March 2019

08Mar(Mar 8)10:00 AM10(Mar 10)5:00 PMThe Challenge of Self-Love (SOLD OUT)A Weekend of Inquiry, Practice, and Self-Compassion10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (10) Community Meditation Center Teacher(s): Ralph De La Rosa, LMSW No prerequisite

Event Details

Dates: March 8 – 10, 2019; 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sliding Scale:
$225 – 600. Code RD1M19 .
18 CE credits available for $180, for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, nurses, and chiropractors.

This event is now SOLD OUT.

The energy of self-love is full of paradoxes. Self-love is what makes genuine connection to others possible. Self-love often triggers our self-loathing, shame, hurt, rage, and fear – and this is no accident. True self-love is the antidote to narcissism and self-centeredness.

Blending Tibetan Buddhism, trauma theory, Internal Family Systems therapy; neuroscience, and social justice; this will be a potent weekend of transformative exploration. Expect to gain a deeper understanding of self-love; clarity on your personal roadblocks to self-love; healing centered engagement; quiet periods for practicing self-metta and processing; all in an atmosphere held with humor, radical acceptance, and spaciousness.

Please bring writing materials, and a mala or any string of beads.

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:

• Describe the difference between trauma-sensitivity and Healing Centered Engagement (HCE);
• Describe the contexts in which trauma-sensitivity should be central to working with clients;
• Describe the contexts in which Healing Centered Engagement should be central to working with clients;
• Describe practical tools to offer to clients on how to make their meditation practice trauma-informed;
• Describe why the perception of safety is central to all trauma-focused work;
• Utilize mindfulness based breathing techniques for calming anxiety and emotional fatigue that can be shared with clients and prevent your own vicarious trauma;
• Describe skills of attunement and attending to clients;
• Describe what “the holding environment” (D. Winnicott) is;
• Describe why skills of attunement are amongst the most crucial skills for a clinician to develop;
• Describe the neurological basis of Abraham Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs”;
• Describe the fundamental view of “parts work” from Internal Family Systems therapy;
• Describe how “part work” is a departure from pathologizing patient symptomology and engenders a more client-centered approach.

CE content rating: Intermediate

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


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 18 CE credits for $180 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 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.
– 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.


Attendance Requirements:
– Sign-in at the CE table within 15 minutes of the start of the program;
– Stay until the end of the program;
– 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.


  • Ralph De La Rosa, LMSW

    Ralph De La Rosa, LMSW

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