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

Freedom from the Inner Critic
Mark Coleman
Saturday, December 2, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $75 - $200. Please bring your lunch. Code MC8D17.
OPEN-Register Here

Have you noticed the negative disabling effects of self-judgment? Are you prone to judging everything you do as not good enough, not quite right, or not living up to some impossibly high standard? Do you find yourself harshly judging your meditation, your practice or your other spiritual practices? If you would you like to learn how to be more free from the torment of the inner critic, then this daylong is for you.

In this Daylong you will learn :

  • How to recognize judging thoughts
  • The role and function of the inner critic, its purpose and limitations
  • How to deal effectively with self-judgment/and inner critic attacks
  • How to distinguish between negative judgment and wise discernment and discrimination
  • The role of a healthy conscience versus reliance on the inner critic
  • How to develop greater self- acceptance and self-compassion and practice of metta (loving-kindness) as an antidote to the critic
  • The need and role of humor in helping us with the critic
  • Cultivating forgiveness as a support for working with judgment
The daylong will be a combination of talks, and interactive exercises, mindfulness and loving-kindness techniques and practices and is open to new and experienced students. This will be a practical and experiential Daylong taught with lightness, compassion and humor and the need to not take ourselves too seriously.

Teachings are appropriate for the general public as well as health care professionals. Health care professionals will be able to incorporate the perspectives offered during this day to help their clients and patients understand the workings of the judgmental mind, and develop practices to work with these pervasive thought patterns.Continuing Education (CE) credit available. See below for more information.

Learning Objectives for participating health care professionals
This workshop is designed to help you:
  • Assess the workings of the inner critic / super ego;
  • Discuss the practice of mindful awareness and how this relates to understanding the critic;
  • Explain strategies for effectively countering the critic's attacks;
  • Utilize the practices of loving-kindness and compassion that help counter the critics negative impact.
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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Continuing Education

This course offers 6 CE credits for $60 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, nurses, chiropractors and is pending approval for acupuncturists. 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, BRN or CBA approved providers are accepted.

Continuing Education credit is co-sponsored by Spirit Rock and the Spiritual Competency Resource Center.
  • 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.
  • Spirit Rock is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16905 for 6 contact hours.
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal for programs from APA approved agencies.
  • The California Board of Chiropractic Examiners Code of Regulations 361(h)(2) provides that continuing education requirements may be met by taking continuing education courses by any California Healing Arts Board approved provider, including those approved by the BRN.
  • Spirit Rock is an approved Continuing Education Provider for the California Acupuncture Board, CAB #1425. This Category 1 course has been submitted to the CAB and is pending approval. This statement will be updated when the program application is determined by the CAB.
Credit is awarded for instructional time only and does not include extended silent meditation. To qualify to receive the certificate of completion, participants must attend the event in full - no partial credit for partial attendance. For more information about CE credit at Spirit Rock, please see Continuing Education (CE) Credit.Please note: In order to qualify for CE credit, you must arrive and sign-in at the CE table within 15 minutes of the start of the event, stay until the end of the program, and sign out.

Cancellation Policy: If you are unable to attend a program, or fulfill the attendance requirements for CE credit, you may offer your CE credit fee as a donation to Spirit Rock, or you may request a credit to be used towards a future non-residential program. If you would like a credit, you must cancel by 4:00pm at least two business days prior to the program. For more information, please see our Cancellation Policy for Non-Residential Programs.

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