October 2018

19Oct(Oct 19)10:00 AM21(Oct 21)5:00 PMHealing Presence: Practicing with the Whole Heart10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (21) Community Meditation Center Teacher(s): Ralph De La Rosa, LMSW No prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: 3 Days: Friday, October 19 – Sunday, October 21; 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sliding Scale: $225 – 600. Code RD1M18.
18 CE credits available for $180 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, nurses, and chiropractors.

Joy is more than a feeling. It is a state of being that has room for things that we don’t consider so joyful: sadness, self-loathing, anxiety, anger, regret. Self-love is more than deeming ourselves “good enough,” worthy, and lovable; it is a condition of the heart that knows how to embrace our experience of ourselves unconditionally. Presence is more than merely paying attention, it is an experience drenched in empathy, warmth, and humor.

Blending the insights of neuroscience, Tibetan Buddhism, psychoanalysis, and Internal Family Systems therapy; this will be a weekend of deep practice, lively discussion, and emotional resolution.

We will also celebrate the pre-release of Ralph’s book The Monkey is the Messenger: Meditation and What Your Busy Mind is Trying to Tell You (Shambhala Publications). Advance copies will be on hand for sale, and a book signing will be held.

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:

    • Utilize, and describe to clients, mindfulness based breathing techniques for calming anxiety and emotional fatigue, and prevent vicarious trauma when working with clients;
    • Utilize “Urge Surfing”, an evidence based technique (via Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) for working appropriately with strong emotions in ways that improve patient care;
    • Describe the psychodynamic theory on the etiologies of neurosis and pathology;
    • Describe why the human psyche is organized around painful experiences;
    • Describe how the human psyche is oriented to healing in spite of the organization around painful experiences;
    • Describe how unconscious beliefs are formed;
    • Describe how unconscious beliefs create repetitive emotional, behavioral, and interpersonal patterns;
    • Describe the adaptive, evolutionary function of emotional, behavioral, and interpersonal patterns;
    • Identify repetitive emotional, behavioral, and interpersonal patterns in clients and address them more proactively;
    • Describe skills of attunement and attending to clients and what “the holding environment” (D. Winnicott) is;
    • Describe the fundamental view of “parts work” from Internal Family Systems therapy;
    • Describe the neurological basis of Abraham Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs”.

Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this program for $135 ($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.


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 18 CE credits for $180 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 18 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.


Attendance Requirements:
– Attend all 3 days in full
– Sign-in, at the CE table, within 15 minutes of the start of the program, every day;
– Sign out, every day.
– Partial or per class credit is not permissible by Board regulations.
– Turn in evaluation and pick up certificate after last session.


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.


  • Ralph De La Rosa, LMSW

    Ralph De La Rosa, LMSW

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