October 2018

13Oct(Oct 13)10:00 AM14(Oct 14)4:30 PMBringing Ease to Pain: Meditation for Pain Management10:00 AM - 4:30 PM (14) Community Meditation Center Teacher(s): Oren Jay Sofer, SEP No prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: 2 Days: Saturday, October 13 – Sunday, October 14; 10:00am – 4:30pm
Sliding Scale: $150 – 400. Code OS2M18.
11 CE credits available for $110 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, nurses, and chiropractors.

Along with the gifts of a human body come inevitable experiences of pain. During this retreat, we will explore how practicing wisely with pain can strengthen the heart and be a doorway to release. The retreat will include silent meditation as well as guided movement, reflection, discussion, and practical tools for working with pain.

We will learn how core Buddhist teachings and meditation practices can help us develop more compassion, insight, and freedom in relation to experiences of pain and illness. Appropriate for general meditators, those living with chronic pain, caregivers and those working with other in pain.

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. 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:

  • Identify specific beliefs and societal views that exacerbate the emotional and psychological experience of physical pain;
  • Describe the difference between the suffering resulting directly from a health challenge, and the suffering from reactivity generated by the mind;
  • Distinguish what we commonly regard as “pain” as an amalgamation of separate elements of physical sensation, feeling tone, and resistance;
  • Explain how mindfulness meditation can be applied to working with physical pain;
  • Describe how a compassion meditation practice is useful for working with illness and pain;
  • List three ways, that may be used with clients or patients, to find balance within the intensity of pain;
  • Explain three ways, that may be used with clients or patients, to investigate pain with mindfulness;
  • Describe the role of positive states in reducing the intensity of pain.

Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this program for $90 ($45/day).

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 $11 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.


Please note: In order to qualify for CE credit, participants must attend the event in full: arrive and sign-in at the CE table within 15 minutes of the start of the program, stay until the end of the program, and 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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