November 2020

30Nov(Nov 30)3:00 PM06Dec(Dec 6)11:30 AMMaranasati Contemplating Death, Awakening to Life(November 30) 3:00 PM - (December 6) 11:30 AM Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Eugene Cash; Nikki Mirghafori, PhD; Victoria Cary; Hakim Tafari (mindful movement) PrerequisiteNo prerequisite

Event Details

Dates: Monday, November 30, 3:00pm – Sunday, December 6, 11:30am; 6 nights.
Sliding Scale: $1700-$750, PLUS a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 218R20.
18 CE credits available for $180, for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, and nurses.
Please Note:  We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation and may move this retreat online. We have suspended taking registrations for now. Timing is TBD.

Pre-requisite: Completion of one (or more) 5-night (or longer) silent Buddhist meditation retreat(s).

Retreat Description:
The Buddha encouraged Maranasati practice to live an awakened life. This practice supports our appreciation of the preciousness of human birth and the development of equanimity with the difficulties of human existence. It helps us gain freedom from rigidity and clinging through a more expansive perspective of the inevitable and natural letting go. Maranasati matures our insight into impermanence and change, nourishing a skillful orientation to both life and death. In the retreat we will utilize the skills of loving awareness, compassion and investigation in our sitting practice, with some guided visualization and a period of contemplative inquiry each day.

Financial assistance is available for all Spirit Rock residential retreats. Our scholarship rate is $40/night and available for all those with financial hardship with special funds allocated to People of Color (POC), folks with serious medical conditions, and young adults (age 18-26). Scholarship funding is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Scholarships are budgeted per retreat and because they are in high demand, can run out quickly. We encourage you to register for a retreat as close as possible to the registration opening date (lotteries are an exception).

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:

• Incorporate practices with clients to normalize death as an integral part of life;
• Incorporate practices with clients to recognize the aliveness and life force present in this moment to cultivate embodied presence and appreciation for being alive;
• Describe relationship to “not knowing,” in ways that may be used with clients;
• Incorporate, with self and others, the meditation of “this breath could be my last,” to appreciate the immediacy and intimacy of life-and-death;
• Utilize ritual, e.g. by creating a community altar for deceased loved ones, to appreciate the common humanity of grief and loss;
• Compose own obituary to gain perspective, in ways that may be used and shared with clients;
• Incorporate practices with clients to meditate on both the inevitability and the uncertainty of death’s timing;
• Communicate, and examine with clients the entanglement of attachment, and the liberation in letting go;
• Utilize art, such as poetry or prose, as tools in embracing one’s own death, processing grief, and letting go, in ways that may be used and shared with clients;
• Incorporate visualization practices regarding own death to help inform life path, in ways that may be used and shared with clients;
• Utilize the practice of offering and asking for forgiveness internally, in ways that could be used and shared with clients;
• Describe the relationship between embracing death and arising of gratitude;
• Utilize practices to empathize with clients facing terminal illness.

Continuing Education content level: Introductory

General Information

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Also remember that the cost above is priced as a sliding scale. Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend. Fee is for room and board. Teaching and staffing of the retreats is by donation at the end of the retreat. For more information, see Retreat FAQ.

Continuing Education

This program offers 18 CE credits for $180 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, and nurses. 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 18 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..

Credit is awarded for instructional time only and does not include extended silent meditation.


Attendance Requirements:
– Register for CE credits before the retreat begins.
– Sign-in to all required sessions within 5-minutes of the start of each session. The list of required sessions will be available at the beginning of the retreat. Please Note: You may need to leave the meditation hall between sessions to sign in the next session. It is the participant’s responsibility to remember to attend and sign in to each required session.
– Turn in evaluation and pick up certificate after last session.
– There is no required session on the final day of the retreat.
– Partial credit is not permissible by Board regulations.


Cancellation Policy:
Refunds are available for residential retreat CE fees. If you would like a refund for your CE fee, you must cancel at least two (2) weeks prior to the event. If you contact us less than two weeks prior to the retreat, you will receive a partial refund; a $50 processing fee will be charged. Please contact the Retreat Registrar at:

For more information about CE credits at Spirit Rock, please see our CE Credit information page


CE Credit Attendance Required Sessions
November 30
– 7:30-8:30 – Dharma talk
Dec 1 – 5 (3.25 x
– 9-10 – Guided meditation / Q&A
– 3:45-5pm – Guided meditation & contemplative Inquiry
– 7:35-8:30pm – Dharma talk
Dec 6: No CE Credit sessions
+ one 45-minute group teacher meeting


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