October 2018

20Oct10:00 AM4:30 PMNourishing Our Relationships: Deepening Our Connections to Others10:00 AM - 4:30 PM Community Meditation Center Teacher(s): James Baraz, Jane Baraz, MA No prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Sliding Scale: $75 – 200. Code JB4D18.
5.5 CE credits available for $55 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, and LPCCs.

The Buddha emphasized the importance of wise relationship in the world including Right Speech and Right Action as two links of the Eightfold Path. Relationships can be complicated, especially with those closest to us. A rich expression of our practice is learning to authentically communicate what is both truthful and useful—the hard stuff as well as our loving connection.

The day will include periods of experiential exercises, talks, discussions and guided meditations. We’ll explore various elements of wise relationship: forgiveness, appreciation, loving-kindness vs. attachment, and sympathetic joy, in order to deepen our connection with others in our lives.

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:

  • List fours elements that cultivate a wise relationship;
  • Describe a forgiveness practice that may be used by clients or patients to improve relationships and reduce the suffering caused by holding grievance;
  • List elements of right speech, and describe to clients how incorporating this practice when communicating may improve relationships;
  • Describe the difference between loving-kindness and attachment, and the possible relative effects on personal well-being.

Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this day for $45.

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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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 5.5 CE credits for $55 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, and LPCCs. If you have a different license and are interested in CE credit, please check with your licensing board to see if credits from APA 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.
The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal for programs from APA approved agencies.


Please note: In order to qualify for CE credit, participants must attend the event in full: arrive and sign-in at the CE table within 15 minutes of the start of the program, stay until the end of the program, and sign out. 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.


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