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

Intentional Presencing: Landing in the Refuge of the Actuality of Experience - Cancelled
Saturday, April 29, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $75 - $200. Please bring your lunch. Code LM2D17.
OPEN-Register Here

In many suttas the Buddha emphasized the liberative benefit of intentional presencing in here-and-now experience for freeing the mind from all forms of mental fixation. Even in the midst of afflictive thoughts and emotions, the five sense doors — sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell — are precious gateways for landing again and again in the refuge of the actuality of experience. The key to intentional presencing is learning how to actively choose embodied awareness, even when the mind seems lost in difficult mind states like anxiety and rumination. Presencing allows us to discern the difference between distorted internal narratives, which give rise to most afflictive mentation, and the unfettered clarity of luminous, embodied awareness. Recognizing the clarity of embodied awareness is fundamental to manifesting wise view, clear intention, and skillful, compassionate action.

This daylong will deliver Buddhist mind training skills for embodied presencing in here-and-now experience on and off the cushion. It will be a day of restoring wise relationship with and clear comprehension of inner and outer phenomena.

Teachings are appropriate for the general public 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 program, you will be able to:

  • Describe the value of embodied awareness for lessening physical discomfort, mental fixation and emotion dis-regulation, in ways useful to clients;
  • Explain to clients the benefits of presencing through the five senses;
  • Explain to clients the benefits of resting in somatic sensations;
  • Describe turning attention to and resting awareness in external objects and internal cognitive and affective phenomena, 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.

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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 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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