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

Resilience and Post-Traumatic Growth
Linda Graham
3 Days: Friday, March 9 - Sunday, March 11; 10:00am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $225 - 600. Please bring your lunch. Code LG1M18.
OPEN-Register Here

"Trauma is a fact of life. It doesn't have to be a life sentence." — Peter Levine, founder of Somatic Experiencing trauma therapy

People do learn and grow from meeting the challenges and adversities of the human condition when they have enough support, resources, and skills to do so.

This retreat will explore how people can learn to cope resiliently with the trials, even tragedies, of their lives, and find a deeper sense of meaning, purpose, and fulfillment through their process of recovery.

We will apply practices of mindfulness, self-compassion, mindful empathy and conscious reflection to five factors that predict genuine post-traumatic growth: acceptance of reality; resourcing with family, friends, and community; recognizing the positive in the midst of the difficult, writing a new story of the event within the larger life story, and appreciating the new life that emerges because of the difficulties, not just in spite of them.

Students should bring: pen/paper or journal for written reflections.

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:

  • List the five factors that contribute to post-traumatic growth;
  • Implement at least three practices of mindfulness that support post-traumatic growth;
  • Implement at least three practices of self-compassion that support post-traumatic growth;
  • Identify blocks that might preclude people from accessing resources among family, friends and community;
  • Identify at least three other practices that contribute to post-traumatic growth;
  • Describe three mechanisms of brain change to install new, more resilient patterns of behavior into implicit memory;
  • Describe the differences between stressors (external events) and stress (internal reactions to external events) and the differences between stress and trauma (an overwhelm of defenses against stress or external events);
  • Teach clients to use five body-based tools to regulate automatic survival responses and return the body-brain to its natural physiological equilibrium;
  • Implement memory de-consolidation/re-consolidation to help clients rewire dysfunctional patterns of response;
  • Identify three exercises that can reverse toxic shame and change the relationship of self to the inner critic;
  • Identify 7 steps of mindfulness practice that allow clients to monitor and modify their responses to experience.
Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this program for $135 ($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 16 CE credits for $160 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 16 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 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 note: In order to qualify for CE credit, you must attend all 3 days, arrive and sign-in at the CE table within 15 minutes of the start of each day, 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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