April 2020

10Apr(Apr 10)9:30 AM12(Apr 12)5:00 PMAwake in the Wild: Insight and Peace Through Meditation in Nature9:30 AM - 5:00 PM (12) Outside Teacher(s): Mark Coleman, MA No prerequisite

Event Details

Dates: April 10 – April 12, 2020; 9:30am – 5:00pm.
Sliding Scale:
$270 – 600. Code MC1M20.
12 CE credits available for $120, for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, nurses, and chiropractors.
Note: The average cost per person, per day to Spirit Rock to offer a program is $160.

On this silent mindfulness retreat in the serenity of nature, we will explore potent practices that open the heart and mind to insight, intimacy, and interconnection with all life. Through various Buddhist awareness and heart meditation practices, we will discover how mindfulness can help us see through the illusion of separateness and learn from nature’s wisdom teachings of transience, interdependence, and letting go. We will also explore how nature evokes a profound peace and genuine transformation in our practice and in our lives, and brings forth the beautiful qualities of joy, wonder, and love for all life.

This retreat will weave together periods of guided and walking meditation, discussion, Q&A, mindful movement, and both group and individual practice check-ins.

Continuing Education (CE) credit available. Teachings are appropriate for health care professionals as well as the general public. Health care professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients. See below for attendance requirements and more information.

Learning Objectives for participating health care professionals-
At the end of the program you will be better able to:
• Incorporate mindfulness meditation and its related disciplines in ways useful for clients;
• Describe a meditation technique for cultivating joy, that may improve patient care by reducing emotional exhaustion;
• Demonstrate mindfulness and nature practices that can aid in reducing client stress levels;
• Describe how practicing in nature can reduce suffering and increase a sense of ease and joy;
• Identify the barriers to experiencing joy, and describe to clients practices to cultivate sympathetic joy;
• List 4 practices that can be used to cultivate mindfulness;
• Incorporate mindfulness-in-nature based self-care strategies to promote professional and personal well-being, including reducing emotional exhaustion & burnouts;
• Apply the principles of equanimity and compassion for meeting stress, pain, and burnout with kindness and wisdom.

Continuing Education content level: Introductory

General Information

Online registration for our programs is available until 12 noon of the last business day prior to the day of the event (e.g. online registration for a Monday program ends at 12 noon on the prior Friday). There is an additional $5 fee for registering at the door. If you can’t attend an event you registered for, please see our Cancellation Policy.


Visit our Online Bulletin Board for Ride Sharing to find or offer a ride.


Volunteer/Work Exchange opportunities, as well as full or partial Scholarships, may be available for this program. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteering@spiritrock.org.


Even if you have been to Spirit Rock before, please review our Non-Residential Programs FAQ for useful information about what to wear, what to bring, how to get here, and more.

Continuing Education

This program offers 12 CE credits for $120 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, nurses, and chiropractors, licensed by the APA, CA BRN, BBS, or BCE. If you have a different license and are interested in CE credit, please check with your licensing board to see if credits from APA or BRN approved providers are accepted.

Continuing Education credit is co-sponsored by Spirit Rock and the Spiritual Competency Resource Center.

– CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC). The Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
– Spirit Rock is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16905 for 12 contact hours.
– The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association..
– The California Board of Chiropractic Examiners Code of Regulations 361(h)(2) provides that continuing education requirements may be met by taking continuing education courses by any California Healing Arts Board approved provider, including those approved by the BRN.

Attendance Requirements:
– Register and pay for CE credits before the program begins;
– Sign-in at the CE table within 15 minutes of the start of the program, every day;
– Stay until the end of the program, every day;
– Sign-out at the end of the day, every day;
– Partial credit for partial attendance is not permissible by board regulations. Complete attendance is required to be eligible for CE credit;
– Certificates of attendance will be available at the end of the final day, to those with complete attendance records.


*Noble Silence: Continuing Education Credit is awarded for instructional time only. Programs held in Noble Silence, including Residential and Non-Residential Retreats, will include lectures, guided meditation and practices, and group exercises. Credit will not be awarded for extended silent sessions. For more information about CE credit at Spirit Rock, please visit the CE Credit information page.


Cancellation Policy:
If you are unable to attend a program, or fulfill the attendance requirements for CE credit, you may offer your CE credit fee as a donation to Spirit Rock, or you may request a credit to be used towards a future non-residential program. If you would like a credit, you must cancel by 4:00pm at least two business days prior to the program. For more information, please see our Cancellation Policy for Non-Residential Programs.