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

Psychotherapy and the Art of Deep Listening
Grace Fisher
Sunday, May 14, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $75 - $200. Please bring your lunch. Code GF2D17.
OPEN-Register Here

As therapists, we listen. We listen to people talk about their lives, their struggles, their joys, their triumphs and their sorrows. But how do we listen? This daylong explores how to cultivate a deep listening presence for our clients and ourselves. We’ll examine how the threads of intention, directed and free-floating attention, body awareness, and emotional resonance weave a tapestry of a deep-healing presence. By offering this presence to ourselves, we can quiet the mind and allow our deepest wisdom to guide us with our clients.

Mark Nepo writes that “to listen is to lean in, softly with a willingness to be changed.“ As therapists, when we allow ourselves to be changed by our clients, the shared space becomes sacred and the healing more profound.

Drawing upon the teachings and practices of mindfulness, heart and body-centered practices, and existential–humanism, this daylong will be restorative and informative. Grace will offer experiential exercises, poetry and stories, and allow time for silent meditation and rich discussion.

"When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand."
-Brenda Ueland

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 different body awareness practices to deepen your listening presence with clients;
  • Incorporate different mindfulness techniques to steady the mind and generate greater emotional resonance with your clients;
  • Examine the role of the body in expanding your own listening capacities;
  • Identify blocks to your own listening presence.
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. To qualify to receive the certificate of completion, participants must attend the program in full. For more information, including attendance and cancellation policies, see Continuing Education (CE) Credit.

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