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

Parenting with Kind Awareness
Grace Fisher
3 Days: Thursday, Nov 16 & Friday, Nov 17, 9:30am - 12:30pm; Saturday, Nov 18, 9:30am - 4:00pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $175 - $500. Please bring your lunch. Code GF1M17.
OPEN-Register Here

This three-day, non-residential retreat, rooted in contemplation of the Dharma and cultivation of mindfulness practices, will offer parents the opportunity to truly take the practice home. The first two mornings will be devoted to formal practice sessions at Spirit Rock, while the afternoon and evening sessions will take place back in daily life. The invitation is to actively explore how we as parents can integrate the practices and teachings as we move between the different retreat spaces: the formal and informal, the stillness of the land, and the “whole catastrophe” of life with kids. We’ll have a full third day of retreat practice on the land with opportunities to drop into a deeper sense of kind awareness.

Each day will offer teachings drawn from the Buddha’s instruction to his son, Rahula, and different practices such as mindfulness of the body, the earth elements and loving-kindness. This form is also aimed at cultivating a deeper sense of parent sangha, where we can come together in practice and in discussion to share our experiences of parenting on the path.

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 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, and LPCCs. Credit is not available for nurses for this program. 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 four benefits of a sustained mindfulness mediation practice for therapists and their parent clients. (Stress reduction, reduced emotional reactivity, improved relationship satisfaction, and improved empathy.);
  • Describe how mindfulness practices can decrease parent reactivity and increase positive communication between parents and their children;
  • Demonstrate mindfulness of the body practices that parent/clients can utilize to increase awareness and reduce reactivity during stressful exchanges in family life;
  • Incorporate heart-based practices into the work with parent/clients to help cultivate their self-compassion, and assist in cultivating attitudes of compassion and balance;
  • Identify how meditation practices can increase a health care provider’s compassion, quality of attention and awareness and may ultimately increase the quality of patient care;
  • Integrate loving-kindness and mindfulness practices into work with client/parents to help them strengthen their awareness and patience, and become more attuned to the needs of their child;
  • Communicate to clients the psychological benefits of a parent community to help ease the stresses and challenges of parenting.
Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this 3-Day Non-Residential Retreat for $95.

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

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 9 CE credits for $90 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, and LPCCs. 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 approved providers are accepted.

Continuing Education credit is co-sponsored by 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. 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 extended silent meditation nor movement. To qualify to receive the certificate of completion, participants must attend the event in full. For more information, including attendance and cancellation policies, see Continuing Education (CE) Credit.

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