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

Mercy, Compassion & Power: A Daylong for Women
Grace Fisher
Saturday, January 13, 10:00am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $75 - 200. Please bring your lunch. Code GF1D18.
OPEN-Register Here

This daylong will explore how turning towards our pain and vulnerability is a doorway to our true source of power. Through different mindfulness practices, we will make space for recognizing and allowing that which we tend to push away—our defeats, our places of shame, the darker sides of ourselves we may not like. We will balance this by cultivating ways to meet these places with mercy, self-compassion, and forgiveness. It is through this embrace of our beauty and flaws that we can access our strength and wisdom and move in the world with a greater sense of wholeness and peace. Participants should bring a journal and pen/pencil.

Teachings are appropriate for health care professionals as well as the general public. Teachings and tools will be offered to support health care professionals transform their relationship to their own vulnerabilities or sense of powerlessness into a resource for greater authenticity, empathy and connection with their clients, in ways that improve patient care. Skills will also be offered to help health care professionals assist female clients to overcome a sense of perfectionism or having to “do it all”.

Continuing Education (CE) credit available. See below for attendance requirements and more information.

Learning Objectives for participating health care professionals-
Based on the content of this program, you will be able to:

  • Utilize different mindfulness practices to assist clients in increasing their capacity to work with challenging emotions;
  • Incorporate different heart practices such as forgiveness and self-compassion to cultivate clients' ability to tolerate and explore their own vulnerability;
  • Incorporate practices with clients to recognize and highlight inner strengths and resources in ways that may increase their resilience;
  • Describe to clients how accepting and experiencing vulnerability is essential to developing courage and inner-strength.

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

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 5.5 CE credits for $55 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, nurses, and chiropractors. 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 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 5.5 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.
Credit is awarded for instructional time only and does not include extended silent meditation, if offered. 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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