"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

Online Courses

When you can't come to Spirit Rock, we come to you! Our online courses provide excellent teachings and support for your practice, whether you are new to practice, or have been practicing for decades. Online courses are video- and audio-based, and include a variety of group video conferences with the teacher, books, and home practice assignments. The courses offered vary each year, so check back here to find out what's upcoming.

Mark Coleman
Make Peace with Your Mind: Free Yourself from Your Inner Critic
$99 | 2 hours of video instruction

Based on techniques from his newest book, Mark Coleman delivers a powerfully practical and experiential online course filled with lightness, compassion, and humor… a reminder to not take yourself too seriously! Have you ever noticed how cluttered your mind can be? Is it ever quiet? And why, sometimes, can it be so critical… especially of yourself? Join Mark as he shows you how to recognize the way your thoughts impact your experience. 

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Sylvia Boorstein
Everyday Life as Mindfulness Practice
$199 | 1.5 hours of video instruction

Join Sylvia Boorstein for an 11-segment course on how to make your day-to-day experience a basis for mindfulness practice. Filmed at her home, Sylvia offers reflections, teachings and instructions for everyday experiences such as drinking coffee, driving, preparing food and even walking your dog. With easy, accessible instructions based in the Four Foundations of Mindfulness as well as Loving-kindness (Metta) practice, this course will offer you an opportunity to take your practice "off of the cushion and out into the world." 

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Tina Rasmussen & Stephen Snyder
Concentration Meditation: Purification of Mind
$249 | 8 hours of video instruction

In this modern world that emphasizes the importance of multi-tasking and micro-tasking for increased productivity in our ever busier and more demanding lives, the meditation cushion calls for the exact opposite effort. In concentration (samatha) meditation, our effort is on a simplified, single point of focus that will result in a calmer, more joyful mind. In this online class, we will provide an overview of concentration meditation from its basic beginnings as mindfulness of breathing to its culmination as a doorway to vipassana practice.

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Steve Armstrong
A Field Guide to the Mind: Practical Abhidhamma for Meditators
$299 | 10 hours of video instruction

Once you have the insight that ordinary reality is not what you thought it was, what then? How do you understand your experience? Yourself? In the Abhidhamma, the Buddha offers us a practical method for investigating and understanding our life experiences. He shows us that each moment is made up of “pixels” of mental and physical phenomena arising and coalescing in a unique way. Furthermore, this process happens without there being a “someone” it is happening to. In this online course, we will be deconstructing these phenomena so that we can begin to understand how our life works from the inside and how we can develop the mind in order to free the heart from suffering. Studying the Abhidhamma is useful for anyone, particularly those who are actively practicing meditation and seeking to understand the mind.

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