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

Embodying Joy: Practices for Creating Well-Being through Qigong and Meditation
Debra Chamberlin Taylor, Mingtong Gu
Saturday, December 16, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $75 - $200. Please bring your lunch. Code MT3D17.
OPEN-Register Here

Our inherent joy is like sunlight that is always shining within. This natural radiance is often obscured by passing clouds of emotion and thought. At this workshop we will share practices and teachings from Buddhist and qigong traditions on how to help us you uncover and reclaim your natural inner joy. Practices will include movement, meditations and sound. You will learn various qigong movements that awaken joy through strengthening the endocrine and immune systems, thereby reducing stress, anxiety and depression by activating and balancing the energy body.

This day will be accessible and beneficial to people of all ages and conditions. Teachings are appropriate for meditators of all levels, as well as health care professionals. Continuing Education (CE) credit available. See below for more information.

Learning Objectives for Participating Health Care Professionals
This workshop is designed to help you:

  • Describe two meditation techniques for cultivating joy, that may improve patient care by reducing emotional exhaustion;
  • Apply specific movements that cultivate joy and well-being, allowing health care professionals to cope more effectively with stress and reduce the risk of professional burnout;
  • Utilize sound meditations that cultivate joy, emotional balance and well-being that may be used to reduce stress in the workplace;
  • Describe how qigong techniques strengthen the endocrine and immune systems, and reduce stress, anxiety and depression.
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, 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 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.
  • The California Acupuncture Board has approved Spirit Rock as a Continuing Education Provider, Provider Number 1425. This program has been submitted to the California Acupuncture Board for approval. This Category 2 course is pending approval by CAB #1425. 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 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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