Course Information

Donation Event: Mindful Communication - Book Launch

When: 16 May 2023
Where: Online Event
Tutors: Frits Koster, Jetty Heynekamp, Edel Maex, Victoria Norton

About the Event:

A new book 'Mindful Communication: Speaking and Listening with Wisdom and Compassion’ explores the potential of how mindfulness skills can be applied to communication not only to improve connection with others but also as an effective way of enhancing self-care.


In this webinar the editors Frits Koster, Jetty Heynekamp, and Victoria Norton will offer a short meditation practice before giving a general  outline of their introductory chapter and the six communication programmes. They will be joined by well-known teacher of Zen Buddhism, psychiatrist and author Edel Maex, who contributed chapter 5: Mindfulness and Communication - Creating a space to coexist. Edel Maex will pay attention to the value of self-care in communication and offer a practical exercise. There will also be time and space for your questions at the end of the session.


Here is the full list of mindful communication programmes in the book, each presented by the developers/authors of the programmes, who work in a range of settings:


  • Nonviolent Communication (by Oren Jay Sofer and Sietske de Haan),
  • The Interpersonal Mindfulness Program (by Erik van den Brink),
  • Green Zone Communication (by Greg Heffron, Esther Hasselman and Christine Trani),
  • Mindfulness and Communication (by Edel Maex),
  • Deep Listening (by Rosamund Oliver and Chantal Bergers) and
  • Open Dialogue (by Russell Razzaque, Heleen Wadman, Kwok H. Wong and Olaf Galisch).


"In our digital, disembodied and stressful world, where it’s hard to know whom to trust and to find the time for deeper and more meaningful communication, this book has been sorely needed." - Michael Chaskalson


This event is offered in collaboration with the Mindfulness Network Community Friends (MNCF) - an initiative to engage the wider mindfulness community and reach new audiences. Led by a Committee of Volunteers, supported by the Mindfulness Network, we work together to run a programme of donation-based events and inspiring content. You are welcome to visit the Community Friends area of our Community site, which is open to all, for more opportunities to practice and learn together: 


Who is the event for:

This book will be of interest to those working in health or social care, education, community action and to all who wish to listen and speak with more wisdom and compassion. Anyone with an interest in mindfulness and mindful communication is very welcome is attend the webinar.


Preparation for the event and what you will need:

In order to participate in the event you will need:

  • A room where you can close the door and engage in the event away from family distraction. It is particularly important that confidentiality is maintained by ensuring that those who are not on the training cannot see your screen or hear the audio. It may be helpful to use headphones.
  • Log in via a computer which is resting on a hard surface and which has audio and webcam. Please don’t use handheld devices. 
  • A space for practice, a mat, cushion and blanket may be helpful for your comfort. 


The Facilitators:

Please see the facilitators' biographies via the links at the top of this page for more information.


Online information:

The event will take place via Zoom - a weblink and joining instructions will be sent to you before the workshop takes place.

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The webinar will take place online using Zoom from 7 – 8.30pm (UK time)



This event is free to attend. We welcome all donations via the application form and encourage you to consider a contribution, large or small, which will make a big difference in helping us widen access to mindfulness-based approaches.

Donations raised from this event will help to fund our bursaries, which enable us to remove financial barriers for those wishing to use our charity's services. As a charity we want to continue to provide free events and opportunities for everyone to access high quality, mindfulness-based training, supervision and retreats; donating today will support someone else to have these same opportunities and allow us to continue offering events of this nature.


The application and donation process:

Our application and donation process involves the following steps:

  1. Please complete the application form and you will be given the option to make a donation via Paypal at this stage should you choose to do so.
  2. Application is received and you will be booked onto the event.
  3. We will email you the Zoom link and joining instructions in advance of the course.

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Payment and cancellation policy:

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Contact us:

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