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

Mindfulness as a Path of Awakening
Mark Coleman
Monday, November 26, 3:00pm - Sunday, December 2, 11:30am
upper Walking Hall
$1505 - $685 sliding scale, plus a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 217R18.
Will open for registration on 7/25/2018

Mindful awareness is the foundation for living with wisdom and compassion and is the seed from which springs much joy and peace. Through this retreat you will learn skilful methods to establish and refine mindful presence that develops self-awareness, clarity and insight. We will draw on the Buddha's discourse on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness as understood in Early Buddhist Teachings.

Participants will learn to cultivate mindfulness through mediations on:
1. The body, the 4 elements, exploring impermanence.
2. Responding to the changing nature of experience.
3. Understanding reactive emotions and states of mind that cause stress.
4. Cultivating qualities that support awakening.

The retreat will be a variety of sitting and walking meditations, talks on meditation and opportunity for questions and meetings with the teacher. Much of the day will be self-led where participants create their own rhythm of practice. This retreat is ideally suited for experienced meditators who wish to deepen their understanding of mindfulness.

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. 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 definition of mindfulness and what practices develop mindfulness;
  • Identify at least four benefits of the effect of mindfulness meditation on health care professionals;
  • Describe the relationship between health care professionals’ mindfulness practice and patient care;
  • Describe how practicing the Four Foundations of Mindfulness develops present awareness, and can improve patient care;
  • Utilize mindful breathing techniques to develop present moment awareness when working with clients and reduce stress;
  • Describe how mindfulness of feelings can result in reduced emotional reactivity and difficult emotions such as anxiety and depression;
  • Utilize compassion practices to reduce emotional exhaustion and burn-out syndrome;
  • Apply, in a clinical setting, perspectives from Buddhist teachings on happiness and causes of happiness; on suffering and the causes of suffering;
  • Utilize the powerful principles of equanimity and compassion for meeting the full range of human experience with balance and openness;
  • Integrate the practices of equanimity and compassion for meeting stress, pain, and burnout with kindness and wisdom.


Spirit Rock extends a special invitation to young adults (age 18-26) who wish to attend this retreat at a rate of $35 per night, on a first come, first serve basis. A limited number of special rates are available, please apply early.

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Also remember that the cost above is priced as a sliding scale. Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend. Fee is for room and board. Teaching and staffing of the retreats is by donation at the end of the retreat. For more information, see Retreat FAQ.

Continuing Education

This course offers 15 CE credits for $150 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, nurses, and chiropractors. 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 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 15 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.
Credit is awarded for instructional time only and does not include extended silent meditation or self-led portions. To qualify to receive the certificate of completion, participants must attend and sign-in to all required sessions. The list of required sessions will be available at the beginning of the retreat. No partial credit for partial attendance. For more information about CE credit at Spirit Rock, please see Continuing Education (CE) Credit.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds are available for residential retreat CE fees. If you would like a refund for your CE fee, you must cancel by 4:00pm at least two (2) business days prior to the event. If you contact us at least two business days preceding the retreat, we will refund your CE fee minus a $50 cancellation fee. If you cancel beyond the deadline stated above, you will not receive a refund. Please contact the Retreat Registrar at: retreats(at)spiritrock.org.

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