December 2022

02Dec(Dec 2)10:00 AM03(Dec 3)5:00 PMTeachings and Practices for Seeing Clearly and Opening the Heart in the Winter Time10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (3) Online Teacher(s): Donald Rothberg, PhD & Sylvia Boorstein, PhD OnlineNo prerequisiteOpenClosed Captions

Event Details

Dates: Friday to Saturday, December 2-3, 2022
Times: 10:00am-5:00pm US Pacific Time
Sliding Scale: $50-$600. Our sliding scale options for this program include financial support for our teachers. Code DR2M22.
Continuing Education Credits: This program offers 12 CE credits for $120 for psychologists, and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, nurses, and chiropractors.

As we move toward the Winter Solstice, we will strengthen our orientation toward wisdom and compassion in all parts of our lives. We will remind ourselves of impermanence and the fragility of everything, of our tendencies at times to reactivity rather than being wise and responsive, and of our interdependence. Seeing clearly how things are and our vulnerability to confusion and delusion, how could we be other than kind? Developing our kindness is the great work of the purification of the heart. As we go back to the fundamentals of the wise heart at this special time, our insight and commitments can deepen, and we may also arrive at new understandings and directions that can guide us in this next cycle of our lives. In this two day retreat, in the context of community, we will support this process with sitting and walking meditation, short talks, and discussion.

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

Continuing Education

Continuing Education (CE) credit available:
This program offers 12 CE credits for $120 for psychologists, and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, nurses, and chiropractors. Please review our Continuing Education Credit information page to determine if your association or board will accept credits offered by Spirit Rock.***

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:

  • Describe to patients or clients how meditation practices cultivating insight into impermanence can change our perceived value of life and help cultivate joy and appreciation;
  • Describe how wisdom teachings and mindfulness practices can help cultivate intentional responsiveness and awareness of the negative impact of habitual reactivity;
  • Describe to patients or clients the benefits of cultivating a sense of interdependence, both with other people and with all things;
  • Describe how mindfulness practices can bring clarity of thought, improve attentional abilities, and reduce one’s vulnerability to confusion;
  • Utilize lovingkindness meditations as an antidote to distress and aversion;
  • Describe wisdom teachings and lovingkindness and mindfulness practices to patients or clients that may be used to cultivate clarity and purpose and reduce distress;
  • Utilize reflection practices to cultivate clarity about purpose and intention;
  • Utilize practices to cultivate compassion for self and others.

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 12 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.


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