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

Finding Refuge and the Wise Heart in Challenging Times
Mark Coleman
Friday, June 2, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $75 - $200. Please bring your lunch. Code MC4D17.
OPEN-Register Here

In every era of human history, people have encountered social upheaval and struggles. Today is no different, yet the social and ecological crises we are facing currently present unprecedented challenges.

From the perspective of the Dharma, what is our response? How do we stay centered in the values of mindfulness, wisdom and compassion and not drown in reactivity or hopelessness? Buddhist teachings provide a variety of practices and tools that provide a sense of refuge amidst any circumstance. The jewel of awareness, the compassionate heart, the refuge of community, the stability of equanimity, and the capacity for wise speech and wise action are key resources on the path .

On this experiential day of meditation, reflection and inquiry, we will explore where we are in relation to the current events of our time and how we can work with our own pain, fears and reactivity. We will explore what allows us to stay centered and responsive and how to draw on the wise compassionate heart that lies within us all.

Teachings are appropriate for the general public as well as health care professionals. Health care professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program when working with clients. 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:

  • Incorporate compassion practices, for self and others, when working with clients so they are better equipped to manage despair and hopelessness arising from challenging situations
  • Explain how stress is decreased through meaningful action
  • Integrate the principles of equanimity and compassion for meeting stress, pain and burnout with kindness and wisdom
  • Describe how working with others in community toward a common goal positively elevates our threshold of stress and anxiety.
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.”

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 course offers 6 CE credits for $60 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, and nurses. 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 the Spiritual Competency Resource Center, and the Institute of Noetic Sciences. 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. The Institute of Noetic Sciences is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP10318 for 6 contact hours. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal for programs from APA approved agencies.

Credit is awarded for instructional time only and does not include movement. For more information, including attendance and cancellation policies, see Continuing Education (CE) Credit.

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