March 2020

05Mar(Mar 5)8:00 AM08(Mar 8)6:00 PMCultivating Kindness: Metta Retreat8:00 AM - 6:00 PM (8) Community Meditation Center Teacher(s): Oren Jay Sofer, SEP No prerequisite

Event Details

Dates: March 5 – March 8, 2020; 8:00am – 6:00pm.
Sliding Scale:
$460 – 1000. Code OS1P20.
12 CE credits available for $120, 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.


Metta, often translated as “loving-kindness,” grows from our innate capacity for basic human caring and connection. It can be cultivated as a powerful support for well-being, concentration, and the deepening of insight meditation practice.

In this silent metta retreat, we will explore a range of techniques for developing kindness, as well as ways to navigate the obstacles that often get in the way of living with more ease, happiness, and peace. Our time together will include silent and guided sitting meditation, walking meditation, dharma talks, instructions, Q&A, and group interviews with the teacher.

Open to all levels of experience.

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 mindfulness meditation;
• Define lovingkindness meditation;
• Utilize the practice of silent repetition of phrases to cultivate lovingkindness;
• Utilize the practice of radiating kindness visualization to cultivate lovingkindness;
• Incorporate the technique of mindfulness of thoughts, emotions, and moment-to-moment experience to develop ease and peace;
• Describe to clients the appropriateness of mindfulness practice to cultivate concentration;
• Describe to clients the appropriateness of lovingkindness practice to support well-being;
• Utilize mindfulness practices to develop an open and non-judging attention to mitigate mental and physical compulsions;
• Utilize lovingkindness practices to establish a greater balance of compassion for oneself and others, which will reduce the stress that arises in therapy with clients;
• Utilize practices to re-direct unhealthy and self-centered impulses towards deepening compassionate connection to self, others, and our world.

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


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, 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, every day;
– Stay until the end of the program, every day;
– Sign out at the end of the program, every day;
– Partial credit for partial attendance is not permissible by board regulations. Complete attendance is required to be eligible for CE credit.


*Noble Silence: Continuing Education Credit is awarded for instructional time only. Programs held in “Noble Silence”, including Residential Retreats and Extended Non-Residential Retreats, will include lectures, guided meditations and practices, and group exercises. Credit will not be awarded for extended silent sessions.

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.