The Basic Goodness of Conflict: A Mindful Exploration of Conflict Transformation

with Geoff Cox

September 14th—September 15th

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  • $150 Standard price
  • $175 Patron price
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Room: Main Meditation Hall

Conflict is at the heart of what it means to be alive. It shows up in our relationships with our own mind, in our relationships with others, in communities, and in the global issues that threaten our shared future. It is also a force that paves the way for exciting new possibilities and is fundamental to any understanding of growth in ourselves and the world. And, at the same time, it can be incredibly painful, challenging, and confusing to be with.

In this class, we will be diving into the Shambhala Buddhist perspective of basic goodness and how that can be applied in the most practical and profound way to the conflicts we face every day inside us and around us.

We will use meditation, discussion, partner dialogue and teachings about conflict to understand our own relationship to conflict. We will also explore practices and perspectives that will help us move toward the challenging spots in our lives with courage, compassion, curiosity, and care.

Our class will be a living exploration in creating a brave space of authenticity, deep care, radical responsibility, and presence.

This class will focus on:
- Exploring our relationship to conflict in a supportive community
- Meditation as a practice of self-conflict liberation
- Understanding our own conflict style
- Practical skills for relating to conflict
- Capacity building practices to increase our ability to navigate the challenging emotions that come with conflict in a way that leads to transformation and liberation.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Jason Mabry.

Early Bird Pricing: $150 (register by September 3)

Regular Pricing:  $175 (after September 3)

Please pre-register online so that we can properly prepare for amounts of food, staff, materials, etc.
Payment is not required at the time of pre-registration. If price is an obstacle for you, please inquire about our Generosity Policy.

About the teacher:

Geoff Cox is a Meditation Instructor in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition and has been studying and practicing conflict transformation for over ten years. He teaches mindful communication at UVA, leads teen and adult meditation retreats, and mentors young meditation leaders around the country in facilitating the practice of social meditation, a meditative practice in social engagement and communication. Geoff is also a licensed acupuncturist, a trauma-informed bodyworker and Qi Gong teacher, and a certified Integral Professional Coach™.