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Building Social Courage

May 7, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm


If you care about the environment, you care about communication.  And communication, with diverse stakeholders on issues of public health and community well-being, can be challenging!

One of the most limiting factors in environmental advocacy is the fear of conflict.  What do we say when people disagree with us in unpleasant ways?  How do we respond to hostile remarks and tactics in public hearings?  Many of us avoid political engagement altogether because we are not sure that we will respond in ways that express our best selves.


Ilene with GGBIlene Wolf, M.F.T.,  offers five essential communication tools that you can use to parry conflict with compassion, consideration, and strength.  These tools are based on the work of Nonviolent Communication founder Marshall Rosenberg PhD and Stanford researcher David Burns, M.D. (Cognitive Behavior Therapy).

In this workshop, you will learn skills that you can use at home and at work to transform conflicts into opportunities for deeper human connection and the possibility of cooperation.  This process can be mastered by anyone who is dedicated to finding more confidence when faced with anger, but has traditionally been tempted to withdraw or become defensive.  The approach can help each of us find a natural ease in our most difficult and challenging relationships — whether as teachers, advocates, or community leaders — ultimately being successful in ways that we previously thought impossible.

This workshop is a benefit for Green Sangha, and opens with gentle yoga and meditation.  

General admission $25
Green Sangha members $20
Join or renew your membership here
Space is limited, so reservations required:  BUILDING SOCIAL COURAGE

About the instructor.  Ilene Wolff, LMFT, is a licensed psychotherapist who has been in private practice in San Francisco and Marin for over 25 years. A graduate of UC Berkeley, Ilene has trained in advanced applications of Cognitive Therapy at Stanford University. Ilene teaches internationally in Hong Kong and Mexico, at JFK University and Sonoma State in Conflict Resolution (International Relations Department).  She is the director of the Drama Therapy Institute and winner of The California Marriage and Family Therapists’ 2012 Education Award.  Learn more about Ilene.

“I recently had the pleasure of experiencing a workshop with Ilene Wolff and she is nothing short of amazing! She is a strong, bright and clear teacher and therapist who creates a lot of depth, safety, and connection in a very short period of time. Everyone in our group opened up, connected easily and experienced a great sense of joy in Ilene’s presence through her skilled facilitation. I highly recommend working with her.”  – Lorraine Platt, MFT, Teen Solutions

“At our monthly program meeting of Soroptimist International of Marin County, we were delighted to listen to a presentation by Ilene Wolf. She spoke about the anxiety we all feel around conflict, and how compassion, forgiveness and kindness can melt it away. Ilene spoke directly to our hearts and the whole experience was a real treat.”  – Marla Hamilton, Co-President, Soroptimist International of Marin County


Questions?  Write to stuart@greensangha.org

“Ilene Wolf is highly intelligent, highly creative, energetic, and charismatic.” – George Taylor, MFT, author of Talking with Our Brothers.


May 7, 2016
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Edgehill Mansion
75 Magnolia Street, at Palm Avenue
Dominican University, San Rafael, CA 94901 United States


Stuart Moody