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

A Heart As Wide As The World: Cultivating Love, Compassion, Joy & Equanimity
Mark Coleman
2 Days: Saturday, January 27 - Sunday, January 28; 10:00am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $150 - 400. Please bring your lunch. Code MC1M18.
OPEN-Register Here

Imagine a heart boundless in its love, responsive to the suffering of the world, joyful when it meets the happiness of others, and balanced when facing the inevitable ups and downs of life. This is the possibility the Buddha pointed to: the vast potential of the heart to live in the world with kindness and care, delight and peace.

In this two-day retreat, you will develop the sublime qualities of love (metta), compassion (karuna), appreciative joy (mudita), and balanced equanimity (upekkha) through meditation practices and discussion, and explore how to apply these qualities with ourselves and others in our lives.

If you cannot attend the event in person and you do not want CE credit, visit this link to register for the Livestream.

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 four practices that can be cultivated to cope more effectively with emotional distress;
  • Describe a mindfulness practice that may be used to develop emotional self-regulation and reduce compassion fatigue;
  • Identify the barriers to experiencing joy, and describe to clients practices to cultivate sympathetic joy;
  • Utilize the principles of equanimity to meet stress, pain and burnout with kindness and wisdom;
  • Utilize a self-compassion practice in ways that may reduce stress and improve well-being;
  • Describe a meditation technique for cultivating joy, that may improve patient care by reducing emotional exhaustion;
  • Utilize a lovingkindess practice for working with difficult clients/patients or co-workers;
  • Describe how mindfulness and heart-based practices incline one's mind away from limiting, harsh self-narratives and increases curiosity and empathy, thereby improving one's ability to listen and communicate effectively as a care-provider.

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 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 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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