The Art of Communication
December 2 - December 3460€
NYSY Studios & Zen Rocks Retreat Center
Present a THRIVE@Zen Rocks Workshop:
“The Art of Communication”
with Jo Confino & Paz Perlman
for Healing Relationships at Home, Work and in our Communities
Description of the workshop
This two day workshop will support people in developing the wisdom and practical tools to nurture deeper and more meaningful relationships. Our perceptions and beliefs often get in the way of creating deep connections with ourselves, our loved ones as well as our colleagues and communities. Jo and Paz, who have been married for 17 years, will be introducing the core teachings of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh to gently guide us to see life more clearly, let go of our self judgments and to bring deep listening and compassionate speech and actions into our daily lives. The workshop will include interactive dialogues, exercises, bodywork and meditations.
“This retreat taught me to speak and listen from the heart and has transformed my marriage and the way I approach work. It has been a miraculous bridge that has allowed me to love myself more and helped me to connect more deeply with others”
Skills you will develop:
•Handling strong emotions such as anger and isolation
•Recognizing and transforming old patterns of behaviour/habit energies
•Moving beyond binary ideas of right and wrong
•Developing compassionate listening and loving speech
•Understanding the heart of Buddhist psychology
•Incorporating the insight of Interbeing into daily life
•Creating safe spaces for sharing
•Recognizing and relieving tensions in the body
About Jo Confino, Journalist and Sustainability Consultant
Jo Confino is a leadership coach, spiritual mentor, facilitator, journalist and sustainability expert. He works at the intersection of personal transformation and systems change; working with several organizations including Leaders’ Quest and Global Optimism. His coaching practice focuses on supporting leaders within the climate movement. He is on the board of advisors for The Climate School and Force of Nature, a youth climate activist organization.
Jo has worked closely for the past 16 years with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and his buddhist monastic community in Plum Village.He is co-founder and co-presenter of the acclaimed podcast series ‘The Way Out Is In’ and is chair of the board of Parallax Press, which publishes books on mindfulness in daily life. Besides facilitating events and conferences all over the world for the past 20 years, he also runs smaller workshops and roundtables.
Until recently, he was executive editor, Impact & Innovation and Editorial Director of What’s Working at the HuffPost in New York. During his five years there, he developed long-term editorial projects based on social, environmental and economic justice and was a member of the senior leadership team. Jo was an executive editor at the Guardian for 23 years and during his time there also created and managed the media company’s sustainability vision and strategy. He is a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and completed an MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice at the University of Bath.
About Paz Perlman, Visual Artist
Paz Perlman is a visual artist who exhibits internationally and has taken a particular interest in how art can support our collective awakening on issues such as climate change and social inequality.
Paz is currently focusing on large-scale interactive art installations and was recently commissioned to create works for a major symposium at the Garrison Institute in New York as well as for a climate leaders’ retreat in Plum Village, France.
Paz has studied in various Buddhist traditions for the past 30 years and is also an instructor of Tai Chi and Chi Kung.Paz teaches retreats with a focus on creativity and movement as well as teaching MA students in the fields of art and ecology. Paz, who originally trained as a dance teacher before graduating with a BA in Fine Arts from Central St Martins, University of Arts, London, moved from New York three years ago to live next door to Plum Village.
December 2nd-3rd, 2023 @ VENUE TBA
Saturday & Sunday, 10:00am-18:00pm
(1 hour lunch break)
Live attendance Early:
460€ – 230€, by Nov. 10, 2023