May 2020

15May10:00 AM5:00 PMChronic Pain, the Choices: Tools to Transform Our Experience10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Community Meditation Center Teacher(s): Jill Satterfield No prerequisite

Event Details

Date: Friday, May 15, 2020; 10:00am – 5:00pm.
Sliding Scale:
$95 – 200. Code JS2D20.
CE credit availability is pending due to online programming & COVID situation.
[6 CE credits available
for $60, 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.

Chronic and severe pain is consuming, and is a leading cause of suicide, as well as understandable emotional and mental duress. Physical pain can submerge, tighten, and trap both the mind and heart, entangling emotions and thoughts with physical sensations.

During this retreat, we’ll (re)discover the connection between mind and body, the capacity to distinguish between unpleasant sensations and associated thoughts and feelings, and wise discernment and choice about what to focus on and when. We’ll learn skills to better cope with and transform our experience with chronic pain, including an exploration of integration and separation; non-identification and kindness; breath and visualization; concentration and open awareness practices.

Our time together will include periods of guided and walking meditation, discussion, connection in community, gentle movement, and Q&A.

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:
• Define the difference between physical pain and mental pain;
• Describe and demonstrate a breath practice to ease physical and emotional discomfort;
• Describe visualization practices that can provide ease and empowerment to someone in pain;
• Describe abiding with discomfort without reaction or contraction, physically, mentally or emotionally;
• Define and describe non – identification of the body;
• Cite reasons for naming sensation as physical phenomena.

Continuing Education content level: Intermediate

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


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 6 CE credits for $60 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 6 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;
– 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.