July 2019

19Jul(Jul 19)10:00 AM21(Jul 21)4:30 PMBuddhism & Recovery: The Twelve Steps10:00 AM - 4:30 PM (21) Community Meditation Center Teacher(s): Kevin Griffin No prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: July 19 – July 21, 2019; 10:00am – 4:30pm
Sliding Scale:
$225 – 600. Code KG1M19.

Registration is closed for this event. Please be aware that 100% participation is requested/required for this multi-day event.
This event started on Friday, July 19, 2019.

12 CE credits available for $120, for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, and nurses.

On this retreat, we will work with the Twelve Steps using Buddhist teachings and practices through meditation, lecture, discussion, as well as interactive and written exercises. We will explore mindfulness, self-compassion, and loving-kindness meditation practices that support recovery, as well as Buddhist teachings on craving and letting go.

Each session will include periods of meditation and time for questions. We will have the opportunity to write and share on recovery topics, as well as developing community in an intimate setting.

We will use the Buddhism & The Twelve Steps Workbook as a framework for the retreat. This retreat benefits those in the addiction and recovery process, and care providers who support them.

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-
At the end of the program you will better able to:

• Describe to patients or clients the role of mindfulness in a 12-Step program;
• Describe the fundamentals of mindfulness meditation, as a support for recovery;
• Apply Buddhist teachings to the concept of Higher Power in the 12 Step program;
• Describe the components of mindful speech and mindful listening;
• Describe to patients or clients the role of mindfulness in working with distressing emotions;
• Describe the role of self-compassion and forgiveness in recovery;
• Describe the Buddha’s teachings on craving and their application to addiction treatment;
• Utilize a mindfulness practice for self-care, that may be supportive when working with clients or patients and reduce burnout.

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 12 CE credits for $120 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, and nurses. 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 5.5 contact hours.
– The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal for programs from APA approved agencies.


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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