculty, and administrators
  • Develop skills to create more trust, cooperation, and collaboration
  • Hear the genuine concerns and real needs of others regardless of how they’re speaking to you

Mindful Communication is generally not a beginning level course, and can be more rigorous than other Mindful Schools trainings. You can expect to devote 2-4 hours per week, and are strongly encouraged to pair up with another participant as a “practice buddy.” Buddies talk once per week for 20-30 minutes (often via video chat or phone) to practice course material.

LIVE Facilitation by Mindful Schools Faculty

Online Course Guides are experienced Mindful Schools faculty members who support you in all six weeks of the course. Through LIVE Sessions, weekly emails and updates, and course forums, your Online Course Guide will facilitate discussions, synthesize emerging themes, answer questions, and provide ongoing guidance and feedback.


  • Educators can receive up to 3 graduate level credits Details

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More Educator Voices from Mindful Communication

“The lessons in the Mindful Schools Curriculum are great, but I think it is the practices taught in this course that will help me better deliver that material and to embody mindful practices in my daily life. Thank you so much for this rich and rewarding course!”
–– Christine, Montclair, NJ

“This has been such a great course. There are definitely little shifts happening.  Big take aways for me have been tuning into my needs and reflecting on what matters most, noticing emotions in my body and growing my understanding of what empathy is and what it isn’t. I’m so grateful for your gentle, nurturing teaching and excited to have seen the possibilities of deep communication. Thank you.”
–– Helen, Berkeley, CA

Who Is This For?

The Mindful Schools community includes educators, counselors, parents, and a wide range of school community members. We invite you to join this course if you are interested in deepening your mindfulness practice alongside a like-minded community of peers.

Before taking this course, we strongly recommend that participants have a background in personal mindfulness practice, either through our intro course, 101: Mindfulness Foundations, or through one of these approved trainings.

Our Trainer

Oren Jay Sofer has practiced mindfulness since 1997, and teaches mindfulness, Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and somatics. In the early 2000s, he developed a deep interest in the relationship between mindfulness practice and communication. A graduate of the BayNVC North American Leadership Training, he began teaching NVC in 2006 and has taught classes and workshops to individuals and organizations nationally. Oren has extensive experience with mindfulness-based programs for children and adolescents; he was one of the first generation of teachers at Mindful Schools and made significant contributions to the development of the Mindful Schools curriculum. Oren is also trained and certified in Somatic Experiencing for healing trauma. He holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University.

If you have additional questions, check out our FAQ page to learn about course pacing, CEUs and more. You can also email us at support@mindfulschools.org

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