November 2018

23Nov(Nov 23)10:00 AM25(Nov 25)5:00 PMTransforming the Judgmental Mind and The Work of Byron Katie®10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (25) Community Meditation Center Teacher(s): Donald Rothberg, PhD; Marisa Handler No prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: 3 Days: Friday, November 23 – Sunday, November 25; 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sliding Scale: $225 – 600. Code DR1M18.
18 CE credits available for $180 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, nurses, and chiropractors.

Judgments of a reactive and compulsive nature are very strong in most of our lives. They can distort our perceptions, make relationships with others difficult, and undermine our work and self-esteem. When they are transformed, we open naturally to our underlying clarity of mind and generosity of heart.
In this three-day non-residential retreat, we will examine what judgments are and how to work with them, using mindfulness, “heart” practices, and inquiry, especially as developed in The Work of Byron Katie®. These methods help us to preserve the discernment often found in judgments, while working through the destructive aspects of judgments.

Teachings are appropriate for health care professionals as well as the general public. Health care professionals will be able to incorporate the 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 how reactive judgment differs from discernment;
  • Describe how reactivity, specifically reactive judgments, can cause suffering;
  • Incorporate practicing mindfulness of the judgmental mind in ways in ways that reduce stress in the workplace;
  • Describe how reactive judgments can function as a defense mechanism to protect against unacknowledged or unconscious pain;
  • Utilize techniques to investigate core beliefs that generate chronic judgments, in ways that may be used to reduce self-criticism, anxiety, depression, and stress;
  • Describe how inquiry can be used as a tool to help minimize the effects of the judgmental mind;
  • Describe how the practice of forgiveness can be utilized to help mitigate strong negative judgments of self or other;
  • Utilize techniques of loving-kindness meditation in ways that improve emotional regulation;
  • Describe how the practices of lovingkindness and compassion can be utilized to help as an antidote to distress related to the arising of strong negative judgments of self or other;
  • List 6 practices to help transform the judgmental mind.
  • Utilize several methods of developing skillful speech through following ethical guidelines, in ways that can lead to more effective communication and better clinical outcomes.
  • Develop perspectives on the nature of the judgmental mind, in ways that will help guide one’s practical work with both oneself and clients.

Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this program for $135 ($45/day).

General Information

Online registration for our programs is available until 4:00 pm on Tuesday, November 20. If you can’t attend an event you registered for, please see our Cancellation Policy.


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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.

Please note: In order to qualify for CE credit, participants must attend the event in full on both days: 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. Partial or per class credit is not permissible by Board regulations. 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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