September 2019

27Sep(Sep 27)10:00 AM29(Sep 29)5:00 PMTransforming the Judgmental Mind, Cultivating the Wise Heart10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (29) Community Meditation Center Teacher(s): Donald Rothberg, PhD No prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: Friday, September 27 – Sunday, September 29, 2019; 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sliding Scale:
$225 – 600. Code DR3M19.
12 CE credits available for $120, for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, nurses, and chiropractors.

Judgments of a reactive and often automatic nature are very strong in most of our lives, and in the dominant culture. They can distort our perceptions, make relationships with others difficult, and undermine our work in the world. In this retreat, we will explore the nature of such judgments (and their difference from non-reactive discernment) and how to transform them. We will cultivate mindfulness, inquiry, and heart practices such as lovingkindness, forgiveness, and compassion. We will also explore the somatic and social dimensions of judgments and the role of cultivating awakened qualities in transforming judgments. These tools will help us to preserve the intelligence and energy often found in judgments, using them for discernment and compassionate action, while working through judgments’ destructive and compulsive aspects, that often rest on unconscious or unexamined, limiting beliefs.

This retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, including instructions for several guided practices, talks and group discussion, and some basic movement practices, all in the context of a supportive community.

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-
At the end of the program you will better able to:

• Utilize mindfulness of the judgmental mind in ways that might be shared with clients;
• Incorporate perspectives on the nature of the judgmental mind, in ways that will help guide one’s practical work with both oneself and clients;
• Apply techniques to develop insight into core beliefs that generate chronic judgments;
• Utilize techniques of loving-kindness meditation that may be shared with clients;
• Develop techniques of lovingkindness focused on “difficult” people, in ways that may be useful for clients;
• Practice the application of loving-kindness as an antidote to distress related to the arising of strong negative judgments of self or other;
• Apply techniques to develop compassion that might be shared with clients;
• Apply techniques to develop forgiveness that might be shared with clients.

Continuing Education content level: Introductory

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 program offers 12 CE credits for $120 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.

– CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC). The Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) 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 12 contact hours.
– The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association..
– 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:
– Register and pay for CE credits before the program begins.
– Sign-in at the CE table within 15 minutes of the start of the program, every day;
– Stay until the end of the program, every day;
– Sign out at the end of the program, every day.
– Partial credit for partial attendance is not permissible by Board regulations. Complete attendance is required to be eligible for CE credit.

Attendance at the entire program is required
CE Credit Attendance Sessions
Sept 27:
– 10:45am – 11:15am – Discourse
– 11:45am – 12:05pm – Guided Sitting Meditation
– 12:05pm – 1pm – Discourse
– 2:10pm – 2:30pm – Guided Sitting Meditation
– 2:30pm – 3:40pm – Guided Practice Period
– 4pm – 5pm – Discourse
Sept 28:
– 10am – 10:30am – Reflection Period
– 11:15am – 12:30pm – Discourse and Guided Practice Period
– 2:10pm – 2:30pm – Guided Sitting Meditation
– 2:30pm – 3:40pm – Discourse
– 4pm – 5pm – Discourse
Sept 29:
– 10am – 10:30am – Reflection Period
– 11:15am – 12:30pm – Discourse and Guided Practice Period
– 2:10pm – 2:30pm – Guided Sitting Meditation
– 2:30pm – 3:40pm – Discourse
– 4pm – 5pm – Discourse


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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