July 2020

09Jul(Jul 9)8:00 AM12(Jul 12)6:00 PMExploring the Nature of Experience Through Buddhism and Science8:00 AM - 6:00 PM (12) Community Meditation Center Teacher(s): Nikki Mirghafori, PhD; Clifford Saron, PhD No prerequisite

Event Details

Dates: Thursday, July 9 – Sunday, July 12, 2020; 8:00am – 6:00pm.
Sliding Scale:
$460 – 1000. Code NM1P20.
16 CE credits available for $160, 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.


“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science,” said Einstein. This extended non-residential retreat will be anchored in sitting and walking in noble silent* practice, with an emphasis on close observation of our lived experience. Teachings will be provided through the complementary lenses of Buddhist and scientific frameworks for understanding the mind. A recent multidimensional phenomenological model of aspects of cognition impacted by meditation will serve as our core organizing framework, inspiring corresponding guided meditations drawn from Buddhist teachings. Current views in cognitive science that emphasize embodiment, context, and interaction will provide additional ways of understanding of what we take to be the self. We will conduct this exploration with the primacy of the inexhaustible mystery of the first-person experience, keeping in mind that both Buddhism and science only serve as maps and are not the territory itself.

The retreat will include periods of guided, seated, and walking meditation, discussion, reflection, 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:

Continuing Education content level: Introductory

*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.

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 $10 fee for registering at the door. If you can’t attend an event you registered for, please see our Cancellation Policy.


Visit our Online Bulletin Board for Ride Sharing to find or offer a ride.


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 16 CE credits for $160 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, nurses, and chiropractors, licensed by the APA, CA BRN, BBS, or BCE.


– CE credit for psychologists is 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.
– 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.
– Spirit Rock is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16905 for 16 contact hours.
– 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.

For those with a different license or board, please contact your licensing board directly to ask if CE credit from the above-approved sponsors is accepted.


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, including attendance, cancellation, and grievance policies, please visit the CE Credit information page.


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