September 2018

01Sep10:00 AM02(Sep 2)4:30 PMWorking with Anger: Developing Skill with Intense Feeling10:00 AM - 4:30 PM (2) Community Meditation Center Teacher(s): Matthew Brensilver, PhD No prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: 2 Days: Saturday, September 1 – Sunday, September 2; 10:00am – 4:30pm
Sliding Scale: $150 – 400. Code MB1M18.
6 CE credits available for $60 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, nurses, and chiropractors.

The Buddha said anger has a honeyed tip and poisoned root. Anger has important effects on our lives, our families, and our society. If we are to be deeply happy and nourish the happiness of others, we must include anger as part of our spiritual path, even though this may appear contradictory at first.

Although anger sometimes contains a seed of wisdom, it invariably contains a seed of delusion; anger is never the last word. We’ll learn meditative strategies to untangle the complex experience of anger and explore how self-cherishing creates fertile ground for anger. Lastly, we’ll connect with the dimension of ourselves that urgently seeks a life of non-harming.

Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this program for $90 ($45/day).

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 scientific perspectives on emotion and their evolutionary function;
  • Name three clinical approaches in the treatment of clinically significant anger/hostility;
  • Describe the putative mechanisms of mindfulness that mediate reduction in negative affective states;
  • Explain the role of inflexible self-definition in the generation of anger and hostility.

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 6 CE credits for $60 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 6 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: 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 credit for partial attendance is not permitted. Due to the experiential nature of this program, a reduced number of CE credits (6 credits for the two days) are offered to give space for the extended practice periods. Credit is awarded for instructional time only and is not applicable for extended silent meditations. 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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