10May(May 10)3:00 PM16(May 16)11:30 AMMaranasati: Contemplating Death / Awakening to Life3:00 PM - 11:30 AM (16) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Eugene Cash; Bob Stahl, PhD; Bhikkhu Analayo, PhD (via video recording); Victoria Cary (assistant); Janice Clarfield (yoga) No prerequisite
Dates: Friday, May 10, 3:00pm - Thursday, May 16, 11:30am; 6 nights Sliding Scale: $1600 - 700, PLUS a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 250R19. 18 CE credits available for $180 for psychologists and California licensed
Dates: Friday, May 10, 3:00pm – Thursday, May 16, 11:30am; 6 nights
Sliding Scale: $1600 – 700, PLUS a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 250R19.
18 CE credits available for $180 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, and nurses.
Please use the ‘Register Now’ button above to register online. If you cannot register online, you can download application here to submit via email or postal mail.
If you are interested and need financial assistance, we may have a work exchange available.
A limited number of scholarships are still available.
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.
While silent residential retreat experience is recommended, it is not required to attend this retreat. This retreat is considered a “workshop-style” retreat; meaning, there will be a couple of non-silent/interactive sessions each day.
Previously recorded teachings from Bhikkhu Analayo will be shared via video; he will not be onsite in person.
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).
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:
- 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.
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.
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.
– 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.
Credit is awarded for instructional time only and does not include extended silent meditation.
– 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.
– 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.
CE Credit Attendance Required Sessions
– 7:30-8:30 – Dharma talk
May 11 – 15
– 8:45-9:45 – Guided Meditation / Q&A
– 3:45-5pm – Guided Meditation & Contemplative Inquiry
– 7:35-8:30pm – Dharma Talk
May 16: No CE Credit sessions
+ Teacher Meeting
Refunds are available for residential retreat CE fees. If you would like a refund for your CE fee, you must cancel by 4:00pm at least two (2) business days prior to the event. If you contact us at least two business days preceding the retreat, we will refund your CE fee minus a $50 cancellation fee. If you cancel beyond the deadline stated above, you will not receive a refund. Please contact the Retreat Registrar at: retreats(at)spiritrock.org.
For more information about CE credits at Spirit Rock, please see our CE Credit information page
Bob Stahl, PhD