Program Details

The Dharma of Communication: An Open Heart Retreat with Susan Piver

with Susan Piver
April 19 / 7:00 PM - April 21 / 12:00 PM

LOCATION NOTE: This program will be held at Cleveland State University

Whether written or spoken, our words really matter. We have so little time to “make our case” and often those we speak to (or write for) have even less time to listen. Even when there is plenty of time to consider our words, we may be faced with fear and self-doubt. We may clam up.

How can we say it instead? How can we speak so that others will truly hear us? How can our words create dialogue rather than just sequential monologues? How do we even know what to say and, as important, when to say it?

Most of all, how can we infuse our speech with clarity and kindness, no matter what words we choose, how much time we have, or whether our message is soft or hard?

Answers to these questions go way beyond always using “I” statements in a relationship or preparing carefully for a business meeting. They are about discovering our voice and using it fearlessly.

To do so, whether in a fight with our partner, asking the boss for a raise, being interviewed on television, or giving a speech to an audience of thousands, we have to let go of fixed mind. Of course this is the antithesis of what we usually choose to do when faced with the fear of speaking, which is to contract our mind, solidify our concepts, and hope against hope that no one will laugh at us.

Join Susan Piver for an exploration of speech that goes beyond fear. The weekend program will include:

  • Meditation instruction and practice

  • A discussion of Right Speech and an exploration of the energetics of speech

  • Dyad work to practice communication with each other

  • Plenty of time to discuss individual situations and take advantage of the

  • group’s intelligence to find solutions.

Public Talk and Book Signing: (suggested Donation $5 at the door)

  • Friday April 19, 2013 7 - 9 PM

  • We will have copies available for purchase of the following titles by Susan:
    How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life

    The Wisdom of a Broken Heart

    Quiet Mind

Weekend Program  (Suggested donation for weekend program is $125. See our Generosity Policy)

  • Saturday April 20, 2013 9-5 PM;

  • Sunday April 21, 2013 9 Am - Noon. 

Space is limited for the weekend program therefore pre-registration is required.


This program will be held at

Cleveland State University

Student Center, Conference Room 313/315

2121 Euclid Ave., Cleveland OH 44115

Campus map  (Student center is marked SC in the middle of the map)

Susan Piver 

Susan Piver has spent her life exploring and using the power of speech. She is the New York Times bestselling author of seven books, a workshop leader who teaches internationally, and a blogger who writes daily for her 8000+ subscribers. Her work has been published in 12 languages. She has appeared on Oprah multiple times and has been interviewed by Tyra, the TODAY show, CNN, and others. Her work has been covered by TIME magazine, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and more.

Susan is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and is an authorized teacher and meditation instructor who has been practicing in the Shambhala community since 1995.

For more by Susan Piver,click here.

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