Mindful Communication – Certified Course

Mindful Communication is a new and unique course. Positive communication can enhance
our effectiveness, our relationships, our character and our well-being. Mindfulness, regularly
practiced, enables us to be less reactive to thoughts and emotions as they arise in everyday
situations. The two – developing our positive communication skills and practicing mindfulness
– complement each other beautifully. Communicating mindfully can make our communication
more effective, positively inform our relationships and our environment, enable us to deal
better with stress and negative emotions, and to be the best that we can be, including in
challenging situations.

Mindful Communication is an online course. It can, however, be tailored to meet your needs,
including in-person, and we are very open to discussing requirements and possibilities for
specific groups of participants. The course, which normally runs over 8 months, has 4 modules
each with a study/practice weekend. The course is led in English.

Each module includes:
– 10 hours of live, online study/practice
– Module materials and references to sources
– Audio files of tutor-led mindfulness practices
– Home practices and activities
– Online or email access to tutor support.

Each study/practice weekend includes:
– Tutor-led seminars on communication skills, and mindfulness
– Tutor-led mindfulness practices
– Small and whole group discussions and interaction
– Opportunities to raise questions.
– Journaling activities.

‘Mindful Communication’ is open to all interested participants and to anyone who wishes to
develop their communication. Being online, we welcome and anticipate an international group
of participants. Mindful Communication will be of interest to people who already practice
mindfulness. For participants with no prior experience of mindfulness we offer a pre-course
intensive introduction. For some participants the primary interest may be developing
communication skills to enhance communication in a community, work, professional or family
environment. Situations and contexts where mindful communication can make a significant
positive difference include:
o in a family
o in childcare and parenting
o in the community
o in business
o in education, teaching and learning
o in the law, policing and the justice system
o in politics
o in the media and
o in care and healthcare.

Module 1. Express yourself mindfully!
As a starting point, we see how thoughts and emotions often lead to needs, which affect our
communication. Self-empathy and mindfully working with our inner voice helps us to become
mindful listeners and talkers. Sharing our needs can lead to formulating strategies. We
examine knowledge about the mind and explore our recommended approach to mindfulness
practice.

Module 2. Receiving Others
Having better understood ourselves, we explore how in our communication we can hear and
respond to the needs of others, even although we may disagree – opening connection and
hearing in mindful rather than reactive mode. We practice kindness to both ourselves and
others, and develop our informal mindfulness practice, enabling us to apply mindfulness to
arising situations.

Module 3. Building solutions that work for both
Using a range of techniques and activities, we find skilful and mindful ways for US – creating
solutions which meet the needs of all concerned. This often involves dealing with strong
emotions and seeing conflict as an opportunity for connection. We further deepen and develop
our mindfulness practice, focussing upon learning to ‘let go’ and ‘be with’, as opposed to
reacting to narrow preferences and deep patterns of behaviour.

Module 4. Using mindful communication in specific situations
Applying mindful communication to specific situations and contexts is a concern that features
in each of the modules and is a focus of inquiry, discussion and practice throughout the course.
In the final module, we explore the application of mindful communication in selected, specific
situations and contexts, highlighting the benefits, opportunities and challenges involved.
Solutions to challenges involve creating equanimity in and through our communication,
alongside developing a mindful response to the ‘impossible’.
During and after module 4 participants are invited to record their experiences of applying
mindful communication to a chosen, specific context or situation. Module 4 is, therefore,
followed by a day-long workshop where we will share our experiences and further develop our
skills, insights and practice.

The expected outcomes of Mindful Communication are:
> to have enhanced communication skills, drawing upon mindfulness
> to have developed a regular practice (or deepened your existing practice) of
mindfulness
> to have a greater knowledge and understanding of relevant concepts
> to have deepened your understanding of the human mind in general, and, gained
insights into your mind
> to have applied new communication skills in thinking and in practice to a selected,
specific situation or context, and reflected upon the impact and further developments.

Mindful Communication is organised jointly by Mindfulness Hrvatska and Ewa Orłowska: Mindfulness and Nonviolent Communication.
The tutors for all modules are Ewa Orłowska and David McMurtry.
Ewa Orłowska, based in Warsaw, Poland, is a certified MBLC and MBSR teacher (certificate from the Institute for Mindfulness Based Approaches, Germany). Ewa leads and co-leads a range of mindfulness courses for adults and youth, and also continuing professional development courses (CPD). Ewa is mindfulness lead tutor and supervisor in Mindfulness Association Polska. She teaches mindfulness in schools based on the British program Mindfulness in Schools Project and MBLC Young Adults. Ewa also focuses upon mindfulness training and workshops in communication, conflict transformation and mediation. She is a certified Nonviolent Communication (NVC) trainer and lectures NVC for postgraduate students at the Collegium Civitas in Warsaw. An accomplished meditator with 30 years’ experience, Ewa graduated from Warsaw University, in the field of German studies. She is an author of teaching materials and improvement programs for teachers. Ewa co-created EduMind – Foundation for Mindfulness in Education. Find our more about Ewa at her website.

Dr. David McMurtry lives in Zagreb, Croatia where he is currently founding President of Mindfulness Hrvatska. David has practiced and studied meditation for many years. He was co-fovunder of the MSc in Studies in Mindfulness at the University of Aberdeen (where he is now an Emeritus Senior Lecturer) and has taught mindfulness online and in-person in Zagreb since 2016. David has successfully taught mindfulness in an academic environment, including at both Masters and Doctoral levels, and also in the community, accredited by the UK Mindfulness Association.

David and Ewa have been teaching together since 2019. Participants on their courses have commented that:
“David and Ewa were great trainers, I felt very comfortable with them (and whole group of course)”
“Thank you for your nice words and for running the course in such a smooth, yet professional manner“
“Thank you for everything. I will follow your FB page continuously. Also, hope to meet you and the whole group soon in person”
“First, thank you for your engagement and patience. As I said, most of all I liked the experiential and spiral learning, it was very meaningful to me“
“Dear David and Ewa this course was very valuable. Every discussion, practice and exercise had meaning, purpose and benefit.”

Each of the four study and practice weekend has live, online seminars on Saturday and Sunday 10:00-15:15.
Dates
Module 1/Weekend 1: 27-28 November 2021
Module 2/Weekend 2: 22-23 January 2022
Module 3/Weekend 3: 26-27 March 2022
Module 4/Weekend 4: 04-05 June 2022
Post-course workshop: 25 September 2022.

The course fee for Mindful Communication is €200.00/1.500,00 HRK for each module
(€800.00 /6.000,00 HRK for the entire course). The fee can be paid in up to 4 instalments.
The course fee includes:
– A course manual or handbook (in English)
– Audio recordings of tutor lead practices (in English)
– All seminars at the four study/practice weekends.

Participants who have no experience of practicing secular mindfulness are asked to participate in the pre-course intensive Introduction To Mindfulness weekend or complete 8-week MBLC course or equivalent. The Introduction to Mindfulness online weekend is 15-16-17 October 2021.

The fee for the pre-course Introduction To Mindfulness weekend is €300.00/2.200,00 HRK.

Upon completion of Mindful Communication, participants will receive a ‘certificate of
completion’. Participants must have studied all 4 modules and participated in at least 3 of the
study/practice weekends to receive a certificate of completion. Participants who miss
weekends may participate in these weekends in future.
To reserve a place on Mindfulness Communication and/or the Introduction To
Mindfulness weekend, if you need more information, or if you have any questions, please
email [email protected]

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Date

Nov 27 2021 - Jun 05 2022

Time

10:00 am - 3:15 pm

Cost

1,500.00