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

The Power of Mindful Self-Compassion
Kristin Neff
Saturday, September 9, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $110 - $275. Please bring your lunch. Code KN1B17.
OPEN-Register Here

Benefit for Spirit Rock and Horse Boy Foundation

Self-compassion involves treating ourselves kindly, like we would a good friend we cared about. Rather than continually judging and evaluating ourselves, self-compassion involves generating kindness toward ourselves as imperfect human beings.

This workshop will provide simple tools for responding in a kind, compassionate way whenever we are experiencing painful emotions. We all want to avoid pain, but letting it in — and responding compassionately to our own imperfections without harsh self-condemnation — are essential steps toward living happier, more fulfilling lives. The materials presented in the workshop are drawn from the 8-week, empirically supported Mindful Self-Compassion program developed by Chris Germer and Kristin Neff. Through discussion, meditation and experiential exercises, you will gain practical skills to help bring self-compassion into your daily life, and clinical practice. You will learn how to stop being so hard on yourself; handle difficult emotions with greater ease; and motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism.

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. Practices will be introduced to help ease stress for caregivers. Continuing Education (CE) credit is available acupuncturists in addition to psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, nurses, and chiropractors. See below for more information.

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

  • Identify the three key components of self-compassion;
  • Describe key research that supports the benefits of self-compassion;
  • Describe the difference between self-compassion and self-esteem;
  • Practice techniques to increase self-compassion in everyday life, in ways that may improve patient care;
  • Incorporate practices with self and others to utilize kindness, rather than self-criticism, for motivation.
Note that this workshop is a joint fundraiser for Spirit Rock and the Horseboy Foundation and all proceeds with be shared between these two nonprofit organizations: www.spiritrock.org and www.horseboyfoundation.org

This program will be video and audio recorded for an at home audience. By attending this event, you consent to being videotaped and included in the event recording.

CARPOOLING is always requested, and due to the large number of people expected at this event, cars with less than 3 people will be asked to pay a $10 non-carpooling fee. Bring more if you can! Spirit Rock only charges this fee for events that will be very full as we have pledged to help keep traffic down on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. and we have limited onsite parking. You can find other people on our carpooling forum at our Online Bulletin Board For Ride Sharing. Folks who can OFFER a ride are usually needed.


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.

Visit our Online Bulletin Board for Ride Sharing to find or offer a ride.

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 volunteering@spiritrock.org 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.

Onsite parking $10 for less than 3.

Continuing Education

This course offers 6 CE credits for $60 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, nurses, chiropractors and 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 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.
  • Spirit Rock is an approved Continuing Education Provider for the California Acupuncture Board. This Category 2 course has been approved by the California Acupuncture Board, Provider Number 1425, for 6 hours of continuing education.
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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