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

Opening the Heart, Freeing the Mind
Mark Coleman
Friday, July 14, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $75 - $200. Please bring your lunch. Code MC5D17.
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Mindful awareness and love are beautiful qualities of an awakened life. Awareness leads to clarity, insight and freedom. A loving heart responds with care to our own struggles and to the pain in the world. It allows a kind embrace of ourselves and connects us intimately with life.

In this creative day of practice, we will cultivate heartful qualities and learn how to free ourselves from the restless, reactive mind so we can live with greater kindness and peace. Participants will learn to cultivate mindful awareness through various sitting and walking mindfulness meditations and to develop the quality of love and compassion through heart opening practices. Participants will learn about the integration of love and awareness so mindfulness practice is fused with a kind, receptive presence. We will also inquire into what obstructs the natural expression of the heart and what hinders us from being fully present in the moment.

Suitable for people new to meditation and for experienced students wishing to deepen and broaden their practice of mindfulness.

Teachings are appropriate for individuals 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-
This workshop is designed to help you:

  • Apply Buddhist perspectives and practices to steady the mind and open the heart, in ways useful to clients;
  • Utilize mindfulness meditations to develop emotional self-regulation;
  • Apply the principles of equanimity and compassion to meet stress, pain and burnout with kindness and wisdom;
  • Use mindfulness and compassion principles and practices to develop a receptive presence when working with others.
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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