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

The Neurology of Awakening
Rick Hanson, Rick Mendius
Saturday, April 1, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $75 - $200. Please bring your lunch. Code RH1D17.
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This event is also available online as a LIVE VIDEO STREAM. To register for the Online version of this event, visit this link.

The latest brain research has begun to confirm the central insights of the Buddha and other great teachers. And it's suggesting ways you can help your brain to enter deeper states of mindfulness and concentration, love and happiness. Suffering, joy and freedom all depend on what happens within your nervous system. Skillful practice thus means being skillful with your own brain.

This experiential workshop will offer user-friendly information with lots of practical methods. No background in neuroscience or mindfulness is needed. We'll cover: the relationship between the mind and the brain; strengthening neural factors of mindfulness; the role of concentration in Buddhist practice; practical help from brain research for steadying the mind, quieting it and bringing it to singleness.

This program will be video and audio recorded for an at home audience. By attending this event, you consent to being videotaped and included in the event recording.

Teachings are appropriate for individuals as well as health care professionals. Continuing Education (CE) credit available. See below for more information.

Learning Objectives for participating health care professionals- Based on the content of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Name two mechanisms of experience-dependent neuroplasticity;
  • Give clients two examples of how repeated mental activity changes brain structure;
  • Describe temperamental variations in the control of attention;
  • Demonstrate to clients two ways to practice mindfulness.
Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this day for $45.


General Information

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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 or (415) 488-0164 x224.

Scholarships are not available for events listed as “Benefits.”

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 6 CE credits for $60 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, and nurses. 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 the Spiritual Competency Resource Center, and the Institute of Noetic Sciences. 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. The Institute of Noetic Sciences is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP10318 for 6 contact hours. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal for programs from APA approved agencies.

Credit is awarded for instructional time only and does not include movement. For more information, including attendance and cancellation policies, see Continuing Education (CE) Credit.

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