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

Relaxed & Awake: Introduction to Insight Meditation
Erin Selover
2 Days: Saturday, March 17 - Sunday, March 18; 10:00am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $150 - 400. Please bring your lunch. Code ES1M18.
OPEN-Register Here

Insight Meditation, known as vipassana meditation, is the 2,600 year-old practice of cultivating wise presence by bringing caring, curious, and discerning attention to what is happening moment-to-moment. Combined with our biological impulses to go after what we want and avoiding what we don’t want, we are often acting from habit and reactivity instead of our deeper held values and beliefs. With mindful presence, we cut through habitual reactivity and access innate states of well-being, creativity, and liberating insight through personal and universal understanding.

This two day non-residential retreat will include guided sitting meditations, walking meditation, compassion practice, dharma talks, and opportunities for question and answers.

Please bring journals.

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 attendance requirements and 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;
  • Utilize mindfulness meditation to recognize biological impulses of craving and aversion;
  • Identify 3 mind states that lead to reactive behaviors;
  • Utilize mindfulness meditation practices to reduce habitual reactivity;
  • Use kindness meditation practices to cultivate innate states of well-being with self and client;
  • Describe practice to clients to identify personal values, in ways that give clarity and bring ease;
  • Utilize practices to develop present moment awareness to establish intentions based on personal values;
  • Identity how awareness of values and intentions can improve self-care and patient care.
Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this program for $90 ($45/day).


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.

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 11 CE credits for $110 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 11 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, if offered. To qualify to receive the certificate of completion, participants must attend both days in full - no partial credit for partial attendance. For more information about CE credit at Spirit Rock, please see Continuing Education (CE) Credit. Please note: 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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