"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

True Nourishment from Mind to Cell: Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science
Andrea Lieberstein, Elissa Epel, Jampa Sangmo
Saturday, September 23, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $75 - $200. Please bring your lunch. Code AL3D17.
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Ancient contemplative wisdom and daily mindful practices can support us to live with wisdom, compassion, and ease. They can balance our day, temper strong emotions and possibly even slow the aging process.

We will begin with an immersion into meditation practices. This lays the foundation for clear vision,and becoming intimate with the true nature of our mind, which allows natural insight and wisdom to arise. They can help us make conscious choices about the seemingly small behaviors that underlie physical health. We will then discuss new scientific discoveries linking our daily habits of thinking and lifestyle choices to measures of cellular aging (such as telomere length). Lastly, we will focus on how and why we eat, and balancing this with other forms of nourishment.Together we will practice several types of mindfulness (including mindful eating, body awareness, and compassion meditations) throughout the day. When our deepest hungers are satisfied we can enjoy eating without excesses, and find optimal well-being, metabolic and cellular health.

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 more information.

Learning Objectives for participating health care professionals-
Based on the content of this program, you will be able to:

  • Describe how mindfulness meditation can impact cellular aging;
  • Describe how our thoughts and mindful lifestyle practices may impact cellular aging;
  • Describe how mindful choice and a mindful practice helps us identify our true needs, in ways useful when working with patients or clients;
  • Identify three mindfulness and lifestyle practices that can positively impact health and well-being, in ways useful when working with patients or clients.
Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this day for $45.

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 or (415) 488-0164 x224.

Scholarships are not available for events listed as “Benefits.”

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Continuing Education

This course 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 for programs 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.
Credit is awarded for instructional time only and does not include extended silent meditation. To qualify to receive the certificate of completion, participants must attend the event in full. For more information about CE credit at Spirit Rock, please see Continuing Education (CE) Credit.

Cancelation 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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