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

Renew and Revitalize: Sustaining Yourself As a Care Provider
Phillip Moffitt
Saturday, June 3, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Dana Day (by Donation). CE Credits $60. Code PM1G17.
OPEN-Register Here

Care providing has obvious challenges — stress, energy demands, tension and excess workload. And it has hidden costs — self-criticism, sacrificing your own self-care, and falling into despair. This is true for professional care providers and for those who are caring for ailing family or friends.

In this daylong, we will focus on renewal and look at both the apparent and hidden demands that care providers experience through the lens of the Buddha's psychology of mindfulness and intentional cultivation of attitude. We will explore how to apply mindfulness to meet the particular needs of the care provider and discuss some of the other skillful means the Buddha taught that can mitigate the stress of care providing.

You will learn the importance of placing attention, the art of letting go of expectations and attachments, how to determine what is yours and not yours to own in the way of responsibility, and how to recognize and respond to the confusion of mind that arises around care providing.

The day will include guided meditations tailored for care providers, dharma talks, self-care techniques, gentle stretching, and time for group discussion. The teachings are appropriate for therapists and other healthcare professionals and are applicable in therapeutic settings as well as for personal care.

We all need compassion and time for renewal, so this will be a day for taking care of you. Brief individual interviews will be offered with assistant teachers.

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:

  • Apply self-care techniques to enhance your emotional well-being in the face of the stress of care providing;
  • Use mindfulness techniques to gain a sense of well-being and maintain empowerment;
  • Identify patterns of expectations and attachments to outcome that may be undermining your effectiveness and depleting your energy;
  • Identify specific self-care goals as relates to the body in order to increase your physical well-being and sustain your care providing capacity.

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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