October 2021

08Oct10:00 AM5:00 PMLonging, Belonging, and Mindfulness: Embodiment Practices to CultivateOpen to Self-identified womxn10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Online Teacher(s): Grace Fisher, MFT, JD, MEd OnlineNo prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Date & Time: Friday, October 8, 2021; 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. US Pacific Time
Sliding Scale: $45-$200. Our sliding scale options for this program include financial support for our teachers. Code GF1D21.
Continuing Education Credits: This program offers 6 CE credits for $60 for psychologists, health & wellness coaches, and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, and nurses, licensed by the APA, NBHWC, California BBS, or BRN.*

Please Note: This retreat is offered online only. We invite you to try this creative form of practice as we take care of one another and respond skillfully to COVID-19.

Open to Self-identified womxn

“The body knows it belongs, it’s the mind that makes us so homeless.”

These words of John O’Donohue so capture our lived experience of feeling disconnected and alone. As we emerge from the isolation of the pandemic, many of us are struggling with our place of belonging in the uncertainty of this new unfolding, and deeply divided world.

In this daylong retreat, we will explore our conditioning and the stories we tell ourselves about our lack of belonging. We’ll practice with cultivating concentration, as a means of providing a true refuge within ourselves, as well as equanimity and patience to strengthen our capacity to understand what prevents us from truly knowing our sense of belonging. We will also make space for emotions like anger, resentment, and grief that can hinder our ability to move in the world from a place of embodied belonging.

All are welcome! No one will be turned away for lack of funds as space allows. For more information, please email Registration@spiritrock.org.

Tentative Schedule: (subject to change)
10:00 a.m. Intro
10:15 – 10:35 a.m. Sit
10:35 – 11:15 a.m. Talk, guided meditation, discussion
11:15 – 11:25 a.m. Break
11:25 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Movement/walking meditation
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Sit
1:30 – 2:20 p.m. Talk, guided meditation, discussion
2:20 – 2:30 p.m. Break
2:30 – 2:50 p.m. Walking/movement meditation
2:55 – 3:40 p.m. Talk, guided meditation
3:40 – 4:00 p.m. Journaling, possibly small group break outs, depending on size
4:00 – 4:20 p.m. Sit
4:20 – 5:00 p.m. Closing talk and shared reflections

Continuing Education

Continuing Education (CE) credit available:
This program offers 6 CE credits for $60 for psychologists, health & wellness coaches, and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, and nurses, licensed by the APA, NBHWC, California BBS, or BRN.*


Teachings are appropriate for health care professionals as well as the general public.


Learning Objectives for participating health care professionals-
At the end of the program you will better able to:

  • Demonstrate how the practices of concentration meditation can assist clients in cultivating a sense of calm and increase their capacity to become more fully connected to themselves;
  • Discuss with clients how the stories they tell themselves about themselves can lead to feelings of isolation and disconnection;
  • Utilize practices of mindfulness to enable clients to increase their capacity to make choices about how they relate to themselves;
  • Utilize somatic experiencing techniques to increase awareness of the physical body.


Continuing Education content level: Introductory


*Please note:

  • For those with a different license or with a license from a different licensing board, please contact your licensing board directly to ask if CE credit from the above-approved sponsors is accepted. Spirit Rock does not confirm applicability of credit for those with licenses different than those listed above. Spirit Rock is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16905 for 6 contact hours.
  • Credit is awarded for instructional time only and does not include extended silent meditation, if offered.
  • For full Provider information, and additional CEC information, including attendance requirements, cancellation, and grievance policies, please visit our Continuing Education Credit information page.


  • Grace Fisher, MFT, JD, MEd

    Grace Fisher, MFT, JD, MEd

    Grace Fisher, MFT, SEP, JD, MEd, is the Staff Dharma teacher at Spirit Rock. She has a private practice in San Anselmo working with teens, individuals and couples. She has practiced Insight Meditation for almost twenty years. She is a former lawyer who holds a Masters in Education from Stanford. Grace is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leaders training at Spirit Rock. She is Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, and has studied at the Money Coaching Institute. At Spirit Rock, she was a member of the Teen Council and Family Council for many years and taught the parenting and teen classes; she has assisted on a variety of retreats. Grace teaches the weekly Women's class on Thursday mornings. She is committed to exploring how the teachings support us navigating the gritty, the challenging and the beautiful.

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