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Mindfulness Based Argument Reduction (MBAR)

This one-day online workshop will guide you through the anatomy of a difficult conversation and offer practical, mindful approaches to engaging more skillfully.

In the book Difficult Conversations, the authors dissect the reasons we argue and why it doesn't help. Here's an excerpt:

If the other person is stubborn, we assert harder in an attempt to break through whatever is keeping them from seeing what is sensible. If the other person is naive, we try to educate them about how life really is, and if they are being selfish or manipulative, we may try to be forthright and call them on it it. We persist in the hope that what we say will eventually make a difference. But instead, our persistence leads to arguments. And these arguments lead nowhere.

In this workshop, we look at how our approach to a difficult conversation so often ends up in argument and offers an alternative. By combining these insights with mindfulness practices for staying present and working with strong emotions, we can open new ways to engage with others. 

The day will feature talks, discussions, sitting meditation, and moving (standing) meditation.

Other details:

  • There will be an optional silent meditation before the workshop begins, from 8:30 to 9:30 AM (a highly recommended way to deepen your practice in a group, and a wonderful way to enter the workshop)
  • The lunch break will be from noon to 1:30 PM
  • The workshop will wrap up at 4:30 PM

Begins December 12th at 9:30 am


We offer Affordability payment levels for those who cannot manage the Regular event fee, and Supporter payment levels for those who can contribute extra to help offset the cost of our Affordability program. You can choose the appropriate level after clicking Register.