"When one thought ends, right before the next thought begins,
there is a tiny gap called 'now.' Over time we learn to expand that gap."

– Spring Washam

Continuing Education (CE) Credit for Nurses, Psychologists, Therapists, Social Workers, Counselors, Acupuncturists & Chiropractors

30+ programs offering 4-22 CE Credits. Sliding scale fees.

"I love that I can come to Spirit Rock and get CE Credits as an extra benefit!"
"It was a beautiful, boundary stretching experience. I look forward to continuing the practice and sharing what was taught with my clients."
“I came for the CE Credits and left with these profound and simple teachings, by amazingly skilled teachers. I am humbled."
“The retreat met my needs for work and deepened my practice. Just what I had hoped for."
“Very comprehensive, the neurophysiology/neuropsychology presentations were very science based and specific to my goals."

Upcoming Programs At-A-Glance: 

             Non-residential Programs with CE Credit >

             Residential Retreats with CE Credit >

             CE Credit for Acupuncturists >

For Nurses: Self-Care for Care Givers

Healthcare professionals work in a high stress environment — carrying heavy caseloads, exerting limited control over the work environment and laboring for long hours. Research shows that mindfulness has a direct and positive impact on clinicians' physical and mental well-being, thereby reducing stress. We offer a wide selection of CE Credit programs in meditation, mindfulness and self-compassion that build emotional resilience. Greater awareness and focus in the clinical setting can improve assessment skills and reduce clinical errors. Mindful listening and speaking can lead to more effective communication and improved clinical outcomes. Mindfulness training can reduce psychological and psychological stress, and decrease compassion fatigue, emotional exhaustion, and professional burn-out syndrome.

For Psychologists, Therapists, Social Workers, & Counselors:  Buddhist Psychology Principles & Practices

The benefits of mindfulness and meditation in psychotherapy are well-known: reduced stress/anxiety, enhanced self-awareness, improved communication and conflict resolution skills, improved decision making, increased empathy and compassion, and more. Our CE programs for psychologists offer training in methods they can incorporate into the therapeutic setting to help clients find a more easeful relationship to life.

For Chiropractors: Support for the patient and the practitioner

Mindfulness practices can develop increased body awareness and reduce pain, both goals Chiropractors want for their clients. Mindful communication can improve patient assessments and clinical outcomes. As stress, anxiety and depression frequently transfer to physical ailments, mindfulness can offer practices for both patient and care provider.

What Is Spirit Rock?

Spirit Rock Meditation Center is a spiritual education and training institution. Our mission is to foster a deeper understanding of Buddhism through direct experience. We also provide the community with teachings to help them manifest wisdom and compassion in all aspects of their lives, for the benefit of all beings. We achieve this purpose by providing silent meditation retreats, classes and trainings for new and experienced students from diverse backgrounds.

Why CE at Spirit Rock?

People come to Spirit Rock for many reasons, but they all amount to essentially the same thing — wanting a more easeful relationship with life. Spirit Rock experts have a 10-year track record of success providing quality Continuing Education for healthcare professionals and psychologists. 

Spirit Rock CE offers a breadth of programs in a variety of formats to fit anyone's schedule, needs and meditation experience — from daylong events to silent residential retreats. We also offer classes online. With some exceptions, all programs are suitable for beginners and experienced students alike.


As caregivers, nurses and psychologists witness "up close and personal" emotional stress in their patients and sometimes experience it firsthand. These courses will help participants cultivate an attitude of compassion for themselves and their patients. Mindfulness also enhances self-care, increases well-being and provides a respite from the pace of daily life.

Recent research on meditation and mindfulness has found: "There’s good evidence for those as well, with studies reporting that meditation helps relieve our subjective levels of anxiety and depression, and improve attention, concentration, and overall psychological well-being."    

Research on mindfulness has identified several benefits: Reduced rumination, stress reduction, boosts to working memory, focus, less emotional reactivity and relationship satisfaction. Evidence also suggests that mindfulness meditation has numerous health benefits, including increased immune functioning, and reduction of psychological distress.

Research on the effects of meditation on therapists: Increased Empathy, compassion, decreased stress and anxiety, improved quality of life.

CE Credit Providers

Continuing Education (CE) credit is co-sponsored by Spirit Rock and Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC). CE credit is available for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, Nurses, Chiropractors, and Acupuncturists, and may be applicable for other licenses or for licenses held in another state. It is the responsibility of the participant to determine if their board will accept the credits offered by Spirit Rock. As not all CE credit programs are applicable to every license listed, please see the program description to determine license applicability.

American Psychological Association has approved Spiritual Competency Resource Center to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for these programs and their content. For more information about SCRC, please visit or contact David Lukoff, Ph.D. at (707) 763-3576. 

California Board of Registered Nursing has approved Spirit Rock to sponsor continuing education for nurses licensed in California, Provider Number CEP16905. 

California Acupuncture Board has approved Spirit Rock as a Continuing Education Provider, Provider Number 1425.  A complete list of our upcoming programs offering CE credits for Acupuncturists can be found here.

California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal for programs sponsored by American Psychological Association approved providers.

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.  

Registration & CE Credit Information

The number of available CE credits will vary, please see the program descriptions. Credit is awarded for instructional time only and does not include silent sitting or walking meditation, meals, yoga, breaks, or work periods. 

Spirit Rock will accept advance payment online for CE credit. Participants must sign-up and pay for CE credits before the program begins. We strongly recommend that you register and pay for CE credit when you register for the program. There is an administrative fee for processing CE credit registration.

There is a $20 fee to reissue certificates.

Attendance Policy:

  • To qualify for CE credit, participants must arrive on time and sign in at the CE table, stay until the end of the program, sign out, turn in your evaluation and pick up your certificate.
  • Spirit Rock does not offer partial credit. Participants cannot arrive late or leave early and be given "partial credit" for the hours that they were present.
  • Spirit Rock cannot award CE credit after a program has ended to participants who did not pay for CE credits upon registration, and/or those who did not sign-in and out on the attendance roster.

For non-residential programs, participants are required to:

  • check in both at registration desk and also at the CE credit registration desk, which is a separate table.
  •  sign in at the CE registration within 15 minutes of the start of the program. Look for signage. If you do not see the table, or are not directed to it, please ask!

For residential retreats, participants are required to:

  • sign in at the beginning of the retreat
  • initial your attendance at every required session
  • stay until the end of the retreat
  • turn in your evaluation and pick up your certificate.

In order for participants to be eligible for credit and to receive a certificate of attendance, Spirit Rock policy requires full attendance, including complete entries on the sign-in sheet.  We cannot provide certificates after a retreat has ended for participants who did not initial their attendance at every required session.

Cancellation Policy:

Non-residential events: 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.

Residential retreats: 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)

Spirit Rock Cancelled Programs:  Spirit Rock rarely cancels a program, but in the unlikely event that we do, all registered participants will be notified by phone and email, and the cancellation notice will be posted on our website. We will issue a refund within 7-10 business days.

Grievances: To file a grievance for CE programs sponsored by Spirit Rock, please write to programs(at)  Spiritual Competency Resource Center is fully committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles of Psychologists. SCRC will comply with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content and in the treatment of program participants. The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards will be the responsibility David Lukoff, PhD, Director of SCRC.

Upcoming Programs At-A-Glance:

             One-Day Programs with CE Credit >

             Residential Retreats with CE Credit >

If you have any questions regarding CE credit, please contact SRMC(at) or call (415) 488-0164 x285.

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