January 2020

03Jan(Jan 3)8:00 AM05(Jan 5)6:00 PMFoundations of Mindfulness: Training the Mind, Freeing the Heart8:00 AM - 6:00 PM (5) Community Meditation Center Teacher(s): Mark Coleman, MA No prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: Friday, January 3 – Sunday, January 5, 2020; 8:00am – 6:00pm.
Sliding Scale:
$345 – 750. Code MC1P20.
9 CE credits available for $90 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.


Mindful awareness is the foundation for living with wisdom and compassion. In this retreat, we will explore mindfulness practices, which are at the heart of the Buddha’s teachings. These core teachings support insight and awakening, as well as bringing genuine joy, peace, understanding, and freedom to our practice and our lives. During this retreat, we will learn skills and techniques to (re)establish and refine mindfulness in the body, mind, and heart, and discover ways to more fully embody and bring these practices with us out into the world.

The retreat will include a variety of sitting and walking meditations, talks, group practice check-ins, mindful movement, meditation outdoors on the land, and time for discussion and Q&A.

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, CE schedule, and more information.

Learning Objectives for participating health care professionals-
At the end of the program you will be better able to:
• List 4 practices that can be used to cultivate mindfulness;
• Describe how mindfulness practices can promote insight into the origins of stress and suffering;
• Incorporate mindfulness of breath practices to develop present moment awareness, and to calm the mind in preparation for, and when working with clients;
• Differentiate which attitudes of mind, when present, increase distress and which attitudes and mental qualities decrease stress;
• Utilize the practice of tracking real-time flow of sensations with continuous mindful attention, to cultivate peace and ease;
• List at least three benefits of how a health care professional cultivating a mindfulness practice can improve patient care;
• Incorporate the practice of kindness to others in a clinical setting in ways that may reduce compassion fatigue and improve patient care.

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 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 9 CE credits for $90 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 9 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 day, every day;
– Partial credit for partial attendance is not permissible by board regulations. Complete attendance is required to be eligible for CE credit;
– Certificates of attendance will be available at the end of the final day, to those with complete attendance records.

CE Credit Sessions
January 3:
9:15-10 am- Discourse: Overview of Four Foundation of Mindfulness
10-10:30 am- Guided Meditation with Instructions
10:30-10:45 am- Q&A
11:15-12 pm- Discourse – First Foundation of Mindfulness
2:00-2:30 pm- Guided Meditation with Instructions
2:30-2:45 pm- Q&A
6:00 pm – End of Day

January 4:
9:15-10 am- Discourse: Second Foundation of Mindfulness
10:00-10:30 am- Guided Meditation with Instructions
10:30-11 am – Small group inquiry/practice
11:00-11:30 – Q & A
2:00-2:45 pm- Discourse: Third Foundation of Mindfulness
6:00 pm – End of Day

January 5:
9:15-10 am- Discourse: Fourth Foundation of Mindfulness
10-10:30 am- Guided Meditation with Instructions
10:30-11 am Q&A
2:00-2:45 pm- Discourse: Incorporating all Four Foundation of Mindfulness
2:45-3:30 pm- Q&A
6:00 pm – End of Day

*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.


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