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

In The Presence of Love - A Metta and Qigong Retreat
Spring Washam, Vinny Ferraro, Erin Selover, Teja Bell (qigong)
Monday, December 10, 3:00pm - Sunday, December 16, 11:30am
upper Retreat Hall
$1505 - $685 sliding scale, plus a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 220R18.
Will open for registration on 8/8/2018

This silent retreat will focus on cultivating the quality of loving kindness (metta in Pali), infusing our hearts, minds and bodies with a strong caring wisdom. Mindful presence and loving kindness are essential to living a spiritual life. Awareness as developed through mindfulness practice leads to clarity, insight and understanding. Loving kindness practices open the heart, allow a kind embrace of ourselves, and connects us intimately with all of life. The fusion of these qualities helps us to respond more compassionately to the challenges that we encounter in ourselves and in the world.

Qigong is a practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation. With roots in Chinese medicine, martial arts, and philosophy, qigong is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance (chi) or what has been translated as 'intrinsic life energy.' It recognizes, cultivates and nourishes the 'energy' aspect of our being. Qigong perfectly complements traditional sitting meditation practice and has a long and well-established history connected to contemplative traditions.

On this retreat the loving kindness practices will be supported by periods of guided instruction as well as Qigong meditation, and regular meetings with the teachers. All are welcome to attend!

Spirit Rock extends a special invitation to young adults (age 18-26) who wish to attend this retreat at a rate of $35 per night, on a first come, first serve basis. A limited number of special rates are available, please apply early.

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 a heart-based practice for meeting stress, pain and burnout with kindness and wisdom;
  • Utilize a lovingkindess practice for working with difficult clients/patients or co-workers;
  • Incorporate self-compassion practices in ways that may reduce stress and anxiety and improve patient care;
  • Demonstrate loving kindness with self-compassion meditation, in ways that may reduce emotional distress and improve job satisfaction;
  • Describe how to use a self-compassion break, in ways that improve patient care and prevent compassion fatigue or emotional exhaustion;
  • Describe how mindfulness and heart-based practices function to protect clear-seeing and emotional-regulation and how this supports being a more effective care-provider;
  • Describe how mindfulness and heart-based practices incline one's mind away from limiting, harsh self-narratives and increases curiosity and empathy, thereby improving one's ability to listen and communicate effectively as a care-provider;
  • Utilize specific mindfulness and heart-based practices to decrease stress and improve presence and emotional-regulation thereby allowing one to be a more effective care-provider;
  • Incorporate mindfulness and heart-based practices into daily life and work routines for increased empathy, improved balance, and greater self-care and sustainability in one's care-provider role;
  • Utilize mindfulness practices in stressful environments to move from habitual reactivity to appropriate responses, in ways that improve patient care;
  • Incorporate mindfulness practices in preparation, for and when working with clients, to regulate energy.

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Also remember that the cost above is priced as a sliding scale. Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend. Fee is for room and board. Teaching and staffing of the retreats is by donation at the end of the retreat. For more information, see Retreat FAQ.

Continuing Education

This course offers 16 CE credits for $160 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, nurses, chiropractors and is pending approval for acupuncturists. 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, BRN or CBA 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 16 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.
  • Spirit Rock is an approved Continuing Education Provider for the California Acupuncture Board, CAB #1425. This Category 2 course has been submitted to the CAB and is pending approval. This statement will be updated when the program application is determined by the CAB.
Credit is awarded for instructional time only and does not include extended silent meditation. To qualify to receive CE credits participants must sign-up for the credits before the retreat begins, and attend and sign-in to all required sessions. The list of required sessions will be available at the beginning of the retreat. No partial credit for partial attendance. For more information about CE credit at Spirit Rock, please see Continuing Education (CE) Credit.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds are available for residential retreat CE fees. If you would like a refund for your CE fee, you must cancel by 4:00pm at least two (2) business days prior to the event. If you contact us at least two business days preceding the retreat, we will refund your CE fee minus a $50 cancellation fee. If you cancel beyond the deadline stated above, you will not receive a refund. Please contact the Retreat Registrar at: retreats(at)spiritrock.org.

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