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

Courage: A Daylong Workshop for Men
James Baraz, Daniel Ellenberg
Saturday, May 20, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $75 - $200. Please bring your lunch. Code JB2D17.
OPEN-Register Here

Courage isn’t just about running into burning buildings or climbing steep mountains. More often it emerges in daily life. Courage helps us close the gap between our present experience and our unmet wants or needs. Life affords us many such opportunities to be courageous.

Are we willing to take action despite no guarantee that our actions won't make things worse? Are we willing to express our most strongly held values when we perceive a risk in doing so? Will we garner the courage to have the important conversation that’s been burning in the back of our minds?

Our intention in this workshop is to provide a space for men to reflect on and engage with what they most want to bring forth, whether personal, professional or societal. We will explore:

  • Practicing courage more consciously, deliberately and consistently
  • Distinguishing between a lack of courage and wise non-action
  • Common obstacles to more courageous action
  • The relationship between courage and decision making
  • The connection between courage, compassion and mindfulness
Practices will include meditations and experiential processes.

“Courage is not a virtue or value among other personal values like love or fidelity. It is the foundation that underlies and gives reality to all other virtues and personal values.” —Rollo May

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:
  • Describe to clients how developing courage is integral to work toward meeting unmet needs;
  • Explain to clients how experiencing vulnerability is essential to developing courage;
  • Incorporate mindfulness practices with clients to work with taking risks and skillfully experiencing anxiety when working towards accomplishing a goal;
  • Incorporate practices when working with clients to develop the confidence to be able to take risks to fulfill unmet needs;
  • Incorporate compassion practices with clients to work with difficult mental/emotional states, such as fear and anxiety;
  • Utilize practices to help male clients develop greater self-compassion as a means of overcoming challenging mental/emotional experiences.
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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