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

Exploring Intimacy Through the Buddha's Teaching for the LGBT*QI and Gender Non-Conforming Community
Shahara Godfrey
Saturday, January 20, 10:00am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $40 - 100. Please bring your lunch. Code SG1D18.
OPEN-Register Here

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope”. – Maya Angelou

The focus of this daylong will be on deepening intimacy with ourselves, others, and all of life. Intimacy in relationships requires dialogue, transparency, vulnerability, and reciprocity. Intimacy within ourselves requires an increasing awareness of our own mind states, moods, feelings and reactivity, and those of others.

The day will include periods of walking and sitting meditation with instruction. A talk, dialogue and relational exercises also will be offered on exploring intimacy through the Buddha’s teaching. Participants should bring writing materials.

Teachings are appropriate for health care professionals as well as the general public. In this program, Shahara will offer practices and insights for care providers to explore their understanding of intimacy in ways that improve their ability to support their LGBTQ and Gender Non-Conforming community. Practices will be offered that may be used with clients to heal through strengthened self-awareness.Continuing Education (CE) credit available. See below for attendance requirements and more information.

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

  • Utilize, and describe to clients, practices that develop present moment awareness of moods and feelings;
  • Explain to clients how experiencing vulnerability is essential to developing courage and authenticity;
  • Describe the role of transparency in healthy relationships;
  • List 3 practices (that clients may use, or care providers may use to improve patient care) that may be used to increase self-awareness.
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

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 5.5 CE credits for $55 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 5.5 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. To qualify to receive the certificate of completion, participants must attend the event in full - no partial credit for partial attendance. For more information about CE credit at Spirit Rock, please see Continuing Education (CE) Credit. Please remember: In order to qualify for CE credit, you must arrive and sign-in at the CE table within 15 minutes of the start of the event, stay until the end of the program, and sign out.

Cancellation 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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