May 2020

15May10:00 AM3:00 PMChronic Pain, the Choices: Tools to Transform Our Experience -- ONLINE ONLY10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Community Meditation Center Teacher(s): Jill Satterfield No prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Date: Friday, May 15, 2020; 10:00am – 3:00pm. Registration open until 9:00am day of the event; unless it fills prior to this time.
Sliding Scale:
$45 – 200. Code JS2D20.
CE credits will not be available for this retreat.
Note: The average cost per person, per day to Spirit Rock to offer a program is $160.

Physical pain can understandably submerge, tighten and trap the mind, heart, and body together – entangling sensations, emotions, and thoughts into a mess of discomfort.

Sometimes being with what is, involves separating the components of experience out: knowing sensations as sensations and recognizing how skillfully or unskillfully the mind and heart are nonetheless courageously trying to cope with them.

During this online day 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.

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.


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