May 2018

03May7:00 PM9:30 PMEvent CancelledMindfulness Based Stress Reduction7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Community Meditation Center Teacher(s): Lisa Moran, Susan Dubin-McNeil

Event Details

Day: 8 Thursdays: May 3 – June 21, 2018; 7:00 – 9:30pm; Plus full day Sat., June 9; 10:00am – 4:30pm
Sliding Scale $275 – 525. Code MD1C18.

The MBSR program is an intensive 8-week training program designed to empower participants to take an active role in the creation of their own health and wellness. Program participants may expect to learn specific meditation and mindfulness practices and incorporate them into their daily lives as a routine means to respond to the challenges in living our stress-filled lives. Mindfulness practices will address communications styles that enhance relationships and improve quality of life. Weekly reading will be assigned from “Full Catastrophe Living,” as well as daily practices encouraged. A variety of guided mindful practices will be offered, ranging between 30 & 60 minutes daily, and you are encouraged to participate at the level that is most beneficial to you.

Mindfulness training is being used as a tool for promoting self-care and wellbeing among clinicians in psychology, nursing, and medicine. It has been demonstrated as a means to prevent burnout, improve wellbeing, and develop resilience. Clinicians who practice mindfulness are found to have more frequent experiences of present-centered attention and nonjudgmental awareness. And to report a greater sense of accomplishment at work, reduced feelings of emotional exhaustion, reduced negative, depersonalized feelings, and reduced negative attitudes towards clients.

Students should wear loose comfortable clothing and bring a lap blanket. We have yoga mats available but you may bring your own. Bring a lunch on the full day class on Saturday, June 9th.

Students need to purchase the course notebook and CDs, which will be available for sale at the first class meeting. Materials cost is $16. Please bring cash or a check made out to: Lisa Moran. The text for this course is Jon Kabat-Zinn’s “Full Catastrophe Living”, which will be available in the Spirit Rock Bookstore.

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 that improve patient care. 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:

  • Define mindfulness, and explain it’s applicability in health care;
  • Describe the Shapiro process-oriented model of mindfulness;
  • Name four attitudes that support and sustain a mindfulness practice;
  • Describe the physiological stress response;
  • Compare and contrast the concepts of habitual stress reactivity and responding to stress effectively;
  • Identify two habitual ways of thinking and two habitual ways of behaving that contribute to lower levels of stress-hardiness and keep them stuck in stress reactivity;
  • Describe the qualities of mindful listening and speaking, and explain how these practices can result in improved communication with coworkers and clients/patients;
  • List four facets of the “Aikido Style” of effective communication;
  • List three common ineffective styles of communication;
  • Utilize practices to cultivate awareness of thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations, in ways that may improve patient care;
  • Utilize at least two formal mindfulness practices, that may be used to reduce stress.

Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this class for $145.

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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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 course offers 15 CE credits for $150 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 if your licensing board will accept credit for programs from APA or BRN approved CE sponsors.


Attendance Requirement: Though attendance of all classes is highly encouraged, to qualify for the CE Credit Certificate, participants must attend at least 6 of the 8 evening classes. Partial or per class credit is not permissible by Board regulations. Participants must arrive within 15 minutes of the beginning of each class for their attendance to be counted, and stay until the end. Participants will be required to sign in and out of every class.

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 15 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.

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 see Continuing Education (CE) Credit.

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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