November 2018

10Nov(Nov 10)10:00 AM11(Nov 11)5:00 PMCultivating Compassion: the Art and Science of Kindness10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (11) Community Meditation Center Teacher(s): Nikki Mirghafori, PhD No prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: 2 Days: Saturday, November 10 – Sunday, November 11; 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sliding Scale: $150 – 400. Code NM2M18.
12 CE credits available for $120 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, nurses, and chiropractors.

A heart imbued with kindness is more peaceful, happy, and resilient in times of challenge. Although everyone has the innate capacity for compassion, through practice, it can be more easily recognized, accessed, and expressed.

The retreat is inspired by the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) course developed at Stanford University. The retreat includes lectures on the science and art of compassion, guided meditations, group exercises, and Q/A to help strengthen and cultivate the qualities of compassion and kindness.

This retreat is appropriate for both beginners, and experienced practitioners who would like a refresher before the upcoming compassion challenge, namely, the holiday season.

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:

  • Summarize current research on the effects of compassion practice;
  • Describe what compassion is and how it differs from pity;
  • Describe empathic distress and how it differs from compassion;
  • Describe how mindfulness meditation can be used as the basis for cultivating kindness and compassion;
  • List common symptoms of compassion fatigue, including bodily sensations;
  • Utilize cognitive reframing with oneself and others from a compassionate stance of common humanity;
  • Describe, and utilize, a self-compassion practices that may be used to reduce distress;
  • Describe, and utilize, a self-compassion meditation that may reduce professional burnout, resulting improved patient care.

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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Continuing Education

This program offers 12 CE credits for $120 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 12 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 on both days: 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. Partial or per class credit is not permissible by Board regulations. 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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