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

Awakening Joy
James Baraz, Jane Baraz
Sunday, April 9, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $75 - $200. Please bring your lunch. Code JB1D17.
OPEN-Register Here

In Buddhism, joy is both a Factor of Enlightenment and one of the four Divine Abodes. Today, as we are bombarded with messages that heighten our fear and sadness about the world, more than ever it is vital to understand the importance of joy as a central aspect of spiritual practice. We need to remember how to stay connected to that place inside that makes life worth living. Our own cultivation of well-being and joy can become our gift to a troubled world.

In this daylong we will learn practical tools to incline the mind towards joy through silent meditation as well as interactive experiential processes. Topics will include:

  • Inclining the mind toward wholesome states
  • Appreciation (wonder and gratitude)
  • Embracing the difficult as a path to joy
  • Learning to Love Ourselves
  • The Joy of Letting Go
  • Mudita: sympathetic joy
If the word "joy" is a stretch, don’t worry. Truly happy people are not happy all the time. They feel sad and angry and have the whole range of human emotions. Joy is a general feeling of aliveness and well-being that is characterized by engagement with life, meeting its ups and downs with authenticity and perspective. It can look very different from person to person, from a quiet sense of contentment to bubbly enthusiasm. That will be one of your discoveries — identifying how joy expresses itself uniquely through you. Please note: You do not have to be a “joyful person” to benefit from this workshop, although you might have fun anyway.

“It is that gladness connected with the wholesome that I call an equipment of mind.” — The Buddha.

Teachings are appropriate for the general public as well as health care professionals. Health care professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program when working with clients. Continuing Education (CE) credit available. See below for more information.

Learning Objectives for participating health care professionals- Based on the content of this program, you will be able to:
  • Utilize the practice of inclining the mind towards the possibility of more well-being when working with clients;
  • Incorporate the use of the acronym RAIN with clients;
  • Describe a gratitude practice to clients to support their well-being;
  • Integrate the practices of forgiveness and self-compassion in ways useful to clients.
Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this day for $45.


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 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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