April 2019

13Apr(Apr 13)10:00 AM14(Apr 14)4:30 PMBefriending Your LifeThe Liberating Practice of the Brahmaviharas10:00 AM - 4:30 PM (14) Community Meditation Center Teacher(s): Sylvia Boorstein, PhD No prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: April 13 – 14, 2019; 10:00am – 4:30pm
Sliding Scale:
$150 – 400. Code SB1M19.
11 CE credits available for $110, for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, nurses, and chiropractors.

The premise that happiness, and freedom from suffering, is the direct reflection of the absence of negativity and ill-will in the mind is the basis of this weekend retreat. Meditation practices cultivating equanimity, goodwill, compassion, empathic joy, and kind-heartedness will alternate with didactic teachings linking these “sublime states” to the development of wisdom.

The retreat will include Dharma explanations, guided meditation, and Q&A opportunities. The non-residential structure of this retreat will provide a real-life laboratory for practicing the skills of balancing and awakening the heart in daily life.

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. Care providers will be able to strengthen their personal commitment to a clear and balanced mind that is therapeutic for themselves and their clients, and expedites the therapeutic alliance. Continuing Education (CE) credit available. See below for attendance requirements and more information.

Learning Objectives for participating health care professionals-
Based on the content of this program, you will be able to:

• List at least three scientifically validated benefits of mindful practices for health care professionals that may result in improved patient care;
• Incorporate mindfulness of breath practices to develop presence moment awareness, and to calm the mind in preparation for, and when working with clients;
• Utilize, and describe to clients, two mindfulness practice that may be used to reduce stress and suffering;
• Identify three practices of cultivating mindful self-compassion to shift the functioning of the brain from contraction, reactivity, and negativity to openness and the larger perspective;
• Incorporate self-compassion practices in stressful situations, in ways that may improve patient care and reduce emotional exhaustion;
• Integrate compassion practice with clients to work with reactive mind states;
• Demonstrate how to use a self-compassion break, in ways that improve patient care and prevent compassion fatigue;
• Integrate the principles of equanimity and compassion for meeting stress, pain and burnout with kindness and wisdom;
• Describe two meditation techniques for cultivating joy, that may be used in a professional setting to reducing emotional exhaustion;
• Identify the barriers to experiencing joy, and describe to clients practices to cultivate sympathetic joy.

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.


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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 11 CE credits for $110 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, nurses, and chiropractors. 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.

– The Spiritual Competency Resource Center 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 11 contact hours.
– The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal for programs from APA approved agencies.
– 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:
– Sign-in at the CE table within 15 minutes of the start of the program;
– Stay until the end of the program;
– Sign out.


Credit is awarded for instructional time only and does not include extended silent meditation, if offered. 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.


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